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Moss maintains MX Nationals lead for Team Motul Suzuki

posted May 5, 2014, 5:26 AM by Takanobu Matsuki   [ updated May 5, 2014, 5:26 AM by Paisal Komarwut ]

Team Motul Suzuki's defending Australian Motocross Champion Matt Moss continues to lead the 2014 MX Nationals following a second place finish at Wonthaggi's third round of the season in Victoria on Sunday.

Moss tied for the victory overall with second in moto one and fourth in moto two, but was credited second on countback due to the finishing order of the final moto.

However in the championship standings Moss stretched his lead to 22 points after claiming five bonus points in the Super Pole qualifying session, where he slotted his Suzuki RM-Z450 onto the pole position.

It was another strong performance by the multiple-time Australian champion, content with his overall position and satisfied to extend his championship lead.

"To finish tied on points for the day is good, definitely not a bad result," Moss reflected. "We weren't able to win any motos today and I hadn't ridden in almost two weeks coming into this round, so it's a bonus to increase my championship lead.

"Like always Team Motul Suzuki was great and the RM-Z450 for me is the bike to be on. We will keep getting stronger from here and I'm enjoying the challenge so far in 2014."

Team Motul Suzuki teammate Rhys Carter again displayed consistency beyond his experience, the MX1 rookie charging to sixth overall with a 6-8 scorecard for the round. He now sits seventh in the standings after three of 10 rounds.

"I've been really consistent, which is positive, but in the first race I should have made the pass and been fifth," Carter commented. "In the second moto I got a good start finally, but made a few mistakes and tightened up.

"I couldn't put a charge on, kind of went backwards so that was disappointing. In saying that, I know where I can and should be, so it's a matter of working on my intencity and moving forward from here."

The MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, will now take a two-week break before resuming at Murray Bridge in South Australia on Sunday, 18 May.

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MX1 overall results:
1. Adam Monea 60
2. Matt Moss (Team Motul Suzuki) 60
3. Kirk Gibbs 60
4. Billy Mackenzie 56
5. Kade Mosig 49
6. Rhys Carter (Team Motul Suzuki) 48
7. Jake Moss 46
8. Cody Cooper 45
9. Hayden Mellross 45
10. Sam Martin 44

MX1 championship standings:
1. Matt Moss (Team Motul Suzuki) 238
2. Kirk Gibbs 216
3. Adam Monea 202
4. Jake Moss 186
5. Billy Mackenzie 181
6. Kade Mosig 169
7. Rhys Carter (Team Motul Suzuki) 168
8. Hayden Mellross 159
9. Jay Marmont 156
10. Jacob Wright 142