Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Cody Dyce continues to lead the 2017 MXD Championship after finishing in second at round four of the MX Nationals held on a wet, rutted and challenging Horsham circuit, in Victoria.
On a track that many riders had trouble circulating, the 16-year-old Victorian rider was able to deal with the conditions and finish on the podium. Dyce also had his fair share of issues on the muddy, clay based track that made bikes extremely heavily and difficult to ride over the length of a race but Dyce continued to battle on and now holds a 14-point lead in the championship at the half way point of the MXD series.
Dyce overcame a first turn fall and then another fall mid race to take sixth in race one in a good points salvaging ride. With riders going down all over the track it was hard to keep track of what was happening on the track but Dyce continued to roll around and finish the race, unlike many in the MXD field.
But he rebounded strongly in race two and got his day back on track. After coming out of the first turn in third place, he quickly moved into second and then jumped into the lead as the field completed the opening lap. From there he was never challenged and he rode away to a 25 second win in an impressive ride on a difficult track.
His 6-1 results for the day saw him land in second place for the day and continue to lead the MXD championship.
“I really struggled this morning, both in practice and in race one,” Dyce said. “I’m not sure what was going wrong, maybe crashing early in each session and getting my grips and bike filthy? I usually like it when its muddy but I found it tough this morning.
“But, I was able to get things sorted for race two and with a much better start, I got to the lead as quickly as I could and I was able to ride my own race from there.
“The guys in the team did a great job during the day and they were under the pump getting bikes turned around and ready for the races so a huge thank you to Cory, Mike and Rob who all put in a huge effort today,” Dyce ends.
Cooper Pozniak finished the day in fourth place as he recovers from a wrist injury sustained at round three in Queensland. Pozniak rode a well-constructed race in moto one to claim second position as he made some passes early in the race before settling down to a comfortable and sustainable pace.
Moto two and Pozniak was again inside the top five and tracking well until he came up on some lapped riders and tried to make a pass through a thick, muddy section. Unfortunately, as he sliced through the mud, he lost traction and went down in arguably the softest and wettest part of the track.
Picking up his mud laden machine and then getting it started took some time and he lost several positions. He crossed the line in 13th place and was clearly disappointed with the outcome of the final moto.
The fourth for the round moves Pozniak back into fourth position in the championship, just six points away from third
“Today my goal was to put two good motos together and I was on track after the first race. I stayed calm and just continued to read my pit board and stay exactly where I was. The plan was the same for race two but I tried to pass a lapped rider in the wrong spot and went down. The front end of the bike grabbed pretty hard and a gave my wrist a bit of a hit but otherwise I’m okay.
“So it was a frustrating end to the day but I will continue to work on making good decisions on the track and redeem myself at Murray Bridge this weekend.
Thank you to everyone on the Yamalube Yamaha Racing team for a massive effort today in the mud and hopefully I can reward them next week,” Pozniak said.
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