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MX1:  Matt Moss means business as he takes Broadford win

Reigning MX1 class number-1 plate holder Matt Moss (Team Motul Suzuki) was a model of consistency at Broadford on Sunday to claim the overall win at the opening round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals.

Moss finished second, first and third in his three races to finish just ahead of NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Monea (first, fourth and second) and Motorex KTM’s Kirk Gibbs (third, third and fifth) on the podium.

DPH Motorsport Yamaha Racing pilot Kade Mosig (fifth, fifth and seventh) and UK-born CDR Yamaha rider Billy Mackenzie (fourth, 12th and fourth) rounded out the top five overall placings.

After rain fell steadily during practice and qualifying in the morning, the opening MX1 moto was greeted by sunshine beautiful sunshine.

A huge crowd gathered around the circuit to witness some enthralling early action when Jake Moss (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki) got one up on his brother by taking the holeshot and getting to an early lead.

Matt was hot on his trail though, and the early laps saw a tough battle for family – and MX1 racing supremecy.

However the family script was torn apart four laps into the opening race, when Jake dropped his bike coming down one of Broadford’s steep hills, leaving Matt nowhere to go but straight into him.

Fortunately both riders got to their feet and while Jake was out of the race, Matt re-entered in third spot over all. Monea and Mosig shot into first and second respectively – a position that Monea held for the rest of the race.

Two laps after the incident, Matt Moss managed to pass Mosig, and finished the race in second place, while Mosig finished the race in fifth behind Gibbs and Mackenzie.

In the second race in the MX1 class, the racing intensified as both Gibbs and Jake Moss laid equal claims to the holeshot around the first corner.

It was short-lived however as Matt Moss stormed into the lead with a cunning passing move of both rivals on the second turn, leading the way ahead of Jake Moss, Gibbs, Monea, Mckenzie and Mosig.

At the end of the opening lap, a mechanical issue saw Mackenzie head to the pit area before returning to the track and finishing in 12th for the race.

The rest of the race remained status quo with Matt Moss claiming the win from his brother Jake, with Gibbs, Monea and Mosig rounding out the top-five.

The third moto of the day in the MX1 class looked to be heading in a familiar direction when Matt Moss stormed into the lead and took the holeshot.

However, half-way through the opening lap a slight mishap allowed Jake Moss and Monea to slide pass and he was unable to catch up to them in the next 20 minutes of racing.

Jake Moss went on to take the race win, and with his second and first in the final two races, was left to rue the opening race mishap – leaving him in seventh position overall for the round.

Monea’s second place in the final moto was enough to give him second overall on the day, while Moss finished in third to take the outright honours.

Mackenzie, Gibbs, Rhys Carter (Team Motul Suzuki) and Mosig rounded out the top-seven riders in the final race of the class.


MX1 Superpole:

1) Billy Mackenzie 1:49.984 (5 points)
2) Jake Moss 1:50.100 (4 points)
3) Matt Moss 1:51.435 (3 points)
4) Kirk Gibbs 1:52.183 (2 points)
5) Adam Monea 1:53.165 (1 points)

Overall Results:

1) Matt Moss 100
2) Adam Monea 96
3) Kirk Gibbs 88
4) Kade Mosig 76
5) Billy Mackenzie 80
6) Rhys Carter 74
7) Jake Moss 71
8) Brad Groombridge 67
9) Jay Marmont 66
10) Hayden Mellross 65

Overall Results (Incl. Superpole):

1) Matt Moss 100
2) Adam Monea 96                                                                            Matt Moss. Photo - Jeff Crow
3) Kirk Gibbs 88
4) Kade Mosig 76
5) Billy Mackenzie 80
6) Rhys Carter 74
7) Jake Moss 71
8) Brad Groombridge 67
9) Jay Marmont 66
10) Hayden Mellross 65

MX2: Kayne Lamont claims honours in the opener

Kiwi Husqvarna Red Bull WIL Sport NZ Racing rider Kayne Lamont has had a cracking day in perfect conditions at the opening round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Broadford, taking the MX2 class round win ahead of KTM duo Brendan Harrison and Hamish Harwood.

Despite early rain at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex in Victoria, the sun shone in the afternoon – matched by an equally bright performance by Lamont.

Lamont managed first, second and first from his three motos to claim a comfortable overall win on the day and stake his claim as a rider to watch in the MX2 class in 2014.

Kayne Lamont.  Photo- Jeff Crow

In the opening moto, a big bunching of riders at the first corner saw Luke Clout (Serco Yamaha) take the holeshot and stream into a comfortable early race lead from Lamont, Errol Willis (Axis Motorsports), Daniel McCoy (TM Racing) and KTM privateer Wade Hunter.

The top-five remained almost unchanged for most of the 20-minute race, except for a dramatic finish in the tussle for first between Clout and Lamont.

With two laps remaining, Clouts’ gears failed him – and he finished the final two laps unable to move out of first gear.

It allowed Lamont to stream past him to take the opening race honours – while Clout pulled through to manage second in the race ahead of Willis.

In the second moto of the day, Harrison got a great start to take the holeshot ahead of Lamont and despite a solid attempt by the latter to reign in the KTM rider, it was to no avail and he had to settle for second place.

Kale Makeham (Tunetech Racing KTM Australia), Hunter and Harwood rounded out the top-five in the second moto.

While the first two races saw little change at the front of the field throughout the race, the third and final moto was packed full of action.

It was a moto that saw some of the overall round-challengers suffer setbacks.

Makeham was third overall coming into the final moto but could only manage 29th, Willis, who was equal fifth overall coming into the final moto, did not finish due to a mechanical issue, while a similar fate awaited McCoy who was seventh coming into the last race.

It was dramatic from the first corner – where some major bunching saw many riders in the field come down – including Makeham, leaving him at the tail of the field for most of the race.

It was Lamont who had built a handy lead by the end of the opening lap ahead of Harwood, Willis, Clout, McCoy and Luke Arbon – a lead that Lamont never surrendered.

Harwood managed to hang onto second in the final race finishing in third overall for the round, while Willis’ mechanical glitch saw Clout move into third place which he held to the finish.

A fantastic ride from Yamaha Queensland rider Nick Scott saw him take fourth in the race – his 11th, seventh and fourth placings for the day enough to take fifth overall for the round ahead of Clout.

Round Results:


1) Kayne Lamont 102 (35, 32, 35)
2) Brenden Harrison 82 (21, 35, 26)
3) Hamish Harwood 81 (23, 26, 32)
4) Luke Clout 81 (32, 19, 30)
5) Nick Scott 72 (20, 24, 28)
6) Wade Hunter 69 (26, 28, 15)
7) Ryan Marmont 63 (22, 23, 18)
8) Kale Makeham 57 (25, 30, 2)
9) Caleb Ward 55 (17, 25, 13)                                                                             Kayne Lamont. Photo - Alan H.
10) Errol Willis 51 (30, 21, DNF)

MXD:  Beaton hands his rivals an MXD beating

Local GYTR Yamaha rider Jed Beaton has overcome a shaky start to come home strongly and take overall honours in the MXD class at the opening round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals.

The standard of racing in the under-19 class was extremely high at the picturesque Broadford track, as Beaton battled hard all day with Craig Anderson Husqvarna Racing Team's Egan Mastin and Husqvarna’s Nathan Crawford for round honours.

Beaton could only manage fifth place in the opening moto of the day, before recording back-to-back race wins in the second and third motos to finish two points clear of Mastin.

Mastin was super consistent all day posting a second, second and third from his three races to finish ahead of Crawford (first, seventh and second) in third place overall.

Bolton Motorcycles KTM rider Jack Simpson looked likely to snare an outright podium placing following two third-placed finishes in the opening two races, but could only manage sixth in the final moto to end the day in fourth place overall.

Fellow Motorex KTM pilot Wayde Carter finished the round in fifth outright, positioning sixth, fourth and seventh in his three races.


Round Results:

1) Jed Beaton 96 (26, 35, 35)
2) Egan Mastin 94 (32, 32, 30)
3) Nathan Crawford 91 (35, 24, 32)
4) Jack Simpson 85 (30, 30, 25)
5) Wayde Carter 77 (25, 28, 24)
6) Jayden Rykers 72 (24, 22, 26)
7) Wilson Todd 71 (28, 15, 28)
8) Brock McLeary 68 (22, 25, 21)
9) Jarrod Kelly 67 (21, 23, 23)
10) Daniel Price 52 (23, 21, 8)

                                                                                                                                      Jed Beaton.  Photo - Jeff Crow

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