Team Motul Suzuki’s Matt Moss kicked off the second half of the 2015 MX Nationals season in great style on Sunday the 5th of July at Raymond Terrace, securing his first Superpole and race wins of the year.
The Suzuki RM-Z450 pilot started the day by posting the second fastest time in regular qualifying before laying down the fastest lap in Superpole and making his intentions clear for the day.
When the gates dropped on the first moto, the reigning two time MX1 champion quickly settled into second position behind championship leader Kirk Gibbs, before making his move to the lead and running away to claim his first moto win for the season.
After overcoming some arm pump issues early in the second moto, Moss moved forward through the field to finish the race in fourth position and secured his first overall podium result of 2015, finishing on the second step of the box.
“It was good to get my first superpole win of the season that was for sure, Moss commented. obviously the first couple of rounds did not go to plan and to start the day at Raymond Terrace with a Superpole win was a big help to my confidence.
“Leading into the round I felt confident, we worked hard during the mid season break and I am starting to find my feet again. It was definitely a good round to figure out where I am with everything and make sure things were working well.
“To land back on the podium was a great feeling, the bike felt great all day and the team was behind me 100% , it was a huge step towards getting back onto that top step overall and to remind everyone what we are capable off and why we have this number one plate on our bike. Moss added.
For team-mate Kale Makeham it was another solid weekend mixing it with the top riders in the country.
After qualifying in 10th position, the Victorian raced to a 10th place finish in the opening moto.
A early crash in the second moto left the first year MX1 racer with a lot of work ahead of himself. Not one to give up, the 21 year old put his head down and worked his way through the field to end the race in 11th position, earning him 11th overall for the round.
“To be honest it was a bit of an average day,” Makeham admitted. “I qualified 10th and finished 10th in the first moto.
“I had a small crash at the start of the second moto and worked my way back to 11th. Not amazing results but not horrible either.
I will continue working hard and come back stronger at the next round. Makeham added
Team Manager Jay Foreman was pleased to see his teams RM-Z450 back on the podium and claiming race wins in the hands of Matt Moss and is confident that this is a sign of things to come for the remainder of the motocross championship and heading into the 2015 Supercross season.
“It was good to see the season get back on track” Foreman commented. “Matt started the day with the Superpole win then in then rode a smart first race sitting in behind Gibbs before making his move for the race win.
“The second race he again was in second place but lost quite a few spots as he pumped up a little. Once things settled down he charged his way back into 4th place and was right on the back of the next two riders at the end of the race.
“Makeham made a couple of small mistakes that cost him a better result in both races, he just needs to iron out a few of those little things and he will be fine.”
Overall it was great to have a good solid result as a team and be back on the podium. We are looking forward to the next round and working on a few things to finish out the motocross season strong and start build up into defending the Supercross championship later this year.’ Foreman concluded.
Team Motul Suzuki will next be in action when the MX Nationals heads to Shepparton, VIC on the 19th of July for round 7.