Maitland, NSW will host Round 5 of the 2022 Penrite ProMX Championship presented by AMX Superstores (ProMX) this Sunday June 26th. Officially kick-starting the second half of the Championship, a huge number of competitors, teams, support crew and race fans alike will flock to the Lower Hunter Valley to be a part of the incredible ProMX action.
In the THOR MX1 class, we have witnessed yet another potential momentum swing in the Championship, with the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider of Arron Tanti coming into his own at the previous Round at Gillman in SA. Tanti finally put it all together, matching his blistering sprint speed with endurance and consistency to weather challenges from all of the Championship contenders in THOR MX1, taking the second Moto victory at Gillman, the overall win for the Round and opening up a 12 point lead at the top of the THOR MX1 class standings with the Red Plate. One thing is for sure, Tanti will feel at home in the familiar confines of the Maitland track and if there is any round he is able to capitalise on momentum and set the narrative for the rest of the Championship, it will be right here at Maitland! Watch for Tanti from the start of the day when Tanti throws down his patented sprint laps in the AMX Superstores Top 10 Pole Shootout.
It is the 2019 Champion of Todd Waters on the Husqvarna Racing Australia machine that has proved consistency is key, sitting in 2nd place in the Championship heading into Round 5. Behind Waters, Go24 KTM’s Brett Metcalfe will look to capitalise on newfound confidence from a Moto win and overall podium at his home town race in Gillman. Another compelling story from Gillman came with the HRC Factory Honda Racing rider of Dean Ferris, who quietly came into the round nursing the effects of a mid week practice crash. It was not the dominance we witnessed at Wodonga, but a consistent day inside the top 5 that now leaves Ferris 23 points out of the Red Plate and undoubtedly looking to rebound and set the tone for the rest of the Championship at Maitland. KTM Australia’s Kirk Gibbs also returned to form at Gillman, sitting 5th in the Championship, Gibbs is another veteran who can factor into the podium battles at any time during the second half of the Championship.
In Pirelli MX2, HRC Honda Racing Australia’s Wilson Todd comes into the Round regaining full command of the Championship after a dominating performance at Gillman. Taking a perfect day with 1-1 Moto scores and edging out one of his closest rivals of Alex Larwood on the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team at his hometown race, Todd has really set the tone that it is his Championship to control as we commence the second half of the season. Todd now sits a whopping 61 points clear with the Red Plate, with the only rider to beat him to a Moto win in 2022, Serco Yamaha’s Bailey Malkiewicz, battling a knee injury from Gillman, it is time for someone to step up to the plate and challenge Todd’s dominance. Who will that be? Time will tell at Maitland this weekend.
In Maxxis MX3, we have seen youthful exuberance and inconsistency shake up the Championship standings, with KTM Australia mounted youngster Kayden Minear closing the gap to just 1 point out from HRC Honda Racing Australia’s Cambell Williams. It is safe to say that Maitland will be a battleground for momentum in the Maxxis MX3 field and all eyes will be on Minear Vs. Williams to see what the youngster’s can do to stake their claim on the Red Plate after leaving NSW on Sunday afternoon.
In a further addition to the incredible line up of ProMX action, Maitland will also host the first of the Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup Rounds for the Championship. This incredible initiative by Yamaha Australia gives young riders competing on YZ65 machines the opportunity to compete on the same race track as their Factory racing heroes. Experiencing a once in a lifetime weekend pitting out of the bLU cRU truck, with unparalleled access to Yamaha’s professional MX race teams, each YZ65 Cup participant is rewarded with memories that last a lifetime.
2022 Penrite ProMX Championship Presented By AMX Superstores