It was an up and down day of racing at the sixth round of the Motul MX Nationals for Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki, with both MX1 riders Todd Waters and Luke Wilson racing to mixed results on the tight and technical Nowra circuit.
Despite both Wilson and Waters having a successful mid-season break, and heading in to round six with adequate preparation, bad luck plagued both riders throughout the round, with the pair salvaging points across two challenging races.
Waters, who kick started the round with an impressive fourth place finish in GoPro Superpole, suffered a case of bad luck when race one got underway. After occupying third position for the majority of the 30-minute moto in the talent packed Thor MX1 class, Waters was forced to drop back to fifth after his chain came off on the second last lap. In race two, Waters improved on his results, battling with the lead pack before finishing in a hard fought fourth place.
With a 5th in moto one, and 4th in moto two, Waters finished in 5th overall for the round, and now sits in third overall in the Thor MX1 championship standings.
For Wilson, round six was one to put behind him. After being forced to pull in from qualifying, Wilson was handed last pick of the grid for the entire day, and when race one got underway, the Queenslander DNF’d after suffering some bike issues. However, in race two, Wilson was able to get to a solid start and despite the morning’s bad luck, finished the second race of the day in an impressive 12th place.
Todd Waters – MX1 – 5th Overall – (5th, 4th)
“It was a bit of a disappointing day for me. In the first race we were riding well and I’d moved from seventh in to third, and was battling with Ferris when my chain came off – I actually managed to get it back on though and I salvaged fifth,” Waters explained.
“In the second race I just wasn’t up there. I’ve been doing the work, but my starts weren’t great today, even though I had the speed to be on the podium.
“We have a weekend off next weekend, so we just need to go back as a team and get everything sorted so we can move forward at the next round.”
Luke Wilson – MX1 – 20th Overall – (DNF, 12th)
“Today was a day to forget for me. I had some bike problems in qualifying which meant I had last gate pick all day and starts are really important at Nowra,” Wilson shared.
“After my DNF in moto one, I put the foot down in race two and got to tenth position which I was pretty happy with, but I made a couple of mistakes towards the end which lost me a couple of positions.
“Even though it wasn’t a great day, I’m still happy that I was able to get in to that top ten, and we’ll take the positives from round six and move forward to Conondale.”
Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki will now begin preparations for round seven of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals being held at Conondale on Sunday July 16.
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-Words from Wilson Coolair Suzuki press release.
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