Billy Mac tears it up on the way to his round win at Hervey Bay
Lawson Bopping carves an arc in the sand

Billy Mac Breaks Through at MX Nats

30 Jul 2013

CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie broke through for his maiden MX Nationals round victory at round seven of the championship held at Hervey Bay in Queensland over the weekend.

Mackenzie was able to string together his most consistent days’ racing since round two at Murray Bridge, claiming the win in the all-important Superpole and then string a couple of top three moto results to take the round win.

Unlike recent rounds where the likeable Scotsman started slowly with average finishes in the first race of the day before rebounding well in race two, Mackenzie hit the sands of Hervey Bay all guns blazing taking the full five points in mornings’ Superpole and then instantly took control of race one.

He led the majority of the opening moto until the later stages of the race where some lapses in concentration dropped him back to third. Moto two also saw Mackenzie in a battle for the lead and as the 30 minute moto came to an end, Mackenzie was again in third place.

“It was nice to get this one today as I felt like I had been making progress on the bike but it wasn’t really showing in the results, Billy said.

“I did a local race up here earlier in the year and did pretty well so I was confident coming into this round and was also satisfied with the setup of my bike so I was able to focus on putting in good laps.

“The team has supported me all season and with this bit of momentum it’s my job to ensure I keep the good results rolling in.”      

Lawson Bopping recovered from a bad opening few laps to climb his way to 10th in the opening moto. Moto two was a step in the right direction with Bopping finishing seventh to claim eighth overall for the round.

Despite a challenging round, Bopping still maintains fifth in the MX1 championship.

“I probably used the wrong rear tyre in the first race and I was a fair way back at the start. I put a few good laps together in the middle and later stages which gave me a bit of confidence for race two.

“I got a better start in race two and rode a consistent race. It’s not where I want to be but I will continue to work hard and get some better results at the final few rounds,” Bopping explains.

The MX Nationals leaves the sands of Hervey Bay to the red clay of Swann Hill in western Victoria for round eight of the championship.  Mackenzie sits in third place with only 31 points separating him from the championship lead and another good result at Swann Hill will make for a thrilling finish in the premier motocross division in Australia.

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Round Seven Results – Hervey Bay
 1st Billy Mackenzie – 65 (CDR Yamaha)

2nd Matt Moss – 64
3rd Jake Moss – 64
4th Gareth Swanepoel – 61
5th Todd Waters – 58
6th Cody Cooper – 51
7th Kirk Gibbs – 50
8th Lawson Bopping – 45 (CDR Yamaha)
9th Jay Marmont – 45
10th Cody Mackie – 42

Championship Standings – After Round Seven
1st Matt Moss – 436
2nd Todd Waters – 434
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 405 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Cody Cooper – 382
5th Lawson Bopping – 365 (CDR Yamaha)
6th Jake Moss – 343
7th Kirk Gibbs – 343
8th Adam Monea – 323
9th Jay Marmont – 286
10th Tye Simmonds - 273

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