It was a consistent, yet uneventful weekend for the Serco Yamaha Team as they contested round five of the ProMX, held at the Gilman Circuit, in South Australia.With plenty of rain in the lead up the round, the Gilman track crew did an amazing job to provide a truly challenging track that really made the riders work for their results and provided a great platform for some tight racing.
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Rhys Budd was the first Serco Yamaha rider home on the weekend finishing fifth for the round with his 4-5 results. Budd had two good starts and was in the lead group at the start of each race, but didn’t quite have the pace to run with the leaders on a track that challenged the bike, the rider and their fitness.
But Budd hang tough and battled hard for every position and the solid points haul from the weekend consolidates his fourth position in the MX2 championship after five rounds.
“It was a good weekend without being great one,” Budd begins. “The first few riders had a bit more speed than me and were able to inch away but I just stuck to putting in good laps and staying focused on what I was doing as it was easy to come unstuck on a track like this.
“Like most riders, I thought were we in for another full mud race and there was even some rain overnight but we got lucky with the weather during the day and the track couldn’t have been better given the circumstances.
“But now looking forward to the next few rounds and finishing the championship off strongly. All three are in Queensland so be nice to get a few wins in front of the some and near the teams’ home base,” Budd signs off.
Coming in right behind Budd in sixth place was teammate, Jesse Dobson. Dobson battled illness and injury this week but fronted up and gave it his best to take a sixth-place finish and now move to fifth in the championship after round five.
Dobson finished with 5-6 results and was often stalking his teammate for the two, twenty-five-minute races. With a break in the ProMX calendar, it gives Dobson time to get on top of any issues and hit the last three rounds at 100%.
“The last couple of weeks and even months have been challenging with my health, but I’m doing my best to put my Serco Yamaha at the front of the pack at these events. I didn’t have anything for the guys at the front today, but I gave it my all and feel drained but satisfied with the day.
“The last three rounds are at Toowoomba, QMP and Coolum, which are tracks I have had good results at in the past. The focus now will be on winning as many races and rounds as I can and see where it puts me in the championship at the end,” Dobson said.
1st Wilson Todd – 50
2nd Nathan Crawford – 44
3rd Noah Ferguson – 38
4th Brodie Connelly – 35
5th Rhys Budd – 34 (Serco Yamaha)
6th Jesse Dobson – 31 (Serco Yamaha)
7th Liam Andrews – 28
8th Hayden Smith – 23
9th Ryan Alexanderson - 22
10th Ben Novak- 21
MX2 Championship Standings
1st Wilson Todd – 197
2nd Nathan Crawford – 160
3rd Brodie Connelly – 155
4th Rhys Budd – 142 (Yamaha YZ250F)
5th Jesse Dobson – 128 (Yamaha YZ250F)
6th Kayden Minear – 127
7th Liam Andrews – 112
8th Noah Ferguson – 111
9th Ryan Alexanderson – 88
10th Kaleb Barham - 80