Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Kade Mosig continues his surge to form late in the season with a podium in the MX2 class at the 8th round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Appin, NSW on Sunday 29 July. A DNF for reigning champion Jay Marmont prevented him from reaching his potential and fellow MX1 rider Billy Mackenzie settled back into racing well after a 5 round absence, riding once again with the front runners.
A revitalised Kade Mosig was unfortunate to miss the podium last round after qualifying in pole however he ensured himself a 3rd place finish at Appin. Mosig started well in the first two back to back motos and grabbed himself a pair of 2nds. A bad start in the final moto could have spelled disaster but a determined Kade Mosig fought back hard and did what he had to do to get himself back on the box. Mosigís 2-2-7 results gave him 3rd for the day and seats him in 4th place in the championship.
Kade Mosig said: ďYeah Iíve broken the 4th place deal Iíve had going at the last couple of rounds. Thirds good, Iím happy. Weíre on the box. We come to all these races to be on the box and I just want to win. I felt like I was really close today but I buggered up my start in the last moto and it let me down. Iíve just got to stay at it. I feel like weíre making really good progress. Iíve just got to stay in my routine and keep doing what Iím doing. I just want to win some motos but I feel weíre on the right track.Ē
MX1 rider Billy Mackenzie knew that he was facing an uphill battle at Appin, returning to racing after a lengthy break due to injury. Running back up the front at times throughout the day, Mackenzie showed that the valuable race time clocked at Appin should have him challenging again for moto wins at Moree. The tiring back to back opening motos took their toll on Mackenzie as he finished in 9 & 10th however he started to return to form in the final race, running in 2nd place for a large part of the moto. Mackenzieís KX450F was performing superbly and the Dunlop tyres provided outstanding grip on the difficult hard-packed track however a small crash relegated Mackenzie back to 6th by the time the chequered flag came out and he came away with 9-10-6 results for 8th overall.
Billy Mackenzie said: ďIím not happy with my results. Iím satisfied. We got the bike working a lot better. I just wish we had more time to test in more hard pack conditions. By the final race we found a set-up that worked. It was nice to show that Iíve still got the speed. Itís good to be back racing. Itís good to cut some laps. My handís getting stronger and itís not a problem anymore. Iím looking forward to the next one so we can progress again.Ē
The Kawasaki KX250F enjoyed success at Appin not only in the MX2 class thanks to Kade Mosigís podium but also in the MXD class with new Axis Motorsports Kawasaki signing Dylan Leary taking the final moto win.
Monster Energy Kawasaki is confident of a successful final two rounds of the championship next month. Showing good speed, Kade Mosig is on track for a solid finish to the series in the MX2 class. Jay Marmont will as always dig deep to do what he has to do to be back on top of the box again and the race time gathered at Appin will set Billy Mackenzie back on the path to moto victories. The team looks forward to the 9th round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Moree, NSW on 19 August.