NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team riders’ Jake Moss and Adam Monea are looking forward to a hard-earned five-week break, following Round 5 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals in Wanneroo, WA on Sunday.
Both Moss and Monea remain inside the top four of the Australian Motocross Championship as it reaches the half way mark of the season, despite some on-track incidents, niggling injuries and poor race starts during certain moto’s, preventing either of them being in the lead of the prestigious MX1 Championship.
Jake Moss and Adam Monea demonstrated their genuine speed in Wanneroo on Sunday, qualifying 1st and 2nd respectively in the premier MX1 Super Pole session. It very well could have been a perfect day for Moss if not for a couple of crashes in moto 1, which left him finishing in 5thplace. Moss simply dominated the remaining two moto’s including the final of the day, ultimately finishing in 3rd place for the round and passing his teammate to take 3rd overall in the Championship.
“I got to Perth a week early to test and get everything the way I wanted so that helped and to get my first Super-Pole was great. It was a good start to the day. Unfortunately I crashed on the first lap in the first moto and then again later in the race but I was able to turn it around in the next two races and come away with two wins. That was probably the best riding I’ve done in a long time. I’m happy with my speed, especially my sprint pace. I had two great motos and it’s unfortunate I had that bad first race. I really wanted to get that round win,” said Moss.
“It’s mine and twin brother Matt’s birthday this weekend, so we’re going to both take a week off and enjoy some time off the bike together. I’m looking forward to then smashing training and riding leading up to the next round in Swan Hill and hopefully having a much better round than last year. My body feels great and my riding is strong, so I’ll be doing everything in my power to get that overall round win and start chasing down the title,” claimed Moss.
Adam Monea’s day started well with 2nd place in Super-Pole behind his teammate, however crashes in two of the three motos would affect his overall result. Monea was able to finish well in moto two with a podium finish, however 5th place in moto one and 8th in moto two would leave him in 5thplace overall for the round.
“I’m not happy with my result. I want to be winning. I got a bad start in moto one and came together with a rider and came into the first turn in last. That made my life hell. I was able to claw back to 5th and had a better start in moto two, finishing 3rd. Then going into the last moto I wanted to turn things around and make it a good day, but unfortunately I came together with another rider and had to come back from dead last. It was hard because I know my fitness and speed are great,” said Monea.
“I’m looking forward to the break, my body’s stiff and sore but I have no real injuries which is great, I can keep my head down and focus on getting my starts perfected and look forward to a really strong finish to the Championship!” stated Monea.
Monster Energy backed rider – Josh Cachia, also stood on the third step of the box, finishing in 3rd place overall for the round in the MX2 class at Wanneroo.