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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.