Bulk Nutrients WBR Yamaha’s Bailey Malkiewicz has put daylight between himself and the rest of the Motul MXD field after an eventful day at Gladstone’s penultimate round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals championship.
Malkiewicz put in one of his best rides this year on his way to a double-race win, while Jayce Cosford (Yamaha) and Riley Dukes (Husqvarna) rounded out the podium.
In the day’s first Motul MXD race Dukes took command of the race, before a mistake with three laps to go let Malkiewicz by and eventually finish with a very comfortable 22.2s buffer over Dukes. Cosford finished the race a lonely third, with John Bova (KTM) fourth and Brodie Ellis (Yamaha) in fifth.
The second MXD moto was a tighter affair, with Malkiewicz coming from sixth place on the opening lap to hunt down race leader Rhys Budd (Honda) mid-way through the race. He eventually led team-mate Hugh McKay across the line by 4.2s, with Budd in third. Cosford completed the moto in fourth and Bova fifth.
The final round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals will be held at Coolum, Queensland next weekend, on 11-12 August.
1. Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha) 70
2. Jayce Cosford (Yamaha) 58
3. Riley Dukes (Husqvarna) 57
4. Rhys Budd (Honda) 54
5. John Bova (KTM) 54
6. Hugh McKay (Yamaha) 51
7. Maximus Purvis (Yamaha) 48
8. Brodie Ellis (Yamaha)
9. Liam Walsh (KTM) 42
10. Mason Rowe (KTM) 42