Mosig on the home turn

Mo­tocross teen is on track for crack at ti­tle, writes CRAIG DUFF

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

TEENAGE mo­tocross sen­sa­tion Kade Mosig is hop­ing home-crowd sup­port can spur him to cham­pi­onship suc­cess this week­end. The Aus­tralian Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship is in Gipp­s­land, at Newry, this Sun­day, where Mosig grew up.

The 18-year-old Mosig is third in the Pro Lites class, only 12 points be­hind se­ries leader Luke Ge­orge, with 100 points on of­fer over the fi­nal two rounds.

‘‘With two rounds to go it’s def­i­nitely pos­si­ble to win the cham­pi­onship,’’ Mosig says. ‘‘It’s good to have it close to home this week­end. I grew up rid­ing the track. I won a ju­nior ti­tle there in 2001.

‘‘I’ve grown up rid­ing against Adam (Monea, sec­ond in the ti­tle points) and Luke. We’ve been bat­tling since we were eight years old. It’s go­ing to be a bat­tle right to the end.’’

Mosig is in this third full sea­son in the na­tional cham­pi­onship and is a mem­ber of Honda’s fac­tory team, along­side 12-time na­tional cham­pion Craig An­der­son.

Big things are ex­pected of Mosig and a fu­ture rac­ing in the high-profile US cham­pi­onship is his goal. Honda is help­ing by ar­rang­ing for him to spend the post-sea­son train­ing in the US later this year.

‘‘I’m head­ing to Amer­ica to do some test­ing with the Honda fac­tory team over there. Just to see what it’s like and learn more be­fore I go and race over there,’’ he says.

But he won’t have long there be­cause he will be back in Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber for the new Su­perX se­ries. It is the re­launched su­per­cross se­ries be­ing mas­ter­minded by Crusty Demons leader Mike Porra and Aus­tralia’s world su­per­cross cham­pion Chad Reed.

‘‘Chad’s been my idol grow­ing up in rac­ing. It will be good with this Su­perX se­ries to try and get to know him,’’ Mosig says.

But he won’t be com­pet­ing against Reed in Su­perX. Reed will race in the 450cc Pro Open class, but sev­eral US rid­ers are ex­pected to give lo­cal rid­ers a hurry up in the 250cc Pro Lites.

In ti­tle con­tention: Kade Mosig will com­pete at his home track at Newry this week­end.

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