Green Power in Tassie
Tassie may have turned on perfect weather to welcome Round 2 of the Australian Motocross Championship to Penguin Race track on the weekend, but KRT turned up and created a winning
storm in both the Pro Open and Pro Lites Classes.
Tassie may have turned on perfect weather to welcome Round 2 of the Australian Motocross Championship to Penguin Race track on the weekend, but KRT turned up and created a winning storm in both the Pro Open and Pro Lites Classes.
Continuing to build on their winning momentum, KRT riders Daniel Reardon, Mitch Hoad and Cody Mackie hit the well prepared clay Penguin track, still pumped from racing in the opening Championship Round the previous weekend. After qualifying fastest, Pro Open specialist Daniel Reardon, stayed true to his winning form and dominated every aspect of competition on board his KX450F.
Winning the event outright, Reardon finished Race One 28 seconds ahead of Daryl Hurley and 33 seconds ahead of Cody Cooper in Race Two. Reardon’s weekend result secures him a 28 point Pro Open Championship lead over Daryl Hurley and a 31 point lead over Jay Marmont in third.
“It was great to get a good start and win the hole shot in the opening race,” said Reardon. “I put in lap times. Unfortunately our timing system wasn’t working in Race 1, so I don’t know what my early lap times were. I do know I fi nished with a good gap over Hurley though.”
“In the second race, I again managed to hole shot the race and pull a good lead. I had a few dramas when lapping riders, as I had to work hard to get around them cleanly which was quite diffi cult. But
Onboard his KX250F, Pro Lites pilot Mitch Hoad, found his winning form securing him first place in Race Two. After placing fifth in the first race, Hoad came out in the second race ‘guns-a-blazing’, finishing six seconds ahead of Jake Moss and sixteen seconds in front of Cameron Taylor.
“It was a good day of racing for me,” said Hoad. “I really found my rhythm and felt good in the second race.” “I didn’t get a good start in the first race, as I was held up in Turn One traffic and I had to fight back from outside the top ten on the opening lap. The first corner traffic allowed the front runners to pull a decent lead over me, so even when I fought my way through the field back up to fifth place,there was just too big a gap to catch Tobin in fourth place and the front runners by race end.”
“In the second race I again didn’t get a great start, but I made smart moves and just ground the laps out to come from outside the top ten to run in the top five in the opening laps. I was persistent and eventually got to the lead, though I swapped first place several times with Moss who showed good pace.”
“I am just really happy for the Team. We prepared well this week and I felt confident coming into this event.” Hoad said. Cody Mackie believes he has come along way in his two weeks with the Team after his four month stint on the sideline with injury.
“I feel like things are slowly starting to come together for me,” said Mackie. “I have only been back on my KX250F for three weeks, so to be placed in sixth place in such a competitive Championship is a good result.”
“In the first race, I got away to a top ten start, but I was hit from behind by another rider and I went down. Once I got back on, I just tried to ride hard and come home in one piece. I had a tricky moment when Taylor Potter went down in front of me and I made contact with his race bike, but that moment
came and went quickly and for the remainder of the race I just put my head down and worked hard,
“In Race Two, I just struggled to find a good, consistent rhythm. I got away to a reasonable top five start, but it took me quite a while to find a comfortable rhythm. I just kept it fairly clean swapping positions a couple of times throughout the race, but still managed sixth place which was OK,” said Mackie.
Team Manager, Brett Whale, was excited with the Teams performance. “I am stoked with all three prepared for this event. After a tiring Round One event last weekend, our results this weekend demonstrate the rider’s level of commitment and professionalism to being the best they can be in 2007.”
“We have had fantastic support from our Sponsors this year and we are so pleased that we have had been able to stand Kawasaki on the podium at the opening two rounds.”