The Serco Yamaha duo of Nathan Crawford and Jesse Dobson, laid down a solid platform to launch their 2021 Pro MX championship tilt after a promising day at the opening round at Wonthaggi.Dealing with wild and windy conditions on a track notorious for sorting the men out from the boys, the Serco Yamaha pair raced to third and fourth respectively and an impressive way to start the championship in the highly competitive MX2 (250cc) class.
Coming into the weekend, Nathan Crawford’s preparation had been halted with a shoulder injury at a local event in Queensland just seven weeks ago. He was only cleared to get back on the bike 10 days prior to round one but was able to cash in on the huge pre-season before the injury to get him through the opening round in good shape.
Crawford finished with 5-2 results on Sunday, showing his speed and fitness were right where they needed to be despite the injury as he was able to push his way forward in the latter stages of each moto.
“I leave here pretty happy and satisfied to be honest,” said a relieved Crawford at days’ end. “Six weeks ago I was devastated when I hurt my shoulder and it was a race against time to be on the start line here at Wonthaggi but I did everything I could and was able to not just race but make it on the podium, so I’m stoked.
“The team did a great job and I only rode my race bike for the first time on Saturday but it was ready to go and we got it done. I think there is still some more strength to gain in my shoulder and with Canberra in three weeks, I expect to be at 100% by then and ready to take up the fight all the way to Coolum.”
For Dobson, it was pleasing to see a consist performance that netted him two top five results and him well in contention after the opening round. Speed has never been the issue for the Sunshine Coast based rider, but consistency has so it was a more mature performance form him and one that is likely to keep him in the championship hunt in the 2021 season.
“Today was just about getting off to a good start with nothing crazy,” Dobson said. “This track can catch you out if you don’t give it the respect, so I was not going to ride over my head and risk something happening but rather just accumulate points and build a good base for the championship.
“My bike was working well and the team did a great job. I would love to have got on the podium, but we are right there and now its time to shift focus towards the next round and keep the momentum rolling," Dobson concluded.
Round two takes place in Canberra on May 2 and the Serco Yamaha team will be looking to maximise their good start to the championship.
Pro MX Results Round One
1st Kyle Webster – 50
2nd Alex Larwood – 40 (Yamaha)
3rd Nathan Crawford – 38 (Serco Yamaha)
4th Jesse Dobson – 38 (Serco Yamaha)
5th Rhys Budd – 35 (Yamaha)
6th Jai Constantinou – 30
7th Jay Wilson – 29 (Yamaha)
8th Dylan Wills – 22
9th Levi Rogers – 22 (Yamaha)
10th Hugh McKay – 21 (Yamaha)