CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team rider, Luke Clout, has won the highly prestigious Manjimup 15000 motocross event in Western Australia, beating a top quality field, on one of Australia’s most challenging tracks.The event saw Clout and his Yamaha YZ450F take on all comers across four All-Star motos, as well as an elimination shootout that had the enthusiastic crowd on the fenceline the entire day. In the end, Clout was simply too strong and too fast for his rivals to take all before him and win his first Manjimup 15000 crown.
To view a video of the event: https://youtu.be/a1ujWP4ru3c
Conditions on the day started out wet as overnight rain left the picturesque Manjimup circuit muddy for the opening race of the All-Stars feature event. Clout was near the front on the opening lap before moving into the lead on lap two and held it to take a confidence boasting win and set up his day in the perfect fashion.
From there he went on a tear, winning the next two all-star races to build a points lead that allowed him some breathing room for the final leg. As he had done all day, he instantly went to the lead in the final moto and put his head down for the opening laps. Once the field had strung out, Clout was able to assess the situation, back down the speed and settle into a comfortable pace that would see him take the overall victory. In a mature ride, he crossed the finish line in second place and that was enough to give him a 10 point victory to claim the Manjimup 15000 crown.
On top of that, he also took victory in the Elimination shootout which was a one lap dash that saw the last five riders drop out of the race until the final leg, where just three riders fronted the start gates. It was Clout vs Todd Waters Vs Aaron Tanti with one all out, leave your brain in the tool-box sprint lap to determine the winner. And Clout again prevailed taking the win by just over a second from Waters.
“What an awesome day!” Clout expresses after the final moto. “Coming here in 2019 was such a great experience and ever since then I have wanted to come back and win this event and it was so cool to do it today.
“The fans in WA really get motocross and to have them swinging over the fences every race and hear the cheer, although most of that was for Regan, just made for a great atmosphere and I loved it. The vibe in the pits was good and everyone put in a huge effort to make the event so cool.
“Thank you to Peter Strickland and his team over here in WA for looking after us and everyone at CDR Yamaha Monster Energy who make my job so easy. They took care of everything and things worked perfectly all day.
“Finally a massive shoutout to my brother Aaron who works so hard as well as my family for all their support. I’m sure I will remember this day for a long-time and I look forward to coming back next year and racing over here again.” Clout ends.
The performance of Clout in Manjimup wasn’t lost on his team boss and former Manjimup winner, Craig Dack, who heaped praise on his star rider on a tough and demanding track.
“I have experienced the Manjimup 15000 event as a rider and I understand the effort and strength it takes to perform like that at such a tough race. This event isn’t easy and to win in such a dominant fashion is a testament to the work Luke puts in. My memory of walking to the start line for the final moto is one of near exhaustion as the format really pushes a rider to their physical limits.
“It was a professional and polished performance from a rider who is maturing on and off the track,” Dack ends.
Clout now returns to the east coast where he will re-join his team mate Hayden Mellross and the rest of the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team as they focus on the upcoming round of the Pro MX championship in Maitland, NSW on June 27.
Manjimup 15000 Results
1st Luke Clout – 97 (Yamaha YZ450F)
2nd Regan Duffy – 89
3rd Evan Browne- 84
4th Conan Forrester – 83 (Yamaha YZ250F)
5th Aaron Tanti – 74
6th Revonn Niewoudt – 68 (Yamaha YZ250F)
7th Matt Moss – 67 (Yamaha YZ450F)
8th Brett Metcalfe – 67
9th Ben Cooke – 60
10th Todd Waters - 60