NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team riders both conclude season finale on the podium
The NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Adam Monea and Dylan Long have concluded their 2015 MX Nationals campaigns in style with both riders on the podium in the last moto of the season, as Coolum QLD played host to the tenth and final round of the Championship.
Monea solidified his name as one of Australia’s pinnacle motocross racers, landing himself a solid third overall in the Championship’s final standings and finished off with a dominant final moto win, while teammate and MX1 rookie Dylan Long, finished a commendable seventh overall in the Championship and in third place in the final moto.
As the weekend commenced, Monea blazed to a third placing in the final Superpole of the year, gaining precious championship points in the process. Long began the weekend ninth in MX1 qualifying.
Monster Energy MX1 moto one proved to be testing for the factory Kawasaki squad, with poor starts hampering the early stages of the 30-minute moto for both racers. Monea fought hard through the field, eventually clawing his way to a fifth place by motos end. For Long it was a similar story, snatching eighth place as the chequered flag flew.
Entering the final moto fourth overall in the series standings, Monea knew a big performance was essential if he was to finish on the illusive Monster Energy MX1 Championship podium, and a big performance is exactly what he delivered.
As motorcycle’s blasted out of the gates for the final Monster Energy MX1 moto of the year, Monea got into first position early and was determined to sprint away from the field. Long shadowed his teammate off the start, with both factory KX450f’s inside the top five as the moto began. Monea led right the way through the race, fending off former World Champion Ben Townley for a memorable moto win. Long too finished the season off well, collecting a brilliant third placing to conclude the season.
Monea’s 5-1 result on the day, combined with his Superpole points, landed him second overall for round ten and third for the Championship.
“Today was a great day for myself and the team; everyone works extremely hard so to finish off the season with a win is awesome.
I’m stoked to wrap up third in the championship, all in all it’s been a strong year for the whole NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team,” stated Monea following the conclusion of moto two.
Long’s 8-3 on the day was good enough for fifth overall for round ten, with the young gun capturing seventh in the Championship standings, despite being a privateer for the first five rounds before stepping up to a factory Kawasaki ride.
“It’s been a fantastic year for me, I can’t thank the whole NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team enough for seeing something in me and giving me an opportunity.
I don’t think many people expected me to be as far up the order as I have been this year, but I worked my butt off in the lead up to the series and was ready to do battle, as I always will be,” commented Long.
The NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team now focus their attention to the fast approaching Australian Supercross Championship, dialling in the KX450 weapons ready to fight for the SX1 crown.
Monster Energy MX1 overall round results:
1. Ben Townley 67
2. Adam Monea 61 (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki)
3. Luke Styke 58
4. Kirk Gibbs 54
5. Dylan Long 53 (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki)
6. Kade Mosig 53
7. Lawson Bopping 52
8. Daniel Reardon 46
9. Hamish Harwood 44
10. Ross Beaton 39
Monster Energy MX1 final championship standings:
1. Kirk Gibbs 647
2. Kade Mosig 586
3. Adam Monea 577 (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki)
4. Luke Styke 577
5. Lawson Bopping 523
6. Daniel Reardon 510
7. Dylan Long 497 (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki)
8. Cody Cooper 425
9. Kale Makeham 384
10. Jesse Dobson 382