-- Terex Australian Supercross - Round One
-- Marmont marks return to form with Supercross win in Dubbo
Jay Marmont has opened his Terex Australian Supercross Championship defence
with a resounding win at the series opener at Dubbo’s Morris Park Speedway
The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider left little doubt that he is both healthy
and hungry to keep his #1 plate, qualifying second before dominating his 8-lap
heat with a 7.26s win over CDR Yamaha rider Daniel McCoy.
A thrilling start to the 20-lap Main Event saw a monumental scrap for track
position into the fast first turn.
Motul Pirelli Suzuki rider Matt Moss took the holeshot but was taken down
moments later, an unfortunate non-finisher and later confirmed to have
dislocated his shoulder in the scuffle.
McCoy, clearly relishing his opportunity with the factory Yamaha outfit,
built an early lead, holding off Marmont for the first half of the race.
A lapped rider hindered Marmont’s forward progress momentarily but by
three-quarter distance he was ready to pounce, putting the pass on McCoy and
taking control to win by a 2.4-second margin.
It’s a crucial confidence booster for Marmont, who struggled for momentum
during his motocross campaign earlier this year.
“It was almost a perfect night for me,” said Marmont. “I still have a few
things to work on, even though I was happy with my starts, stamina and speed
there are a couple of areas I still want to improve.
“I didn't quite get the start I wanted but then Matt (Moss) and Billy
(Mackenzie) went down and I focused on catching Daniel (McCoy).
“At the halfway point I came together with a lapper and very nearly went down
then I passed Daniel and he passed me back then I passed him again and made it
Marmont may have taken the win and top points from Dubbo but it was the
performance of McCoy that impressed many.
A mainstay of Australian Supercross, the Yamaha rider made the most of an
opening lap opportunity to assume the lead and had showed he had the pace to
keep the field behind him.
Second place is a strong result for McCoy, who is excited at the prospect of
a competitive season with the team he last raced for in 2004.
“This whole deal came together really late and is a big change for me,” said
“I have gone full circle and it feels great – I couldn’t be happier I have
returned home and first round out I am on the podium.
“The professionalism of the team is undeniable and I think the effort they
put into development and the testing of parts is out of this world. I have never
tested so many parts in my life as I have this past month.”
Campbell Mining/Troy Lee Designs Maxima Honda rider Jake Moss rounded out the
Open podium, building on an early top-5 position and moving past Tye Simmonds to
take and hold third at mid-race distance.
Simmonds’ Red Bull Mobile Honda was eventually passed by CDR Yamaha’s Lawson
Bopping in the closing stages.
It was a mixed night of results for Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing, with Ben
Townley and Ford Dale both non-finishers in the Open race as Gavin Faith stamped
his authority on the Lites class clash with a 4.52-second win over Kade Mosig.
Faith finished last season’s Championship in second and, with a season of AMA
Supercross under his belt, returns as a matured competitor and a major title
BCP Honda Fox Racing’s Geran Stapleton took the early Lites lead before Faith
found his rhythm on lap 5.
Despite only being back in the country for a week, Faith said he already felt
comfortable with the team and on the bike.
“It was a great first-up race for me – it was a perfect day and I couldn’t
have asked for anything more,” said Faith.
“The bike felt good, I have only been here for a week so I didn’t get a huge
amount of testing in but I did a lot of preparation before I left the US.
“It is good to be back with the team and I really think it is easier the
second time around.”
Five different manufacturers filled the top five places in a hotly-contested
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Kade Mosig was a strong second ahead of Serco
Yamaha Metal Mulisha’s Luke Styke.
Suzuki rider Steven Clarke was fourth, with KTM’s Ryan Marmont coming home in
Honda Thor rider Hayden Mellross scored the most dominant Main Event victory
of the night, winning the 12-lap Under 19s race by 7.224 seconds over KTM’s Kale
Makeham and Suzuki’s Jay Wilson.
Aaron Tanti was a clear victor on his KTM in the Junior Lites class, with
Blake Sola narrowly holding out KTM teammate Elias Dukes in the Juniors 85/150
Today over 200 competitors - aged from just 7 through to mature-aged riders -
have converged on the venue for the opening round of the Thor Australian Arena X
Championships, an opportunity for young and up-and-coming riders to gain
experience on a world-class track.
The second round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championship will be held
at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 27 and 28, a landmark event
for the sport which will see it showcased to the international MotoGP audience.
Terex Australian Supercross Championships, Morris Park Speedway, Dubbo. Rd 1:
Open: J Marmont (Kawasaki) 18m12.630s 1, D McCoy (Yamaha) 18m15.034s 2, J
Moss (Honda) 18m17.773s 3, L Bopping (Yamaha) 18m22.529s 4, T Simmonds (Honda)
18m30.076s 5, T Waters (Suzuki) 18m37.793s 6, B MacKenzie (Kawasaki) 18m59.976s
7, C Boyd (Honda) 19m00.919s 8, J Wright (KTM) + 1 lap 9, S Duncanson (Yamaha) +
1 lap 10.
Lites: G Faith (Honda) 13m40.718s 1, K Mosig (Kawasaki) 13m45.241s 2, L Styke
(Yamaha) 13m48.370s 3, S Clarke (Suzuki) 13m49.609s 4, R Marmont (KTM)
13m55.622s 5, G Stapleton (Honda) 14m00.725s 6, K Hall (Yamaha) 14m19.101s 7, S
Coloumb (Suzuki) 14m26.699s 8, N Sutherland (Kawasaki) 14m29.551s 9, M Norris
(Yamaha) 14.35.660s 10.
Open: J Marmont (Kawasaki) 25pts 1, D McCoy (Yamaha) 22pts 2, J Moss (Honda)
20pts 3, L Bopping (Yamaha) 18pts 4, T Simmonds (Honda) 16pts 5, T Waters
(Suzuki) 15pts 6, B MacKenzie (Kawasaki) 14pts 7, C Boyd (Honda) 13pts 8, J
Wright (KTM) 12pts 9, S Duncanson (Yamaha) 11pts 10.
Lites: G Faith (Honda) 25pts 1, K Mosig (Kawasaki) 22pts 3, L Styke (Yamaha)
20pts 3, S Clarke (Suzuki) 18pts 4, R Marmont (KTM) 16pts 5, G Stapleton (Honda)
15pts 6, K Hall (Yamaha) 14pts 7, S Coloumb (Suzuki) 13pts 8, N Sutherland
(Kawasaki) 12pts 9, M Norris (Yamaha) 11pts 10.
-- Carlton Dry Honda
The Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing team rode the highs and lows of motorsport at
the opening round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championships in Dubbo
overnight, with Gavin Faith leading the way in Lites as the Open charge was
Faith returns to his Lites role in the team after a strong 2011 season, and has
refined his racecraft even more after a number of solid battles in the premier
class of AMA Supercross.
He was on fire from the outset, clearly comfortable on his CRF250R despite
limited riding time since he landed last week.
Faith won his heat and went on to dominate the 15-lap Main Event after
consolidating a front-running position in the opening stages.
With just four rounds on the schedule, Faith is eager to make every outing count
and was happy with his return to the factory squad.
“It was a great first-up race for me – it was a perfect day and I couldn’t have
asked for anything more,” said Faith.
“The bike felt good, I have only been here for a week so I didn’t get a huge
amount of testing in but I did a lot of preparation before I left the US.
“It is good to be back with the team and I really think it is easier the second
He leaves Dubbo with maximum points next to his name and will look to extend the
advantage when the Championship moves to Phillip Island in a fortnight.
It was a luckless night for the team's Open pairing of Ben Townley and Ford
Dale, both non-finishers after early crashes took their toll.
Townley was philosophical and said he would continue to up his riding and
training routine in order to feel better prepared.
"That was a tough day, I feel as if I'm not quite ready yet," said Townley.
"I need to be realistic with my goals and need a couple more weeks riding and
training to be where I need to be.
"It did however feel really good to be back behind the gate, there is no doubt
Townley and Dale will look for a reversal of fortunes when the Open class goes
to battle in the unique Phillip Island Grand Prix setting for round 2.
Honda Thor Rider Hayden Mellross ran away with the Under 19s 12-lap final with
an impressive 7.224s win.
Mellross was the class' form rider from the opening practice session and has
shown he will be incredibly tough to beat with a wealth of international
experience under his belt.
-- Yamaha Report
The new CDR Yamaha pairing of Daniel McCoy and Lawson Bopping made an
enterprising start at the opening round of the Australian Supercross
Championship held at Dubbo over the weekend.
The second and fourth positions respectively have the team well placed in the
short four round series that allows no room for mistakes to stay in contention
in the 2012 championship.
McCoy impressed in his first outing in CDR Yamaha colours taking second place in
the premier Pro Open class. The New South Welshman led the 20 lap main event
from the start and had the race in his control until lap 13 where he
relinquished the lead. But McCoy didn’t throw in the towel and charged all the
way to the finish line to finish within a few seconds of race winner, Jay
“I got a great start in the main event and just tried to focus on putting in the
best laps I could and not worry about what was happening behind me,” McCoy
explains. “I thought the first 10 laps were really good and felt that I was
riding well enough to hold on for the race win but I lost my flow for a couple
of laps and that’s all it took for Jay to pass me.”
“But, it was a good start for the championship and I’m really happy with my bike
and the CDR Yamaha team. Hopefully we can build from this and fight on for the
Lawson Bopping suffered from a terrible start in the 20 lap main and had his
work in front of him if he wanted a good result. Bopping, the fastest qualifier
in the Pro Open class, knew he had the speed to work his way forward, so after
rounding the first lap in a lowly 14th place, Bopping mounted his charge.
He clawed his way forward, passing riders regularly to finish in fourth place
for the night and salvage a good result.
“I can’t go starting like that and then expect to win races at a national
level,” Bopping fumed at race end. “My starts were pretty bad at the end of the
MX Nationals as well, so it is something I will continue to work on and ensure
I’m up the front from the beginning of the race at round two.”
Team Manager, Craig Dack, was pleased with his teams’ start to their supercross
campaign with both riders showing good speed and fitness.
“In a short series like this, the old saying, “You can’t win it at the first
round but you can lose it,” carries more weight so it was good to have both
riders inside the top five and still capable of winning the championship.
“Daniel put in a great race in the main event and it will be a huge confidence
booster for him. Lawson is clearly fast enough, but we need to work together
with him on his starts to ensure we can capitalise on his speed,” Dack
Round two of the Australian Supercross Championship will be run in conjunction
with the Australian Moto GP at Phillip Island on October 27/28. The Pro Open
event will be ran during the Saturday program of the GP with a track already in
place at the legendary circuit.
-- Kawasaki Report - Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jay Marmont Wins Australian
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jay Marmont won the 2012 Australian Supercross
series opener at Dubbo, NSW on Saturday 13 October. Kade Mosig took 2nd place in
the Pro Lites class and Billy Mackenzie overcame a first lap crash to finish in
7th place in the Open class.
Defending Supercross champion, Jay Marmont got his 2012 ASX campaign off to a
brilliant start in Dubbo. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider won his heat race on
board his KX450F before taking overall victory in the 20 lap main event. Marmont
got a good start in the main and quickly settled into 2nd place. Marmont was
almost taken out by a lapped rider mid way through the race while passing for
the lead but the determined and patient rider composed himself and eventually
made the pass for the lead and never looked back, riding on to victory.
Jay Marmont was very pleased with his result and acknowledged those who helped
him take the win, saying, “I’m happy for myself and the team and all of those
who support me. It’s been a hard year for me, that’s no secret so this is
definitely a good way to start the series. I’ve never led a series from the
beginning so I’m very happy. My preparation for this series was perfect and I
feel better on the KX450F every time I ride it. I’ll head home now and continue
training with my wife Abby and start working for the next round.”
Kade Mosig showed real form at Dubbo however the Pro Lites rider first had to
overcome a difficult heat race where he was taken out on the start straight.
Mosig clawed back from last place to 6th to make the final. A 12th place gate
pick for the final meant Mosig got an average start but he quickly knuckled down
and got to work, overtaking riders one by one throughout the 15 lap final to
take 2nd place overall.
Kade Mosig say’s, “All in all I’m happy with 2nd. I’ve made a good solid start
to the series so I’m happy. I would’ve liked a few more laps out there tonight
because I reckon I could’ve got him (Gavin Faith). My fitness is on point, my
bike set-up is great so I’m on the right track. There are a few things I feel I
can work on and come out at the next round and get that next step better on the
Billy Mackenzie overcame a big 1st lap crash to finish inside the top ten at
Dubbo. Mackenzie collided heavily with Matt Moss in the opening stages of the
final and remounted in last place. From there Mackenzie rode well and worked
hard to overtake many riders to finish in 7th place.
Billy Mackenzie say’s, “I started the day really confident. I’ve been preparing
well and there was a real good positive vibe in the pits all day. I decided I
was going to jump the rhythm section after the first turn if I got a good start.
I got a good start and committed to the jump but Mossy didn’t jump it and we
came together. We’ve spoken a couple of time since and we’re OK. I feel bad for
him but I was committed to the jump and there was nothing I could do to avoid
it. My bike was a little banged up and I had to race with my front bake lever
twisted high but I was able to fight back to 7th. I’m happy with the way I was
riding and I feel like I’m ready for a podium. I’d really like to thank my
mechanic Lachlan and the whole team for all of their efforts. I’m looking
forward to the next round.” ”
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Troy Carroll say’s, “This is a great start
to the series for the whole team and it feels good to repay our sponsors and
supporters with a win after a challenging MX season. Monster Energy Kawasaki has
prepared really well for this series and it’s showing in the riders results. We
will now look to carry this momentum with us to the second round at Phillip
Kawasaki was well represented at Dubbo with three KX250F riders finishing inside
the top ten in the Under 19’s class including privateer rider Corey James in 4th
place and Axis Motorsport Kawasaki riders, Ben George and Jake Vella in 5th and
9th places respectively. Kawasaki Australia’s Meghan Rutledge rode well to make
the main event and finish in 13th place. In the Pro Lites class, privateer
Kawasaki rider Nicholas Sutherland took 9th place and in the Junior Lites class
Blake Colleton had an unlucky night, retiring early because of a crash. Kawasaki
rider Dylan Lockhead finished that class in 8th place.
Monster Energy Kawasaki and the many Kawasaki mounted competitors head to the
MotoGP at Phillip Island, Victoria, for the second round of the 2012 Australian
Supercross Championship on 27-28 October.
-- DPH Honda
Cheyne Boyd started off with an 8th place finish at Round 1 of the Terex
Australian Supercross Championship in Dubbo, NSW, on Saturday night in the
highly competitive Pro Open class.
Boyd after a very strong pre-season went into the event full of confidence but
struggled with his bike set up and the tighter than usual track conditions.
After qualifying 8th fastest, Boyd lined up in Heat 1 and finished a strong 3rd
place giving him a spot in the Pro Open main event.
"I felt ok going into the main event, my heat race went well but I knew I had to
pick up a second per lap to run up front".
For the first time in many years, the main event was a traditional Supercross
format with twenty laps. With a less than average start, Boyd struggled to find
his groove and couldn't ride at the pace of the riders who were leading the race
and settled for his 8th place finish.
"After Saturday night's race, I feel we need to keep working on the handling of
my bike to help me feel more comfortable in those conditions. In the weeks
leading up to this round, everything was perfect. My bike was great, the tracks
I have been riding on are the best around and I really felt like I was where I
needed to be, I just struggled on the tighter track and the hard dusty surface.
To me, 8th is not a great result but it could have been a lot worse. We know
what we need to work on and have two weeks to get it sorted. Jay is riding
awesome and I would be love to be up the front battling with him" said Boyd.
The ASX Championship continues when Round 2 takes place at Phillip Island on the
27th of October in conjunction with Moto GP. For more information on the ASX
visit www.australiansupercross.com or www.facebook.com/australiansupercross.
-- Serco Yamaha
Despite a shortened preparation due to his Motocross of Nations commitments,
Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing's Luke Styke took third place in the Pro Lites
division at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championships.
A large and enthusiastic crowd turned up at Morris Park, Dubbo, to watch
Australia's best supercross riders in action and Styke overcame some opening lap
mishaps to wind up on the podium and well in contention for the national
Styke posted good times all day but in the all-important final, he was caught up
in some track position squabbling and rounded the first lap outside the top
five. He managed to claw himself back into third position by the end of the race
but was none too pleased with his performance.
"After the first lap, I just over rode the track and tried way too hard. When
you do that on supercross it just leads to more mistakes and more lost time. I
should have stayed calm, got into my own rhythm and focused on racing the track
in front of me," Styke reflected.
"Third sounds okay on paper but I didn't ride the way I wanted to, so my goal at
round two will be about the way I race and hopefully a better result will come."
His new team mate, Luke Clout, started the day out strongly posting fast
qualifying times and making it through with ease to the 20 rider, 15 lap final.
But, a couple of rookie mistakes leading to falls cost Clout plenty of positions
and he ended up in 14th place at the chequered flag.
"The result was terrible and not what I wanted but I did learn a lot as this was
my first real professional race. I need to stand my ground better on the opening
lap and not get pushed around and I also need to keep my head and not lose my
"It can only get better from here and I'm sure round two will be much better for
me," Clout signs off.
Round two will be conducted at Phillip Island in conjunction with the Moto GP on
October 27/28. The Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing team will be out to improve
on their round one showing and claw back some points in the short four round
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