17 year old motocross sensation, Ryder Kingsford, announced his arrival into the professional motocross ranks with an impressive third place finish in the MX2 class, at round three of the Pro MX Championship.Media Information: 2 May 2022
Kingsford has been building momentum through the opening two rounds and finding himself sitting comfortably towards the front of a fast and furious MX2 class, but round three showed he is the real deal as he locked down his first ever professional podium at the Pro MX Championship with 2-6 results to land in third overall.
To view the round recap from the WBR Yamaha Team: https://youtu.be/OldigmEW0Xw
After showing plenty of speed at the opening round and two solid motos at round two in Mackay, it was only a matter of time before Kingsford found his way to the podium. And to achieve it just three rounds into his MX2 career, is impressive stuff and a result of the hard work he and the team have put in.
He gated well in the first moto and settled into a good pace up the front. With riders going down left, right and centre, Kingsford kept his composure and continued to log good lap times. He found his way to third and then moved into second with a handful of laps remaining. He had to fight off a late race challenge from Rhys Budd to secure second place and raised his fist in the air with excitement as he crossed the finish line.
The second race again saw him in the lead group. He was shuffled back in the opening lap chaos but steadied the ship and remained well placed in the opening half of the race. With some fatigue and arm pump setting in, he dropped some positions and then had a small crash but to his credit, he quickly remounted, got up to speed and then with a little luck, managed to finish sixth and give him just enough points to finish third for the day.
The big points haul now moves Kingsford to fifth in the championship after three rounds of action.
“I’m stoked,” he gushed after the final race. “The MX2 class has some awesome riders in it and it just feels good to race with most of these guys and now that I have gotten a podium, its even better.
“I got two good starts which is so important on a track like this and I tried not to make many mistakes as a lot of riders were. I was far from perfect and fell myself in the second race, but I was able to get back into the race and not lose too many positions.
“My goal was to get on the podium at some point this year, but for it to happen at round three is cool. The team were so happy for me and I’m glad we were able to get a good result because everyone has worked so hard.”
The weekend also marked the return of Levi Rogers. Rogers had been sidelined for a few months following a shoulder reconstruction in January and the Albury round marked his first race back.
He immediately showed his hadn’t lost much speed and was able to qualify comfortably inside the top 10 with an aim to get through the day safely and regain more strength and endurance as he races himself back to top form.
Both motos for Rogers proved similar in that he was as high as sixth or seventh both times out but faded with a few laps remaining due to his lack of race time. He also fell as be battled on late in the motos. He finished with 14-9 results for thirteenth overall but there were a lot of positives to take from the weekend.
“First up, its good to be back and racing again. I haven’t even done a local race so to step back in at a national level was a bit daunting but I’m glad to be back on track and for the WBR Yamaha team to have patience while I recovered.
“For the most part, I felt pretty good, and the shoulder held up well. It did take a lot of strength to ride this track so I did get tired at the each of race but another month of riding before the next round will help that.
“The bike was good, and I came down to spend a week with the team prior to the race to help me get set up. Hopefully, it wont be too long before I’m back to 100% and the results will start to flow,” Rogers stated.