Serco Yamaha’s Jesse Dobson turned in his best performance of the 2022 season with a fighting second place finish at round five of the Pro MX on board his Serco Yamaha YZ250F.Dobson has experienced plenty of drama in the opening four rounds but found some mojo at Maitland as he charged to a 2-2 result and a second place finish on the day that catapulted him to fourth place in the championship and well within striking distance of a podium result.
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After some success at the Maitland circuit in 2021, Dobson was confident leading into the round that he could get his season back on track after crashes and niggling injuries threatened to detail it at previous rounds. And that is exactly what he did as he charged through the pack in both races to claim and second place finish in each and snare second for the round in a very productive days’ racing for the Queenslander.
In both twenty-five minute races, Dobson was able to burst through the pack and narrow the gap on race leader, Wilson Todd, but not quite get close enough to make a move on the championship leader. Dobson posted fast laps in each race and proved to be fast and fit all the way to the finish and the result breathes life back into his 2022 campaign.
“The opening few rounds have been a bit hit and miss for me, so it was good to put a full day together and ride well in both motos to get a good result. I struggled at Gilman as I had just come off an injury, so this was the first round in a while that I was able to put a decent block of riding and training together.
“I felt I had the speed to race with Wilson today and at times I was able to draw up on him only to see the gap get pulled back out a little. There were areas of the track that I though that if I could get close enough, I might be able to try a move on him but to his credit, he was able to maintain that gap and keep me at arms-length.
“Thanks to Ben and the entire Serco Yamaha team for another massive effort and lets keep this momentum rolling into the final three rounds,” Dobson signs off.
It was also a productive day for teammate Bailey Malkiewicz who finished fourth for the round and holds down third in the championship. It’s been a trying month for Malkiewicz who fell heavily at round four injuring his knee and looking down the barrel at some corrective surgery. But with some intense rehab and under the guidance of the RACESAFE medical team, he was able to get on track and keep his championship aspirations alive.
Malkiewicz finished the day with 4-8 results and a fourth overall in a solid performance. There is no doubt the lack of riding and training in the month prior hampered his performance but Bailey made it through the weekend and racked up significant points to stay in the hunt.
“The last few weeks have been tough as the initial thought was my season was done and I was in for surgery, but we were able to get some different advice, had the scans looked at and come up with a plan to keep my on track.
“I was far from my best today but the knee wasn’t too bad. I had some arm pump in the first moto and then I just got a bit tired in race two, both due to my lack of riding and training. Still fourth is pretty good considering and hopefully I can get back on the bike during the week and be a little more prepared come round six in Coffs Harbour.”