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.
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.
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
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