AUSSIES QUALIFY IN 11TH

Australia has qualified in 11th spot for today's Motocross of Nations in Winchester, England, after the team had a mixed day in qualifying yesterday.

For qualifying, the top two rider's results are merged together with the third best rider's result dropping out, leaving the team with an overall qualifying position.

After Daniel Reardon fell in his qualifying session to finish in 26th, Brett Metcalfe and Cheyne Boyd rode tremendously well under pressure to give Australia 11th spot and a chance to make an impact in today's race.

Team Manager Gary Benn believes that the result was a good one for the Australian team, and believes that a finish around tenth spot would be a wonderful effort.

"You drop one round, so it put pressure on the other guys because we used up our chance first thing, but they all rode well."

"I would hope realistically we would want to finish around 10th. "Anything inside the top 10 would be very good because Brett's probably more used to the speed whereas Cheyne and Daniel aren't, so tenth would be great I think, and anything under that would be fantastic."

Despite the forecast sunny conditions, Winchester was hit by heavy pouring rains overnight, and the track has once again turned into a bit of a bog.

These conditions do not favour the Aussies who are used to firm, hard tracks, but Benn insists that despite the inconvenience, the riders will be doing their best to bring home a good result.

"Because our tracks are so different -- especially for Cheyne and Daniel, they're not used to the speed and obviously the setup.

"It was unbelievable to hear the rain when we woke up this morning, but I think that come race time it will be perfect, because looking at the forecast, the weather is supposed to be good.

"But as I said, if we can get up around tenth, it will be a fantastic effort from the guys."

Each rider will have two races to compete in, with the worst of the six in total dropped off from calculations.

One point is given to correspond to the place that the rider finishes, and the team with the lowest score wins.

The first race will begin at 1:08pm local time.

-credit: ma