NSW dominates Coolum MX events
FIRST the State of Origin series, now this.
New South Welshmen claimed a historic victory over their Queensland counterparts in Coolum yesterday when southern riders collected titles in each of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals championships.
Cessnock's Matt Moss clinched the main event when he finished sixth in the MX1 final round race and earned enough points to win the series title - capping off a day that included title wins to fellow Hunter Valley product Egan Mastin in the MXD class and Sydney's Luke Clout on the MX2 event.
"There must be something in the New South Wales water," Moss said to the Coolum crowd after his win.
"One, one, one this year all from three. So maybe you should all move to New South Wales."
The post-win performance showed public speaking may not be Moss's best tactic to win over a crowd.
Luckily, he knows how to give the fans what they want to see and he proved that throughout his stellar 2014 campaign.
Those who gathered at Coolum did not get to see the best of Moss, who rode conservatively because he only needed to finish above ninth to clinch his second consecutive title.
"It's sweet," he said afterward.
"Jay Marmont said at the start of the year that it's hard to defend your championship and it was a tough fight.
"It was a great year - solid."
South Australian Kirk Gibbs, who finished second on the championship rankings, finished his season on a high when he took out yesterday's final round race.
"Before I put my hands out to take the championship, I have to give a shout out to Gibbsy," Moss said.
"He rode awesome this year, I am very proud of him, and I am sure that he will be a lot stronger next year."
Toowoomba's Jacob Wright crossed the line second, while Byron Bay's Billy Mackenzie rounded out the podium in third.
ROUND 10 results
Kirk Gibbs, NSW
Jacob Wright, QLD
Billy Mackenzie, NSW