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— Jay Marmont Report
— CDR Rockstar Yamaha
Jay Marmont etched himself in the record books of Australian sport today taking his third consecutive Australian Motocross Championship after an action packed final round of the Rockstar MX Nationals at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
In a feat that emulated his boss, motocross legend Craig Dack, Marmont became the first rider since Dack in the late 80’s to win three national motocross championships on the trot in the premere Pro Open class and make him one of the most coveted riders in the sport.
“It feels so good to get this championship for myself and the team. It’s been a trying year in many ways, but when it had to be done, the CDR Rockstar Yamaha team worked hard to get me the bike that I wanted and I was able to win races at the important times,” Marmont said moments after the final race.
“Three in a row was a goal at the start of the year and to achieve it and have my name alongside the legends of the sport like Craig and Jeff Leisk is a huge honour,” he says humbly.
“I can’t thank Craig, Gary, Shawn, my mechanic Jason and everyone at CDR Rockstar Energy Drink Yamaha. The team continually rally behind me with the best bike and support available.
My wife Abby and my family also make huge sacrifices for my career and this win is for them as well,” Marmont finishes.
Marmont, on board his CDR Rockstar Energy Drink Yamaha YZ450F, entered the final round with a 40 point gap over his rivals, But the four moto sprint format that sees the nation’s top riders line up for four back to back sprint races and the tension was high as the field rocketed away for moto one.
Using his years of experience, Marmont logged fourth in moto one and rode with plenty of street smarts, but controversy surfaced in moto two.
Jay launched the big extension jump out of the first turn at Coolum which had been outlawed and received at 20 second stop/ go penalty during the race.
Marmont took it in his stride, got back on the track and finished out the race in sixth place but the points gap had narrowed to 21. Again, using his skill and experience, Marmont raced to a second in moto three and then a solid third in the final leg and crossed the finish line with arms raised and instantly into the arms of his team and family.
His 4-6-2-3 moto results were good enough for third overall for the round and claim his third national motocross championship.
“Jay is fast becoming a warrior and icon of Australian motocross,” states CDR owner and manager, Craig Dack. He continually finds ways to challenge and raise himself to every occasion. I am amazed by his mental strength and his ability to fight. He never quits and he thoroughly deserves all the accolades that come his way. To win three championships in a row is a testament to his character and determination,” Dack comments.
Jay’s father, Peter was also on hand to celebrate with his son moments after the final race and was as emotional as his victorious son.
“I couldn’t be prouder of him. I know the work that he puts into his racing and the dedication he and Abby have towards motocross and this is an amazing result. Three in a row is a huge achievement and one that he has dedicated his life to.”
“I am so happy and excited for him,” said the infamous paddock favourite ‘Mr Mont’.
— Cougar Bourbon Honda
After a season of triumphs, trials and tribulations the Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing team have concluded the 2010 MX Nationals with riders Todd Waters and Michael Phillips finishing sixth and seventh in their respective championships.
Waters, who finished a disappointing ninth overall in yesterdays first leg of Coolum’s double header, came out on the front foot today, leading the opening 15minute moto from the start.
Billy McKenzie passed him on the final lap of the race, when a deflating tyre prevented Waters from holding off a late charge by the international.
The 19-year old Queenslander finished the remainder of the back-to-back super sprint races sixth, fifth and fifth, and a positive fourth overall for the round.
“To say it has been a challenging season is an understatement,” Waters commented.
“I broke my collarbone mid season and continued to race so really, to be sixth in the championship as the end is not too bad.
“After a couple of troublesome races yesterday it was good to get back out there and record four good race results today.
“Now it is time to start turning my attention to preparing for Super X,” Waters added.
Team-mate Michael Phillips finished seventh in the 2010 MX Nationals Pro Lites championship after an up and down season, which has seen him record mixed results.
The New Zealand MX 2 Champion, who was sixth overall with three top ten race results yesterday, ended the day 14th after crashing out of the final race.
“I felt good and fast but I just couldn’t turn it into a result today,” Phillips lamented.
“ I crashed hard in the final race and was unable to continue as I tore open the stitches in my elbow
“Unfortunately I have had an up and down season, but I can’t thank the team enough for their support and I was glad to be a part of it,” he concluded.
The Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing Team will take a short break before preparing for the upcoming Monster Energy Super X Championship, which will commence in Newcastle on Saturday 16 October.
— Serco Yamaha
The Serco Yamaha duo of Kirk Gibbs and Ford Dale dominated the final two rounds of Pro Lites competition at the Rockstar MX Nationals and in turned netted the Yamaha factory team a 2-3 podium finish in the final championship standings.
In perfect conditions for racing, Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hosted the huge grand finale weekend with six motos and 150 points up for grabs over the two day event.
Serco Yamaha riders took the top two spots on the podium in both days of competition in a huge show of strength for Yamaha and the YZ250F.
Kirk Gibbs entered the final weekend in third place and locked in a tight battle for podium positions in the overall championship points. Gibbs came out swinging in the first three motos on Saturday claiming the round win and placing a strangle hold on second in the championship.
With the pressure relieved, Gibbs fired to life on Sunday and took second for day two highlighted by a race win in the final moto of the motocross season.
“It was a great way to finish the championship by putting together six good races and be on the podium for both days.”
“And to get second in the championship is a great effort. The Serco Yamaha team put in plenty of hours this year testing the bikes and we really focused on trying to win this championship. I would like to have got it done, but I’m still proud of second and want to thank Gavin, Michael and everyone involved with Serco Yamaha,” Gibbs said from the podium.
Sunshine Coast resident Ford Dale barnstormed his way to third overall in the championship on the back of two impressive days racing at his home track at Coolum. Dale entered the final weekend of racing in fifth place and some distance behind the leading four riders but his three race wins and three third places over the weekend gave him enough points to secure third overall in the championship and lock down a Serco Yamaha 2-3.
Dale was inspired all weekend and out to make a statement. He raced with new found maturity and plenty of raw speed to charge home in a big weekend for him in front of his home town friends and family.
“It’s nice to be able to get myself back up to third in the championship. I had a bit of a slow start to the year at the opening round, but I finished the season off strong and winning the final round was a good way to end the motocross season.”
“I also want to thank all my friends and family who came out to the track and supported me all weekend. I could see them as I rode around the track and it was great to have them there.”
“Serco Yamaha has been amazing this year and I hope that getting on the podium was a way to thank them for all the support,” Dale offers.
The final weekend and overall result was also satisfying for team owner Gavin Eales.
“The guys really put in the hard yards leading up to this round. With 150 points on offer, we knew that a good weekend here could change things in the points.”
“It was pleasing to see all the hard work from everyone in the team pay off and the riders get on the podium for the round and the championship. It was been a good championship for the Serco Yamaha team and we now look forward to continuing on that success into SuperX later in the year,” states Eales.
JDR Motorex KTM’s PJ Larsen has claimed the 2010 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals title in the Pro Lites category, the American sealing his first Australian Motocross Championship at Coolum’s mega double-header season finale in Queensland on 24-25 July.
Larsen entered the round with an 84-point advantage, wrapping up the series during Saturday’s round 8A as he raced to third place overall with 2-2-4 results in the three races to make up the opening half of the event.
The series win marks a fitting finale to what has been a dominant season for Larsen and the JDR Motorsports outfit in its maiden season in cooperation with KTM, the team taking out the title on the weekend using the all-new 2011 model 250 SX-F.
“It means a lot to me to win this title after getting the opportunity to come and do a season in Australia with the JDR Motorsports Motorex KTM team,” commented the 19-year-old, who is originally from South Carolina. “I’m glad that we could come out with the championship.”
The championship victory is a proud moment for the JDR Motorsports team, winning the title in memory of teammate Andrew McFarlane, who was tragically killed in at Broadford’s third round of the title earlier this season.
“The whole team has been working really hard because we wanted to win the title for Andrew – the whole goal was to go and do our best, make Andrew proud, and I think that we did a good job of it,” Larsen said, eventually winning with a comfortable margin of 65 points.
With the pressures of the championship challenge off his shoulders for Sunday’s round 8B, California-based Larsen endured a difficult end to the season by his standards, taking out fourth overall with a consistent run of 4-5-4 results.
“It definitely wasn’t the best weekend for me,” he reflected. “I’ve been resting up an ankle injury that I suffered in the lead-up to Moree, but all in all we made the best of what we had, won the championship and that’s all that matters.”
Pro Open team contender Tye Simmonds secured fourth overall in the championship on KTM’s brand new 350 SX-F after finishing with 6-5 results for sixth overall on Saturday in the pair of 20-minute motos to commence the weekend.
“Yesterday was a little disappointing in the end, but I worked hard after some bad starts, charged through the field and ended up sixth overall for the round,” the talented teenager commented.
Sunday’s final outing of the year saw the 18-year-old from Burke in New South Wales claim 3-3-7-6 results for fifth overall, vying for the top positions during the motos and once again displaying his immense potential as the most promising up and coming rider in the country.
“Today I pushed hard in the first one and kind of wore myself out after a bad start, and then I recovered from that point to finish fifth overall after I suffered from bad starts during the round – which you can’t afford to do in the four motos run back-to-back.”
Simmonds narrowly missed out on an overall podium in the premier class championship, finishing in fourth overall with multiple podiums in his rookie season.
“I’m not 100 percent satisfied,” Simmonds said. “I felt I could have been in the hunt for the championship if it wasn’t for a couple of DNFs during the year, but that’s the way it goes and we’ll work on it for next year. I’m really looking forward to supercross, and my main goal for now is to try and win that championship.”
Teammate Ryan Marmont, who won last weekend’s penultimate round of the series in Moree, had a weekend to forget in Queensland, however the Wollongong rider finished fourth in the 2010 Pro Lites title chase.
A crash on Saturday during the opening race of the weekend saw Marmont unsettled, claiming eighth overall with DNF-5-7 results, and then taking out 16th on Sunday after a series of bad luck struck the former series winner to round out the series.
“I started the weekend off very positive after a great week of testing, however I had a big crash on Saturday morning and rattled my brain big-time,” Marmont explained. “I had to try and ride to fight for points, but it didn’t quite happen how I had planned.
“That’s racing though, we look forward to go into Super X now with these new bikes and we’ll try to get the number one plate there. I think we can continue the momentum that we’ve built in motocross and I’m really looking forward to pushing on in supercross.”
JDR Motorsports support rider Josh Cachia wrapped up the Under 19s series for the MXRAD Coastal KTM team, making for a perfect season on a national level for KTM’s 250 SX-F.
Team manager Jay Rynenberg is proud of the team’s efforts after what has been an epic season contested over eight rounds of enthralling action.
“Winning the Pro Lites title is a first for PJ, it’s a first for the JDR team and it’s a first for the 2011 model KTM 250 SX-F,” Rynenberg commented. “I think PJ really proved a point to the Americans as well that he’s going to be a guy to be reckoned with next year. It’s a credit to his work ethic and a really good day for JDR.
“Ryan had a bit of bad luck, it wasn’t his weekend and the odds were against him. Ryan’s been a phenomenal improvement this year and the team is just so proud to have him onboard – he’ll have a ride with us for the future, that’s for sure.
“As for Tye, he had the weight of the KTM 350 SX-F on his shoulders and yet again he stepped up in a class that he hadn’t previously raced before the season, proving that he will be one of Australia’s best riders in the future.
“Winning two out of three championships with both PJ and JDR-support rider Josh Cachia has been a great improvement on not winning any last year. It’s been a big year and hopefully we can come back even stronger for next season.”
Team JDR Motorex KTM team will now be preparing for the upcoming Super X Australasian Supercross Championship, which is scheduled to kick-off at Energy Australia Stadium in Newcastle on 16 October.
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