Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s former MX2 champion Jay Wilson broke through for his first round Pirelli MX2 round win since 2015 with an inspired ride around the Gladstone circuit in the Pirelli MX Nationals.
Wilson made the most of a consistent day of racing to stand atop the podium, flanked by both race winners, Hamish Harwood (Davey Motorsports KTM) and Wilson Todd (Serco Yamaha) after another round of scintillating racing.
In the opening MX2 race, championship leader Todd leapt to the front of the pack and led the field through the first handful of corners, before going down and having to muster a come-from-behind attack on his way to sixth. Harwood was the ultimate benefactor from Todd’s misfortune as he raced to a 2.3s lead over Aaron Tanti (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) and a solid third result from Wilson. Wilson’s Yamalube Yamaha Racing team-mate Richie Evans finished fourth and DPH Husqvarna pilot Dylan Wills fifth.
Todd made amends in the second MX2 moto by leading from gate-drop to chequered flag, but was kept honest all race by Wilson, with just 1.5s separating them at the finish-line. Kyle Webster (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) finished a distant third, ahead of Tanti and Harwood.
The final round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals will be held at Coolum, Queensland next weekend, on 11-12 August.
1. Jay Wilson (Yamaha) 62
2. Hamish Harwood (KTM) 61
3. Wilson Todd (Yamaha) 60
4. Aaron Tanti (Kawasaki) 60
5. Richie Evans (Yamaha) 53
6. Cody Dyce (Yamaha) 46
7. Jy Roberts (Husqvarna) 45
8. Jayden Rykers (KTM) 43
9. Kyle Webster (Honda) 42
10. Ricky Latimer (Honda) 42
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