Challenging Virginia AUS Supercross round for Waters and Clout

It was a mixed night of results for Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters and Luke Clout at Virginia’s third round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship in South Australia on Saturday.

After qualifying sixth and then charging to second in the opening SX1 heat race of the night, Waters transferred directly through to the main event with confidence on his side.

Waters jumped out of the gates second in the 20-lap final, however the Queenslander unfortunately took a small fall and rounded out the race in an eventual seventh position.

“I finished second in my heat, which gave us a good gate pick and I got myself in second position in the main,” said Waters. “I came into the sand section and just rode it to the ground and crashed. I picked it up in 10th and then only made my way back to seventh.”

Remaining positive after missing out on a possible second-consecutive round podium, Waters will continue to work on key areas as the series moves to Sydney for rounds four and five.

“I’m looking forward to AUS-X Open, we’re definitely building, which is good,” he commented. “We’ve just got to keep on pushing and get some good starts – that’s what we need to do. “

Replicating his teammate’s performance, premier class rookie Clout showed promise during the day by qualifying fifth and went through to the main event after claiming the runner-up spot in his respective SX1 heat race.

“We qualified fifth in the afternoon session, which was good,” Clout said. “I got a good start in the heat and then qualified through to the main in second, so we turned things around a bit at that stage.”

After rocketing out of the gate to first position aboard his CRF450R, Clout also unfortunately found himself on the ground and out of podium contention following a substantial incident on lap one. He went on to cross the line in P13.

“Everything was positive going into the main and we ripped a really good start actually,” he explained. “Unfortunately I had a really big crash after that. I’m okay and I’m showing some promise.

“We just have to put it all together. It’ll turn around and I’m looking forward to that. It’s a bit of a shame for me at the moment, but we’ve got the AUS-X Open coming up next and I’m looking forward to that.”

The 2017 Australian Supercross Championship will return for rounds four and five at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on 11-12 November.

2017 Australian Supercross Championship Rd3 Virginia results:
1. Justin Brayton
2. Dylan Long
3. Kade Mosig
4. Dean Ferris
5. Daniel Reardon
6. Nathan Crawford
7. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
8. Jesse Dobson
9. Daniel Herrlein
10. Nick Schmidt
13. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)

2017 Australian Supercross Championship SX1 standings:
1. Justin Brayton 75
2. Dean Ferris 62
3. Dylan Long 54
4. Daniel Reardon 52
5. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 50
6. Kade Mosig 43
7. Nathan Crawford 43
8. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 40
9. Nick Schmidt 33
10. Daniel Herrlein 32

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Waters breaks through for Bacchus Marsh AUS Supercross podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters parked his CRF450R on the SX1 podium at Bacchus Marsh’s second round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship in Victoria.

Kicking off his day with 11th in qualifying, Waters rallied to turn his day around in his heat race by claiming a third-place transfer position through to the 20-lap main event.

Crossing the line in third at the conclusion of the final, after what was a challenging race on the technical circuit, Waters now heads into Adelaide’s third round in P3 for the championship.

“I’m stoked, this was one of the hardest days of racing for me,” said Waters. “Unfortunately I hurt my knee during the week, I came in after qualifying and I was beside myself. Basically I was just over riding injured, but dad said to just go out there and ride my laps, and that’s really what I did.

“With the result, for what the day was, I’m stoked, but I’m not really impressed with my riding overall. But we’ll go back, get make sure we’re healthy and I’m looking forward to round three in Adelaide now where we can go in with a good position in the championship.”

Teammate and premier class rookie Luke Clout showed brilliant speed throughout the day as he qualified in second position with a fast lap of 1m03.513s.

Unfortunately a pair of crashes would see Clout fall out of the top spot in his heat race and out of podium contention in the 20-lap main event, where he would eventually cross the line in seventh and now sits tied for fifth in the standings.

“We had a really good day going and I was second fastest,” said Clout. “We had some really good speed going and I was second behind Justin [Brayton] in qualifying. I was leading my heat race and that was really good to get out front, but I went down in the whoops and we finished fifth in that one.

“In the main event I got a good start and I was running in third before I put it down again. I think my speed and everything is there, but we’ve just got to fine-tune some little things and I think we’ll be on the podium in the coming rounds.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing team will take a brief break before returning to racing action at Virginia in South Australia for round three of the six-round series on 28 October.

2017 AUS Supercross Rd2 Bacchus Marsh results:
1. Justin Brayton
2. Dean Ferris
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
4. Dylan Long
5. Daniel Reardon
6. Nick Schmidt
7. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
8. Nathan Crawford
9. Kade Mosig
10. Cheyne Boyd

2017 AUS Supercross championship standings:
1. Justin Brayton 50
2. Dean Ferris 44
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 36
4. Daniel Reardon 36
5. Dylan Long 32
6. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 32
7. Nathan Crawford 28
8. Cheyne Boyd 24
9. Kade Mosig 23
10. Nick Schmidt 22

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Clout and Waters charge to top five results at Jimboomba

Crankt Protein Honda Racing opened its 2017 Australian Supercross Championship assault with a pair of top five results in the premier SX1 category on Saturday night at Jimboomba X Stadium in Queensland.

Premier class rookie Luke Clout kicked off his day at Jimboomba by qualifying in an impressive third position, before advancing directly to the main event via second place in SX1 heat two.

Following an unfortunate fall in the first turn of the 20-lap main event, Clout charged his way forward from the rear of the field in incredible fashion to finish in fourth position as the chequered flag flew.

“I’m a little bit disappointed to go down, but to come back to fourth and ride the way I did, I’m pretty happy,” said Clout. “I know I have to go home and do some work, but I know I’m right there.”

After showing promising speed throughout the entire event, Clout plans to continue building towards his goal of landing himself and the Honda CRF450R on the main event podium.

“I know my speed is around the podium, so I’m just going to go home, work hard and get on the box,” he said. “The plan is to just keep riding well and see how we go.”

Finishing in fifth place after falling with his teammate in the main event, Todd Waters remains positive as he leaves the opening round of the series in a favourable championship position following a consistent day on-track.

“We got a good start in the heat race earlier and ended up getting third there,” Waters commented. “I haven’t ridden supercross for a long time, so I’m just dipping my feet and I think the season will be good.

“Luke went down in the first turn and I was caught up in that, so I went from last to fifth at the end of the final. That’s racing though and that’s how it goes.”

Noting that raising his race intensity as his sole priority leading into round two, Waters will continue to fine-tune his training program during the short two-week break in the championship.

“I’ve got two weeks and I’ve been working on all of my motos and stuff now, so it’s now time to bring some intensity in,” he explained. “Apart from that everything is good, we’ve got the bike in a happy place, so we’ll just keep working.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing team will return to racing at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria for round two of the series on Saturday, 14 October.

2017 AUS Supercross Rd1 Jimboomba results:
1. Justin Brayton
2. Dean Ferris
3. Dan Reardon
4. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
5. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
6. Nathan Crawford
7. Dylan Long
8. Cheyne Boyd
9. Joel Wightman
10. Kade Mosig

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Podium finish for Waters at Coolum MX Nationals finals

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters capped off the 2017 MX Nationals season with a well-earned runner-up result at Coolum Pines MX Track’s final round of the championship in Queensland today.

Waters rode his CRF450R to second position in both races on Sunday after charging to the front of the field and leading much of the opening encounter. He was also able to challenge for the victory in another exceptional performance during moto two later in the afternoon.

It was a rewarding way to round out the championship for Waters and the factory-supported Crankt Protein Honda Racing organisation, sealing fourth in the final championship standings as a result, with a number of podiums to their credit and a strong end to the campaign.

Coolum wasn’t kind to teammate Luke Clout after he lodged a pair of non-finishes this afternoon, however he had once again displayed top five pace prior to his unfortunate exit during the motos. Despite the disappointment, he was able to capture P8 in the points tally at season’s end and best of the MX1 rookies.

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing team will now turn its attention to Jimboomba’s opening round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship on 23 September in Queensland.

2017 MX Nationals Rd10 Coolum results:
1. Dean Ferris 70
2. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 64
3. Kirk Gibbs 60
4. Dylan Long 54
5. Kade Mosig 53
6. Brett Metcalfe 51
7. Kyle Peters 47
8. Luke Styke 45
9. Joel Milesevic 42
10. Hamish Harwood 42

2017 MX Nationals championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 705
2. Kirk Gibbs 616
3. Kade Mosig 542
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 532
5. Luke Styke 500
6. Kyle Peters 478
7. Brett Metcalfe 426
8. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 425
9. Nathan Crawford 382
10. Joel Green 335

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Clout and Waters charge to overcome Toowoomba challenges

Crankt Protein Honda Racing teammates Luke Clout and Todd Waters wound up sixth and ninth overall in today’s penultimate round of the 2017 MX Nationals at Toowoomba in Queensland.

Round nine started positively as Clout and Waters were fourth and fifth respectively in the Super Pole qualifying session at the hill-side Echo Valley circuit.

In the opening 30-minute moto of the day Waters was first of the factory-backed CRF450R riders home to cross the line fifth, as Clout – who ran as high as third in the early stages – recovered from a crash to salvage ninth place.

The second encounter was an improvement for Clout as he pushed forward to place sixth, resulting in that same position overall. Waters finished in 10th after multiple crashes, which put him in ninth overall despite being equal on points with his teammate.

With one round remaining Waters maintains fourth in the championship standings and still within reach of a series podium, while rookie standout Clout is currently in seventh overall.

The 10th and final round of the MX Nationals is scheduled next weekend for 19-20 August, at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

2017 MX Nationals Rd9 Toowoomba results:
1. Dean Ferris 70
2. Kirk Gibbs 64
3. Kyle Peters 60
4. Nathan Crawford 54
5. Kade Mosig 53
6. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 47
7. Luke Styke 47
8. Dylan Long 47
9. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 47
10. Callum Norton 39

2017 MX Nationals championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 633
2. Kirk Gibbs 553
3. Kade Mosig 489
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 468
5. Luke Styke 455
6. Kyle Peters 431
7. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 425
8. Brett Metcalfe 375
9. Nathan Crawford 358
10. Joel Green 300

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Double podium for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Port Macquarie

It was a stellar day for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Port Macquarie’s eighth round of the 2017 MX Nationals in New South Wales, as Todd Waters and Luke Clout both landed on the podium in second and third respectively.

Clout qualified for Super Pole, lodging the fourth quickest time of 1m47.379s, while Waters narrowly missed the session with the sixth fastest lap time.

In moto one, Queensland’s Waters maintained a consistent race to pilot his CRF450R to fourth, narrowly missing the top three by half a second.

MX1 rookie Clout finished one position behind in fifth, trailing Waters as he fended off round seven victor Kirk Gibbs for much of the 30-minute plus one lap moto.

Race two saw Waters soar to second after putting in a highly-impressive outing. The number 47 was challenged in the late stages of the moto, however he maintained his composure to hang onto the runner-up position, crediting him second overall.

Clout shot out of the gates to yet another hole-shot, leading the field for the opening lap before being relegated out of the top spot. The youthful rookie hung onto the lead pack for some time, crossing the line in fourth to award him his maiden premier class podium overall.

Waters maintains fourth in the championship standings, while Clout has elevated himself to sixth position and leading MX1 class newcomer with two rounds remaining.

The next round of the MX Nationals is scheduled for 13 August, at Toowoomba in Queensland, marking the penultimate round of the series.

2017 MX Nationals Rd8 Port Macquarie results:
1. Dean Ferris 70
2. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 60
3. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 54
4. Brett Metcalfe 53
5. Nathan Crawford 53
6. Kade Mosig 53
7. Kirk Gibbs 51
8. Luke Styke 49
9. Kyle Peters 44
10. Dylan Long 43

2017 MX Nationals championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 562
2. Kirk Gibbs 487
3. Kade Mosig 436
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 421
5. Luke Styke 408
6. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 378
7. Kyle Peters 371
8. Brett Metcalfe 350
9. Nathan Crawford 304
10. Joel Green 267

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Waters fourth, Clout eighth in challenging Shepparton round

Round seven of the 2017 MX Nationals series proved to be a modest day for Crankt Protein Honda Racing, with riders Todd Waters and Luke Clout finishing up in the top five and top 10 respectively.

Queensland’s Waters qualified for Super Pole, lodging the third fastest time of 1m33.606s, while Clout narrowly missed out on the session to be credited sixth gate pick for the two motos.

In race one the Honda duo found themselves within the top five, with Clout positioned as high as fourth following a healthy start, before a mistake derailed his plans and relegated him down the field.

Waters negotiated the challenging and demanding conditions to place himself in fifth, concluding the moto as the highest CRF450R-mounted finisher. MX1 rookie Clout regrouped from his earlier mistake to salvage a hard-fought ninth-place result.

With both Waters and Clout looking to make amends in their second outing, it was New South Welshman Clout who rocketed to another brilliant start aboard his Honda, leading the premier class field in the opening moments of the race.

The youthful talent soon began to drop positions, as Waters dug deep and progressed through the top five, placing himself in the thick of the battle for second with eventual round winner Kirk Gibbs.

The experienced number 47 maintained his placing in the top three, resulting in him falling just two points shy of the podium on the day, as Clout’s 9-6 scorecard credited him eighth overall.

Waters and Clout now sit fourth and seventh in the championship standings as the prestigious MX Nationals heads to Port Macquarie in New South Wales on Sunday, 30 July for the eighth stop of the series.

2017 MX Nationals Rd7 Shepparton results:
1. Kirk Gibbs 67
2. Dean Ferris 59
3. Brett Metcalfe 58
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 56
5. Kade Mosig 54
6. Nathan Crawford 51
7. Kyle Peters 51
8. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 47
9. Luke Styke 47
10. Dylan Long 41

2017 MX Nationals championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 489
2. Kirk Gibbs 435
3. Kade Mosig 383
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 361
5. Luke Styke 357
6. Kyle Peters 327
7. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 324
8. Brett Metcalfe 297
9. Nathan Crawford 251
10. Keiron Hall 233

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Clout claims best-career MX Nationals result at Nowra

It was a bittersweet day for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Nowra’s sixth round of the 2017 MX Nationals in New South Wales, marking the recommencement of the series following a lengthy five-week break, highlighted by an impressive fourth place result for MX1 rookie Luke Clout.

Queenslander Todd Waters started on a positive note, claiming his third Super Pole in as many races to be credited three championship points in the process, while Clout joined his teammate in the session, lodging the fifth-fastest time.

It was Clout who shone in front of a home crowd in race one, negotiating the tricky Nowra circuit aboard his 2017 CRF450R with class to cross the line in fourth, setting him up nicely for a solid finish prior to race two. Waters encountered troubles in the opening laps of the race while running in second position, which ultimately forced him the retire from the moto.

In race two, Clout was again able to record a strong consistent finish of fifth, awarding him a well-deserved top five placing in fourth overall for the weekend. The premier class newcomer now sits sixth in the championship standings with four rounds remaining.

Waters came out looking to make amends in his second outing, racing to seventh in what capped off a challenging day for the experienced title hopeful. He maintains a top five position in the point standings with a firm hold on fifth ahead of Clout.

The MX Nationals will now head to Shepparton for the final Victorian stop of the series on 16 July, marking the seventh round of the prestigious championship.

2017 MX Nationals Rd6 Nowra MX1 results:
1. Dean Ferris 70
2. Brett Metcalfe 64
3. Kirk Gibbs 58
4. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 54
5. Nathan Crawford 51
6. Kade Mosig 50
7. Luke Styke 48
8. Kyle Peters 46
9. Kieron Hall 43
10. Brodie Sims 42
18. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 24

2017 MX Nationals MX1 championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 427
2. Kirk Gibbs 366
3. Kade Mosig 329
4. Luke Styke 310
5. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 304
6. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 277
7. Kyle Peters 276
8. Brett Metcalfe 239
9. Aleksandr Tonkov 218
10. Kieron Hall 216

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Top six results for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Murray Bridge

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s MX1 racers Todd Waters and Luke Clout could barely be separated at the fifth round of the 217 MX Nationals at Muray Bridge on Sunday, with both riders cracking the top six and leaving with 50 points apiece.

For the second-consecutive week, Queenslander Waters established himself as the man to beat by winning the three valuable points on offer in Super Pole, while Clout also qualified for Super Pole, where he posted the fourth-fastest time.

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In the opening race Waters and MX1 rookie Clout finished fifth and sixth respectively, with less than 1.5 seconds separating them at the chequered flag.

Both riders finished the first lap inside the top 10 and steadily picked off riders throughout the 30-minute moto.

As rain fell during the second MX1 moto the Crankt Protein Honda Racing duo’s fortunes were reversed, with Clout finishing sixth and Waters seventh.

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Waters got a decent jump off the gate and spent most of the race in fifth position, with Clout following closely behind in sixth. Despite chalking up the fastest lap of the race, Waters lost two positions late in the moto, including sixth place to Clout with two laps to go.

As a result of the close racing between the pair, Clout finished the round in fifth and Waters in sixth on count-back. Waters now holds down fourth in the MX1 championship standings, while Clout has moved to seventh overall.

The 2017 MX Nationals now heads into a five-week break, with the action recommencing on 2 July at Nowra, NSW.

2017 MX Nationals Rd5 Murray Bridge MX1 results:
1. Dean Ferris 67
2. Kirk Gibbs 65
3. Brett Metcalfe 62
4. Kade Mosig 56
5. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 50
6. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 50
7. Kyle Peters 48
8. Luke Styke 47
9. Aleksandr Tonkov 45
10. Zak Small 41

2017 MX Nationals MX1 championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 356
2. Kirk Gibbs 308
3. Kade Mosig 279
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 277
5. Luke Styke (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 262
6. Kyle Peters 230
7. Luke Clout 223
8. Aleksandr Tonkov 218
9. Brett Metcalfe 173
10. Keiron Hall 173

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Waters moves into top three at Horsham

Crankt Protein Honda Racing rider Todd Waters has continued his march up the 2017 MX Nationals leaderboard, with a consistent haul of points at a challenging Horsham round moving him into third place in the MX1 championship standings.

In muddy, rutted conditions that tested the best racers in Australia to the limit on Sunday, Waters and his 2017 model CRF450R set the pace early by claiming his first Super Pole victory of the year.

A crash at the start of the first moto saw him complete the opening lap in 10th place and he fought through the brutal conditions to finish the race in sixth.

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Determined to make amends, Waters grabbed a top six start in the final race then, with the track drying out, made valuable passes to move into third before crossing the finish-line. His fourth overall for the round saw him take control of third in the MX1 championship standings.

Meanwhile, Waters’ team-mate and rookie Luke Clout displayed brilliant pace all day and came agonisingly close to claiming his maiden MX1 podium. Clout impressed many in the opening race as he stayed smooth and consistent through the torrid conditions to record his first-ever podium race result with an incredible second place.

When the gate dropped for the following MX1 race, Clout again rounded the first turn in second position and clicked off 10 consistent laps before an issue disappointingly forced him to pull out of the race in the taxing conditions.

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As a result, Clout finished the day in 16th overall, however he currently sits eighth in the MX1 championship standings.

The fifth round of the 2017 MX Nationals will be held at Murray Bridge, South Australia, on Sunday, 28 May.

2017 MX Nationals Rd 4 Horsham MX1 results:
1. Dean Ferris
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Luke Styke
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
5. Kade Mosig
6. Kyle Peters
7. Hamish Harwood
8. Aleksandr Tonkov
9. Lachlan Davis
10. Keiron Hall
16. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)

2017 MX Nationals MX1 championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 288
2. Kirk Gibbs 243
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 224
4. Kade Mosig 223
5. Luke Styke 215
6. Kyle Peters 182
7. Aleksandr Tonkov 173
8. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 173
9. Nathan Crawford 149
10. Keiron Hall 148

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Solid points for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Conondale

A second consecutive round podium result for Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters at the 2017 MX Nationals yesterday has seen him close in on third overall in the MX1 championship hunt.

At a warm, dry outing at the picturesque Green Park circuit at Conondale, Queensland, Waters gained a valuable starting position with a fourth-fastest time in Super Pole.

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In the opening MX1 outing Waters enjoyed a great start that saw him complete the first lap in second place, before settling into a consistent, steady rhythm around the flowing circuit to cross the line in third place.

In the second MX1 race, Waters and his 2017 CRF450R again rounded the first turn near the head of the pack and punched out strong lap-times for the entire race on his way to fourth place and third overall for the day.

Waters’ second consecutive podium has seen him close the gap on third in the MX1 championship chase to just four points.

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Meanwhile, MX1 rookie Luke Clout started the day on a high note when he earned his first-ever Super Pole appearance after a strong fifth-fastest qualifying time – a result he replicated in Super Pole.

Clout got off the gate well in the opening moto and battled hard for the entire session on his way to a solid eighth place result.

In the second MX1 race, Clout again rode hard to another eighth place, en route to eighth overall for the day, cementing his seventh position in the MX1 championship standings.

The fourth round of the 2017 MX Nationals will be held at Horsham, Victoria, on Sunday, 21 May.

2017 MX Nationals Rd3 Conondale MX1 results:
1. Dean Ferris
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
4. Nathan Crawford
5. Kade Mosig
6. Luke Styke
7. Jesse Dobson
8. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
9. Kyle Peters
10. Keiron Hall

2017 MX Nationals MX1 championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 216
2. Kirk Gibbs 185
3. Kade Mosig 170
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 166
5. Luke Styke 157
6. Nathan Crawford 149
7. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 141
8. Kyle Peters 134
9. Aleksandr Tonkov 126
10. Brett Metcalfe 109

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Waters on Appin MX1 podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Todd Waters came away from the second round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals at Appin, New South Wales, with a hard-fought podium result after an eventful day on the track on Sunday.

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In hot conditions the Queenslander established himself in a solid fourth position for most of the opening race before a costly error late in the race saw him drop to sixth.

As the heavens opened at the start of the second MX1 race, Waters put all of his racing experience to task as the rain brought on treacherous conditions for Australia’s best racers. Waters maintained a steady pace and focused on minimising the errors on his way to a rewarding runner-up result and third overall for the day. His strong finish has elevated him to fourth in the MX1 championship fight.

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Meanwhile, MX1 rookie and Sydney local Luke Clout continued his learning curve at his home round. Clout raced to a brace of ninth places on his way to 10th overall, highlighted with a strong recovery in the water-logged second race. Clout got tangled in a first-lap crash out of the gates and surged from the back of the pack to an impressive ninth-place finish. He is now seventh in the MX1 standings.

The third round of the 2017 MX Nationals will be held at Conondale, Queensland on Sunday 7 May.
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2017 MX Nationals Rd2 Appin MX1 results:
1. Dean Ferris
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Kade Mosig
6. Luke Styke
7. Nathan Crawford
8. Aleksandr Tonkov
9. Kyle Peters
10. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)

2017 MX Nationals MX1 championship standings:
1. Dean Ferris 143
2. Kirk Gibbs 120
3. Kade Mosig 118
4. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 108
5. Luke Styke 107
6. Nathan Crawford 97
7. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 95
8. Kyle Peters 93
9. Aleksandr Tonkov 85
10. Brett Metcalfe 83

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Wilson secures 7th in the SX1 Championship, Alldredge finishes top ten at AUS-X Open

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Chris Alldredge and Jay Wilson have wrapped up the final two rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship over the weekend, with Wilson securing 7th in the SX1 Championship, and Alldredge rounding out the season with another top ten finish at the AUS-X Open in Sydney.

With some of the biggest names in Supercross history making their way to Australia to compete over the weekend, Wilson and Alldredge performed for a sold out crowd on Saturday night, and finished the Supercross season on Sunday in the presence of close to 28,000 fans at Qudos Bank Arena over the two days.

Despite tough competition, Alldredge managed to gain entry into the night show on both Saturday and Sunday, finishing 11th in the main event on night one, before bettering his result on day two, finishing the second SX1 final in 9th.

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“I had a lot of fun at the AUS-X Open, with such a talented field of riders it really brought out the fans, and as a rider I always enjoy competing in front of big crowds like that,” Alldredge shared.

“Being such a tight stadium there was a lot of bar to bar racing which really makes the atmosphere of the event, and I’m stoked to have been a part of that.

“I’d like to thank Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team for giving me the opportunity to come over and race, I’ve had a blast, and I’m definitely a big fan of Australian Supercross.”

Despite narrowly missing out on entry in to the SX1 final on both Saturday and Sunday at the AUS-X Open, Wilson’s consistency paid dividends at the conclusion of yesterday’s championship count, placing Factory Honda in 7th in the overall championship standings after six hard fought rounds of racing.

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“It feels great to wrap up the Supercross championship with a 7th in my rookie year. It wasn’t exactly what I pictured for myself going in to the season, but I probably picked the most difficult year to step up to the MX1 and SX1 class – I’ve proud of what I’ve managed to achieve,” Wilson said.

“I had never raced an indoor before AUS-X Open on the weekend, but I’ve only just turned 22, so it feels good to know that I have my whole career in front of me, and to be able to carry the lessons from this year into 2017 and beyond.

“I’d like to thank Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team for having me on board this season – I’ve been lucky enough to have a few key people in my corner, and I’m excited to continue those relationships in the future.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team would like to extend their sincere thanks to the team’s sponsors, partners and supporters who contributed to making all six rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship a success.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

 

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team set to go racing indoors

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson and Chris Alldredge are preparing to head indoors for the final two rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, with the AUS-X Open set to be held at Qudos Bank Arena this Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13.

With confirmation that night one (Round 5) will be witnessed by a sold out crowd, both Wilson and Alldredge are preparing to head north to Sydney to put on a show, and with this weekend marking the final outing for the team this year, both riders will be aiming for impressive results.

Wilson who has raced to consistent top ten finishes in SX1 class aboard his factory CRF450R throughout the last four rounds, says that this weekend it will be more important than ever to make that hard fought main event.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend – last year I had a broken wrist and I watched from the stands, and honestly it was one of the hardest weekends of my life (laughs),” Wilson shared.

“At this round we have some seriously fast guys who have come over to race, so the goal for me is to get a good start and stay up the front so we can make sure we’re in that main event.

“Being the last two rounds for the year there’s a lot of excitement, and fans from all over the country come to support this event, so I’m looking forward to lining up indoors for a change and doing my very best for the final time this year.”

American import Alldredge has also shared his excitement in heading to Australia’s biggest Supercross event the AUS-X Open, and with his shoulder feeling healthy, says that he’ll be leaving nothing on the track this weekend.

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“When I originally was asked to come over, the AUS-X Open was one of the races I had heard a lot about and was really looking forward to,” Alldredge said.

“We’ve done a lot of work since Toowoomba to ensure that I was ready for this weekend, and the shoulder is feeling good, and I’m ready for two big days of racing.

“Obviously a lot of Americans have made the journey over to race this weekend which is really cool, so I’m looking forward to lining up with both the Aussies and the guys from the U.S, and giving this weekend our best shot.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the final two rounds of of the Australian Supercross Championship, the AUS-X Open, being held at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on November 12 and 13, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

Wilson moves in to 7th in the SX1 Championship after Round 4 of Aus SX

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson made his way to another consistent top ten result in the talent packed SX1 class, at a jam packed Avalon stadium at round four of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship over the weekend.

Wilson who entered the round with solid preparation, showed renewed speed from the minute he hit the track on Saturday, clocking in the sixth fastest time in free practice and then qualifying in ninth position.

In the heat race, Wilson went up against the fastest riders in the country and finished in a consistent 6th place, but unfortunately when the 20 lap main event kicked off late on Saturday night, the Honda CRF450R rider was shoved off the track in the first turn after another rider went down, however recovered from dead last, back to 10th position by the conclusion of the event.

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“The beginning of Saturday went really well. From the minute we headed out I felt really comfortable and confident on the bike, and my speed was there,” Wilson shared.

“We were watching the lap times all day, and improving on my raw speed was something that I knew we needed to do at this round, so it was encouraging to see that my times were down and we were making progress.

“Unfortunately I had quite a tough heat race and that caused my gate pick for the main to not be so good. I didn’t get the best jump out and I had to come back from last which is always tough at this level with the speed that we’re all doing.

“We’re now sitting in seventh in the championship with two rounds left, so we’ll just look ahead to Sydney and hope to finish my season on a high.”

Unfortunately for Wilson’s teammate Alldredge, the American rider had a night to forget at Avalon. Entering the round fresh off a shoulder injury, Alldredge did his best to place his Honda CRF450R inside the SX1 top ten, but two separate crashes hindered his charge. In the heat race, Alldredge went down but crossed the line in 7th position, while in the main event it was a similar story, however the 20-year-old recovered to finish just outside the top ten in 12th place.

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“The main goal of the weekend was to test the shoulder out and make sure that we will be ready for Sydney,” Alldredge shared.

“Thankfully the shoulder actually held up really well and I just suffered a bit of bad luck with my position on the track when I went down those couple of times.

“I know now that if I can stay out of trouble on the track that my speed is there, so we’ll just put this round behind us and refocus for the last two rounds in Sydney next weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the final two rounds of of the Australian Supercross Championship the AUS-X Open being held at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on November 12 and 13, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

 

Alldredge to return for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 4

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will return to a two rider line up just in time for Factory Honda’s home round, when the fourth instalment of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship is held at Avalon on the outskirts of Melbourne, this Saturday night.

Both SX1 riders Chris Alldredge and team regular Jay Wilson will line up with the support of the locals this weekend, and after Alldredge missed the third outing of the series due to injury, both riders will be heading into Avalon hoping to leave their mark on the 2016 championship.

Wilson, who currently sits in a consistent 8th place in the overall SX1 championship standings with two rounds remaining, says that he’ll be aiming for more holeshots, and improved results in the heat and main event this Saturday night.

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“Last weekend at Wayville we managed to start up the front, which was the first time I’d done that since stepping up to the SX1 class. Now that I know I can run the pace of the front guys, and lead a race, I’ll be looking to do that for 20 laps this weekend,” Wilson shared.

“Although last weekend it took a while for us to settle in and get our setup right, it means that heading in to Melbourne we’re a lot more prepared which is awesome.

“Chris has been back on the bike this week, so it’s been good to have him to train with again, so hopefully everything goes well on Saturday night and we can both capitalise on a bit of the home crowd support.”

Alldredge who suffered a shoulder injury at his first outing for the team at Toowoomba, will make his Australian Supercross comeback this Saturday, and shared that he’s surprised at how comfortable he’s feeling being back on the bike so soon.

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“After Toowoomba, we made the call to sit out the next round and it was definitely the right decision. I’ve managed to ride this week and my shoulder is actually feeling pretty strong, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do,” Alldredge shared.

“I’ve been working with a physio for the past few weeks and even he was surprised with how much progress we’ve made, so we just have to get it to hold up for 20 laps and we’ll be good.

“I obviously want to finish the job that I was sent over here to do, so these next two rounds are really important. I’d love to be able to reward the team with some results before I leave, especially after all the hard work they’ve put in to have me here.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Avalon in Melbourne for round four of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Saturday, November 5.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Wilson hot out of the gates for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 3

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson has wrapped up the third instalment of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship with yet another consistent top ten result, infront of a huge crowd of spectators at Wayville in South Australia over the weekend.

With the team’s fill in rider Chris Alldredge remaining sidelined at Round 3, Wilson flew the flag for Factory Honda in Adelaide, and despite initially starting the day with difficulties, turned things around when it mattered, finishing the evening’s events with valuable championship points.

Despite beginning the round with a disappointing 12th in SX1 qualifying, the team made significant improvements to the Honda CRF450R machine, and when Wilson headed into his first heat race, he was determined to turn things around. And turn things around he did – after taking an impressive holeshot, Wilson led for a good portion of the race, and eventually crossed the line in 5th. While in the main event, Wilson once again got to another flying start, and was third through the first turn battling with some of the fastest riders in the country, eventually finishing the 20 lap race in 9th position.

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“The weekend had its highs and lows. We started the morning off on the wrong foot, and really struggled with our set up all day, but when it mattered we managed to iron everything out and put together a solid heat race and main event,” Wilson shared.

“We tried something different with our starts last night and it really paid off. In the heat I got the holeshot and in the main I was third through the first turn, so now it’s just about getting used to that pace at the front – a lot of Supercross has to do with your start.

“At the moment I’m no where near where I know I can be, so these last two rounds are going to be about the whole team pulling together to finish off the year strong and show what we’re capable of.

“Next weekend is a home round for us, and with back to back weekends of racing it will be nice to have less time in airports and more time on the bike preparing – I’m excited to finish off this series with some good results.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round four of the Australian Supercross Championship being held in Melbourne, Victoria on November 5, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

 

Wilson bound for South Australia with Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson will race at Wayville in South Australia for Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship this weekend solo, with American fill in rider Chris Alldredge remaining sidelined due to an injury sustained at Toowoomba two weeks ago.

Despite Alldredge forced to sit out this weekend’s event, SX1 Honda rider Wilson has continued to make progress throughout the two weeks since Toowoomba, and will be heading to South Australia with the goal to reward Factory Honda with impressive results.

Wilson, who prior to Round 2 was suffering from an ankle injury, shared that since then he’s had consistent bike time and additional time to heal, placing him well for a top result when bikes hit the track again this Saturday night.

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“Before going to Toowoomba, I had a few issues with my ankle, but with some physio it’s all started to feel a lot better, and I’ve had a couple of great weeks on the bike,” Wilson shared.

“With Chris unable to ride, he’s actually been at the track with me every day just helping me out, which has been awesome. It makes a big difference having someone there who can see things exactly from a racers point of view, and hopefully that makes a difference to the results this weekend.

“The setting we have for the Honda has got me feeling really comfortable, so we’ve just been putting in a lot of time on the bike and getting in as many laps as we can each week.

“I’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries this year, so fingers crossed they’re all behind me now and I can finish off the last three rounds strong for the team.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Wayville in South Australia for round three of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Friday, October 29.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Wilson takes 8th overall for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Toowoomba

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson has solidified his position in the SX1 top ten class, on arguably the toughest track that Australia has seen in close to a decade, at Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championship in Toowoomba on Saturday night.

With most riders averaging a 55 second lap time on the highly technical circuit, riders had their work cut out for them in both their eight lap heat races and 20 lap main event, but Wilson rose to the occasion, ensuring Factory Honda was well represented inside the talent packed SX1 top ten.

Following qualifying, Wilson raced to an impressive fifth place in his heat, seeing him progress straight through to the evening’s main event. Once the night show kicked off, Wilson recovered from a tough start and fought his way from the rear of the pack to a healthy eighth position.

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“Last night was not too bad for me. Heading in to the round, I was actually carrying an ankle injury that I sustained while training, but I was able to push through it on a very technical track and the team all worked super hard throughout the night to make sure I was as comfortable as possible,” Wilson shared.

“Being a track with a number of on, off sections, and a really spread out whoops section, the main goal of the night was to hit everything perfectly and minimise mistakes, which we did, and my Honda felt the best it’s ever felt.

“Towards the end of the main event I was in quite a bit of pain which forced me to drop a couple of positions, but I’m confident that with two more weeks of training up our sleeves that we’ll be well and truly inside that top five by Adelaide.”

Despite American Chris Alldredge making his Australian Supercross and 450cc debut for the team at round two, a spectacular crash through the whoops section in his heat race while running in third position unfortunately ruled him out of the main event. However, Alldredge was able to remain at Toowoomba to support his teammate Wilson from the sidelines, and will return to Victoria for some tests on his shoulder this Monday.

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“I’m obviously disappointed. In my heat race I was feeling really comfortable in third, and especially with only a couple of days on the bike, and never having raced a 450 before, I was feeling confident that we were going to have a great main event,” Alldredge shared.

“Unfortunately the whoops section caught out a lot of people on Saturday night and I was one of them.

“At this stage, we aren’t entirely sure of what is happening with my shoulder, so I’ll go and get it all checked out on Monday, and if I’m able to, I’ll definitely be on the line in South Australia in two weeks.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round three of the Australian Supercross Championship being held in Adelaide in South Australia on October 29, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

Alldredge and Wilson prepared and ready for Round 2 of the Supercross

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s newest recruit Chris Alldredge will make his Australian Supercross debut, and Jay Wilson is all set for another positive hit out in the SX1 class, as the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship now makes its way to Toowoomba in Queensland this Friday October 14.

Both Alldredge and Wilson who are in their early twenties, have spent the week prior to round two training together and refining their Honda CRF450R setups, and are both optimistic of positive results when they hit the track in just a few day’s time.

Alldredge, who has made the trip from the U.S to take part in the remaining rounds of the Australian Supercross season, says he’s surprised with how quickly he’s settled in, and that he’s hoping to reward the team with some positive results at his first outing.

“It’s been a really great week for myself and the team here in Australia. From the minute I got on the bike I felt comfortable – we’ve just made a few small changes throughout testing, but other than that, I’m ready to go for this weekend,” Alldredge shared.

“From what I’ve seen on social media, the track for this weekend is bigger than what Australia usually has, which is good for me because back at home our tracks are huge!

“Obviously there’s a solid contingent of Americans and Australians in the SX1 class here, and I’m just excited to join them this weekend, and get some good results for Factory Honda here in Oz.”

Wilson, who had limited time on the bike prior to round one at Jimboomba due to poor Victorian weather, shared that he’s enjoyed having solid preparation for round two, and that he’s excited to climb aboard his CRF450R machine to go racing on Friday.

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“Before round one, the weather in Victoria was terrible, and the entire Supercross track was underwater so it made preparing difficult – but heading in to this weekend, we’ve had time to do more testing, and I’ve been able to put in a lot of laps which certainly helps with the confidence,” Wilson shared.

“Typically, Supercross has always been a discipline that I’ve done well in. I’m quite a technical rider so I’m looking forward to racing on a large spec track at Toowoomba this Friday.

“I’ve learnt a lot this year, and I’m loving the way that the Honda handles, especially the Supercross setting we’ve found. We’ve all put in a lot of hard work over the last few weeks, so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Toowoomba in Queensland for round two of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Friday, October 14.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Alldredge to replace Long at Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team 

95540_chris_alldredgeThe Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are pleased to confirm that American Supercross and Motocross star Chris Alldredge will join the team for the remainder of the 2016 Australian Supercross season in the SX1 class, replacing injured Honda 450 rider Dylan Long.

With confirmation that Long will now remain sidelined for the entire Supercross season, American rider Alldredge has been drafted as the team’s replacement, and will make his first appearance alongside Jay Wilson at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship which takes place at Toowoomba next Friday, October 14th.

20-year-old Alldredge, who has had a highly successful amateur career, and has recorded numerous top five and top ten results in the 250 class in both Supercross and Motocross in America, shared his excitement in making his way to Australia to take on the talent packed SX1 category.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to head over to Australia and join the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team. It’s all happened so fast, and I’ll be flying out first thing tomorrow to be with the team.” Alldredge shared.

“I’ve heard great things about the Australian Supercross series, and obviously there are quite a few guys from the U.S. currently racing the championship, so I’m pumped to be lining up with them and all the Australians next weekend.

“At this stage, the plan is to get over and do some testing with the team and then we’ll be straight in to racing at round two.

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge, and I feel very fortunate to have been offered a seat with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team for the rest of the season.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free has also welcomed Alldredge to the factory team, and says that the American import will be a fantastic addition to the talent packed series.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Chris to the team, and it’s great to have him on board from round two and then throughout the rest of the Supercross series,” Free shared.

“With Dylan out injured, we had been on the lookout for a suitable replacement.  Brendan Radford, the Director at Crankt Protein has been instrumental in the draft.  It was through his connections in the States that we were able to make contact with Chris’ manager and after speaking with Chris, it’s clear that he will be a great fit for the team.

“Chris will be based in Victoria, and will be spending time training with his teammate Jay, and this will also allow him to be nice and close to the team and our workshop in Melbourne.

“We are very excited to see what Chris can do in the SX1 class here in Australia. He’s obviously had a successful career so far in the U.S, and we’re sure that will also translate to some great results on our own soil.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are currently preparing to head to Toowoomba in Queensland for round two of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held on Friday, October 14.

You can follow Chris Alldredge on Twitter, via @chrisalldredge or on Instagram via @chrisalldredge35.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Wilson makes impressive SX1 debut at Jimboomba

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson made his career first debut in the talent packed SX1 class, lining up against some of the most experienced riders in the world at round one of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba on Saturday night.

Wilson, who has in fact not raced Supercross since he won the Under 19’s Championship in 2013, dusted off the cobwebs and delivered promising results throughout qualifying, one heat race, and a 20 lap main event last night.

With thousands of spectators turning out to witness round one at Jimboomba, Wilson raced to an impressive fifth place in heat one. Then, despite being dead last through the first turn of the main event, Wilson clawed his way back to a hard fought ninth position, collecting valuable championship points for the Factory Honda team.

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“We knew round one was always going to be the most difficult with the tight turn around from Motocross, and if ninth is our worst result for the season, then we’re in a good position to go forward in this championship,” Wilson shared.

“I improved every time I went out yesterday which was very encouraging. We dropped more than two seconds off our lap times, and I really took on board everything I was learning throughout the day.

“I have never raced a 450 in Supercross before, so now I understand the speed of the class, and we know exactly what we need to do before heading to round two at Toowoomba. I know where I should be, and we’ll be doing everything we can to achieve that.

“Honda have been very supportive of me, and being my rookie year I’m just soaking up every bit of information that I can, so that we can go forward every time we go racing. I’m excited for round two!”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round two of the Australian Supercross Championship being held at Toowoomba in Queensland on October 14, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

Wilson ready, Long sidelined for Round 1 of 2016 Australian Supercross Championship

SX1 rider Jay Wilson will fly the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team flag solo at round one of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba in Queensland this weekend, with Dylan Long sidelined due to injury.

With a successful motocross campaign behind the Factory Honda pair, both Wilson and Long have been on track to launch their Supercross assault this weekend, however unfortunately for Long, a niggling thumb injury has forced the Honda rider to sit out of round one.

Long, who was set to contest the talent packed SX1 class at Jimboomba, has shared his disappointment in being sidelined, however has vowed to be back on the bike as soon as he is fit and healthy.

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“It’s obviously a shame that before round one of the Supercross I’ve re-injured my thumb that I hurt at Nowra, but that’s racing and now the focus is on getting better,” Long shared.

“At this stage we aren’t sure of the extent of the injury, or how long it’s going to take to recover, so I’m going to find out from the doctors next week and then we’ll go from there.

“The first round is always a lot of fun so I’m sad that I won’t be there, but I’m sure that Jay will do well, so a huge good luck to him and the team.”

Wilson, who finished in an impressive 6th position in the Australian Motocross Championships in his rookie year, says that he is looking forward to making his 450 Supercross debut at Jimboomba this Saturday.

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“I can’t wait for this weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve raced Supercross and I haven’t actually had the opportunity to ride at Jimboomba before, so round one can’t come quick enough,” Wilson shared.

“I’ve had a couple of solid weeks on the bike, and I’m quite surprised with how quickly I picked it all up again.

“I haven’t raced a 450 in Supercross before so this will be another opportunity for me to learn and grow as a rider, but Supercross has always been my stronger discipline so I’m looking forward to working with the team, and seeing where I fit in this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Jimboomba in Queensland for round one of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Saturday, September 17.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team finish fifth and sixth in MX1 Championship

The 2016 Motul MX Nationals came to a close for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Coolum on the weekend, with both MX1 riders Dylan Long and Jay Wilson finishing the season tied on points for fifth overall for the round.

With the stakes high heading in to the series decider, both Wilson and Long performed well on the rough and technical sand based Coolum circuit, even recovering from crashes and flat tyres to record results well inside the top ten.

Long, who participated in yet another GoPro Superpole on Sunday morning where he finished fifth, put in an impressive ride during moto one on the weekend. Despite suffering a flat tyre during the race and being forced to return to the mechanic’s area to have it changed, Long recovered to finish in 8th position. In race two, Long was on fire. After making numerous passes on some of this year’s front runners, Long crossed the line in the final moto of the day in 5th. Long’s 8,5 results at Coolum, rewarded him with 5th for the round as well as 5th in the MX1 Championship.

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“I’m pretty happy with how the last round went. We had a little bit of bad luck in Superpole and the first moto, but we recovered and found our way back to decent positions,” Long shared.

“Obviously we’re a new team, and we learnt a lot this year, but to finish fifth in the championship, especially when the class is so stacked, is a solid achievement.

“The team have been really supportive this season and I’m very thankful for their support. We got some great results, we’re not too far away from podiums, and it’s been a successful year.”

For Wilson round ten at Coolum also provided the 22-year-old with success. After qualifying in 8th position on Saturday, Wilson got a good start in race one on Sunday. However, a crash during lap one saw the CRF450R rider go down hard, then forced to re-join the race at the rear of the pack. But Wilson got to work and clawed his way back to 7th throughout the moto. In race two, Wilson once again got to an impressive start, eventually crossing the line in 6th position. With 7,6 finishes, Wilson wrapped up the final round in equal 5th with Long, and finished his rookie season in the MX1 class with 6th in the MX1 championship.

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“To finish the season with a decent result is exactly what we were hoping to do, and we managed to pull that off yesterday,” Wilson shared.

“Being my rookie season, this year was about finding my feet and working out where I fit into the MX1 class, and the team as well as the people around me have all continued to support me all season.

“I’m not entirely happy with 6th in the championship, I have high expectations of myself and I wanted to reward the team for their hard work – but what I am excited about is 2017. After learning so much, and going through plenty of highs and lows, as a team and rider we are in a good position to go forward together, and challenge for the championship in the future.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the first round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship being held at Jimboomba in Queensland on September 17, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing team duo aiming to finish 2016 Motocross season on a high

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are gearing up for the final Motul MX Nationals round of the 2016 season, which is set to take place at beautiful Coolum Beach in Queensland this weekend August 27 – 28, 2016.

With both MX1 pilots Dylan Long and Jay Wilson racing to season best finishes at the team’s last outing at Toowoomba, both of the Honda CRF450R mounted riders will be hoping to continue with the same form, and finish the season strong at Coolum this weekend.

Long, who secured a third place in GoPro Superpole and finished in an impressive fifth overall at Toowoomba, shared that he’s looking forward to the final motocross round of the year at Coolum.

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“I’m really excited for this weekend. Coolum is most peoples favourite round of the year, and I always enjoy racing there,” Long said.

“I was pretty happy with my result at Toowoomba, and I feel like we’re not too far off the pace of the front guys, so hopefully I can put together a similar result or better this weekend.

“The team have all put in a big effort to make these last two rounds as positive as possible, so I’m just hoping I can reward them with a good result when we go racing on Sunday.”

For Wilson, the final two rounds at Queensland have provided him with the opportunity to capitalise on reduced travel time, and said that he’s hoping to finish the 2016 motocross series on a positive note.

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“I have a lot of really great memories of Coolum, and I had my most successful round of the season there last year. Hopefully that can give me some added confidence and we can finish this year with a good result,” Wilson shared.

“Last round was a step in the right direction for me, and although this season hasn’t turned out exactly how I would of liked results wise, we’ve made some improvements.

“Being my rookie year in the MX1 class I knew I’d have a lot of learning to do, which I believe I have. Now I’m just looking forward to getting this final round at Coolum done, so we can reset and focus on Supercross.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Coolum in Queensland for the final round of the Motul MX Nationals, being held this Saturday and Sunday August 27-28.

To watch all of the racing live from Coolum this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

Season best results for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Toowoomba

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team riders Dylan Long and Jay Wilson made significant progress at what was a tough and technical Round 9 of the Motul MX Nationals at Toowoomba in Queensland yesterday.

With both riders heading in to the round optimistic of improved results, the racing on the track from the Honda pair translated this weekend, with both Long and Wilson taking well to the Toowoomba circuit.

For Long, Round 9 started off perfectly, making yet another appearance in GoPro Superpole, where he competed with the series’ best riders to eventually take third with a 1:47.227 lap time. From there, Long looked to put two consistent results on the board, and in race one finished in an impressive 6th position, and then went one better in moto two, finishing in 5th. With two results well inside the top ten, Long wrapped up the round in 5th overall.

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“It was a really good weekend for me – having had so much time off the bike, it’s good to know that I’m not too far behind the eight ball, and still able to finish inside that top five,” Long shared.

“As a team, we made a lot of positive progress today. We have some great people in our corner and it paid off on the track.

“I’m currently sitting in fifth in the championship which we’re happy with considering I was out of Round 8, so hopefully I can maintain that, and finish off with a good result at Coolum next weekend.”

For Wilson, Round 9 saw the Honda CRF450R rider qualify in 9th position, but from there, Wilson looked for more, racing to 8th in race one, and then an impressive 6th in race two, to conclude the round just outside the top five in 7th overall.

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“Today was a much better day for myself and the team. We managed to make some solid improvements and it showed on track,” Wilson shared.

“At this point, I’m not exactly where I want to be, but we have a much clearer idea of where we need to improve, and how I can better myself as a rider going forward.

“We were lucky enough to have Craig Anderson in our corner mentoring us at Round 9 which was really cool, so we’re all looking forward to building off the results from this weekend and seeing what we can do at the final round at Coolum in a week’s time.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the Grand Finale of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals, being held at Coolum in Queensland on August 27-28, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Long and Wilson Queensland bound for Round 9 of the Motul MX Nationals

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to head to Toowoomba in Queensland for the penultimate round of this year’s Motul MX Nationals which takes place this Sunday August 21, at Echo Valley Raceway.

After a challenging outing at Shepparton, where Dylan Long was forced to sit out of the round due to illness, both Long and teammate Jay Wilson are close to being back to full fitness, with both riders hoping to finish the 2016 Motocross season with a bang, starting this weekend.

Long, who has spent much of the last few weeks recovering from a virus, shared that he’s eager to get back on the Honda CRF450R for Round 9 at Toowoomba this Sunday.

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“It’s been really good for me to have a bit of a break, I obviously needed it, and I’m feeling better already,” Long shared.

“I’ve rode a few times in the past two weeks, and just been doing some off the bike training to give my body a rest and make sure that I’m ready for the last two rounds.

“Hopefully I’ve got the virus I’ve been carrying sorted, and now I can focus on finishing the year with some solid results at Toowoomba and Coolum.”

Wilson, who has spent the last two weeks training in Queensland, is hoping that Round 9 at Toowoomba will be the turning point in his rookie MX1 season.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s race at Toowoomba. My whole senior career I’ve had a lot of success there, and it’s a track that I always feel comfortable at,” Wilson said.

“I’ve had two good weeks on the bike, and managed to get a lot of quality riding in, so hopefully I can take all of the lessons I’ve learnt from this season, and put together some good results over the next two rounds.

“My family lives in Queensland so it will be nice to have some extra support at Toowoomba, and I’m just hoping that I can follow tradition and put together a good round of racing there again this year.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Toowoomba in Queensland for round nine of the Motul MX Nationals, being held this Sunday August 21.

To watch all of the racing live from Toowoomba this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 9 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Difficult outing at Shepparton for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team have taken the positives from the weekend despite a challenging Round 8 of the Motul MX Nationals at Shepparton in Victoria on Sunday.

With MX1 pilot Dylan Long sidelined for the round due to a virus, teammate Jay Wilson flew the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team flag solo on the weekend, showing plenty of potential, despite suffering some bad luck.

After having electrical problems during qualifying, Wilson and the team made some improvements and he looked to redeem himself in moto one. After a great start, Wilson put himself in a position to battle with the front riders, however, only 10 minutes into the moto, Wilson came together with another rider, causing him to lose his exhaust, eventually nursing his machine to the finish line where he concluded the race in 8th place.

In moto two, Wilson started strong in position four, and managed to hold off Todd Waters for the first couple of laps. Once Waters came past, Wilson put his head down in chase, but unfortunately that was cut short with a crash four laps into the race, re-injuring his wrist which has just been recently operated on forcing him to DNF.

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“I don’t really know what to say about the weekend other than I’m disappointed,” Wilson shared.

“I know that we all have bad days racing but Sunday was definitely one of the toughest so far in my career.

“As a team, after yesterday’s results we need to go back to the drawing board, and make sure we don’t have rounds like that again.

“We all have to work harder, so that will be the goal from now until Toowoomba and Coolum.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round nine of the Motul MX Nationals being held at Toowoomba in Queensland on August 21, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Home round of the Motul MX Nationals for Victorian based Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Duo Jay Wilson and Dylan Long are gearing up to head to the final Victorian round for the 2016 Australian Motocross season, with Round 8 of the Motul MX Nationals set to take place at Shepparton this Sunday July 31.

After both riders continued to progress at Conondale, putting consistent results on the board, both Long and Wilson are confident ahead of this weekend, and with little travel time for Round 8, are eager to take advantage of the home round.

Long, who lives less than an hour from Shepparton in Benalla, shared that he’s looking forward to the rare opportunity to stay at home, and that he’ll have additional support from family and friends this Sunday.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, I hardly ever get the opportunity to have a home round, so it means I’ll be able to stay at home, and then head out to the track on Sunday nice and rested and relaxed,” Long shared.

“My parents will be there on Sunday, as well as plenty of other family and friends which will be pretty cool for me. Fingers crossed I can get some more positive results with all of those guys watching on.

“My thumb which I injured at Nowra is improving, and after getting in to a couple of Superpoles and finishing with some top fives the last couple of rounds, I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do at my home track.

“I’ve been a bit sick since the last round so hopefully I can put that all behind me and have a good weekend at Shepparton.”

Wilson, who despite being from Queensland, now resides in Victoria, also shared that he’s eager to get to Shepparton aboard his Honda CRF 450R for Round 8, and that he’s had an ideal lead up to this weekend’s racing.

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“Since Conondale I’ve had a lot more time on the bike, which is really the first time I’ve been able to get back to my normal program since I had my wrist operation,” Wilson said.

“With this round being in Shepparton and the team being based in Victoria it’s a much more relaxed weekend for us which will be nice – the team works really hard so it will be good to have some reduced travel time.

“I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable on the bike again, and each round we’re making progress, so hopefully we’ll see more of that this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Shepparton in Victoria for round eight of the Motul MX Nationals, being held this Sunday July 31.

To watch all of the racing live from Shepparton this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 8 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

 

Long and Wilson remain consistent for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 7

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Dylan Long and Jay Wilson raced to consistent results despite wet and muddy track conditions, at Round 7 of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals at Conondale in Queensland yesterday.

With the Green Park venue soaking up the rain throughout Saturday night, when Long and Wilson arrived at the track for racing on Sunday, they were treated to a circuit holding plenty of moisture, and when bikes headed out for qualifying Long took to the conditions well, making it through to a second consecutive GoPro Superpole, where he finished in fifth due to a crash, while Wilson qualified in 6th position.

In moto one, Long launched out of the gates, snatching up the the first holeshot of the day, however a few small mistakes saw him drop back to 6th position by the end of the moto. In moto two, Long, was consistent once again – fighting through pain in his injured thumb to wrap up the final race of the day in 6th place. With 6,6 finishes Long wrapped up the round in 6th overall.

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“It was a bit of a tough day today. I was really happy to get in to GoPro Superpole again, but I crashed on my hot lap and that forced me to have to settle for fifth gate pick,” Long shared.

“In race one I got the hole shot and even though I’m carrying an injury I felt really good, but the track caught me out a little, and I hit some slippery stuff which cost me positions.

“In the second one, I just tried to keep it consistent and ride smart which we did. I’m glad to get through this weekend especially being a mud race, and now I’m just looking forward to Round 8 which will be at my home track at Shepparton.”

For Wilson, race one handed him his best result of the 2016 season – putting in a tidy and consistent ride to cross the finish line in 5th place. In moto two, the conditions on track were nothing short of gruelling, however it was Wilson’s Crankt Protein Honda CRF450 machine which took the second holeshot of the day. However, due to a small mistake Wilson was forced to drop positions, eventually crossing the line in 7th place in race two. Wilson’s 5,7 results saw him finish on equal points with Long, however was awarded 7th overall on a countback.

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“It wasn’t a bad day for me. I’m not entirely happy with where I finished, but fifth in moto one was definitely a step in the right direction,” Wilson shared.

“Every race that we’re out there we are taking steps forward, and we are also taking positives from every round, so even though it doesn’t show on paper, we’re making the right improvements every weekend.

“The past eight weeks have been tough because I’m playing catch up and trying to get my wrist back to 100 per cent. It’s going to take some time, so I’m just doing my best every round and making sure I finish as many races as possible.”

After today’s racing Long continues to maintain 6th position in the MX1 Championship standings on 359 points, while Wilson sits in 7th on 296 points with three rounds remaining.

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round eight of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals being held at Shepparton in Victoria on Sunday July 31.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Long and Wilson bound for Conondale with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team riders Jay Wilson and Dylan Long are preparing to make the trip from their team’s home in Victoria to the Sunshine Coast, for Round 7 of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals being held at Conondale in Queensland this Sunday July 17.

With the Green Park circuit in Conondale being one of the most natural terrain venues on the MX Nationals calendar, both Long and Wilson are looking forward to racing traditional motocross in Queensland this weekend.

Despite spending the last six months in Victoria to be closer to the team, Wilson still calls the Sunshine state home, and shared that he’s looking forward to having the additional support of family and friends at round seven on Sunday.

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“This weekend has come at a good time for me – I’ve been in Victoria for quite a while now so it will be nice to get back home and have my family at the races this Sunday,” Wilson explained.

“These last two weeks I’ve had some more physio on my wrist and I’m working really hard to get it back to 100 per cent. I’m not there yet but we are making progress.

“The track at Conondale is very fast, and it’s sort of ‘old school’ motocross which I enjoy, so this weekend I’ll have another chance to test the wrist out and hopefully take some more steps forward.”

The last time the Motul MX Nationals visited Conondale in 2014, Long was nothing short of a fan favourite being one of the few riders to jump the 140ft fly over, and shared that despite carrying a thumb injury in to round seven, that he’s looking forward to getting back on his bike and seeing what he can do.

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“I’ve really been looking forward to Conondale. It’s definitely one of my favourite tracks and I always have a lot of fun every time we visit,” Long said.

“Last round at Nowra I went down and injured my thumb, so in the last two weeks we’ve just been working towards making sure I’m healthy and allowing it some time to heal.

“Even though I haven’t had time on the bike, I am heading to Conondale to go as fast as I can. I managed a solid result in the last moto at Nowra with my injury, so hopefully I can fight through it this weekend too.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Conondale in Queensland for round seven of the Motul MX Nationals, being held this Sunday July 17.

To watch all of the racing live from Conondale this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 7 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Positive outing for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Nowra

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team made further progress at round six of the Motul MX Nationals at Nowra today, with both MX1 riders Jay Wilson and Dylan Long handing the team with some positive results despite injuries.

With round six marking the team’s first outing since the mid-season break, from the minute bikes hit the track this morning, Long showed impressive form, launching his Honda CRF450 machine to second place in GoPro Superpole with a 1:43.843 lap time, while Wilson secured 9th in qualifying.

For Long, a crash during the opening stages of moto one which injured his thumb, effected his overall race result. However, Long showed true spirit, and despite carrying a injury, managed to make his way from close to dead last, to eighth position. In moto two, Long once again showcased his determination – riding through pain to wrap up the final moto in an impressive 5th place. Long’s hard fought results saw him awarded with 6th overall at the conclusion of the round.

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“My day started off well and I was really happy to get second in Superpole, but in the first race I crashed while I was sitting in third and I dislocated my thumb,” Long explained.

“I actually wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to ride in race two, but Racesafe did their best to get me out there – and lucky they did because it was my best result of the day. I got a pretty average start, but about halfway through I fought through the pain and I actually started to feel good, and brought it home for a 5th.

“It’s a shame about my crash because I know how I can ride, but in saying that I’m also happy with how I went considering my injury. Now I’ll just get some X-rays and hope to be ready for round six.”

Despite still recovering from wrist surgery, in race one Wilson got to a solid start, which saw the 21-year-old race to a season best 6th place. However, in race two, the demanding Nowra track proved too much for his injury to handle, which resulted in Wilson pulling in early, unfortunately unable to finish the race.

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“Today had its highs and lows that’s for sure. I was actually quite surprised with my result in moto one – after having five weeks off the bike I was happy to get a sixth,” Wilson shared.

“Unfortunately in moto two I had to make the call to pull in. The track had gotten quite rough and I had no strength at all in my wrist. I have to look at the bigger picture, and pushing my wrist when it’s still healing isn’t smart.

“Even though I had a DNF, I actually moved up a position in the championship, and I now have two more weeks to get some more physio and some more time on the bike. We are happy with how we are progressing, and I’m looking forward to getting back to my home in Queensland for Conondale.”

After today’s results, Long and Wilson now hold 6th and 7th places in the overall MX1 championship standings respectively.

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round seven of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals being held at Conondale on Sunday July 16.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team set for Nowra Motul MX Nationals

After a five-week mid season break, the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are revitalised and ready to head to round six of the Motul MX Nationals set to be held in Nowra, in New South Wales this Sunday July 3.

Both Dylan Long and Jay Wilson who have shown consistent form in the talent packed MX1 class throughout the first five rounds of the championship, are looking forward to getting back to racing this weekend, and will be heading to Nowra feeling positive on Sunday.

Long, who broke through to record top five finishes prior to the mid-season break commencing, shared that he’s keen to get back on his Honda CRF450 machine, and is hoping to repeat his 2015 performance at Nowra this weekend.

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“The five-week break was pretty good for me. Even though we had a lot of rain at home and I couldn’t ride every day, I was able to get in some more training off the bike, and I’m feeling fit and healthy heading in to round six this weekend,” he said.

“I was making some great progress throughout the last couple of rounds before the break, so we’re hoping that with some more time on the bike that I can carry that momentum in to the second half of the season too.

“In 2015, I took my first ever race win and ended up in 2nd overall in the MX1 class at Nowra which was a huge achievement for me – Fingers crossed if all goes well we can try and repeat that again this year.”

For Wilson, who headed straight in to surgery after Wanneroo to have his injured wrist repaired, the mid-season break has provided him with vital time to heal, and after getting back on the bike this week says he’s looking forward to lining up this weekend injury free.

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“After round five, I headed straight in to surgery to have my wrist fixed and although when the surgeons got in there it was a bit worse than they initially thought, I’m surprisingly feeling quite good on the bike,” he said.

“I went for my first ride this week and I was a bit rusty, but I can already feel the difference in my wrist, so getting the surgery was definitely the right choice.

“I’m not expecting to go out and win this weekend – after having so much time off the bike that would be unrealistic, but I’m hoping to see improvements in myself physically, and hopefully as we get in to the closing stages of the championship I can put some improved results on the board.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to The Nowra Motoplex in New South Wales for round six of the Motul MX Nationals on Sunday July 3, 2016.

To watch all of the racing live from Wanneroo this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 6 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long snatch up championship points for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at round five

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Dylan Long and Jay Wilson have collected valuable championship points ahead of the mid-season break commencing, at round five of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals at Wanneroo in Western Australia over the weekend.

With Wilson and Long heading in to the round well and truly within the top ten of a talent packed MX1 class, both riders took to the difficult track conditions well, recording consistent results and a top five race finish to boot.

For Long, race one handed himself and the team the best result of the day. Riding his CRF450 Honda machine to an impressive 5th place, before taking 7th and 8th in the following two motos to wrap up the round in 6th overall.

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“I was relatively happy with the weekend – I raced well in the first two motos but in the final race of the day I crashed and that effected my overall result for the day,” Long shared.

“The track at Wanneroo was very rough and deep on the weekend. We had a look at the circuit at the end of the day, and it was crazy to see what we were racing on.

“We are improving every weekend we go racing and I’m fit and healthy, so I’m happy to head in to the mid-season break sitting in sixth in the championship, and looking forward to coming back in the second half of the season swinging.”

For Wilson who will head in to surgery this Wednesday to have his injured wrist repaired, round five delivered improved results. After collecting 8th in race one, Wilson battled to 9th and 7th in the following two motos, handing the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team with 9th overall.

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“Round five was tough for me. The track seemed to have a harder base than the other times that I’ve raced there, and a lot of those sharp edges and braking bumps aggravated my wrist a lot,” he said.

“The goal at round five for me was just to get as many championship points as I could before I head in to have surgery, and we managed to achieve that.

“The mid-season break will be good for us – I need some time to heal up and regroup, and hopefully in the second half of the season I can start getting myself into a better position in the championship and put some better results on the board.”

With the Motul MX Nationals now commencing a five week break from racing, Long now sits in an impressive 6th place in the overall championship standings, while Wilson holds on to 8th position.

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now head in to the mid-season break, with round six of the Motul MX Nationals being held at Nowra in New South Wales on July 3, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long headed West with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are gearing up to have their final hit out before the mid season break, with the fifth round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals set to take place at Wanneroo in Western Australia this weekend.

After a challenging round four of the championship at Murray Bridge less than a week ago, CRF450 Honda mounted riders Jay Wilson and Dylan Long are heading into the fifth round with the hope for improved results.

Long, who’s expectations of himself weren’t met at round four, says he’s looking forward to the sandy conditions of Wanneroo, and shared that he’s prepared for the challenge that the change up in surface is set to bring him and his Honda machine.

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“We’re really looking forward to getting over to WA and racing some deep sand this weekend!” he said.

“Everyone always talks about how crazy the track is at Wanneroo, and I’ve only ever raced on the junior track so it’s going to be cool to experience it all for the first time.

“Having Saturday to practice and learn the track will be real valuable, and then on Sunday we’re just working towards putting some more points on the board and finishing off the first half of the motocross season on a high.”

For Wilson, who will go under the knife to have his injured wrist repaired immediately after Wanneroo, says that he is eager to put on one final performance before the Motul MX Nationals commences the mid-season break.

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“I’m quite keen to get to Western Australia for round five. I obviously had a pretty tough round at Murray Bridge so it will be nice to try and turn that around,” he said.

“I’ve had the chance to ride some sand this week in the lead up to Wanneroo, so even though the wrist isn’t 100 per cent, I’m feeling pretty good.

“Straight after this round I’m off to Queensland for surgery, so the goal is to get a good result under my belt, heal up during the break, and then get in to the second half of the season.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Wanneroo in Western Australia for round five of the Motul MX Nationals, May 28 – 29, 2016.

To watch all of the racing live from Wanneroo this weekend, tune in via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 5 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team salvage championship points at Murray Bridge

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are looking forward to leaving Murray Bridge behind them, after a tough outing at round four of the Motul MX Nationals yesterday.

Despite heading to the fourth round with adequate training and confidence under their belts, both Honda mounted MX1 pilots Dylan Long and and Jay Wilson, experienced mixed results at the South Australian venue.

In race one for Long, a bad start forced him to have to make his way through the talented field of riders to eventually cross the line in 9th. In moto two, a small crash whilst battling at the front forced Long to drop positions, however recovered to finish in 7th.

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“Round four has been pretty average for me to be honest,” Long shared

“I fought as hard as I could to come back from a bad start in the first race, but with the depth of talent in the class, if you don’t get the start they just get away from you.

“In race two a small mistake cost me – I was running up the front and I just binned it meaning I had to fight back again to finish in seventh.

“We’re still inside the top ten in the championship standings, so we’ll just keep pushing forward and look toward round five in WA.”

Wilson unfortunately experienced his first ever MX Nationals DNF in race one after coming together with a track marker, damaging his front brakes and forcing him to return to the pits. In race two Wilson made the best of a challenging situation, to conclude just outside the top ten in 12th.

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“Round four was not what we were expecting, I hit a marker on the track in the second turn and it damaged my front brake caliper – I had no choice but to pull in because my brakes were locked on,” Wilson explained.

“Due to the problems in the first race I was pretty limited with what I could do in the second one, so I just did the best I could and grabbed what points I was able to.

“I’m just looking forward to putting this round behind me and refocussing on my goals for Wanneroo next weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round five of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Wanneroo in Western Australia on May 28-29.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au