The Second round of the 10 round Australian Monster Energy MX Nationals was held in New South Wales in the hills of Coonabarabran at the Goanna Tracks Motorcycle Facility. The Hart and Huntington race team had a consistent weekend with Pro Lites Rider Lewis Wood #15 riding his RMZ250 and Pro Open Rider Dan McCoy #65 on a RMZ450.
For race results and information check out www.mxnationals.com.au
Melbourne, VIC (19th April, 2012) – The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team headed up for round 2 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals in Coonbarabran last weekend.
Racing at one of the longest and best tracks in Australia the Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team had a lot more preparation to do during the week. The track itself was a lot more physical and tougher than another track in Australia, with lap times reaching 2:30sec this was defiantly set for an endurance race in moto 3, with moto’s 1 and 2 back to back with 5 laps a piece. Weather conditions were perfect all weekend and the with the track crew doing an amazing job on the track we were again set for an awesome weekend of racing.
Coming off great results from round 1 on an open track Lewis was distant to put his Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide Suzuki on the podium. With bad starts each moto this made Lewis’s job even more difficult. Moto 1, moto 2 and moto 3 Lewis struggled to get off the gate in a top 10 position with fighting his way mid pack for all 3 moto’s, Lewis maintained a top 15 spot through the entire weekend. Now sitting in 12th place overall in championship Lewis and the team have gone back to the drawing board and will showcase and new bike suited to his riding style. Be sure to follow L-Dub next weekend as he will be coming out swinging.
With a mixed weekend at round 1 in Coonondale, Dan McCoy was determined to gain championship points which were lost from round 1’s DNF. With a great start in moto 1 and almost pulling the holeshot (Check out the Contour footage in the web episode) DMC seemed to be the crowd favourite in back section with his massive whips. Moto 1 would leave DMC in 7th place and a great start to the day. Again with a good start in moto 2 Dan fought hard finished in 7th place. With no riding during the week as Dan was stuck down with a virus he geared up for moto 3 which was a 30 minute moto. Dan pulled the holeshot and lead the race for 2 laps but not riding during the week eventually caught up to him which saw him finish in 9th place in moto 3, leaving DMC sitting 11th overall in the championship. (Dan McCoy) “The weekend was defiantly better than round 1, and to score points in all 3 races is a plus which we can now build on an overall championship result for myself and the Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team”
The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team heads to Wonthaggi, VIC for another 2 day scheduled race Saturday April 28th and Sunday April 29th for the third round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
The First round of the 10 round Australian Monster Energy MX Nationals was held in Queensland at the Conondale Motocross Track. The Hart and Huntington race team made their Motorcross debut with Pro Lites Rider Lewis Wood #15 riding his RMZ250 and Pro Open Rider Dan McCoy #65 on a RMZ450.
The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide race team completes round 1 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals season opener last week at Conondale QLD.
With perfect weather conditions forecast at Conondale we were set for a great days racing. A terrific crowd made the day even better and the track was in mint condition as it showed the track crew had put ion some hours prepping it for the weekend. With not much engine testing time on the race bikes due to parts only arriving the week prior to last weekend’s race, both riders showed they had adapted to their race bike nicely for the series opener.
First off the rank was MX2 rider Lewis Woods with 2 x7 lap moto’s back to back. Moto 1 Lewis was mid pack coming out of the first turn, he then fought his way hard through the pack to finish the race in 10th place. Moto 2 start was almost the same as moto 1 with Lewis coming out of turn 1 again mid pack. Fighting his way through 10 or so riders, Lewis crossed the line in 8th place. With an hour or so break Lewis prepared for moto 3 which was a 14 lap moto (around 30 minutes). Again struggling with his start Lewis charged home in 10th place leaving him in equal 8th place overall on the day and in the championship. *During Moto 3 Lewis actually encountered a bee sting during his race. Monday he was unable to open his eye and was treated for a bee sting.
Showcasing in the MX1 class was Daniel McCoy. Again with little time on his race bike due to parts arriving that week of the first round, Dan looked smooth in practice with his custom fitted KYB fork on his Suzuki RMZ450. Moto 1 and 2 were again back to back with 10 laps in each moto. With a decent start in a packed MX1 class Dan charged his way to around 6th place before disaster struck, with his bike blowing up only 4 laps in leaving him with a DNF for moto 1. Moto 2 Dan was aboard his spare bike which was completely stock which hadn’t even been kicked over. With a mid pack start on a dead stock bike, Dan climbed his way to finish the race in 15th position. With an hour’s break before moto 3 this gave the mechanics enough time to swap suspension over. With a mid pack start again Dan sat just behind mid pack after the first turn. With moto 3 being a x16 lap race (approx 35 minutes) this would come down to endurance. Dan proved that his off season training had paid off with him finished up in 12th place in moto 3 and coming out of the first round in 15th place overall in the championship.
We would like to thanks all sponsors on board for the 2012 season, and extra thanks to Pro Circuit for supplying the team with exhaust system’s for 2012, Ringmaster Images for turning around our re-worked graphics kits so quickly, JTR for building our wheels (SM Pro Platinum rims with Talon hubs) on short notice, Exotic Graphix for pulling off some amazing looking custom helmet’s and EBT Performance for the quality work on Lewis Wood’s race bike.
The Hart and Huntington / InsureMyRide team heads to Coonabarabran, NSW next weekend on Saturday April 14th and Sunday April 15th for the second round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
Hart and Huntington is much more than a brand, it’s a LIFESTYLE defined by three words: Ink, Rock, Moto.
For the first time ever, viewers will be taken on a behind the scenes ride into this lifestyle with Hart and Huntington’s new Network A series, appropriately titled, INK ROCK MOTO. Carey Hart and the rest of the Hart and Huntington crew showcase it all – from Supercross races to tattoo sessions to photo shoots to late night concerts – it’s all in here!
In this episode, Hart and Huntington team owner, Carey Hart, talks about the roots of the team and gets us up to speed on the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season from injuries to Josh Hill and Ivan Tedesco to Josh Hansen’s early season victories.
Make sure check out Network A every two weeks for new videos about the madness and fun that is INK ROCK MOTO!
Ipswich played host to the 5th and final round of the 2011 Super-X series on Saturday 19th November.
The day was a hot and sunny affair, but our VIP pit guests stayed hydrated in our beer garden and Buttfly kept the BBQ pumping all day.
We went all out for the final round and ran a special metallic green plastics (painted by Exotic Kustoms – with graphics by Ringmaster Images). These things looked super sick going around the track and stood out like nothing, and caused a bit of a stir in the pits while we were setting up on the Friday afternoon. If you didn’t see them in person on the weekend, you definitely missed out as photos do them no justice!
Before the mains, the race organisers decided to entertain the crowd and selected a few riders to throw-down in a whip comp. Our lites rider Luke Urek (ex: Crusty Demons of Dirt & Metal Mulisha rider) was part of the selection, and threw down some big turndowns – but lost the crowd voted comp to local boy Robbie Marshall.
Pro Lites rider Luke Urek rode his most consistent of the series and qualified 2nd in his group. In the main he was sitting comfortably in 10th place for most of the traditional format 20 lap race. Unfortunately he came off the track with about 6 laps to go and finished off the round in 15th place.
Pro Opens riders Chris Blose and Chris Camilleri both rode their way into the mains this week also – making it only the second time this season all 3 of our riders made it into the mains (well done fellas!). Camilleri qualified in 18th position overall, and Blose in 3rd.
Qualifying 3rd put Blose into the Man vs. Man exhibition race against Billy Mackenzie. The race was full of plenty of controversy when both riders went down in a corner. Mackenzie decided it would be a good idea to start pushing and shoving with Blose after a heated exchange of words, before both riders got back on their bikes and finished the race.
Their rivalry continued into the 20 lap main event, with Blose and Mackenzie battling with each other for position the whole way. They were fighting for second place for about half the race before Tye Simmonds seemed to come out of nowhere and flew past them. This made the second half of the race a battle for the podium, where Blose came out on top and took 3rd place for the second week in a row.
Chris Camilleri rode really well in the mains and kept his cool under pressure, and his mistakes minimal finishing up in a respectable 17th position. However his efforts at our after party were definitely worthy of a podium!