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2022 Penrite ProMX Motocross Championships

Round 8 Coolum, QUEENSLAND (20-21 August)

2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship Coolum - Australian MX1 Champion Aaron Tanti
2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship Coolum - Round 8 - MX2 winner Nathan Crawford leads Mackenzie O'Bree
2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship Coolum - EZILIFT MXW Champion Charli Cannon

Photos: [Left]  Newly crowned Thor MX1 Australian Champion Aaron Tanti at Coolum (QLD);  [Top right]  Round 8 MX2 winner Nathan Crawford leads Mackenzie O’Bree and [bottom right] EZILIFT MXW Champion Charli Cannon, who was undefeated in all three rounds during 2022 (By ProMX Photographer)

Three first-time Aussie Champs emerge at Coolum

Congratulations to the newly crowned 2022 Penrite Pro MX Australian motocross champions: – MX1 Aaron Tanti (Yamaha), MX2 Wilson Todd (Honda), and MX3 Hayden Minear (KTM) and MXW Charli Cannon (Yamaha).  It was Wilson Todd’s third MX2 National Championship, but first-time victories for the others.

Apart from the MX2 Championship, which saw Todd convincingly win the series and clinch it at round 14 in Queensland on 14 August, all the other classes were hard-fought right through to the final race at Coolum, also in that State, on 21 August. And with Todd switching to the MX1 class for the final two rounds, this introduced an interesting scenario for the riders still vying for a podium finish.  The final round in Queensland also saw the EZILIFT MXW class rejoin the series, after their opening two rounds at Wonthaggi (VIC) in March and Gillman (SA) in May.

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Tanti wins Thor MX1 title, Todd the final round

Heading into the final round of the Thor MX1 series at Coolum, the National title chase came down to two riders – CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team rider Aaron Tanti and HRC Honda Racing Australia’s Dean Ferris.  

Tanti, the Red Plate holder for most of the season – after early season injuries to early round leaders Luke Clout (Yamaha) and Kyle Webster (Honda) – was in the box seat with a 24 point lead (296 points). He looked the goods to take out his first Australian Championship. But former Australian Champion and international rider Dean Ferris (Honda, 272 pts) was in fine form, winning the last two rounds, and was a serious challengers to Tanti for the Thor MX1 series.

The minor podium placings was now a battle between three riders – Brett Metcalfe (KTM, 258), Todd Waters (Husqvarna, 252), and Kirk GIBBS (KTM, 226).

To throw the cat amongst the pidgeons in the final round at Coolum, Honda rider and newly crowned MX2 Champion Wilson Todd was now competing in the MX1 class, winning the holeshot in Moto 1, continuing his momentum from setting the fastest time in the AMX Superstores Top 10 Pole Shootout earlier in the morning.  Todd sprinted away from the field early, with a big battle on for the podium placings between Waters who stormed from outside of the top 5 into 2nd position early on, to close in on the race leaders.

In the Championship race, Ferris was in 3rd position, with Tanti riding cautiously in 6th position for the majority of the Moto.  Todd was first to get the chequered flag ahead of Waters in 2nd, Dean Ferris in 3rd who gained six points on Tanti, who crossed the line in 7th. With 18 points now separating the two riders, Ferris would need to finish in the top 3 to claim the championship with Tanti failing to score any more points.

Heading into Moto 2, HRC Honda Racing Australia teammates Kyle Webster and Wilson Todd battled for the lead on lap 1, with Webster leading and pulling aways from the field early.  Waters again surged through the field, passing into 2nd position and then into the lead at the 10-minute mark of the Moto. But the teammates had a great dual with Webster reclaiming the lead with four minutes to go.  At the chequered flag, it was Webster taking victory from Waters in 2nd and Todd remounting for 3rd, after unsuccessfully pushing for the lead.

Wilson Todd was the overall round winner – his first overall victory in THOR MX1 series (1-3) ahead of Waters (2-2) and Webster (4-1).  Tanti crossed the line in 6th position, one placing behind Ferris, to claim the title – his first National Motocross Championship.

Round 8 - MX1 Results

THOR MX1 Moto 1 Results:
1 Wilson TODD Honda, 2 Todd WATERS Husqvarna, 3 Dean FERRIS Honda, 4 Kyle WEBSTER Honda, 5 Kirk GIBBS KTM, 6 Brett METCALFE KTM, 7 Aaron TANTI Yamaha, 8 Joel EVANS Honda, 9 Ricky LATIMER KTM, 10 Hayden MELLROSS GasGas.

THOR MX1 Moto 2 Results:
1 Kyle WEBSTER Honda, 2 Todd WATERS Husqvarna, 3 Wilson TODD Honda, 4 Kirk GIBBS KTM, 5 Dean FERRIS Honda, 6 Aaron TANTI Yamaha, 7 Brett METCALFE KTM, 8 Ricky LATIMER KTM, 9 Joel EVANS Honda, 10 Hayden MELLROSS GasGas.

THOR MX1 Overall Results (Top 10):
1 Wilson TODD Honda (25-20) 45, 2 Todd WATERS Husqvarna (22-22) 44, 3 Kyle WEBSTER Honda (18-25) 43, 4 Dean FERRIS Honda (20-16) 36, 5 Kirk GIBBS KTM (16-18) 34, 6 Aaron TANTI Yamaha (14-15) 29, 7 Brett METCALFE KTM (15-14) 29, 8 Ricky LATIMER KTM (12-13) 25, 9 Joel EVANS Honda (13-12) 25, 10 Hayden MELLROSS GasGas (11-11) 22.

MX1 Overall standings

Photo:  Thor MX1 series Round 8  winners  – Wilson Todd (1st), Todd Waters  (2nd) and Kyle Webster (3rd)

2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship - Round 8 - MX1 Podium Wilson Todd, Todd Waters and Kyle Webster
POINTS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 8

1 Aaron TANTI Yamaha, 325 points
2 Dean FERRIS Honda, 308
3 Todd WATERS Husqvarna, 296
4 Brett METCALFE KTM, 287
5 Kirk GIBBS KTM, 260
6 Hayden MELLROSS GasGas, 206
7 Joel EVANS Honda, 181
8 Joel WIGHTMAN Yamaha, 157
9 Joben BALDWIN Honda, 154
10 Jayden RYKERS Kawasaki, 147

Crawford wins final Pirelli MX2 round at Coolum and Todd the Championship

With HRC Honda Factory Racing rider Wilson Todd clinching the Pirelli MX2 Championship at the previous round at the Queensland Moto Park, the battle was now on for the minor rostrum placings.  The three-times Australian MX2 champion (2019, 2020 and 2022) finished the year on 311 points, ahead of Yamaha riders Rhys Budd (271) and Bailey Malkiewicz (245).

In Moto 1, KTM Australia’s Nathan Crawford won the holeshot and lead New Zealand wild card entry Hayden Smith on the GAS GAS 250 two stroke ahead of SERCO Yamaha’s Jesse Dobson.  Dobson soon passed Smith for second and the front positions remained the same until about the half-way mark of the race when Dobson withdrew due to the pain of a nagging shoulder injury.

With Smith dropping back through the field, Jayce Cosford on his Yamaha YZ250f moved up into 2nd position ahead of Yamalube Yamaha’s Rhys Budd in 3rd and SERCO Yamaha’s Bailey Malkiewicz in 4th respectively.  Crawford won the moto ahead of the three Yamaha riders who remained in the same order ahead of GAS GAS Noah Ferguson who finished in 5th position at the chequered flag.

In Moto 2, Crawford again won the holeshot and pulled away from the field early.  Dobson returned from his first Moto DNF to be in 2nd place until he crashed out at the 10-minute mark – ending his day and a chance to finish on the podium in the overall Pirelli MX2 Championship standings.  But in this moto we saw the emergence of WBR Bulk Nutrients Yamaha’s Levi Rogers who passed Crawford and went on to win comfortably ahead of Crawford with Malkiewicz in 3rd.

Budd crossed in 4th ahead of Empire Kawasaki’s Haruki Yokoyama in 5th, which was enough for Budd to secure second overall for the year behind Todd and ahead of Malkiewicz.

Round 8 - MX2 Results

Pirelli MX2 Moto 1 Results:
1 Nathan CRAWFORD KTM, 2 Jayce COSFORD Yamaha, 3 Rhys BUDD Yamaha, 4 Bailey MALKIEWICZ Yamaha, 5 Noah FERGUSON GasGas, 6 Jai CONSTANTINOU Kawasaki, 7 Isaac FERGUSON GasGas, 8 Hugh McKAY Yamaha, 9 Kaleb BARHAM Husqvarna.

Pirelli MX2 Moto 2 Results:
1 Levi ROGERS Yamaha, 2 Nathan CRAWFORD KTM, 3 Bailey MALKIEWICZ Yamaha, 4 Rhys BUDD Yamaha, 5 Haruki YOKOYAMA Kawasaki, 6 Jai CONSTANTINOU Kawasaki, 7 Noah FERGUSON GasGas, 8 Isaac FERGUSON GasGas, 9 Jayce COSFORD Yamaha, 10 Hugh McKAY Yamaha.

Pirelli MX2 Overall Results (Top 10):
1 Nathan CRAWFORD KTM (1-2) 47, 2 Bailey MALKIEWICZ Yamaha (4-3) 38, 3 Rhys BUDD Yamaha (3-4) 38, 4 Jayce COSFORD Yamaha (2-9) 34, 5 Jai CONSTANTINOU Kawasaki (6-6) 30, 6 Noah FERGUSON GasGas (5-7) 30, 7 Isaac FERGUSON GasGas (7-8) 27, 8 Levi ROGERS Yamaha (0-1) 25, 9 Hugh McKAY Yamaha (8-10) 24, 10 Kaleb BARHAM Husqvarna (9-8) 20.

MX2 Overall standings

Photo: Round 8  Pirelli MX2 winner Nathan Crawford (KTM)

2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship Coolum - Round 8 - MX2 winner Nathan Crawford
POINTS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 8

1 Wilson TODD Honda, 311
2 Rhys BUDD Yamaha, 233
3 Jesse DOBSON Yamaha, 217
4 Bailey MALKIEWICZ Yamaha, 207
5 Haruki YOKOYAMA Kawasaki, 187
6 Noah FERGUSON GasGas, 180
7 Jai CONSTANTINOU Kawasaki, 147
8 Alex LARWOOD Yamaha, 132
9 Jayce COSFORD Yamaha, 126
10 Kaleb BARHAM Husqvarna, 126

Minear holds off Alexanderson for MX3 title

Consistent performances throughout the season saw KTM Australia rider Kayden Minear reach the top of the Maxxis MX3 Championship leaderboard after round 5 at Maitland (NSW).  

Recent round wins, however, by KTM rider Ryan Alexanderson narrowed the gap to just 17 points, although the WA Sand specialist was suited to the Coolum circuit.  With Husqvarna rider Jack Mather a further 10 points behind the leading duo, the title race was still open to these three riders with Byron Dennis (GasGas) and Thynan Kean (Honda) still a mathematical chance to finish on the podium.

But the final round was a nervous start for Minear who fell on the opening lap in Moto 1 after passing Husqvarna Australia’s Brock Flynn, who took the holeshot.  Minear managed to rejoin the race immediately and was passed by Flynn, then KTM privateer Myles Gilmore and the other front-runners, but took a while to get back on pace with the leaders.

Later in the Moto, it was Flynn’s turn to crash while leading, handing over the race win to Gilmore.  Flynn recovered after going over the handlebars in the deep sand to finish 2nd ahead of Ryan Alexanderson in 3rd and Liam Owens (Husqvarna) in 4th.  Minear eventually fought his way back into 5th position, but Alexanderson’s higher placing reduced the gap to 13 points, so the points leader still needed to finish in the points in the final moto of the year.

But Minear’s strategy was to go out hard in the final moto, then maintain enough points over his nearest challenger Alexanderson – which is exactly what he did!  Minear won the holeshot in Moto 2 and lead the race until two laps to go when Flynn passed him to win the race.  Second place, ahead of Myles Gilmore in 3rd and Alexanderson in 4th, saw Minear claim the MX3 Championship and finish third on the day behind Flynn and Gilmore.

MX3 Results

MAXXIS MX3 Moto 1 Results:
1 Myles GILMORE Yamaha, 2 Brock FLYNN Husqvarna, 3 Ryan ALEXANDERSON KTM, 4 Liam OWENS Husqvarna, 5 Kayden MINEAR KTM, 6 Ryley FITZPATRICK GasGas, 7 Jett ALSOP KTM, 8 Jack MATHER Husqvarna, 9 Byron DENNIS GasGas, 10 Thynan KEAN Honda.

MAXXIS MX3 Moto 2 Results:
1 Brock FLYNN Husqvarna, 2 Kayden MINEAR KTM, 3 Myles GILMORE Yamaha, 4 Ryan ALEXANDERSON KTM, 5 Jack MATHER Husqvarna, 6 Byron DENNIS GasGas, 7 Jett ALSOP KTM, 8 Liam OWENS Husqvarna, 9 Cooper HOLROYD Yamaha, 10 Logan DENZE GasGas.

MAXXIS MX3 Overall Results (Top 10): 
1 Brock FLYNN Husqvarna (22-25) 50, 2 Myles GILMORE Yamaha (25-20) 42, 3 Kayden MINEAR KTM (16-22) 38, 4 Ryan ALEXANDERSON KTM (20-18) 38, 5 Liam OWENS Husqvarna (18-13) 31, 6 Jack MATHER Husqvarna (13-16) 29, 7 Jett ALSOP KTM (14-14) 28, 8 Byron DENNIS GasGas (12-15) 27, 9 Cooper HOLROYD Yamaha (9-12) 21, 10 Logan DENZE GasGas (7-11) 18.

MX3 Overall standings

Photo: 2022 Penrite AMX Pro – 2022  Maxxis MX3 Champion Kayden Minear (WA, KTM)

2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship Coolum - Round 8 - MX3 winner Kayden Minear
POINTS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 8

1  Kayden MINEAR KTM, 297 points
2  Ryan ALEXANDERSON KTM, 280
3  Jack MATHER Husqvarna, 261
4  Byron DENNIS GasGas, 236
5  Thynan KEAN Honda, 225
6  Brock FLYNN Husqvarna, 220
7  Cambell WILLIAMS Honda, 195
8  Jet ALSOP KTM, 181
9  Ryley FITZPATRICK GasGas, 160
10  Connor TOWILL KTM, 155

Cannon blitzes EZILIFT MXW Championship

After 2 of 3 rounds in 2022, Yamalube Yamaha’s Charli Cannon was undefeated in the EZILIFT MXW class, scoring maximum points at Wonthaggi (VIC) in March and Gillman (SA) in May.

Holding a 26 point lead over Emma Milsevic (Honda), with Madison Brown a further 8 points behind, Cannon just needed to finish in the Top 10 points in both motos to secure the championship.  But despite this lead, Cannon was comfortable to go for the wins in both motos and went on to secure the EZILIFT MXW Championship – winning all six motos.

Returning from injury, Taylah McCutcheon won the holeshot in Moto 1 on the HRC Honda Racing Australia machine, with Cannon caught up in the traffic.  By lap 2, Cannon was up into second where the leading duo battled it out until lap five, where Cannon’s speed and fitness came to the fore.  She went on to take a comfortable win over McCutcheon in 2nd and Emma Milesevic, who was also returning from injury.

Former Australian MXW champions Megan Rutledge (Kawasaki) and Ride Red Honda’s Maddy Brown finished in 4th and 5th placings, respectively.  The win secured the EZILIFT MXW Championship for Cannon, with 13 points now separating the minor rostrum challengers Milsevic and Brown.

With the Championship sewn up, Cannon went for broke in Moto 2.  After a brief holeshot and challenge from McCutcheon, Cannon took control of the race and opened up a massive break over her competitors to claim the final Moto win of the season and overall victory in the final round.

McCutcheon finished 2nd in the moto ahead of Brown in 3rd with Rutledge and Milesevic rounding out the Top 5 in that order.   Fifth place was enough to secure second overall in the Championship ahead of Brown by 8 points.

EZILIFT MXW Results

EZILIFT MXW Moto 1 Results:
1 Charli CANNON Yamaha, 2 Taylah McCUTCHEON Yamaha, 3 Emma MILESEVIC Honda, 4 Meghan RUTLEDGE Kawasaki, 5 Madison BROWN Yamaha, 6 Madison HEALEY Honda, 7 Tahlia DREW Yamaha, 8 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna, 9 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha, 10 Ebony HARRIS Honda.

EZILIFT MXW Moto 2 Results:
1 Charli CANNON Yamaha, 2 Taylah McCUTCHEON Yamaha, 3 Madison BROWN Yamaha, 4 Meghan RUTLEDGE Kawasaki, 5 Emma MILESEVIC Honda, 6 Madison HEALEY Honda, 7 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna, 8 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha, 9 Tahlia DREW Yamaha, 10 Ebony HARRIS Honda.

EZILIFT MXW Overall Results (Top 10): 
1 Charli CANNON Yamaha (25-25) 50, 2 Taylah McCUTCHEON Yamaha (22-22), 3 Madison BROWN Yamaha (16-20) 40, 4 Meghan RUTLEDGE Kawasaki (18-18), 5 Emma MILESEVIC Honda (20-16) 36, 6 Madison HEALEY Honda (15-15) 30, 7 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna (13-14) 27, 8 Tahlia DREW Yamaha (14-12) 26, 9 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha (12-13) 25, 10 Ebony HARRIS Honda (11-11) 22.

MXW Overall standings

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2022 Penrite AMX Pro Championship - Round 8 - MXW Podium 1st – Charli Cannon, Tayla McCutcheon and Maddy Brown

EXILIFT MXW Round 8 winners at Coolum – Charli Cannon (1st), Tayla McCutcheon (2nd) and Maddy Brown (3rd).

POINTS AFTER ROUND 3 OF 3

1 Charli CANNON Yamaha, 100 points
2 Emma MILESEVIC Honda, 88
3 Madison BROWN Yamaha, 80
4 Madison HEALEY Honda, 66
5 Amie ROBERTS Yamaha, 59
6 Danielle FOOT Husqvarna, 57
7 Amy BARTSCH KTM, 52
8 Tahlia DREW Yamaha, 40
9 Holli GEEVES Yamaha, 40
10 Taylah McCUTCHEON, 36

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