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Wonthaggi set for MX Nationals

Series leader: Josh Coppins leads the Monster Energy MX Nationals and will be racing at Wonthaggi this weekend.

WHEN the Monster Energy MX Nationals travel to Wonthaggi for round three of the Australian Motocross Championship on April 28-29, the event will mark a special occasion for event promoter Williams Event Management (WEM).
Based out of Loch in Victoria, the Wonthaggi round is WEM’s local venue on the world class series’ schedule, and managing director Kevin Williams is proud to take the elite level of the sport back home where it all began for him.
With a truly international line-up of 20 overseas riders from as many as seven separate countries in Australia to take on our domestic best, Australian motocross is recognised worldwide as one of the premier series on a national level.
“It’s great to have a venue of an international standard in our backyard,” Williams said.
“We travel all around Australia, so to bring one of the premier products in Australian motorsport to our local area is a delight.
“After travelling 30,000km so far this year to host the series, with an opportunity to run a round and sleep in my own bed, why wouldn’t I want to? This is one of the rounds I have really been anticipating as a great one on the calendar.”
Williams has a bit of a soft spot for the Wonthaggi track.
“The Wonthaggi track and club have been going for years down here and it’s where I learnt the sport myself,” he said.
“Back in the day I rode at Wonthaggi a lot, so it’s like coming back to home soil for me and I’m excited to bring it back to the region.”
New Zealand’s former world number two Josh Coppins will lead the premier MX1 category into Wonthaggi for CDR Yamaha, coming off a pivotal victory at Coonabarabran’s second round last weekend.
Coppins has proven Mr Consistent to date in the 2012 title chase, currently heading red-hot Campbell Mining/TLD/Maxima/Honda privateer Jake Moss and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s defending four-time champion Jay Marmont.
In the Motul MX2 class it will be Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing’s Luke Styke who holds the series leader’s red plate into Wonthaggi, winning in dominant fashion at round two with a clean-sweep. Styke currently heads teammate Kirk Gibbs and Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Ford Dale in the points chase.
Victorian rising star Dylan Long leads the Pirelli MX Development class into Wonthaggi after winning round one earlier this month, followed closely by round two winner Dylan Long on another KTM and Axis Motorsports Kawasaki’s Mitch Norris.
Round three will also include a Mini Cup for 85cc two-stroke and 150cc four-stroke big-wheel machines, as well as the MotoOnline.com.au Rookie Lites class for 13-U16 100-150cc two-stroke and 250cc four-stroke models.
The series will continue at Wonthaggi in Victoria on April 28-29, marking round three of 10 for the 2012 season.
Spectator admission for adults is $30 for one day or $50 for the weekend with children (aged 5-15 years) $15 for one day or $20 for the weekend and a family special (two adults and two children aged 5-15 years) $70 for one day or $100 for the weekend.
Visit www.mxnationals.com.au for further information on the Monster Energy MX Nationals series.

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