The Metal Mulisha Serco Yamaha Australian MX team was primed up ready to take on a big start at the Monster Energy MX Nationals over the weekend at Raymond Terrace. Luke Styke was more than ready to take on the season as last years final results where missed by a mere two points for the championship. Luke Clout is the new kid on the block with plenty of raw speed and determination, he is the underdog, but he will be pushing the top guys to get on the podium.
“Last year was full of highs and lows. It was my best year yet as far as winning races and rounds go but in the end we weren’t able to get the job done. It’s not something I have dwelled on and my goal is simply to be a better, fitter and a faster racer than I was last year.” – Luke Styke
Check out the video of the team before sprinting out of the gate at Raymond Terrace.
With raceday underway and more determined than ever, Styke kicked off the 2013 MX Nationals in the (250cc)class with an impressive 1-1 finish at the opening round of the championship held at Raymond
Terrace, NSW, over the weekend! With a top five start, Styke worked his way forward and just before the race hit the 15 minute mark, Styke had taken control of the lead and was heading for the checkered flag. He maintained a comfortable gap over his rivals and finished the race with the win. Moto two was much the same as Styke grabbed the lead and never let it go. The 1-1 start was a huge statement form Styke and just the start to the season he was looking for. “I wanted to get off to a good start at the opening round and that’s exactly what I did. I feel I rode well but I feel pretty flat now as I didn’t sleep well last night and am dehydrated now. I worked really hard leading up to this race and maybe over done it a bit, so I will take a day or two off and ensure I’m back to 100% for round two at Murray Bridge in two weeks’ time.” – Styke
Team mate, Luke Clout charged through the field after a reasonable start. He worked tirelessly through the field and found himself in fifth with one lap remaining only to fall and lose valuable positions. He crossed the line in eighth place and rounded out the day in fourth overall.
“It was a reasonable start to the series, I guess that falls in moto two proved costly and it shows that I must stay focused all the way to the finish line. Top five is a good place to start, I just need to keep building on this start and get my Serco Yamaha up front when the opportunity comes.” – Clout
Round two of the Monster MX Nationals heads for Murray Bridge in South Australia in two weeks’ time. More information on the MX Nationals, www.mxnationals.com.au
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Round 1 Results – MX2
1st Luke Styke 70 – Serco Yamaha
2nd Josh Cachia 58 – Honda
3rd Kale Makeham 58 – KTM
4th Luke Clout 55 – Serco Yamaha
5th Kade Mosig 53 – Kawasaki
6th Brock Winston 52 – KTM
7th Matt Ryan 47 – Honda
8th Kayne Lamont 46 – KTM
9th Takeshi Katsuya 44 – Honda
10th Geran Stapleton 43 – Suzuki