Round nine of the 2018 MX Nationals will certainly go down as a memorable one for the Yamaha racing teams and riders with a complete domination of the day winning all four classes contested as well as Dean Ferris locking up his third MX1 crown in a row for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team.The Gladstone track hasn’t been on the MX Nationals calendar since 2014 but it is now a favourite with Yamaha riders as they turned it on in during a perfect winters day in central Queensland.
Dean Ferris continued his domination of the MX1 class on board his YZ450F winning both motos, the round and the championship in a day he won’t soon forget. Jay Wilson took his first win of the season in the MX2 class on his Yamalube Yamaha YZ250F with Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd in third.
Bailey Malkiewicz took the win in the MXD class (under19) and stretched his lead in the championship to 24 points with one round to go while Levi Rogers took the win in the Rising Stars 125 race with 2-1 results.
To view a video recap of the round: https://youtu.be/Gch9mHJSpWA
Craig Dack – CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team (MX1)
“This season has gone perfectly for Dean and he has showed he is a cut above the rest with his riding, dedication work ethic and determination to win. He entered the Gladstone round with a huge points gap and could have just mailed it in and cruised to the championship, but he is a racer and he did what he does best, he won races. In fact, it was one of his better where he won Superpole and then both the motos to make it a perfect day for him and a memorable one for the team.
“It is great to work with someone like Dean who is so motivated and professional in his approach to racing and his attitude. I have said it before and continue to stand by it, Dean has become a great role model for young riders and the perfect ambassador for our sport. The time he has given to young riders and projects like the YZ65 Cup is extraordinary and he does it with a smile and while winning races.
“Dylan was consistent again with a couple of top five results and is in a tight battle for a top four position in the championship. His starts weren’t the best on the weekend and the track probably wasn’t suited to the way he rides but I’m sure he will bounce back this weekend at Coolum as it is one of his favourite tracks.
Gavin Eales - Serco Yamaha – MX2
“Wilson was a bit nervous about the weekend as he tries to close out his first MX2 championship. He fell in the first race while leading but I’m really happy that he was able to get things back on track for the second race and still manage to get on the podium.
“One thing that has improved with Wilson this year is his consistency. He has been on the podium almost every round and even when not having the best days, he has been able to salvage a good result and make the most of it. That’s why he has the points lead and he deserves it.
“This weekend will be business as usual for him and I know he is pretty focused to get a good result at the final round. He likes the track, has had plenty of success there in the past and the team have done a great job to get things turned around after a short week between the Gladstone and Coolum events.
Scott Bishop- Yamalube Yamaha Racing – MX2
“Gladstone proved to be out best round for the year with Jay Wilson winning the round and Richie Evans finishing fifth. Regardless of the result, it was just pleasing to see both riders up the front and challenging for race wins as we believe both of them have the talent and ability to do it every weekend.
“Jay had no idea where he was standing for the round points as the positions could have easily changes in the final few laps of the last race. Jay was after the race win but the result of some of the riders behind him could also have changed things so the simplest way to fix that was win the race and get the most points you can and let the rest unfold.
“Although he finished second in that race, the points fell our way and he was pretty emotional to learn he had won so that was a pretty cool moment for the team.
“Richie has had a tough couple of weeks since the Raymond Terrace round. His eye was seriously damaged with dirt getting inside his contacts to cause an ulcer under his eye. He was basically house bound for the three weeks in between the events and only rode once so to come out and finish where he did in fifth is a great result and one that he should take plenty of confidence from.”
Travis Whitten – WBR Yamaha – MXD
“The points were pretty tight going into round nine on the MXD class with five riders still in with a good chance of claiming the title, so it was a real pressure situation for these young riders. Bailey Malkiewicz handled it the best and rode exceptionally well to take both race wins and extend his lead in the championship. He had pressure in race two and rode from sixth place to win it so it was a season defining ride from him and one that has set up his season.
“For Hugh, he fell at a critical time in the opening race and made another mistake later the next lap which dropped him back to 12th place and he lost a heap of points. But Hugh is a determined kid and he regathered himself to finish second in the final moto and keep his championship hopes alive.
“Both Bailey and Hugh are 1-2 in the championship and this weekend determines the winner. It’s a credit to both guys to have done such a great job this year and hope they both race well on Sunday and do their best.”
And just to put the icing on an already successful day, Levi Rogers took the win in the 125 Rising Stars on his Yamaha Junior Racing YZ125. Rogers finished with 2-1 results to claim the win and finished third in the series.
The final round takes place at the Coolum Pines circuit on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
1st Dean Ferris – 629 (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team)
2nd Mitch Evans – 507
3rd Luke Clout – 498
4th Dylan Long – 454 (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team)
5th Brett Metcalfe – 454
6th Caleb Ward – 444
7th Rhys Carter – 417
8th Joel Wightman – 337
9th Kade Mosig – 321
10th Zak Small - 311
1st Wilson Todd- 558 (Serco Yamaha)
2nd Aaron Tanti – 501
3rd Hamish Harwood – 498
4th Dylan Wills – 457
5th Jay Wilson – 452 ( Yamalube Yamaha Racing)
6th Jy Roberts – 390
7th Kale Makeham – 380
9th Kyle Webster – 369
9th Cody Dyce – 313 (Yamaha YZ250F)
10th Egan Mastin - 308
1st Bailey Malkiewicz – 528 (WBR Yamaha)
2nd Hugh McKay – 504 (WBR Yamaha)
3rd Riley Dukes – 501
4th Max Purvis – 488 (Yamaha YZ250F)
5th Brodie Ellis – 459 (Yamaha YZ250F)