North Queenslander Mitch Evans has hoisted himself into an incredible second position just after the halfway mark in what is his first ever season in the MX Nationals premier class.
Raceline Pirelli KTM’s rookie 450 rider rode a safe and consistent round six of the Pirelli MX Nationals at Conondale over the weekend.
With Conondale marking the first round back post the mid-season break, smart and calculated results paid off for Evans on Sunday, with the KTM 450 SX-F rider sitting in a championship podium position with only four rounds of racing remaining.
Evans finished second in Raceline Performance Superpole, then battled hard with veteran Brett Metcalfe for the better part of the first 30-minute moto before eventually crossing the line in fourth.
In moto two Evans finished a consistent sixth despite a small crash early in the race, earning him with fifth overall for the day.
Evans’ points haul at Conondale shot him up into second position in the MX1 championship with four rounds remaining.
“I was really happy with how the weekend went. My starts were really good which was a positive, it was mainly about minimising any damage, collecting some solid points, and getting out healthy and in one piece,” Evans explained.
“For me, the plan has always been to finish within the top five every weekend. I obviously want to be on the podium but to finish off the weekends consistent and make sure we’re getting solid points has put me in a good position in the championship.
“The track on the weekend was much better than last year with all the rain. I really enjoyed it. It was a lot softer which created more lines, making it more technical which was good.
“Coming up we have the double header which I’m really excited about. I had a successful double header in Wonthaggi earlier in the season and I love ‘The Ranch’ where the next one is so it should be good. I’ve heard that they’ve made some changes to the track so I’m looking forward to getting down there.”