It was an action-packed weekend at round four of the Penrite ProMX with the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team finishing the weekend in a two-three formation in the MX1 class and gaining ground in the championship hunt.The weekend saw the event run over a two-day format with qualifying and race one on Saturday followed by another two races on Sunday. The format proved popular with the teams and riders as they produced some sensational raving on the weekend across a wide variety of conditions.
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It was Luke Clout who led the CDR Yamaha charged and as he returned to form at round four. Familiar with the Maitland circuit and the tacky, jump laden track lends a hand to Clout’s aggressive riding style, saw him charge to second place for the round on the back of three, second place results.
In all three motos, Clout was right in the fight as the Yamaha trio of Clout, Tanti and Dean Ferris charged away from the pack. Clout battled hard, not giving an inch and often it was his late moto determination that saw him win the teammate battle under the CDR Yamaha awning for the round.
“I felt my riding has been heading in the right direction over the last few weeks and this round was just a conformation of that,” Clout begins. “My starts were better and I was able to get some good track position early in the race and it felt good to be back up the front and fighting for race wins.
“There is still some work to be done but I’m happy with the progress we made since the last round and will continue to keep at it as I think a round win isn’t far away.
“Thanks to the team for a great weekend and being on top of everything. The boys work hard off the track and after the frustrating weekend at Wodonga, its good for both of us to bounce back and be on the podium.”
Like Clout, Tanti was in the heat of the fire as well in all three motos and at various stages actually was in front on several occasions but was just unable to close the deal in the final stages. Tanti took it right up to Clout and Ferris and the trio had the crowd on the fences with excitement as each 30-minute race unfolded.
In the end, Tanti finished each race in third and right in the shadows of the lead pair. The consistent weekend now sees him back to third place in the championship and looking forward to clawing more points back in the coming rounds.
“I’m just a little frustrated with myself as a few little mistakes latter in each moto proved costly for me,” Tanti explains. “I was able to get myself into a position to fight for the race win, only to fall or make a mistake and lose some time and positions, so while its good to be on the podium, my goal is to win races and rounds.
“The club did a great job with the track, and I really enjoyed how it was prepared. We now have a few weeks break before going to Gilman which has a different dirt to Maitland in that its softer and not as clay based, so I'm excited for the change and keen to get a little higher on the podium,” he ends.
May 28 with see round five of the ProMX move to the Gilman circuit in Adelaide where the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team will be out to keep the podium doubles coming.
Round Four – Maitland
1st Dean Ferris – 75
2nd Luke Clout – 66 (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team)
3rd Aaron Tanti – 60 (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team)
4th Jed Beaton – 49
5th Kirk Gibbs – 46
MX1 Championship Standings
1st Dean Ferris – 145 (Yamaha YZ450F)
2nd Jed Beaton – 136
3rd Aaron Tanti – 119 (Yamaha YZ450F)
4th Kirk Gibbs – 119
5th Luke Clout – 114 (Yamaha YZ450F)