For any other rider and any other team, nailing third overall in the Pro Open class at round six in the Australasian Super X Championship and tightening their grip on second overall in the championship standings would be a great night at the office.
For Jay Marmont and his CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha Team, the Parramatta Stadium round of the Super X Championship will be rued as the one that got away.
Marmont was in the thick of the action all night. Contesting the Quad Challenge with four back to back races on his YZ450F, Marmont continually put himself in contention for race wins and the overall round victory but he just couldn’t seal the deal when a small crash in the sand during race three cost him dearly.
In the four, six lap main event challenges, with each race carrying 25 points for the winner, Marmont put together 3-2-5-3 finishes to claim third on the night and miss the round win by three points.
In race three Marmont was all over the leader in the early laps and looking for a place to pounce when he fell over in the tricky sand section of the track and dropped him down the field. The resulting fifth- and the 16 points with it- were the only down fall on a night that promised so much for Jay and his CDR Rockstar Yamaha Team.
“I should have won tonight, as simple as that! The fall in the sand cost me, but I also wasn’t aggressive enough to make passes into the lead in races two and four. It was there to be won and I didn’t follow through,” Jay says angrily.
“Crashing is part of racing but at a professional level a simple fall like that shouldn’t happen and I needed to show no mercy when passing. I was too nice,” he continues. “That won’t be the case next time!”
Meanwhile Marmont’s CDR Rockstar Yamaha teammate Jeff Alessi, handed in his best result of the year taking seventh place with some spirited racing. Alessi worked hard all night and shadowed the lead pack in the majority of races as he quietly went about racking up some consistent finishes. For Alessi, the result and keeping the bike upright had him in a good frame of mind at the end of the night.
“I decided to go back to basics a little and earn a decent result. Now my plan is to build on it at the final round and not try and over-ride the bike and end up on the ground. Tonight was not perfect but much better that the other two rounds I have contested,” he comments.
Craig Dack, team owner of the CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha Team also felt frustrated with a round win that was so close, yet slipped through their fingers.
“I honestly thought Jay should have won tonight. He and I both knew it was there for the taking. We had a long talk about it after the racing finished and discussed what needs to happen next time that situation arises. The beauty of a rider like Jay is he absorbs it, learns from it and it will put into action quickly and efficiently.”
“I expect Jay to be fired up for a big finish at the final round in Brisbane next week,” Dack stated.
Championship Standings – After Round Six
1. Josh HANSEN - Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 351
2. Jay MARMONT - CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 307
3. Jake MOSS - Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 275
4. Tye SIMMONDS - JDR Motorex KTM: 240
5. Daniel REARDON - Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 232
6. Daniel McCOY - Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 208
7. Mike ALESSI – JDR Motorex KTM: 159
8. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 155
9. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 150
10. Justin BRAYTON - Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 121