JAY MARMONT WINS SOUTHERN XPOSTED: 11 Aug 2010 @ 9:32 am 718 VIEWS
What do you get when you inject a massive build up, drama, thrills, spills, over 400 riders and the biggest names of motocross to converge on a small WA town? The answer is easy: the spectacular of 2010 BGC Contracting King of the Cross Motocross
The event celebrated the 25th anniversary in fine style with favorable weather conditions prevailing over the two days. Juniors kicked off the event on Saturday and under cloud cover for most of the day, warm sun bathed the historic Southern Cross MX Circuit. The KTM Kid off the Cross was taken out by Daniel Strickland as he made history by becoming the first rider to take out the event back to back.
Camping and fireworks capped off a magnificent day for the junior competitors with the big race taking place Sunday morning at Southern Cross. Track workers prepared the track in fantastic shape as the King of the Cross event unveiled the big names in the sport. Jay Marmont, Craig Anderson, Ryan Marmont, Michael Addison, Kim Ashkenazi, Dean Porter, Louis Calvin, the names and stars put on succession of brilliant racing throughout the day.
Craig Anderson, Ryan Marmont, Michael Addison, Louis Calvin and Kim Ashkenazi battled all day however it would be the Number 1 red plated Yamaha with Jay Marmont aboard who was crowned the 2010 King of the Cross despite riding with a wrist injury sustained in practice during the week.
Marmont was delighted with the victory. “It was great to get the CDR Rockstar Yamaha up on the podium and grab my second King of the Cross. I struggled a bit today with a wrist injury but managed to hold on for the win from Craig Anderson and Mick Addison who really pushed me today. I will definitely be back and try to become the first rider to win three King of the Cross titles”.
In the Pro Open class Anderson took out the class with a second and two wins. Local Louis Calvin took the first race win aboard the new KTM SX350F and looked to be in for a day of wins but a huge crash soon derailed his plans for domination. Calvin didn't start the final race. Michael Addison finished on equal points with Jay Marmont with Addison getting the nod for second place. Younger brother Ryan Marmont finished fourth in his debut with the new KTM 350. Kim Ashkenazi rounded out the top five finishing two points ahead of Dean Porter.
Ashkenazi did fair better in the Vets class with three straight coast to coast wins beating home Paul Grant and Trevor Unstead.
Shaun Cornick, Ashley Whisler and Shane Murray all took a win in the Pro Lights class but it was Cornick who was awarded the outright win after tying on 60 points with Josh Adams. Daniel Shrimp rounded out the podium.
The Queen of the Cross event was just as dramatic with brilliant racing which coincided with the third round of the current WA Women’s Motocross Championships. Local Kalgoorlie rider Jessica Moore took a 42 point lead into this round, and used her local knowledge to set a blistering pace throughout the day as did her main competitor Courtney Hirst.
Both girls jumped into the hole shot prize pool securely Karcher Holeshot Awards and Moore took the first moto win and both girls battled it out all day. Courtney Hirst took the second moto win after Jess Moore crashed in dramatic style, but the ever determined Jess Moore rider finished the race in second despite having a severely buckled front wheel and a few more bruises.
The third moto would decide the round winner and Jess Moore led from start to finish to take the moto win and overall round to extend her championship ship lead. Courtney Hirst was second overall and Chelsea Blakers third, picking up the ride of the day after her stellar battles with Hannah Lovett and Emma Clack.
“Courtney really pushed me today; I was already hurting before racing after I crashed here during the week, hurt my leg and broke my finger. It didn’t help when I crashed in the second moto, and buckled my front wheel. I knew I had to get back on and finish the race, I lost about six or so places and pushed as hard as I could and managed to grab second place.
I’m really happy with the win here today and be crowned Queen of the Cross alongside Jay Marmont as this year’s King of the Cross. I’m rapt to take out the round win in the state championships and I’d like to thank Healthways, Karcher, PerthMX.com and MX Weekly for getting behind the girls state championships and putting both dollars and promotion into the sport”.
All girls will use the next few weeks to maintain both riding and fitness in the month’s break as the Women’s WAMX State Championship head towards the grand final on September 26th at Jindong Park, Bussleton.