GYTR Yamaha’s Wilson Todd has extended his MXD championship lead following a round nine win of the 2015 MX Nationals at Echo valley.

Story by Hayden Gregory
Wilson Todd Hanging onto First Place in the MXD class
Wilson Todd Hanging onto First Place in the MXD class

Leading by 18 points heading into the round, Wilson needed a stellar performance to ensure both hands remained tightly on the 2015 MXD title. The day started perfectly for the Yamaha rider, qualifying with the fastest lap time ahead of KTM duo Kaleb Barham and Jayden Rykers.

In moto one it was Todd who dominated from the start. Finding his way to the lead early, the young rider never looked back crossing the line eight seconds ahead of his closest competitor and gaining some handy extra championship points.

Raceline Pirelli Suzuki rider Jesse madden finished the race in second place while Yamaha mounted Jordan Hill crossed for third. Jayden Rykers – Todd’s closest threat – failed to make the podium after an issue out of the start gate. The KTM rider fought hard to make his way back through the pack, finishing in fourth place.

In moto two, Rykers was determined to reign in championship leader Todd. This was evident as he put together an extremely professional ride, taking advantage of the challenging track. Rykers rode an incredible race to secure victory and maximum race points. Unfortunately for him, the man he needs to catch points-wise, Wilson Todd, had a similarly impressive race finishing in second place. This ensured Rykers could not catch up the extra points he had given to Todd in moto one.

Third place was rounded out by Raceline Pirelli Suzuki’s Jesse Madden (2-3) who also secured third place overall for the round. Jayden Rykers slotted into second place overall with a 4-1 result whilst champion Wilson Todd added to his lead with a 1-2 round.

The goal this weekend was to keep that points lead and that’s what we did,” Todd said. “I got a good start in that first moto, and I was able to ride my own race. In the second moto I got stuck behind a rider for a while and had to push a bit harder to get that result. 

“I’ve got a nice lead on the championship heading in to Coolum, and I have rode well there in the past so I’m glad we could set ourselves up for a solid last round there.

“I’ve got to thank the whole GYTR Team, those guys support me 100 per cent, so it’s awesome to get a result like this and give back to everyone who supports us.”

Pirelli MXD round nine overall results:

1st Wilson Todd – 67
2nd Jayden Rykers – 63
3rd Jesse Madden – 62
4th Mitchell Evans – 53
5th Kaleb Barham – 49
6th Jaiden Corrigan – 44
7th Connor Tierney – 43
8th Billy Harth – 43
9th Blake Parker – 41
10th Tyler Bullen – 40

Pirelli MXD championship points:

1st Wilson Todd – 518
2nd Jayden Rykers – 496
3rd Connor Tierney – 471
4th Jesse Madden – 436
5th Bailey Coxon – 393
6th Jordan Hill – 333
7th Lachlan Davis – 331
8th Kaleb Barham – 329
9th Zak Small – 284
10th Toby Stevens – 277