KTM'S WATERS GOES OUT A WINNER AT COOLUM
The championship might have been just out of reach, but Motorex KTM rider Todd Waters proved he’s back in race-winning nick, taking out the tenth and final round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Waters’ victory - his first since round three of the MX Nationals where his early season blitz established a 44-point lead – came after he won the Go Pro Super Pole, then carded 3-1 finishes to win the day from Billy Mackenzie and Matt Moss.
Team mate Kirk Gibbs, who scored his maiden MX1 win just a week ago at Echo Valley, fell heavily early in the first moto and could only manage 8-4 finishes today, but it was easily enough for him to achieve his season goal of fifth in his first season in the top grade.
For Waters, who will race Grand Prix motocross for the Husqvarna factory team in the World MX1 Championship in 2014, the win was a fitting way to farewell the sport in Australia and his many fans.
Rob Twyerould: “Todd probably didn’t ride as well as he would have liked in the first moto. Jake made it very tough for him to get by and it allowed Mackenzie and Matt Moss to get away. But with a few small changes Todd went back out in the second and looked like a different person. He was so in control of that moto that he got the length of straight lead on Mackenzie and just dictated the pace. It was a fantastic way to finish and move on to Europe. We did everything we could to win the championship but it wasn’t to be with the injuries he suffered, but now he’s back at full strength and looking forward to bigger and better things overseas.
Kirk unfortunately fell challenging for third early in the first and the bike landed on him. In the second he didn’t really get in the groove until the last five laps and then he was just on fire. He caught and passed Swanepoel and then got Monea with a drag race to the finish. He never gave up and got his fifth in the championship so it was a fantastic effort.
I’ve just got to say thanks to everyone involved in this; my guys Ryan, Apro, Kyle and Johnny D, and a big thanks to Jeff for having the faith in me to put the team together, it’s been an absolute honour. And thanks to everyone from KTM in Perth who text me all weekend to encourage the boys – it’s just been unbelievable."
Todd Waters (SP 1st and 3, 1): “It was a good way to end up, I’m a little disappointed not to get the championship but after two major injuries I still finished strong and I’m pretty proud of that. It feels so good to be up there getting wins again. I’m getting back up there and it’s a shame the season isn’t two rounds longer…
Thanks so much to my mechanic Ryan, and to Jeff who was here today - these guys are a massive part of why I’m standing on the top step today and second overall in the championship. I have a different story to others. When I was growing up, the guys behind Jay and Ryan Marmont were Jeff Leisk, Robbie T, and Danny Apro and the team and it was one of my dreams to ride for them and now I’ve done that. I want to be a world champion, and Rob said to me at the start that when our time was over he wanted to wave me goodbye on a plane. Almost everything’s gone to plan, we’ve got the ride overseas and there’s one person in particular to thank for that, so thank you Rob."
Kirk Gibbs (SP 4th and 8, 4): “A bit of a struggle today! I had a good start in Race 1 and was third battling with Jake and Billy. We changed positions a few times, then round the last turn Jake cut in front of me and I washed the front into a rut and went over the bars. It was pretty big and I got up pretty sore but I got back on and pushed home in eighth. In the second I was tight after the crash and I went backwards but then in the last 15 I charged back into fourth. I wish the day went a little better but these things happen. My team has been awesome this season. They’ve put in a massive effort and I can’t thank them enough. I wanted a top-five result for my first year and we got that. I know what to expect next year now and I hope to be a title contender."
MX2 and MXD In the MX2 category, Choice Motorsports KTM-mounted Brock Winston took a pair of seconds behind champion-elect Luke Styke, with Tune Tech Racing KTM rider Kale Makeham’s two thirds enough to wrap up the runner up position. In the MXD division, CMR Red Bull KTM rider Hamish Harwood will look to put the U19 title out of reach with another consistent and fast performance.
Monster Energy MX1 championship final standings: 1. Matt Moss 643, 2. Todd Waters 627, 3. Billy Mackenzie 583, 4. Cody Cooper 535, 5. Kirk Gibbs 528, 6. Jake Moss 492, 7. Jay Marmont 428, 8. Adam Monea 427, 9. Lawson Bopping 407, 10. Sam Martin 335
Motul MX2 championship final standings: 1. Luke Styke 683, 2. Kale Makeham 564, 3. Brock Winston 536, 4. Ryan Marmont 446, 5. Dylan Long 440, 6. Rhys Carter 407, 7. Takeshi Katsuya 398, 8. Kayne Lamont 392, 9. Geran Stapleton 349, 10. Wade Hunter 330
Pirelli MXD championship final standings: 1. Hamish Harwood 504, 2. Jay Wilson 453, 3. Jack Simpson 400, 4. Corey James 383, 5. Joel Wightman 369, 6. Jesse Dobson 353, 7. Jake Emanuelli 329, 8. Joel Dinsdale 325, 9. Logan Blackburn 293, 10. Dakota Court 269