The up and down story of the MBO Sport Yamaha team’s attack on the 2014 Garmin Arenacross series took another twist last weekend as round five was staged at a very testing track inside Newcastle’s Metro Arena where second in the championship Daniel McCoy had a massive crash in his first heat and was lucky to even ride the main event, and the teams number one rider Kristian Whatley was unhappy with his riding but still managed fourth place in the main event.
In qualifying heat one Daniel didn’t get such a good start but managed make a couple of great passes ending the race in second, but it all went wrong for the Australian in his second heat in a horrible racing incident that could have cost the team the championship.
Daniel explains, “I didn’t have the best of jumps out of the start gate but was coming through well when on the last lap as I approached the triple and was already committed as another rider just rolled it. I had no where to go but to land on him and went down really hard. At the time it looked like I wouldn’t ride the final but the medical personnel checked me out so I went out in the main to see if I could salvage some championship points out of it”
Kristian’s first heat was looking good as he got the holeshot and had a reasonable lead till two laps from the end where it all went wrong. He explains, “I changed one of my lines on the track and lost it in one of the deep ruts and went over the bars and ended the race in fifth”
His second heat was better as, once again Kristian got the holeshot and lead for seven out of the ten lap race till the on form Frenchman Fabien Izoird found away past him, ending the race in second.
The main event was Steven Clarke’s as he got the holeshot and won the race with the two very experienced French riders of Cyrille Coulon and Izoird taking the other two steps on the podium.
But Kristian, who is still on a steep arenacross learning curve as it’s his first year, was fourth, and said after, “I got a good start behind Clarkey and was happy in second as he pulled away a bit. But later in the race Cyrille and Fabien came past me and I let them get on with it and settled for a safe fourth place”
As for Daniel? He was still hurting and not his usual self but did what he could for the MBO Sport Yamaha team and the championship.
He said after, “I decided to ride the main but I was just riding round to get points as I was in to much pain to race, but ended up crashing with another rider in the whoops”
Daniel is still second in the championship with two rounds to go, with Kristian seventh.