Biily Mackenzie finished second at round four on his CDR Yamaha
Lawson Bopping had a rare off weekend and came home eighth
The MX1 podium

Billy Mac Breaks Through for Moto Victory on CDR Yamaha

21 May 2013

Billy Mackenzie finally got the monkey off his back and took a much needed moto win and an important second overall at round four of the MX Nationals on board his factory YZ450F.

Competing in the premier MX1 division, Mackenzie was out to make amends for his round three performance and determined to leave the Broadford circuit satisfied with his racing. He started the day off well making the all-important top five Superpole shootout and felt good heading into the two points paying races.

Moto one saw Mackenzie in a tight battle for positions 2-3-4 and as he was moving forward he tagged the bike of the rider in front of him sending him to the dirt and back a few positions. He was able to remount and get back into the race quickly and then set off in pursuit of the leaders. He managed to pass his way back into third spot as the race drew to a close.

Then the second and final MX1 race saw Mackenzie burst from the starting gates and hit the front in the opening stages of the race. From then on, he was never headed and took a commanding moto victory, his first MX Nationals race win with CDR Yamaha.

“Today was really important to me and the team to get back on track and bounce back from the terrible day at Wonthaggi,” Mackenzie explains. “I felt really good in the first moto and thought I could challenge for the lead towards the end of the race but I clipped the back of Jake Moss and fell over just past the pitboard area.”

“Moto two was better as I got a better start, made some quick passes early and was then able to ride my own race. It was a good feeling to get that race win and nice reward for everyone at CDR who has worked hard to get me the setup I wanted.”

Lawson Bopping faced his toughest day so far this year and struggled on the technical track. Bopping has shown great speed all year but couldn’t find his comfort zone over the weekend and finished the round in eighth place.

Despite the tough day, Bopping maintained fourth in the championship, just behind team mate Mackenzie in third.

“I just couldn’t really race the track the way I wanted to,” Bopping offers. "There would be laps where I would be going ok and other laps I would struggle to hit my lines and couldn’t flow with the bike. I might just put this one behind me and move onto the Conondale round looking for a better result.”

Team Owner, Craig Dack had this to say about his teams’ day.

“With Billy, it has taken some time for him to adjust to the bike and for us to understand what he expects from the motorcycle, but I thing we found the sweet spot leading up to the Broadford round. He looked far more comfortable on the bike all weekend and I really feel we made some good progress with him this week.”

“For Lawson, I was disappointed for him as I know how hard he has been working and today just wasn’t his day. His speed has been exceptional all year so I think he just had a tough time with the conditions and I’m sure he will bounce back at the next round.”

The MX Nationals now heads for the green rolling fields of Conondale on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where the CDR Yamaha team will again take up the battle in pursuit of the Australian Motocross Championship.

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Round Four Results – Broadford

1st Matt Moss - 73
2nd Billy Mackenzie – 67 (CDR Yamaha)
3rd Kirk Gibbs - 57
4th Jake Moss - 56
5th Todd Waters - 55
6th Adam Monea - 52
7th Tye Simmonds - 49
8th Lawson Bopping – 49 (CDR Yamaha)
9th Daniel McCoy - 42
10th Cody Cooper – 41

Championship Standings- After Round Four
1st Todd Waters - 269
2nd Matt Moss - 242
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 226 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Lawson Bopping – 217 (CDR Yamaha)

5th Cody Cooper - 202
6th Tye Simmonds - 189
7th Adam Monea - 185
8th Kirk Gibbs - 183
9th Jake Moss - 177
10th Daniel McCoy - 164

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