Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki Racing’s Todd Waters wrapped-up the final
round of the 2016 Australian Motul MX Nationals at Coolum with overall
victory and also a podium position in the championship standings on his
Waters and team-mate Luke Wilson saw their efforts rewarded at the 10th
round of the series: Waters, who finished second in the GoPro Superpole
with a 1:45.511 lap-time, raced to second in the first moto, while in
race two, everything came together with him finding an extra gear to
launch from third to victory.
The result rewarded Waters and the Suzuki-backed team with the top-step
of the podium and third in the overall Thor MX1 Championship in what is
the team’s first ever MX Nationals season.
For team-mate Wilson, the season finale saw the Queenslander achieve the
goals he had set for himself prior to arriving at Coolum. Wilson, who
qualified in 12th, finished moto one in 12th position, while in race two
he delivered his best result of the season, crossing the line in an
impressive eighth place; and eighth overall for the round. With
consistent top-10 finishes towards the end of the motocross season,
Wilson finished the series in 12th position.
“This weekend was exactly how we wanted to finish the season and I’ve
been chasing rounds like this all year. A lot of times this season I’ve
had a good first moto but things haven’t played-out so well in the
second one, but today it was the other way around and did what we came
here to do.
“I actually ran out of tear-offs in the second race and I just thought
to myself, ‘I have got to get out in front’ and it just gave me that
motivation to dig deep and I made it happen. I just rode my best today
and let whatever happen, happen; which has paid off and I’m just happy
to finish with one final podium and third in the championship.”
“I’m pumped with how today went. I didn’t ride exactly how I wanted to
and I was really tired in both motos, but I finished in eighth overall
and that’s the best I’ve ever done. I’m happy to have finished the
season on a high, which is exactly what we planned to do this weekend,
so hopefully I can carry that over into Supercross.
“I’m really happy for Todd as well, he finished on the best note
possible today, and for myself, I think I missed six races this year, so
if I hadn’t missed those, I think we would have wrapped-up the year
well and truly inside that top-10.”
Neale Wilson – Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki Team Manager:
“What can I say, but what better way to end the season than with one
last round win, third in the championship plus another top-10 finish.
When we started this journey at the beginning of the year we knew it was
going to be a challenge being a brand new team, but I’m very proud of
both Todd and Luke for everything they have achieved this season.
“I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to our dedicated
sponsors both new and old. This year wouldn’t have been possible without
their support and we’re all very pleased to have rewarded them with one
last impressive result this afternoon.
“Finally, a huge thanks to the team under the truck and of course at
home. There is a lot of work that goes in behind the scenes to ensure
the boys are on the line every weekend, and we are very lucky to be
working with some of the best in the business. This was a huge year for
us and it’s ended-up close to perfectly at Coolum, so we’ll now reset
for Supercross and see what we can do there.”
Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki will now begin preparations for the
first round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship which will
take place at Jimboomba in Queensland, on September 17th.
To follow Wilson’s Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki’s progress, like ‘Wilson
Coolair Motul Suzuki’ on Facebook or follow @wilsonscoolairmotulsuzuki
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