Mike Richards

Wright shows his prowess in MX Nationals

THE Ninth round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals was held on Sunday at the Benaraby Raceway for the annual Jono Porter memorial round.

A huge crowd of 4500 spectators turned up to see the best motocross riders Australia has to offer and the riders did not let them down.

CDR Yamaha rider Jacob Wright won the first race after flying out of the blocks and being the third around the opening corner.

Wright quickly overtook series leader from Team Moto Suzuki's Matt Moss to take second and then passed CDR Yamaha rider Billy Mackenzie to get the race lead.

Wright then showed why he has been tipped to be one of the top young talents in the sport by spacing himself from the rest of the field.

The 19-year-old started the season as a privateer and CDR Racing noticed he was having trouble getting to events and offered to sponsor him.

Since then Wright has demanded attention from all the other teams and could find himself with a contract for next year and possibly more years to come.

Wright, who lived in the Gladstone region growing up, said it was a good feeling coming home.

"I've worked really hard this year and it's always good to win," he said.

"It's been a good fit with Yamaha and we have a really good set up.

"The track is really good, it's hard and technical and I just aimed to get a good flow around it."

Promoter of Monster Energy MX Nationals Kevin Williams said the track was in great condition for the second last round of the season.

"We have a national award for the best presentation of the track and at the moment this one is sitting at the top," he said.

"They have done every single thing we have asked for and there is a very solid crowd here today."

KTM Motocross Race Team's Kirk Gibbs took out the round honours finishing second and third in the two races.

Mackenzie won the second race and currently sits third on the series leader board behind Moss and Gibbs.

The last round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals is scheduled to be held in Coolum on August 30.

The full Monster Energy MX Nationals Jono Porter memorial round results will be featured in The Observer on a later date.

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