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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.