Exclusive – MX Nationals Rd 6 Hervey Bay Race Recap
CDR Yamaha rider Lawson Bopping declared himself as an MX1 championship contender, scoring his first ever victory in the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Hervey Bay in Queensland on Sunday. The second half of the season resumed with a bang after a 6 week break in the Sunshine State, as two of Australia’s most talented rising stars battled it to take home the win. Bopping was awarded the victory after a special moto three win, managing to hold off Motul Pirelli Suzuki contender Todd Waters. Bopping won the opening moto in another shining performance, before finishing second in moto two, which was won by Waters’ Suzuki teammate Cody Cooper. “I’m stoked with 1-2-1 finishes and it was almost a perfect day for me,” Bopping said. “My team has worked so hard and the time I spent in America during the mid-season break has really paid off.
Waters finished up the day second overall, now sitting only 12 points behind championship leader Josh Coppins, who was fourth overall at Hervey Bay after a round of mixed results. “It was a great day, the track got really tricky out there and I have to hand it to Lawson,” Waters commented. “The whole Motul Pirelli Suzuki team have worked hard during the break, we made a few changes, and I’ve been training hard. Now I can’t wait to get to Horsham and see what we can do there.” Taking the third podium step was Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Brad Anderson after a consistent day of racing. Anderson and Bopping are now tied for third in the championship standings.
Dan Reardon finished fifth overall for the round, having his best result this year for JDR KTM. Coppins maintained his series lead after round six, but now only 25 points separate him from Waters, Anderson and Bopping.
Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing claimed a victorious 1-2 finish in the Motul MX2 category at Hervey Bay, with series leader Luke Styke winning ahead of teammate Kirk Gibbs. Styke won the first two motos, before finishing fourth in the final moto to secure the overall. Styke now holds a 46-point lead in the championship. “Today was good even though I struggled a little bit in qualifying,” Styke said. “The Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing YZ250F pulled me out of the gate strong all day and it was perfect. We try to aim for 60 points every weekend and today I got 68, so it went to plan.”
Gibbs had his best round of the season with second overall, while completing the podium was Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Ford Dale, who remains second in the championship standings. The final moto win at Hervey Bay went to Josh Cachia in a stunning performance for JDR KTM, but only took eighth overall after suffering a DNF in the opening moto.
The Pirelli MXD class was taken out by Kiwi Kayne Lamont, marking his third round win in succession. The victory for Lamont resulted in taking the red plate from fellow KTM rider Dylan Long, who took sixth overall at Hervey Bay following a final moto win. “I’m pretty pumped because I was able to keep it consistent, stay on the bike and score good points,” Lamont explained. “I’m confident that I can keep this form, it could be challenging, but I’m up to the challenge. Today was demanding, the track was good and I enjoyed it a lot.” Claiming the second podium step was Kale Makeham, followed by Joel Milesevic.