MXN – Murray Bridge Insights
All the facts, none of the waffle. We’ve cut out the boring bits of all the race reports we receive and left you with the good stuff. These are the insights into Round 5 of the MX Nationals, held at Murray Bridge, SA.
- Murray Bridge marked the halfway point of the 10-round series.
- Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Todd Waters became the first Australian to win a round of the MX Nationals in the MX1 class.
- Water’s has had four out of five podium finishes this season.
- Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Brad Anderson finished up second after going 2-5-1.
- Privateer rider, Tye Simmonds, took third place in the MX1 class, marking his second top three finish for the year.
- MX1 championship leader, Josh Coppins, collided with Jake Moss in the final moto which set him back to 14th, but he managed to salvage the race and cross the line in 8th. He finished sixth overall after going 3-6-8, but still maintains the championship lead by 21 points.
- Coppins will head to Europe for the five-week break between MX Nationals rounds to race select UK and Belgium events.
- Coppins’ teammate, Lawson Bopping, started off the round slow with an 8th place finish in Moto 1 but pulled it together to go 8-4-3 and finish fourth.
- Teammates Brad Anderson and Ford Dale both pulled off the fastest qualifying times in the MX1 and MX2 classes.
- Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jay Marmont was off the bike all week to aid his knee injury recovery, but a second corner crash in Moto 1 saw him again aggravate his injury and force him out of the race. He battled through the pain in the final two motos to go DNF-7-5.
- Marmont’s teammate, Kade Mosig, had a tough day in the MX2 class after failing to get a good start in Moto 1 and 3. He went 13-3-10 and took eighth place. Mosig currently sits fifth in the championship, 25 points shy of the top three.
- Dale took the victory in Moto 1 but a crash in the second race left him fighting to the finish. He crossed the line in 13th. Another crash in the third and final moto saw him struggle, but he raced back to finish third and won himself third on the podium.
- JDR KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Cachia claimed the team’s first victory of the year in the MX2 class. He won with a 5-1-2. Cachia now sits fourth in the championship standings.
- Despite two crashes in the first moto, Cachia’s teammate, Dan Reardon, finished ninth. He followed this with an 8-6 in the final two races to finish seventh overall – his best performance to date.
- Waters’ teammate, Cody Cooper, claimed fifth in the MX1 class after a fall in the final moto meant he had to settle for 10th. He wrapped up the round with a 4-3-10.
- Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha’s Luke Styke maintained the red plate after taking fifth overall in the MX2 class. Styke finished the first moto in 15th after a first lap crash left him in dead last. The final two motos was better for the championship leader, and he wrapped up with a 15-2-4 result.
- Local SA rider, Kirk Gibbs, had a shocker after a second turn pile up in Moto 2 left him well down the field. And a mechanical in the third moto meant he was forced to retire.
Don’t forget to take a look at our exclusive video from the event. And for the full results check out our online results page.