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BROWN WINS AUSTRALIAN ENDURO-X OPENER

BROWN WINS AUSTRALIAN ENDURO-X OPENER

Mike Brown faces off a wealth of Aussie talent to secure the overall win at the opening round of the Australian Enduro-X Nationals in Queensland…

Proving the rider to beat, Husqvarna mounted Brown topped the podium at round one of the 2015 InsureMyRide Australian Enduro-X Nationals at the Archerfield Speedway in Queensland on February 7.

Josh Green overcame a heavy crash in qualifying to join him on the podium for second with Toby Price – ‘fresh’ off his Dakar Rally ride in third.

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“The whole day was good, I felt good in practice and carried that over to the heat races, the Hot Lap win and finals, things were going good,” told Brown at the end of the night’s racing.

For the first race of the night it was Daniel Sanders who pulled the Foxhead.com.au holeshot but Brown quickly made his way to the front of the field. By the time the opening lap was done, he had a huge gap over the field, which he continued to extend right until the end of the five-lap race.

Peter Boyle moved himself into second place early on and never relinquished the position, while Green powered his way through the field to round out the top three. Dylan Lees raced to a superb fourth place finish ahead of fifth placed Toby Price, with CDR Yamaha’s Tom McCormack finishing sixth.

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In race two Sanders fired out to the lead early with Brown close in tow. Sanders held Brown off for the opening lap before the Husqvarna rider made his move to the front and checked out.

Brown raced to his second straight win, with Sanders claiming an impressive second place just in front of Green with McCormack and Price rounding out the top five.

The third and final race saw a change up front with Price making his way to the lead. Brown – buried deep in the field – carved his way through the pack and with just two laps left remaining closed right in on the back wheel of Price.

But no matter how hard he tried, Price held him off for the race win. Green carded his third straight third place finish ahead of Sanders in fourth and Mitch Harper in fifth.

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“I am feeling flat for sure,” Price admitted. “There are no excuses, Dakar has definitely killed me, but we are putting in the best effort we can.

“The aim is to be there until the end, I don’t want to come out with an injury and stuff ourselves up for the whole year. We have a lot of racing ahead of us.”

Finishing second overall for the night was Josh Green with a consistent showing in the three finals despite being in a lot of pain due to a big get off during a heat race earlier in the night.

“I am pretty stoked with the result even though I am pretty sore,” said Green. “That crash in the heat race knocked me around. I had a headache and was seeing stars, but I’ll be right.”

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In the Women’s class it was Kirstie McKinnon – on a KTM Freeride 250 – who dominated the heat races before going on to take the Final win by over ten seconds from Yamaha mounted Tayla Jones. Sherco’s Jessica Gardiner completed the top three.

Ruben Chadwick won the Expert class from Chris Thomas. Adrian Harry claimed the win in the Veterans class ahead of Kirk Hutton, while James Boyle took the win in the Clubman class.

In the Junior class Fraser Higlett took the win ahead of Jack Matthews with Luke Strauch in third.

Round two of the 2015 InsureMyRide Enduro-X Nationals heads to Eastern Creek Dragway in New South Wales on February 28. For more in formation on the series head to www.enduro-x.com.au/

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Results – Round One Overall

1. Mike Brown – 72 Pts

2. Josh Green – 60 Pts

3. Toby Price – 57 Pts

4. Daniel Sanders – 53 Pts

5. Tom McCormack – 47 Pts

6. Mitcham Harper – 45 Pts

7. Dylan Rees – 41 Pts

8. Tye Simmonds – 38 Pts

9. Peter Boyle – 38 Pts

10. Stefan Granquist – 37 Pts

11. Lachlan Stanford – 32 Pts

12. Tom Mason – 30 Pts

13. Nic Tomlinson – 29 Pts