In what has been one of the toughest weeks in DPH Motorsport’s history, Dylan Wills has pulled out all the stops to not only put in four incredible rides but also take home his first overall round win, the first for DPH as the Husqvarna Factory-backed race team.
The Ranch, just north of Newcastle, NSW, played host to rounds seven and eight of the MX Nationals, under a revised race format featuring a single race on Saturday, followed by three races on Sunday, including two back-to-back races for the FC250-mounted Wills.
After qualifying second fastest, Wills showed incredible speed, taking the fastest lap in two of the weekend’s four races, and went on to 2-4 for fourth overall in round seven, while a 2-1 finish in round eight gives Dylan his career-first round win!
“I’m so happy to have finally gotten my first overall win, and glad I could give the guys some good news”
MX2 Racer Dylan Wills: “Kade’s been such a huge influence on my riding this year, so it was tough sitting in the truck without him there this weekend, but to the team’s credit, they knuckled down, focused on the job in front of us and really had my back all weekend. I’m so happy to have finally gotten my first overall win and glad I could give the guys some good news. I felt really good on the bike coming into the weekend and my speed was there in round seven, so when I finally got stronger starts in the last two races, I was battling for the lead rather than passing to get to the front. With two rounds to go, this is where I want to be, so I’ll be working even harder to stay here.”
DPH Husqvarna team owner Dale Hocking: “What a way to change the atmosphere around the truck! Obviously, Kade’s suspension has been devastating to us, but the guys pulled together and turned their attention to Dylan – and he’s repaid us in the best way possible. The results on paper don’t quite show the entire story on track this weekend. In both race one and two, Dylan came from seventh and had race two been a more traditional race length, I’m sure he would have kept moving forward through the lead pack, while his 2-1 result for round eight was impressive, especially leading start to finish in the final moto. I’m looking forward to watching the races again through the week. Dylan’s style was awesome to watch this weekend!”
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With only two rounds remaining in the 2018 MX Nationals championship, the DPH Motorsport Factory Husqvarna Racing team now head back to the home base looking to re-group before setting off to Gladstone on August 5 for round nine.
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