Billy Mac on the gas at Conondale
Jay Marmont turned back the clock in race one
Marmont announcing his retriement flanked by Craig Dack and Ray Howard

Billy Mac Podiums on an Emotional day for CDR Yamaha

15 Jul 2014

CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie put his YZ450F on the podium at round seven of the MX Nationals held at the picturesque Conondale circuit on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland, while teammate Jay Marmont announced that season 2014 would be his last as a professional racer.

After a disappointing round six at Swann Hill, Mackenzie needed to get his season back on track ASAP. With the rounds winding down, the time had come to focus on the job at hand and make a surge for championship points.

Mackenzie made his way through to the Go Pro Superpole and then logged the third fastest lap, just .3 off the pace, and gain plenty of confidence heading into moto one. Mackenzie posted a fourth in race one but then turned it up a notch to win race two before coming home in fifth in race three. His 4-1-5 results plus the three points from Superpole saw him round out the day in third place.

The consistent performance also saw him jump from fifth place to third in the championship.

“I felt pretty good all morning on the track and the bike was working really well. It was nice to get a race win and I really wanted to back it up in the final race but I went for a different tyre in the final moto and struggled for traction. It was my call so I will learn from it.

“I’m now third in the championship but the guys behind me are pretty close so I will need to keep working and racing well to be there at the end,” Mackenzie said.

CDR Yamaha will also be joined by Queenslander Jacob Wright for the final four rounds. Wright kicked off his time with the CDR crew with a 10th place finish at Conondale and will be looking to improve at the remaining three rounds as he spends more time on the factory Yamaha machine.

Jay Marmont experienced a roller coaster of emotions throughout the weekend. He confirmed to his friends and team that he would announce his retirement from racing, effective at the end of the year, as well as deal with a nagging wrist injury that may have kept him from the racing on the day.

But somehow, Marmont managed to turn back the clock in race one as he led the field around the first turn. In his typical, trademark style, Marmont fought hard and kept the led for long periods of the race before he was passed by Matt Moss and Kirk Gibbs before finishing third.

Race two and the wrist injury started to flare and he slowed considerably before electing not to contest the final race. He finished the day in 14th place and holds down 11th in the championship.

“I was getting asked a lot about when I was going to stop racing, so I thought by getting it out there now and telling people where I’m at, might make things easier,” Marmont explains.

“It felt good to get a holeshot and lead a race,” he continues. “I tried not to worry about who was behind me and just do my thing and I was happy to finish third. But my wrist was hurting badly by the end so I tried to get through the next race but I couldn’t ride properly so it was better to just call it a day.”

“I want to finish the season out well and ride as fast as I can at the remaining few rounds so I will have to get my wrist looked at and then get back into it.”

Team owner, Craig Dack, spoke briefly after Jay announced his retirement and had this to say.
“The partnership of Jay Marmont and CDR Yamaha has been extremely successful winning four MX Nationals and a Supercross Championship during the 2008-2011 era. Jay is a true champion of this sport and is held in the highest regard in the racing industry and come the end of season 2014, we wish him all the best in his future endeavours and hope to continue our relationship with him and his family.”

“Today was an interesting day on many fronts,” Dack continues. “Jay rode a great race in the first moto, Billy did likewise in race two. Between that, Jay told the media of his intention to retire at the end of the year and then could ride the final race due to his wrist while Billy jumped to third in the championship. It was anything but dull under the CDR awning,” Dack laughs.

The championship will see action head to Raymond Terrace for round eight on August 3.

For more information on the MX Nationals, www.mxnationals.com.au

To follow the CDR Yamaha team on social media, www.facebook.com/cdryamaha or @cdr_yamaha on Instagram.

Round Seven Results – Conondale
MX1

1st Kirk Gibbs – 99
2nd Matt Moss – 97
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 89 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Adam Monea – 77
5th Brock Winston – 72
6th Ben Townley – 71
7th Rhys Carter – 69
8th Jesse Dobson – 64
9th Hayden Mellross – 63
10th Jacob Wright – 60 (CDR Yamaha)

Championship Standings – After Round Seven
1st Matt Moss -550
2nd Kirk Gibbs – 532
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 482(CDR Yamaha)
4th Adam Monea – 475
5th Jake Moss – 420
6th Kade Mosig – 386
7th Jacob Wright – 364  (CDR Yamaha)
8th Hayden Mellross- 357
9th Rhys Carter – 351
10th Brock Winston - 345

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