Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Cody Cooper claimed the team’s first overall podium of the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals Australian Motocross Championship season at Raymond Terrace in New South Wales on Sunday.
The recently-crowned two-time New Zealand Motocross Champion put forward a consistent campaign on the RM-Z450 to open his account for the 10-round season in second overall, finishing third in the pair of 30-minute motos at the MX Central complex.
Cooper’s result will serve as a stable platform to build from in the coming rounds of the 10-round series, continuing the form that saw him finish strong last season and throughout the NZ series earlier this year. He’s now second in the series, 15 points behind round one winner Todd Waters.
Said Cooper: “My day started off a bit average in qualifying ninth, but we knew what we needed to do and prepared for the motos. We improved each moto and I think we will keep improving from here in the coming rounds. I’m happy though and feel very comfortable already at this stage.”
Matt Moss made a successful return to Motul Pirelli Suzuki in what was the multi-time national MX2 champion’s MX1 debut aboard the RM-Z450, finishing fifth overall for the round with a strong haul of points to his credit. Moss powered to the inaugural Suzuki Holeshot Award in moto one before racing to fourth, and then finished sixth in the second.
It was also a consistent performance for Moss, achieving his pre-season goal of a top-five result at the opening round and he’s excited for the season ahead after a confidence-inspiring performance. Moss now sits 22 points out of the series lead.
“Today was really good actually as my expectation was the top five, just because my preparation hasn’t been the greatest and I haven’t had much time on the bike,” Moss explained. “Still, my starts were great and the bike was good, so we’ll be able to build momentum from here and I’m looking forward to the upcoming rounds.”
Motul Pirelli Suzuki team manager Jay Foreman was also in a positive mood following the pair of top-five finishes overall, happy with the form of both Cooper and Moss to commence the season. He’s anticipating the pair gaining strength as the rounds progress.
Said Foreman: “We were able to get a very good amount of points today, which is always important at round one to get the series underway. Qualifying didn’t go to plan; however it was satisfying to see Cody on the podium and Matt was impressive as well in finishing inside the top five for the weekend.”
The 2013 MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, will resume at Murray Bridge in South Australia on Sunday, April 28th.
MX1 Round Results:
1. Todd Waters 75
2. Cody Cooper (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 60
3. Billy Mackenzie 58
4. Jay Marmont 54
5. Matt Moss (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 53
6. Tye Simmonds 52
7. Lawson Bopping 50
8. Jake Moss (Campbell Mining Suzuki) 47
9. Adam Monea 46
10. Ford Dale 43