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19th May 2016

MX Nationals Rd 3

A rain-affected round three of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals at Broadford threw up mixed results for National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team. Matt and Jake Moss continued to run near the front of the pack, while MX1 contender Kade Mosig crashed out and is awaiting the outcome from scans as to the extent of his injuries.

Heavy overnight rain turned the Broadford hillside into a quagmire before the gates opened, with on-track conditions being so treacherous officials cancelled qualifying and Super Pole.

While conditions generally improved as the day progressed, another downpour during the second motos ensured the third round of the championship was one that tested the Kawasaki racers and their machines to the limit.

In the premier MX1 class two-time national champion Matt Moss proved the KX450F excels in challenging conditions as he tore to a brace of third places for fourth overall.

“It was a brutal track and I felt I rode well in the first race,” Moss reflected. “The second race didn’t quite go to plan even though I finished in a strong position. I made some big mistakes and nearly went down and that tightened me up and I couldn’t find my groove again. All in all it was a good weekend and you can’t complain about finishing such a tough day with two thirds. Having the next three weeks off will do me good and ensure I’m ready for the next round.”

Meanwhile Moss’s fellow MX1 teammate Kade Mosig fell victim to the challenging conditions in the second race. After a creditable fifth in the opening moto, Mosig fell during the opening laps of the afternoon race and was struck by another rider and had to be attended to by the RACESAFE Medical Team.

“At the moment he’s under observation, but it looks as though he has a pelvic injury,” explained National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team manager Troy Carroll. “We’re not sure on the extent of the injury until we have some more scans and find out exactly what’s going on.”

In the MX2 class, Jake Moss narrowed the points difference on the championship lead to just 11 points with a third and a seventh in his two outings for fifth overall. In a brutal opening race Moss and his KX250F handled the muddy conditions well on his way to a third position

“That opening moto was hell,” Moss described. “I had a couple of crashes that weren’t my fault – the lappers were bad and I really had to pick and choose where to pass, but I was really happy with third place. In the second moto I focused on staying consistent and not crashing and that helped me finish the day in fifth overall.”

The fourth round of the 2016 MX Nationals is scheduled for Murray Bridge, South Australia, on Sunday, 22 May.

 


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