Solid start for National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in Supercross
Kawasaki Motors Australia press release:
National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team duo Wil Hahn and Kade Mosig captured fifth and sixth-place finishes at Jimboomba X Stadium’s opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday evening in Queensland.
On debut aboard the 2017 model KX450F in Australia, Hahn put forward a consistent performance, taking third in his heat race before going on to round out the top five in the 20-lap main event.
Experienced American Hahn has set himself a base to work from in what was his return to competition after suffering multiple injuries earlier in the year, looking forward to upcoming rounds of the series.
“I had lots of nerves and wish I could have got a little more comfortable earlier, like how I felt about halfway through the main,” Hahn said post-race. He also claimed second in the thrilling ‘Dash for Cash’ feature races.
“I just haven’t raced in a long time, so these boys are in good shape, riding good, and I’m actually kind of pumped on this break because it gives me some time to work on some things and get a little stronger. It’s exciting for me and I’m really happy with the bike and team.”
Last year’s championship runner-up Mosig crossed the line directly behind his new supercross teammate, also aboard the 2017 model KX450F, and bagged a strong haul of points toward his title challenge. He was fourth in his heat earlier in the evening.
“My starts were good in the heat and the final,” Mosig reflected at the conclusion of round one. “I struggled a little bit in terms of pace, although it is close – I’m really happy with my fitness and bike set-up at this stage.
“I’ll go back to the drawing board to try and find a little bit of extra speed, then hopefully fight for the podium at the next round. I’m really happy to get round one done and move forward to Toowoomba.”
The second round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship will be contested at Toowoomba Showgrounds in Queensland on Friday, 14 October.
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