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Murray Bridge awaits the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to converge on the red dirt of Murray Bridge, when the fourth instalment of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals kicks off this weekend in South Australia.

For both MX1 pilots Dylan Long and Jay Wilson, round four provides new conditions from the first three rounds, with Murray Bridge set to dish out it’s famous sandy terrain this coming Sunday.

For Long, who achieved a season best fifth place finish in moto two at Broadford, this weekend provides another opportunity to step up his results, and shared that he’s looking forward to the challenge that the sandy conditions will bring.

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“I was much happier with my results at round three, and now that we’re heading to some different tracks, I’m excited to see what we can do in the sand,” he said.

“We’ve had a good few weeks of training on the Honda, and we’ve changed our program up a little bit to prepare for the sand, so all in all we’re in a good place.

“It’s going to be a big two weeks with back to back rounds, but we’re improving every time we get on the bike so I’m excited to go racing at Murray Bridge.”

For Wilson, who also achieved improved results at Broadford, the three-week break has provided additional time to train for the sand, and despite nursing a wrist injury, says he is looking forward to putting his CRF450 machine through the paces this Sunday.

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“I’ve been carrying a bit of a wrist injury since round one which will require surgery in the break, but in the last three weeks I’ve actually had more fun on the bike than I’ve had all year,” he said.

“There’s something about the change up of terrain, the sand, that just makes things more exciting. It’s a real skill to be a sand rider so in the last three weeks I’ve been working on riding in softer conditions.

“Even though I’ve got this niggling injury I’m still going to be pushing myself all the way up to round five. I’ve got some fun memories of Murray Bridge so hopefully we can add to those this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Murray Bridge in South Australia for round four of the Motul MX Nationals, this Sunday May 22.

To watch all of the racing live from Murray Bridge 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 4 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long record breakthrough results at Round 3 of the Motul MX Nationals

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Dylan Long and Jay Wilson made further progress despite challenging conditions at round three of the Motul MX Nationals at the State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford yesterday.

With heavy rain drenching the iconic venue prior to racing kicking off yesterday, both Long and Wilson rose to the occasion in the muddy conditions, walking away from the round with a handful of additional points in the overall championship standings.

With qualifying and Superpole both removed from the MX1 schedule yesterday, when racing got underway, Wilson only narrowly missed out on the first holeshot  – from there Wilson held on to fifth position, before lappers caused the Honda mounted rider to drop two places, seeing him conclude race one in 7th.  After getting to a reasonably good start in race two, lapped riders once again made making passes difficult on the one lined Broadford circuit, and as a result Wilson settled for 8th position. With both results combined, Wilson wrapped up round three in 8th overall, and made up two positions in the MX1 championship standings.

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“There were a lot of positives to take out of round three. As a team we’ve made some great progress with the bike, and we’re content with how things ended up,” he said.

“In race one, I was quite happy with the way I was riding and it was just a shame that lapped riders got in the way and held me up. We have the speed in the early stages of the moto, so I’m just working on being able to keep that up on the CRF450 for the entire race.

“At the moment I’m learning every time we go to the races, so it’s great to get another round under my belt, and we’re happy with the direction we’re going in with the bike and the team.”

For Long, moto one proved to be a challenge, but despite stalling in the top section of the track, and suffering a small crash, the Honda mounted rider recovered to salvage 10th position. In race two, the ride of the day for the Honda backed team came from Victorian local Long. After getting to a solid start, Long fought off tough competition aboard his Honda, to race to an impressive fifth place finish. With a top five in the final race of the day, Long wrapped up round three in 6th overall at Broadford, and now sits in 7th in the MX1 championship standings.

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“Things went not too bad for me at Broadford. The track was pretty wet in some spots which made things interesting, but we had another good round on the Honda,” he said.

“I didn’t have the best race in moto one, but in moto two I was able to stay consistent and finish in fifth position. For me, this was a much better result and it gives me a lot more confidence knowing that we can finish up there.

“As a team we’ve learnt a lot these past few rounds, and I think we’re in a pretty good position now, so we’re looking forward to getting back out there at Murray Bridge.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round four of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Murray Bridge in New South Wales on Sunday May 22.

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