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Carton Dry Honda Thor Racing endured a weekend they would rather forget at the second round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Coonabarabran’s Goanna Tracks.
Ben Townley was airlifted to hospital after crashing heavily in Saturday’s practice, setting the scene for a disappointing weekend for the factory Honda team.
Ford Dale qualified quickest in the MX2 class but was left to rue bad starts, finishing both five lap moto’s seventh.
The Sunshine Coast rider, who took the chequered flag third in the final race, ended the weekend fifth overall.
“It was such a disappointing weekend,” Dale said. “I will definitely go back to the drawing board work on my starts ahead of the next round.
“In the first race I came together with Josh Cachia on the opening lap and we both went down but I managed to come through from dead last to finish the race fifth.
“My starts just weren’t good, but thankfully, with the longer final race I was able to make up some ground and finish third,” Dale added.
In the MX1 class Brad Anderson started the day well, finishing second in the opening race.
Severe arm pump saw Anderson drop through the order in Moto 2 and he ended the race seventh.
The former British Motocross Champion finished the final 30-minute race sixth and he took fifth overall for the weekend.
“I am really disappointed in myself,” Anderson said. “This is not the result I expected to come away with.
“We will be working very hard over the next fortnight to make sure I get on top of the arm-pump issues.”
Team Principal Yarrive Konsky said the team would re-group and work hard to turn things around ahead of the Wonthaggi event.
“Ben's crash really set the scene for the weekend,” Konsky said.
“We tried to regroup but the harder we tried the worse things seemed to get.
“All we can do is put this behind us and approach the next event with a clean slate,” Konsky continued.
While the Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing team heads home to prepare for the third round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals in a fortnights time,
Ben Townley will undergo surgery on his injured hip in Brisbane tomorrow.
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 Results Rd 2 – Goanna Tracks
1. Josh Coppins 63
2. Tye Simmonds 56
3. Jake Moss 55
4. Jay Marmont 54
5. Brad Anderson 50
6. Cody Cooper 49
7. Lawson Bopping 48
8. Daniel McCoy 40
9. Daniel Reardon 39
10. Todd Waters 35
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX2 Results Rd 2 – Goanna Tracks
1. Luke Styke 75
2. Kirk Gibbs 56
3. Kade Mosig 53
4. Cheyne Boyd 52
5. Ford Dale 48
6. Scott Columb 48
7. Errol Willis 46
8. Justin McDonald 40
9. Ryan Marmont 39
10. Josh Cachia 36
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 Championship Standings (after Rd 2 of 10):
1. Josh Coppins 125
2. Jake Moss 101
3. Jay Marmont 95
4. Brad Anderson 94
5. Tye Simmonds 94
6. Lawson Bopping 89
7. Todd Waters 89
8. Cody Cooper 87
9. Ben Townley 75
10. Daniel Reardon 72
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX2 Championship Standings (after Rd 2 of 10)
1. Luke Styke 132
2. Kirk Gibbs 119
3. Ford Dale 110
4. Kade Mosig 97
5. Josh Cachia 92
6. Justin McDonald 88
7. Cheyne Boyd 87
8. Adam Monea 80
9. Errol Willis 76
10. Ryan Marmont 67