Fresh off the back of his best moto result of the season where he finished in fourth place in the opening moto at Hervey Bay just under two weeks ago, Woods is looking forward to returning to a track where he won the final round of the Victorian State MX Championships in convincing fashion just 3 weeks ago.
“I feel pretty good heading into this weekend, I am a hard pack rider and Horsham is a hard pack track, so it should suit me that way.” said Woods.
“I had a Victorian state title there a couple of weeks ago, It was muddy and I rode well there and it’s a track that I usually ride well at.” he added
Woods rode more than well, winning two of the four motos and finishing second in the other two moto’s in some of the muddiest conditions seen so far this year and with the chance of the same type of conditions this weekend, the experience in the mud at Horsham may prove to be very valuable.
“On any mud track you have to keep your bike working and keep it going through the mud, but at this track its different.” said the Suzuki mounted rider.
“It becomes hard to change gears and use your rear brake due to the amount of mud that builds up around the footpegs.
“That was one of the biggest problems I had at the state titles, if it ends up being the same, we have made a few changes to stop the mud from sticking in those areas so bad.” Woods explained.
While most of the field will be hoping that the weather gods play nice and the rain stays clear both heading into Sunday’s race and throughout the day, Woods is not fused either way on how the conditions turns out and even favours his chances a little more if things do get sloppy, especially with the home state support.
“It is probably the only race I have ever gone into hoping it rains, if it pours down with rain, I know exactly how to ride the track.” said the year old
“It is different to any other track when it is wet, especially when they rip it deep and it sounds like it has been ripped already, there should be some nice deep ruts, I am looking forward to it.” he continued.
“Its always a good round for me, there is not much travelling involved for myself and a lot of the boys will be there to cheer me on, so it should be fun.” Woods concluded.
Woods heads into round seven of the championship in 10th position in the MX2 class on 211 points
Melbourne, VIC (5th July, 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team headed north for round 6 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals which was held in Hervey Bay QLD. With a much need mid season break, team riders Lewis Woods and Dan McCoy were ready to battle again.
With decent weather during the weekend the only issue was the track. It looked to be in good condition on the Saturday but straight after first practice on Sunday it deteriorating quickly, leaving holes everywhere with quite a few boggy sections where some riders were actually getting bogged.
Fresh off his 2nd place overall in the Victorian MX Titles in the Championship, Lewis was on a mission to put his Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki on the podium for the first time this year. With a solid qualifying time Lewis then prepared for Moto’s 1 and 2. Straight off the line Lewis meant business running around 7th place after the first turn. Lewis rode solid and smart the entire race without any mistakes, he then worked his way up to 4th place mid race. Without giving up his position with a hard charging Ford Dale, Lewis finished in 4th which is his best result for the year so far. Moto 2 start wasn’t the best with Lewis coming out of the first corner in around 10th place, holding that position with a few laps to go, a lapper cut Lewis off and his bike got stuck together which cost him 2 positions which would see him finish in 12th place. With a short lunch break L-Dub was ready to rumble in the final 30 plus minute. With a cracking start sitting around 5th for most of the first lap Ford Dale then tuck his front wheel into Lewis coming into the back corner heading toward the finish line, both riders went down and basically were dead last. Lewis fought his way through the pack and finished solid in 10th place with an overall off equal 8th on the day which now sees him in 10th position in the MX2 championship.
After spending the majority of his time in the USA while we enjoyed a 6 week break from the MX Nationals, Dan was ready to prove his time was well spent training overseas. Ready for Moto 1 Dan launched off the line and was running in around 5th place after the first turn, he held this for the entire race until bike problems hit causing him to DNF Moto 1. Moto 2 DMC lined up on his spare bike which he had not ridden since he left for the USA 6 weeks ago. With a mid-pack start Dan continued to ride the ever deteriorating track and end Moto 2 in 10th place. With changes to his spare bike for Moto 3 DMC was ready. Again with a great start sitting around 6th place after the first turn Dan rode most of the race in 5th place until yet again bike problems hit with a few laps to go causing him not ride to his 100% capability. This would see Dan fall back to 7th place in Moto 3 which would see him 14th overall on the day and now sitting 10th place in the MX1 championship.
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Not satisfied with his current ninth overall in the Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 class at the halfway point, McCoy set off to America in the mid-season break to hone his skills in a bid to improve his results.
MotoOnline.com.au caught up with McCoy, who hails from Sydney, to talk about his US trip, the outdoor season to date, two-stroke training and the new-look Australian Supercross Championship coming up this later year.
You took a recent trip to America in the mid-season break, what did you get up to over there?
Basically the plan was to go there and ride as much as I could in the four-week trip. I wanted to get my speed up, my fitness and most of all ride some good tracks.
The tracks around home have been really bad and there’s just nowhere to ride around home, so that was the plan for the trip to just get some good bike time.
Do you think that time in America will help you improve in the second half of the Monster Energy MX Nationals series?
Yeah, for sure. I rode 18 times over there in four weeks and did two races within that time. Just the bike time is obviously going to be the biggest advantage compared to riding here in Australia.
The way the weather has been here and the tracks we have to ride, they just don’t hold up to what we are trying to achieve. So I’m definitely more confident now, I’ve got a better bike setup and I’m pretty much ready to go.
You currently sit ninth overall in the MX1 standings, are you happy with how the first half of the outdoor season has gone for you?
No, definitely not. I’m not happy one bit with any of my rounds out of the first five of the series. It’s hard doing what we are doing as a privateer team and we hoped and planned to get a lot more sponsorship for the team and it hasn’t worked out.
So to be sitting where I am in the championship sucks, because I know I can do better than that, but it’s difficult driving a van around trying to achieve decent results.
I’m looking forward now though – that was then and this is now. I’m definitely a lot more confident and I feel a lot better on the bike, mentally I feel great as well, so I’m looking forward to it.
You’ve been seen practicing locally on a 250 two-stroke, is that something you do often within your training program?
I love my two-strokes and I always loved them, you can learn so much from riding a two-stroke with flowing and carrying corner speed, and it just makes it exciting. Riding everyday is obviously what I love to do, but it’s good throw something different into your program.
They’re just a lot of fun, they’re hard to go fast on and when you do go fast on one it’s a great feeling. So it’s always something that I’ve liked doing, I’ve got two 250 two-strokes at home and I just love them. If I wasn’t racing the MX1 Class I’d be racing the 250 two-stroke in the MX2 class.
In 2012 you made the move to the Hart and Huntington/InsureMyRide privateer team effort, how is that working out for you so far?
Kale [Wallis] from Airstyle Imports has been trying as hard as he can to get sponsors, to get noticed and to develop the team, we all work together in trying to make the team bigger and better all the time.
But when we don’t have TV time and good exposure for what we’re doing out there, it’s hard to attract sponsorship from outside of the sport especially and sponsors inside the sport are doing it tough, from what they tell us.
So it’s hard to move forward and it’s hard to get on top of it. It’s only the first year, but if things don’t change with the motocross series the Hart and Huntington team probably won’t be there next year, we’ll just be looking more forward to supercross.
Finally, with the Australian Supercross Championship schedule now announced for 2012. What do you think of the new series and are you looking forward to it coming in as the current number three rider on the 450?
Yeah, definitely. I’m super excited that [Yarrive] Konsky has got a hold of the championship, he’s so passionate about the sport and I’m sure he will do the right thing for the sport. It’s great to have someone like him take control.
I really enjoy supercross, it’s definitely what I’m better at. I believe I’m better at it purely because it’s easier to have a supercross track, maintain it and be on top of it.
So I’m super excited, I can’t wait. I wish we could have a 10 round supercross series and a four round motocross series [laughs]. But it’s going to be great, especially if they hold a race at then MotoGP, the crowd is going to be the biggest a supercross has ever seen.