Hart and Huntington MX Nationals 2012 Round 9



Melbourne, VIC (23rd August 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team head to Moree MX track for the 9th round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals.

A well groomed Moree MX track meant Sunday’s racing would be some of the finest coming into the 2nd last round of the series. Tire choice was also going to be another factor as it looked like the track might dry out towards the end of the day, making the riders switch to a harder pack tire.
Lewis again came into this round carrying a wrist injury which affected his riding in Appin, but he proved there he can still ran top 15 in the MX2 class. His injury is affecting him on the throttle side of the bike which doesn’t allow him full movement in his wrist, this cause’s Lewis to basically move the throttle with his elbow (as you will see in the latest web episode clip). With a mid pack start in moto 1 Lewis was able to consistently hold 15th place during the race, with a short 5 minute break Lewis was back on the line for moto 2. Again struggling with his wrist Lewis rode out the 2nd moto in 15th place and grabbed valuable championship points. With the 3rd and final moto up this was going to be the most painful for Lewis as moto 3 is the 30 minute plus moto, but as tough as Lewis is he fought his way up to 12th position for the final moto. Lewis now sits in 11th place in the MX2 championship.

DMC came into this round as fresh as he has been all year. Dan was looking to finally put his Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki on the podium for the first time all season. With some great qualifying times DMC was 2 seconds off the leader which put him in 9th. With a cracking start Dan was out of the first corner in top 3, he held this place for a few laps but a couple of small mistakes would see him finish in 8th place for moto 1. With the short 5 minute break DMC was on the line again, McCoy launched off the line in moto 2 again running top 3 out of the first turn. Dan battle with the front runners for the entire moto, he held onto a well-earned 6th place. During the lunch break DMC changed his tire choice to the Pirelli 554 mid hard as the track was drying out which caused it to harden up. McCoy again put his RMZ450 into a top 5 spot coming out of the first turn for moto 3, his starts had been terrific all day! With a few battles going on Dan was strong enough to complete moto 3 in 8th place which would see him take an overall of 8th on the day. McCoy has now moved into 9th place in the MX1 championship.

The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team will head to Coolum QLD for the final round of Monster Energy MX Nationals on August 25th and August 26th for a two day schedule race.

Round 8 Of The AU MX Nationals from Appin NSW

Melbourne, VIC (2nd August 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team head to Appin MX track for the 8th round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals.

A primed looking Appin track on Saturday only meant we were in for an awesome days racing on Sunday, with perfect weather conditions on Sunday this was DMC’s home track to take advantage of.

Coming off an injury to the weekend prior from a photoshoot, Lewis was to face an uphill battle with his throttle wrist. With Suzuki Racesafe doing the best they could on Lewis’s wrist it still could not eliminate the pain factor. With Lewis qualifying just outside the top 20 he knew the rest of the days moto’s were about championship points to keep that 10 place in the MX2 class. Both moto’s 1 and 2 Lewis had mid pack starts and rode solid considering to finish both moto 1 and 2 in 17th place which would grab him 8 championship points. During the lunch break a lot of icing on his wrist went down before the 30 minute plus moto. Again for moto 3 Lewis was just outside the top 15, but his effort was not lost seeing him complete a growling 30 minute plus moto in 16th place to clinch 5 precious championship pints. Lewis still sits in 10th place in the MX2 class and can rest his wrist during the 3 week break before Round 9.

With Dan’s first home town race and a lot of DMC’s fans Dan was keen to put his Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki on the podium for the home town crowd. A few bike issues in practice meant DMC was force to ride his practice bike for qualifying. Only 2 second off the fastest qualifier left DMC in 8th for his session. With Dan first moto his start was around the top 10 mark, DMC was defiantly look on pace and was riding his spare bike smooth, he continued to maintain a 10th place in moto 1. With a great start in moto 2 Dan look like he was going to crack the top 5, but unfortunately he came together with Brad Anderson and was un able to finish moto 2 due to bike problems. With time to rest up for moto 3 DMC was ready for the 30 minute plus moto. With a cracking start Dan was inside the top 5 after the first corner and held this for a few laps. DMC rode solid through out the moto to finish off in 10th place, with an overall just outside the top 10 on the day Dan still sits in 10th place in the MX1 championship.

The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team will head to Moree NSW for round 9 of Monster Energy MX Nationals on August 19th for a one day schedule race.