Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki have left Conondale with plenty of reason to celebrate, after Todd Waters collected another podium and Luke Wilson a top ten finish in the Thor MX1 class, at Round 7 of the Motul MX Nationals in Queensland today.
From the minute the Suzuki RM-Z450 machines hit the wet and muddy Green Park circuit this morning, Waters and Wilson showed impressive speed, with Waters making it through to GoPro Superpole where he finished in second place with a 2:00.134 lap time, while Wilson qualified in 13th place.
When racing got underway Waters was simply on fire utilising every inch of his European experience to attack the challenging Conondale track, riding on a level above the rest - and it was for that reason that Waters led from lap one all they way to the chequered flag, collecting his first race win for the day. Teammate Wilson also raced to an impressive result in moto one, the Suzuki rider taking well to the rough and rutty track conditions, and finishing in an outstanding 10th position in the talent packed Thor MX1 class.
In race two, Waters once again got to a solid start, however a crash on lap one forced him to re-join the race in 14th position and with a job on his hands to make up time. But Waters showcased strength and determination in moto two, picking off numerous positions to cross the line in third place after 30 minutes. Despite the deteriorating track conditions, Wilson also once again remained consistent in moto two, and stepped things up to conclude the final race of the day in 9th place.
With Waters 1,3 results, Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki wrapped up Round 7 with second position on the MX1 podium, while Wilson finished inside the top ten with 9th overall for the weekend.
Waters continues to sit in third position in the Thor MX1 championship standings after todays racing on 455 points. Wilson now sits in 13th place.
Todd Waters MX1 (1st, 3rd) 2nd Overall
I felt good today, I like Conondale a lot and I ride the mud well too. I was stoked with the win in the first race, but in race two I went down which probably cost me the overall today, Waters shared.
I knew when I crashed I had about 50 seconds between myself and Mosig to make up, and I just couldnt believe that I was in that position, but we got back to third which was really positive.
In the two days before Round 7, Jay Foreman and I did a lot of testing with the suspension, and earlier in the week I also did some testing with Jason Corney and its really paid off today.
Weve made some really positive changes to the bike, and that really gives you a lot more confidence so today was a solid result, and now Im just looking forward to Shepparton.
Luke Wilson MX1 (10th, 9th) 9th Overall
It was a pretty good day for me I got a 10th and a 9th which I was happy with. I struggled a little bit fitness wise, but its good when you know what the problem is, and weve got something to work on ahead of Round 8, Wilson shared.
I got 9th overall for the day, so Im inside the top ten which is what Ive been working towards. I usually dont like the mud but it all seemed to work out for me here.
I got some good starts today too which made my job a bit easier. Im not usually a big fan of Conondale but were happy that we got through it, and weve come away with a really good result.
Neale Wilson Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki Team Manager
It was a great day for the team today. After such a tough round at Nowra, it was nice to see the entire teams hard work pay off by finishing the round on the podium and a top ten, he said.
Everyone has put in such a huge effort during the last two weeks to put in the extra hours, and make sure the boys are as comfortable as possible out there, and results like today show that the hard work pays off.
Todd and Luke both rode very well, and all in all were very happy with where they finished. It was a little bit of a shame that Todd went down in the final race, but when you finish on the podium its still a positive.
To all of our sponsors and team staff, thank you for continuing to support what we do and for making today possible.
Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki will now begin preparations for round eight of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals being held at Shepparton in Victoria, on Sunday July 31.