Melbourne, VIC (25th May, 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team headed over to South Australia for round 5 of the MX Nationals last weekend.
With a great looking track which the track crew had prepared during the week we were again set for an epic day’s racing with a much needed one day race schedule. Weather conditions were very cold in the morning but by lunchtime the sun was out and there was nothing but blue skies!
Lewis qualified just over top 10 which was one of his better qualifying sessions to date this year. With a busy one day race Lewis had a short break before his back to back motos. Lewis didn’t get the best start off the gate for moto 1 which left him well behind the front runners, this forced him to again fight hard through the pack which would see him end up in 11th place for moto 1. Moto 2 start was Lewis great with him running within the top 10 pack Lewis hung on to complete moto 2 in 6th place. With the lunch break over and MXD moto’s finished it was now time for Lewis’s 30 minute moto which was the last of his day. Again Lewis struggled to get a decent start with him getting off the gate just out of the top 10 bracket, with some of the great passes made Lewis broke away to finish moto 3 in 7th place which gave him 7th overall on the day. Lewis now sits in 9th place in the MX2 class.
With Dan qualifying 11th this gave him a decent gate pick for moto’s 1 and 2. The sun was finally starting to break through for the MX1’s first moto. A good jump off the gate saw DMC sitting round mid top 10 into the first corner. With solid composure during moto 1, Dan held onto a 6th place finish. Again for moto 2 DMC got a good jump off the gate which would see him running top 10, but during moto 2 Dan lost the entire inside of his muffler which cause him to lose power, but DMC still managed to finish moto 2 in 9th place. With the final 30 minute moto left Dan recouped during the lunch break and was ready take moto 3 head on. Again with a decent start Dan sat just outside the top 10, with the top 10 riders in moto 3 not really changing positions that much DMC finished off in 9th place for moto 3, which left him in 8th place overall for the day. Dan now sits in 9th place in the MX1 class.
With a 6 week break before round 6 kicks off DMC will head to the USA for some training while Lewis will stay in Australia and compete in the last 2 rounds of the Victorian State titles which currently he is coming 3rd overall in the Pro Lites class.
May 19th, 2012 – Surprise, Arizona
Hart and Huntington Off Road’s newest driver on the roster, Robert Naughton made a significant appearance during Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions in preparation for Round 5. The Phoenix local has turned many laps at the Speedworld Track, and his speeds showed the #54 Lunarpages.com PRO-2 as the second fastest during the practice heat and fourth fastest during PRO-2 Qualifying. After the Lucas Oil Off Road Inversion, Naughton will start from the pole in front of his home town crowd.
18 of the top off road driver will begin Round-5 of the PRO-2 Division. Robert Naughton will have to contend with the likes of Rob MacCachren, Carl Renezeder, Marty Hart and Jeff Geiser. These off road driving aces will stop at nothing to put their vehicle up front in order to claim victory. Other than his competitors, Naughton’s biggest challenge to overcome is the limited seat time in his new ride. For Robert it is a personal mission to prove he can drive any machine and win.
“Last time I started on the pole, I went on to win the race. I intend to do it again here with my new team in the Lunarpages PRO-2,” affirmed Robert. “The General Tires are hooking up great and I am going to drive the fastest line as fast as I can. It is important that we put on a good show for all the friends family and sponsors. If we do it correctly and no one crashes us out, I will stay out front and from there, it should be mine. I am here to win and if anyone else wants it, they will have to out drive me.”
Premiere Motorsports Group also has three other opportunities to obtain podium finishes with Josh Merrell in the #22 MAVTV PRO-4, Ryan Beat in the #46 eBay Motors PRO-4, and Beat is also campaigning the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group / Black Rhino ProLite.
Merrell is coming off back to back 3rd place podiums in Rounds 3 & 4. “We are feeling pretty confident out here for Speedworld. I had a fluke with the motor blowing 3 laps into qualifying today. I still was able to nail down the 5th fastest time on lap 3 and each lap was within an eighth of a second of each other. I was only going to get faster. To get to the front tomorrow, I will have to run clean with no problems. I am looking forward to getting up on the box here real soon.”
Ryan Beat is showing great promise and is enjoying his second race weekend in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series top division. “Driving this eBay Motors Truck is a real treat. I am learning a lot about the PRO-4 and what it takes to move it around the track quickly. We qualified inside the top 10 and are aiming for a top 5 finish. My ProLite is now repaired after the damage from careless wrecking ball drivers during the Lake Elsinore event. So far this weekend, the PMG ProLite is working awesome and we qualified 7th. I am pleased to be near the front in a field this big and competitive. It is on for tomorrow!”
Melbourne, VIC (18th May, 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki race team made the big trip west to sunny Western Australia for the fourth round of the series which was to be held at AJS motorcycle club in Wanneroo WA.
With the track in great condition on Saturday as it had been raining most of the week conditions were prime for practice and qualifying on Saturday. Sunday was to be a different story as the track was one of the roughest we have seen, this would defiantly be a race for men and not boys.
With a not so good qualifying this left Lewis to prepare over night for his back to back race on Sunday and moto 3 which was again the 30 minute moto. After some minor changes on the Saturday and some track time Lewis was feeling comfortable with riding sand again. He managed a great start in the first of the back to back 15 minute motos and rode very well picking of some riders and maintained his position for a solid 5th spot finish. He lined straight back up for the second moto and got a cracker of a start and battled the whole race and finished in 7th place. After the races Lewis commented on the fact his bike is running the best it has all season and seem to be very happy as Brian from EBT had done a great job again. Lewis lined up for a the 30 minute moto and got off to a flyer of a start and was running in 4th position for quite a while after getting passed by two of the factory riders, lewis maintained seventh for the finish, with an overall result of 6th Lewis Woods has had his best outing for the season so far.
With a decent qualifying session and some minor crashes Dan prepared overnight as much as he could for Sunday. Lining up for the back to back 15′s and some good starts the track was well and truly rough but the end of the motos, with big holes and big whoops starting to appear. Dan had two top ten finishes in the first two motos (5th and 8th), a rim needed to be changed due to a flat spot as the track was getting rough. DMC then lined up feeling fresh for the 30 minute moto as he launched off to a great start he got the jump on everyone, but due to the outside line he found himself in about 5th to 8th position for first lap battling the factory riders. Line choice was what it was all about, the lines into some of the corners resembled a rhythm section on a Supercross track with doubling the breaking bumps into some of the corners. With Dan rounding off the last moto in 8th place which left him 7th overall.
Lewis now sits in 9th place in the MX2 championship and Dan also sits in 9th place in the MX1 championship. Both riders were stoked on how good the PIRELLI tires were in the sand and cannot wait to continue the good form into round 5 at Murray Bridge this weekend.
The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki team gears up for Murray Bridge SA, for 1 day scheduled race on Sunday May 20th for the fifth round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
Andrew and the MacNeil bikes team has been staying at a team house in Long Beach Ca. They will be filming and shooting photos as the team riders come through and visit. Heres the first edit from there stay.