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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