MX: Ford Dale takes 3 from 3 at MX Nationals

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Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Ford Dale has taken maximum points and the MX2 championship lead after a near faultless performance at today’s penultimate round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Moree’s Boolooroo Raceway.

The Sunshine Coast rider, who set the fastest qualifying time before winning all three MX2 races, now commands a 21 point lead in the series, which will conclude at Dales home track in Coolum next weekend.

The Honda rider took a different approach to today’s races, mentally preparing for each race individually as they loomed, refusing to think past his next duel.

“I got a pretty good start in the first moto and quickly moved into the race lead, Dale explained. “I had a small crash but got back up in third, then worked my way back into the lead.

“In the second moto, I took the lead on the first lap and pulled out to an eight second gap on the field by the race end.

“Race three I was into second off the start but I did get a bit of arm-pump, so I concentrated on riding my own race. At ¾ race distance I moved past Josh (Cachia) and rode comfortably to take the win.

With three races to be run before the title is decided Dale said he would take the same approach into the final round at Coolum next weekend.

“I have got a lot of good people around me and I have been working on my mental approach to these races, Dale continued. “I need to go into Coolum with the same game plan, to take it one race at a time. Whatever else happens  happens, it will be out of my control.”

Teammate Brad Anderson finished fourth overall in the MX1 class and heads into the final round sitting six points shy of third in the championship standings.

“It wasn’t the best of days, Anderson admitted. “I finished the first two races fourth and clawed back some points on Lawson (Bopping).

“In the last race I got a really bad start and was near last. I pushed hard and came through to finish sixth.

“My goal now is to finish the championship third. I am going to have to try my hardest at Coolum to make up the six point deficit to Lawson (Bopping), Anderson concluded.

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The final round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals will be held at Coolum Motocross Track on August 25-26

2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 Results Rd 9 Moree, NSW:
1. Josh Coppins 69
2. Todd Waters 67
3. Cody Cooper 61
4. Brad Anderson 51
5. Lawson Bopping 49
6. Jay Marmont 44
7. Billy Mackenzie 41
8. Daniel McCoy 40
9. Craig Anderson 38
10. Dean Porter 31

2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals MX2 Results Rd 9 Moree, NSW:
1. Ford Dale 75
2. Josh Cachia 64
3. Kirk Gibbs 54
4. Kade Mosig 52
5. Errol Willis 50
6. Kieron Hall 36
7. Luke Arbon 36
8. Adam Monea 35
9. Scott Columb 32
10. Rhys Carter 32

2012 Monster Energy MX1 Standings (after Rd 9 of 10):
1. Josh Coppins 549
2. Todd Waters 535
3. Lawson Bopping 469
4. Brad Anderson 463
5. Cody Cooper 449
6. Jay Marmont 332
7. Jake Moss 311
8. Daniel Reardon 301
9. Daniel McCoy 289
10. Dean Porter 288

2012 Monster Energy MX2 Standings (after Rd 9 of 10):
1. Ford Dale 521
2. Luke Styke 50
3. Josh Cachia 493
4. Kade Mosig 447
5. Adam Monea 409
6. Kirk Gibbs 401
7. Cheyne Boyd 366
8. Scott Columb 318
9. Justin McDonald 287
10. Errol Willis 279