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Waters Stands Firm In Third In MX Championship

17 May 2009 - Woodstock Honda Thor Racing’s Todd Waters stands firmly in third place in the Australian Motocross Championship following today’s third round at the Toowoomba Motocross Club (QLD).

Meanwhile, the factory Honda team’s newest recruit, Brent Landman, delivered consistent
performances aboard the Woodstock Honda CRF450R to climb from 10th to eighth in the overall
series standings.

Looking forward to returning to the classic motocross format of two 30-minute motos, Honda’s star
rookie, Waters made his task all the more difficult with minor errors creeping into both races.

In the day’s opening Pro Open moto, Waters was on competitive terms with the leaders and racing
strongly in third place until a light crash dropped him down the order.

Rejoining and working his way back up the standings, Waters then suffered a second crash that undid
his previous efforts and left him to fight his way back through the pack from 10th to eighth.

Meanwhile, a solid showing from Landman had him well placed in 10th on the final lap of moto one,
before a tangle with lapped traffic and a subsequent crash saw him drop a position and cross the
finish line in 11th.

A slow start in the second moto, left the 18-year-old Honda rider, Waters with work to do to salvage
a result and keep his championship aspirations alive.

Charging into fifth place after gaining the upper hand in a mighty battle with multi-time Australian champion, Craig Anderson, Waters earned sixth place for the round and comfortably maintained third in the series standings.

Also making a slower start to moto two, Landman pushed hard to once again climb into the top 10, before dropping back to score another 11th-place finish.

The result earned Landman 11th overall for the round, but, crucially, he advanced two places in the overall series standings.

Woodstock Honda racers Waters and Landman will be rejoined by Honda’s enduro hero, Peter Boyle, for round four of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship in Mackay (QLD) on Sunday 24 May.

TODD WATERS:
“I didn’t make it easy for myself, today – I had to come through the pack each time.

“In moto one, I was running third until I dropped the bike. I picked it up and made up some ground but then I dropped it again which put me back in 12th and I fought back to eighth.

“In the next moto, I was slow out of the start gate and came through to fifth after a big battle with Craig Anderson.

“I’m a bit disappointed with how today went... It was really rutted and hard pack and pretty slippery and I guess I didn’t really read the track as well as I thought.

“On the positive side, I’m still third in the championship which is good to still be in the mix.

“Heading into Mackay next week, I’m just going to go and give it my best shot and hopefully we’ll go a lot better.”

BRENT LANDMAN:
“I’ve moved up a couple of places in the championship, which was my goal for the weekend.

“It was an average day, but I rode the track pretty well for me – I don’t normally like this deep ruts and hard pack kind of track, but I got through with a reasonable result and moved up in the series standings.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to the sandier tracks for the next three rounds and I can hopefully deliver some stronger results on the Woodstock Honda.”

2009 AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP:
OVERALL RESULTS - ROUND 3:

1Andrew McFarlane
2Jay Marmont
3Cheyne Boyd
4Cody Mackie
5Craig Anderson
6Todd Waters
7Cameron Taylor
8Daryl Hurley
9Keiran Hall
10Matt Haworth
11Brent Landman

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after round 3):

1Jay Marmont199
2Andrew McFarlane186
3Todd Waters167
4Cody Mackie158
5Cheyne Boyd151
6Craig Anderson130
7Cameron Taylor110
8Brent Landman97
9Michael Addison83
10Ford Dale82