UPDATE: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December. Closed. Unfortunately torrential rain has now made the tracks too wet.

The Picks for Appin

Australian MX Champs 20146

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After an action packed season opener at Horsham just two weeks ago, there is no slowing down for Motul MX Nationals athletes, teams, and event staff, especially with more than 100 competitors preparing to converge on the Appin venue this weekend.

Preview from www.fullnoise.com.au

The second round of the 2016 MOTUL MX Nationals heads to Appin this Sunday the 17th of April with Matt Moss and KTM Australia's Caleb Ward carrying the Red Plates in their Respective classes after a tight round of racing at the season openiner in Horsham. 

Moss actually does not have a clear points lead in the MX1 championship with 2016 champion KTM Australia's Kirk Gibbs tied at the top of the championship thanks to the one point he earned during superpole at Horsham. 

Dean Ferris rouned out the podium at Horsham after winning the season opening moto and again with Moss and Gibbs will be one of the favourites heading into this weekend to pick up the round win. 

Like round one trying to pick the winner or event the top three in MX1 is near on impossible. Suzuki mounted Todd Waters will be aiming to move up in the standings this weekend along with Superpole winner from round one in Kade Mosig, while Brett Metcalfe is sure to be a race winning threat on Sunday after spending the past two weeks getting comfortable on his SD3 Husqvarna after only spending a few days on the bike leading into round one. 

Add CDR Yamaha's Dan Reardon, KTM's Jesse Dobson, the Crankt Honda's of Dylan Long and Jay Wilson, DPH Yamaha's Lawson Bopping and KTM Privateer Jacob Wright who had a shocker at round one with bike problems in race one followed by a bad start in race two and things are shaping up to be very exciting again this weekend when the gates drop at Appin.

The MX2 class is just as packed this year as we saw at round one. Consistency is going to be key this year in MX2 and finising every race inside the top 3-5 will have you in the running for the championship at the end of the year with up to 8 riders capable of pulling out moto wins at any given moment. 

Ward will carry a 1 point lead into the round over Husqvarna's Nathan Crawford and Jake Moss but with Wilson Todd picking up a moto win, Jed Beaton and Luke Arbon showing they have the speed to run up the front or in Beaton's case come through the field, there is once again no clear cut favourite heading into this weekends round. Also keep an eye out for local boy Dylan Wills to have a much better day out at round two. 

The Picks from www.motoonline.com

Our picks:
Matt Moss (MX1) – Although defending champion Kirk Gibbs is right there, the National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki rider is entering his home round as the series leader, it’s hard to look the added support and confidence that comes from your home event, not to mention Moss’ current impressive form.

Caleb Ward (MX2) – The KTM Motocross Racing Team rider kicked off his season with an overall victory in Horsham, which wasn’t a surprise to see, we’re expecting the Queenslander to make his way to the front of the field once again at Appin.

Next best:
Kirk Gibbs (MX1) – The defending champion, aboard his KTM Motocross Racing KTM 450 SX-F, is smooth, smart and knows what it takes to put together a championship. We’re expecting Gibbs to be right there battling for the overall win this weekend.

Jake Moss (MX2) – Although Husqvarna’s Nathan Crawford was second overall in Horsham, following a third place finish at round one, Moss has spent the entire time training with his brother Matt out at Appin’s practice track for the most part. He’ll be shooting for that number one spot and although he now bases himself from Queensland, this is somewhat a local event for the rider from the New South Wales south coast.

Outside chances:
Dean Ferris (MX1) – It’s a toss up between who really is next best in this class, there’s two much talent to choose from. But if Dean Ferris of the CDR Yamaha team can reduce mistakes he made at round one, he’ll be a huge threat for the win. We can’t count out fellow returning MXGP contender Todd Waters either, he’ll be in the mix.

Wilson Todd (MX2) – Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd claimed an impressive second moto victory at Horsham, if this MX2 rookie can put it together in both motos at Appin, he’ll be one to keep an eye on.

Watch for:
MX1 – Dylan Long, Brett Metcalfe, Dan Reardon, Kade Mosig, Jay Wilson

MX2 – Wade Hunter, Jed Beaton, Luke Arbon, Kale Makeham, Dylan Wills

 

 
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