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Appin Round 6 results

Australian Champs 2013

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Matt Moss, Styke and Simpson victorious at Appin Australian Motocross round. Cooper 2nd.

Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Matt Moss raced to his second Monster Energy MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, round victory of the year as the season resumed with round six at Appin’s Macarthur Motorcycle Club today.

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Fresh from a month-long trip to the US training for the series’ second half, Moss claimed the overall round win with 1-3 results and now closes to within four points of MX1 championship leader Todd Waters (Motorex KTM), who finished 10th overall.

Moss was up front from the outset in the opening 30-minute affair, controlling the pace and comfortably winning in what is his home race of the season. Race two saw Moss forced to battle from the back-end of the top 10, climbing to a hard-fought fifth despite a mishap mid-moto.

“I’m really happy this weekend, everything’s been going good,” said Moss. “I’m disappointed in that last race, I was just real slow at the start and then I came home strong. But we’re gathering points and only four points shy of the red plate.”

A second moto win for Cody Cooper resulted in second overall, handing Motul Pirelli Suzuki its second 1-2 result in succession. Cooper’s ride in moto two was clinical as, like Moss earlier, he controlled the race at the front from early on and was never headed. In moto one Cooper was a frustrating eighth after a number of incidents.

Matt Moss took his second overall MX1 win of the season. Image: Simon Makker/

Matt Moss took his second overall MX1 win of the season. Image: Simon Makker/

“I got a bad start in the first one and it cost me on a real hard track to pass,” Cooper said. “I think everyone had a share of trying to pass and found it hard. We had a bit of an issue in that last moto and I had no brakes, but I felt good and I still won and had good pace, so I’m real happy.”

Completing the podium overall was rookie Kirk Gibbs (Motorex KTM), taking a well deserved second in the first moto after suffering arm pump and fourth in moto two. The South Australian was tied with Cooper, but dropped to third on count back for his second podium of the year.

“It was a good day for me, it started off well being in the Super Pole,” said Gibbs. “And I just needed to put in more of an effort against Billy [Mackenzie] and it might have been all good. But he rode pretty well and so did these two boys up here and everyone else. I’m just happy to be up here and put in on the box for the Motorex KTM team.”

CDR Yamaha’s Lawson Bopping ended up fourth for the round with a consistent effort of 4-6, while Adam Monea (Monster Energy Kawasaki) was again impressive to complete the top five. Monea crashed in the first turn of moto one and again later in the moto on his way to 12th, but salvaged his weekend with a gritty ride to second in moto two.

Scotsman Billy Mackenzie (CDR Yamaha) had a difficult opening moto with 10th, but soldiered to third in moto two and retains third in the standings. He edged out four-time champion Jay Marmont (Monster Energy Kawasaki), who was seventh with an improved 5-7 results haul.

Campbell Mining Suzuki’s Jake Moss was a fine third in moto one, but a crash and difficulty getting going again during moto two forced him to settle for 12th. That resulted in eighth overall for the round, one spot ahead of a rejuvenated Cody Mackie (Zero Seven Motorsports Kawasaki, 6-9).

Waters completed the top 10, braving the pain of a freshly broken collarbone that he underwent surgery on less than a fortnight ago. The first moto was kind to Waters with a seventh, but a fall in the second outing halted his progress on the way to 11th.

In the Motul MX2 category it was Serco Yamaha’s Luke Styke who extended his series lead in the most pivotal round of the championship to date. Styke was second in the opening moto, before putting forward a dominant performance in the second for the race two and overall victory.

“I suffered a little bit of arm-pump today but overall we’re happy,” said Styke. “The championship is looking great and we’ve just got to keep taking it one race at a time and keep moving forward.”

With teammate Luke Clout ruled out with a broken femur sustained in a practice crash late this week, the big news came following moto one that Josh Cachia (Carlton Dry Honda Racing) will also be ruled out of the season as he undergoes wrist surgery on Monday.

Luke Styke took the MX2 overall win at round six. Image: Simon Makker/

Luke Styke took the MX2 overall win at round six. Image: Simon Makker/

Moto one saw Tunetech Racing KTM privateer Kale Makeham breakthrough for his first career win in a stunning ride, backing that up with a come-from-behind third in moto two. That sealed him the runner-up for the weekend in his third podium appearance of his rookie campaign. Makeham’s result moves him to second in the series, 83 points in arrears of Styke.

“I didn’t get the best of starts in that second one which was a bit disappointing,” said Makeham. “I had so much fun when I got to the front with the top boys, it’s always been on my mind to be able to battle with those guys.

“We had to push hard in that second one but it was good, it’s still a learning year for me but we’re ticking all the boxes and making improvements at each round.”

Completing the podium in the ride of the weekend was Victorian Kade Mosig (Zero Seven Motorsports Kawasaki), returning from injury in another exceptional effort. Mosig was a comfortable third in moto one and second in moto two, resulting in his first rostrum of 2013 despite missing the past two rounds.

“It’s good to come back with a podium, I’ve just got to keep moving forward now,” said Mosig. “It’s good to be back and good to get a podium, because the whole team is working really hard and hopefully we’ve got a few more of these to come.”

The MX2 class was action-packed at Appin. Image: Simon Makker/

The MX2 class was action-packed at Appin. Image: Simon Makker/

Fourth overall for the round was Geran Stapleton (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) with a pair of fourths, edging out Kiwi Suzuki privateer Rhys Carter after he raced to a 6-6 scorecard.

Shell-supported Honda rider Takeshi Katsuya put in one of his best rides of the season with sixth overall. He was ninth in moto one, before charging to fifth in the second despite falling early on in the moto.

The top 10 was completed by Ryan Marmont (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki, 7-7), Brock Winston (Choice Motorsports KTM, 8-10), Keiron Hall (Full Force CarsRus Honda, 12-9) and Wade Hunter (Suzuki, 10-11).

Victorian rising star Jack Simpson (KTM) returned to the top step of the Pirelli MXD podium in convincing fashion at Appin, rebounding from fourth in moto one to win the second moto. He’s now 19 points behind series leader kiwi Hamish Harwood (KTM), who was third at Appin with 2-4 results.

“I stayed in the race line during moto two and did what I wanted to do, I knew he [Joel Dinsdale] would have to do some crazy moves to get around me, and he did – it didn’t really work in his favour.”

Jack Simpson took the MXD overall win at Appin. Image: Simon Makker/

Jack Simpson took the MXD overall win at Appin. Image: Simon Makker/

Harwood was content with his overall result, happy to hold onto the red plate at the point of the season.

“In the second moto I went sideways out of the gate and I was deep in the pack,” said Harwood. “That first lap I think I hit [Jesse] Dobson’s wheel and went down again, so that definitely made it hard.”

Second overall was GYTR Yamaha’s Jay Wilson in his best outing of the year. Wilson was third in moto one and again in the second, climbing from outside the top 20 in that second moto.

“I put a lot of hard work in during the off-season with AlterEgoElite, my mechanic Mike Ward and the whole team,” said Wilson. “We just put out head down and went for it, so it looks like it’s working. The pressure’s off now, we’ve got a taste of the podium and hopefully over the next couple of rounds we can keep it up here.”

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Jesse Dobson (Kawasaki, 10-2) and Joel Whightman (Yamaha, 6-7).

The hard luck story of the weekend was Wilson’s rookie teammate Joel Dinsdale, winning moto one before crashing out of the second and bumping his head in the process. Early reports indicate the young Queenslander has no broken bones.

Former Under 19s champion Errol Willis won the KTM 2-Stroke Cup overall with a 1-1 scorecard, heading local standouts Dwayne Stadthaus (KTM, 3-2) and Corey Lucas (Suzuki, 2-3).

The Monster Energy MX Nationals will continue at Hervey Bay in Queensland on Sunday, 28 July.

2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship
Round six – Appin, NSW

Monster Energy MX1 overall results:
1. Matt Moss 65
2. Cody Cooper 63
3. Kirk Gibbs 63
4. Lawson Bopping 54
5. Adam Monea 53
6. Billy Mackenzie 51
7. Jay Marmont 50
8. Jake Moss 49
9. Cody Mackie 47
10. Todd Waters 44
11. Tye Simmonds 41
12. Sam Martin 41
13. Dam Duncanson 35
14. James Booth-Elliott 32
15. Kieran Tisdale 30
16. Dylan Gosling 30
17. Jesse O’Farrell 26
18. Beau Pesic 24
19. Gareth Swanepoel 22
20. Jason McCarthy 20

Monster Energy MX1 championship standings (after six of 10 rounds):
1. Todd Waters 376
2. Matt Moss 372
3. Billy Mackenzie 340
4. Cody Cooper 331
5. Lawson Bopping 320
6. Kirk Gibbs 293
7. Adam Monea 285
8. Jake Moss 279
9. Tye Simmonds 273
10. Jay Marmont 241
11. Daniel McCoy 209
12. Sam Martin 207
13. Cody Mackie 184
14. James Booth-Elliott 182
15. Jacob Wright 176
16. Robbie Marshall 143
17. Kieran Tisdale 137
18. Ford Dale 133
19. Sam Duncanson 92
20. Luke Donnelly 74

Motul MX2 overall results:
1. Luke Styke 67
2. Kale Makeham 65
3. Kade Mosig 62
4. Geran Stapleton 56
5. Rhys Carter 50
6. Takeshi Katsuya 48
7. Ryan Marmont 48
8. Brock Winston 44
9. Keiron Hall 41
10. Wade Hunter 41
11. Dylan Long 40
12. Tristen Cachia 35
13. Daniel McEntee 29
14. Luke Wilson 29
15. John Prutti 28
16. Josh Cachia 26
17. Kurt Gow 24
18. Zane Keleher 23
19. Kayne Lamont 20
20. Mitch Norris 18

Motul MX2 championship standings (after six of 10 rounds):
1. Luke Styke 403
2. Kale Makeham 320
3. Josh Cachia 305
4. Brock Winston 302
5. Luke Clout 285
6. Geran Stapleton 264
7. Takeshi Katsuya 260
8. Ryan Marmont 244
9. Dylan Long 227
10. Rhys Carter 209
11. Kayne Lamont 203
12. Wade Hunter 198
13. Tristen Cachia 188
14. Matt Ryan 160
15. Kade Mosig 135
16. John Prutti 130
17. Kieran Scheele 117
18. Luke Wilson 117
19. Daniel McEntee 114
20. Dylan Peterson 81

Pirelli MXD overall results:
1. Jack Simpson 63
2. Jay Wilson 60
3. Hamish Harwood 60
4. Jesse Dobson 53
5. Joel Wightman 49
6. Jordan Bissaker 47
7. Corey James 45
8. Dylan Wills 44
9. Jake Emanuelli 43
10. Logan Blackburn 38
11. Damien Harrison 37
12. Joel Dinsdale 35
13. Jesse Madden 31
14. Jesse McNally 31
15. Meghan Rutledge 28
16. Joel Evans 27
17. Aaron Tanti 26
18. Nathan Denny 25
19. Nick Scott 24
20. Izak Maule 22

Pirelli MXD championship standings (after four of eight rounds):
1. Hamish Harwood 244
2. Jack Simpson 225
3. Jesse Dobson 218
4. Joel Dinsdale 194
5. Jay Wilson 190
6. Corey James 180
7. Joel Wightman 179
8. Nick Scott 176
9. Logan Blackburn 166
10. Jake Emanuelli 134
11. Dakota Court 118
12. Jesse McNally 118
13. Tomas Ravenhorst 114
14. Joel Evans 107
15. Meghan Rutledge 105
16. Jordan Bissaker 83
17. Aaron Tanti 83
18. Izak Maule 77
19. Jett Anderson 66
20. Jesse Madden 65

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Top photo: Matt Moss, Cody Cooper and Kirk Gibbs stood on the MX1 podium at Appin. Image: Simon Makker/

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