Team Motul Suzuki are remaining positive and looking forward to round five of the 2015 MX Nationals after a testing day at round four held at Murray Bridge in South Australia on Sunday May the 17th.
The day started on a good note for team rider Kale Makeham with the 21 year old Victorian recording the 7th fastest time in qualifying aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450.
Makeham backed up his qualifying result with a good start in the opening MX1 moto of the day, working his way up to seventh position and looked as though he was on track for another solid top ten race result before disaster struck with just a couple of laps remaining.
Makeham crashed head first into the face of a jump exiting a corner and while he was able to re-mount and finish the race in 14th position, he was unable to start the second moto due to the concussion sustained from the accident.
“I can’t really remember what happened” Makeham admitted, “I have been told that I crashed head first into the small table top just before the whoops heading towards the finish line, but I could not tell you exactly what happened.
“I am feeling good now, my neck hurts a little and ill spend the next couple of days resting up before easing back into things. I will be 100% ready to go by Coolum.” Makeham added.
Despite recording his first DNF for the season, Makeham continues to hold down 10th position in the MX1 championship standings aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 in just his first year in the 450 class.
While the day was certainly not what team manager Jay Foreman was looking for, he was philosophical about the run of bad luck his team has endured at the opening four rounds of this years championship after dominating the MX1 class for the past two years.
“The day ended up being a disaster for us, but the good news is Kale while dazed will make a full recovery and is healthy.” Foreman commented. “Once again he showed good speed qualifying seventh and was solid during the race until one mistake bit him.
“We are coming off two seasons where we have wrapped up the MX1 title and really did have a dream run. At the moment it looks like all our bad luck has hit us at once at the opening four rounds of this season, but that is how it can go in motocross racing sometimes.”
“On the positive side, Matt has returned to riding and is testing with us in Newcastle this week getting ready to return to racing at Coolum. We will get him going as fast as we can for Coolum and see where he is at before spending the mid season break preparing for the second half of the season and being back on top.”
Team Motul Suzuki will next be in action at round five of the MX National at Coolum, Qld on the 31st of May 2015.