Round two first opportunity to ‘push limits’ declares reigning champion.
A pre-season training strategy has primed reigning MX2 champion Wilson Todd for the category’s first experience at the newly-introduced Sprint format this weekend in Wonthaggi’s second round of the Pirelli MX Nationals.
The DPH Motorsport Husqvarna talent revealed his pre-season campaign consisted of regular back-to-back eight-lap motos, which mirrors that of the Sprint format that will be rolled out on Sunday morning in Victoria.
Todd, currently third in the points standings following Appin’s shortened and mud-filled encounter, believes round two will serve up the first opportunity for the MX2 field to push its limits.
“I’ve been riding like that all pre-season – I’ve been doing heaps of eight-lappers back-to-back,” Todd declared to MotoOnline.com.au. “It’s in the schedule for the first time, but it’s not going to affect me too much – it will make for some good racing.
“It’s the same for everyone – it depends where you start. I feel like I should be fine – I’ve done heaps of laps around Wonthaggi, so I plan on getting a good start and keeping where we’ve got to be at.
“When it’s mud like at Appin, you don’t have the same mentality – you don’t feel like you’re racing – you feel like you’re riding around and just trying to stay off the ground. This going to be the first round where we’re pushing our limits.”
The MX2 division is currently led by youthful talent Jy Roberts (Raceline KTM Thor), followed by 2015 champion Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing).