MARMONT TAKES LEAD IN QLDPOSTED: 17 May 2010 @ 9:26 am 572 VIEWS
CDR Rockstar Energy Drink Yamaha’s Jay Marmont has taken the points lead in the premier Pro Open class after round four of the Rockstar MX Nationals held at Toowoomba over the weekend.
Marmont overcame a slow start to the day and a challenging track to post third overall for the round, but more importantly, move into the championship lead and run the coveted red leader plate for the next round at Raymond Terrace.
After struggling in qualifying and then a fall in moto one, Marmont fought on like the champion he is and snatched a fourth in race two before winning race three and in the process, securing the points lead in the Pro Open division by four points over Tye Simmonds.
“It was a hard fought day today. I just couldn’t get going in qualifying then I was in a first turn crash in the first race and right at the back of the field. I salvaged a reasonable result, but the team rallied behind me for the final two races and I was able to improve with every lap.
"It’s nice to grab the points lead and run the red plate, but it all means nothing if it isn’t bolted to my bike at the end of the championship. We still have a long way to go and plenty of work to be done before we get carried away,” said the focused Marmont.
Team mate Cheyne Boyd missed a podium spot by just a single point in another solid day on the race track. Like Marmont, Boyd was pack in the back in moto one to post a ninth, but charged home with 3-4 finishes in the remaining two motos to round the day out on 53 points and fifth overall.
Boyd now sits sixth in the championship and is right in the thick of things in the points chase. Only a handful of points separates Boyd from a top three position and with the series nearing the halfway point, he is well placed to make a big run home.
“It got a terrible start in the first race and found it hard to pass. But the next two motos saw my starts improve and I was able to run up front. But fifth isn’t where I want to be so I will be doing plenty of work before the next round to ensure I get on the podium,” Boyd offers.
Team owner, Craig Dack was also pleased to see his riders show some fighting spirit on the track and grind out a reasonable day given how things started out in qualifying and the opening moto.
“Both riders showed some heart out there today and managed to dig themselves out of a hole they created in the morning sessions. Jay really dug deep in the final moto and was desperate for the win, while Cheyne also got the starts he needed and put himself in contention.
“We leave here with the red plate and also in a positive frame of mind for round five in two weeks time.”
Championship Points – After Round Four
1st Jay Marmont – 190
2nd Tye Simmonds - 186
3rd Todd Waters -171
4th Dean Ferris- 167
5th Billy Mackenzie - 157
6th Cheyne Boyd - 156
7th Cody Cooper - 138
8th Daniel McCoy - 137
9th Andrew McFarlane -111
10th Beau Ralston - 93