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KTM rising star Egan Mastin scores Rookie Lites podium at MX Nationals, Wonthaggi

02-05-12

GMR Motorex KTM junior racers competed at round three of the MX Nationals in both the 85cc and Junior Lites classes at Wonthaggi with mixed results, including a podium, mechanical issues and injury.

The support classes run at the MX Nationals was a great opportunity for GMR Motorex KTM racers to be involved in the senior championship and race not only top level competition in their respective classes, but to race on a senior championship circuit.

It was Egan Mastin who impressed with two moto wins in the Rookie Lites on board his KTM250SXF, scoring 3rd overall for the event. Mastin scored 12th and 9th in a further two motos after some mishaps spoiled his run.

Mastin said “I was really happy with my two race wins and being up on the podium at the end in 3rd. My bike was awesome and the track was unreal to ride, I really enjoyed it.”

The team fielded Andy Dinicol in the Rookie Lites who said “I’m not happy with the result (17th) given it’s a fairly local track for me and I love racing here. I had good qualifying pace but the races just didn’t come together. I have round two of the Victorian Championships in a few weeks so I need to focus on that and make sure I am on my game.”

Also in the same division, an in-form Wayde Carter injured himself in the practice/qualifying session. Carter was ruled out of the event despite qualifying third fastest with a broken ankle.

“No one likes being injured and it has wrecked my chance at the Victorian Titles, let alone having a really good go at Wonthaggi’ said Carter. “I didn’t even crash, I just got caught up in the sand and it whipped my leg and broke my ankle. On a positive, the team have really looked after me and organized surgery super-fast up in Brisbane so hopefully I can recover well and get back on the bike quickly.”

Carter’s surgery in Brisbane on Monday night has been deemed a success and will head home to Melbourne shortly for recovery.

In the 85cc class, Reece Rayner had hoped for a better outcome, ultimately placing 7th “It wasn’t the result I wanted but I am going to keep working hard.”

On review of the event Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said “To be honest, I had high expectations this weekend but unfortunately a combination of issues hampered what should have been a very successful weekend for the team.

“Egan did a great job, he rode strong to score two moto wins on his way to securing a third overall despite feeling unwell. He had two difficult motos, but proved he certainly is a rising star.

“Both Reece and Andy struggled with a number of issues over the course of the weekend and we will be working hard to have this sorted out in the lead up to their next major events.

“Wayde’s ankle injury is a real disappointment but with the support of KTM’s trainer Tim Cole, Wayde has been referred to an excellent surgeon to provide him every opportunity for the most effective and speedy recovery.”

Team updates and race results for GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team can be found at www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au and www.ktm.com.au  as well as on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/gmrmotorexktm

GMR Motorex KTM would like to thank their sponsors: KTM Australia, Motorex, Michelin, Fox, Ringmaster Images, Alpinestars, Easton, Oakley Motocross Advanced Coaching Academy, Funnel Web Filters, Membrey’s Transport & Crane Hire

OVERALL STANDINGS – Rookie Lites
1. Nicklas Scott 91pts
2. Joel Dinsdale 82pts
3. Egan Mastin 71pts