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!”