After a disappointing meeting last time out at Wanneroo in Western Australia, Brad Anderson and the Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team were looking for good results as they headed to Murray Bridge in South Australia for Round 5 of the 2012 Australian MX Nationals Championships.
The format for this weekends action was a 1 day race meeting so after heading to the track on Saturday it was just a case of walking the track and checking out the Sandy Circuit, before things kicked off bright and early on Sunday Morning.
As the MX1 class headed out for Qualifying it was instantly clear that Brad had taken to the track quickly as he was topping the leader board all the way through the session, eventually going on the take 1st place and Pole Position by nearly 2 seconds over 2nd placed Todd Waters.
Race 1 saw Waters grab the holeshot, whilst Brad got momentarily caught up in turn 2, he was to only loose a few seconds but found himself in 4th place. Brad was soon all over the back wheel of Tye Simmonds in 3rd place and it wasn’t long before he managed to put a pass on and make it stick. Next up was Dan Reardon in 2nd and although it didn’t take long for Brad to claim to position, Waters had stretched out a gap out front. Brad was riding well though and set about chasing Waters down, but the chase was in vain as Waters went on to take the win with Brad in 2nd, and current Championship leader Josh Coppins came through the pack to take 3rd.
After a quick 5 minute turnaround the riders were back on the line for the 2nd of the ‘Back to Back’ races, and this time Brad didn’t get a good start and was on the edge of the top 10 but some good fast laps early on saw him climb up to 4th. As the race passed halfway, Waters was again out front leading and a small crash from Brad had dropped him down into 5th place with Marmont and Coppins right behind him. Although 4th place was now looking out of reach for Brad he held off the attentions of the duo behind to cross the finish in 5th, ahead of Coppins in 6th. Waters went on to take the win with Simmonds 2nd and Cody Cooper in 3rd.
After the interval it was now time for the 3rd and final race of the day and this time out it was Jake Moss that took the holeshot with Waters in 2nd, Coppins 3rd and Brad right behind in 4th. it was a real 4 way battle for the lead and just after Waters had made a pass to take the lead, Moss and Coppins came together which promoted Brad in to 2nd and left Coppins in 14th, and Moss out of the race and on his way to the medical truck. Brad was now all over Waters and soon made a pass to take the lead. Shortly after taking the lead, Brad had a goggle malfunction and was forced to throw them away, this gave Waters back the lead but Brad was right back on him and fighting to retake the lead, and despite his lack of clear vision Brad found a way past and stretched out a small lead at the front. Brad kept his gap right up until the 2 lap to go point when Waters came back at him as he struggled to get past back markers without his goggle’s, but Brad’s lead was big enough to keep Waters behind and he crossed the finish to take a memorable race win. Simmonds came home in 3rd spot and Coppins rode out of his skin after his crash with Moss to come back through to finish 9th.
Waters 2 race wins and 2nd place gave him the overall win on the day with Brad’s 2,5,1 scorecard enough for 2nd and Simmonds to the final podium place. Waters points haul of 72 sees him jump above Brad into 2nd in the championship. Brad now lies in 3rd on
Words and Pics by Ade Threasher