Billy Mackenzie won the final round and claimed third in the championship
Jacob Wright made the podium again, finishing third at Coolum

Billy Saves the Best for last at MX Nats

2 Sep 2014

CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie saved his best performance for last as he won the 10th and final round of the 2014 MX Nationals held at the loamy Coolum Pines circuit on the Sunshine Coast, while team mate Jacob Wright made it a 1-3 finish as he came home in third place.

Competing in the premier MX1 division on the factory YZ450F, Mackenzie stormed home in the final moto of the day to take the race win and with it the round victory after a count-back with Kirk Gibbs.

Mackenzie was on song all day, earlier claiming the win in the Superpole with the fastest lap and then carrying plenty of momentum into the first of the three races. Mackenzie went on to rack up 3-2-1 results and take his second round victory of the year.

Despite the win in the final round, Mackenzie wasn’t able to make ground up on the championship table and finished third for the year.

“Today felt pretty good. I like racing here at Coolum as it has a nice atmosphere and the track is always in great shape. I like the changes they have made and it kept it interesting for everyone.

“It was also nice to see a big crowd on hand for the final round and it’s rewarding to finish the season on such a strong note,” Mackenzie exclaimed.

Jacob Wright continued his momentum rolling from the previous rounds, taking home third place on the day. He impressed in the opening moto charging home for a second place finish and hot on the heels of the race winner. Moto two saw him finish in eighth and he rounded out his season with a fifth to give him the final spot on the podium.

Wright's late season charge since joining the CDR Yamaha team has seen him surge to fifth place in the championship standings and one to watch in the future under the CDR Yamaha guidance.

“Another podium for me in the premier class so I’m pretty stoked,” Wright said. “I have learnt so much since joining the CDR team and it has shown in my results so I can’t thank Craig and the team for taking a chance on me and giving me this opportunity.

“I’m also aware I still have so much to learn and today I found out I need to be a lot fitter to race up the front in all three motos on a rough track like this,” Wright ends.

Jay Marmont enjoyed his last day racing the MX Nationals on a CDR Yamaha finishing in eighth place. Marmont has battled a wrist injury since round six but bounced back to some good form on the weekend battling with the lead pack in a couple of races and finishing as high as sixth.

Despite missing several rounds, Marmont rounded out the season in 12th place.

“Coolum has been a good venue for me and I have a lot of happy memories from here,” Marmont said. “Today was much the same as I had a lot of fans come up and wish me well and congratulated me on my career, so that was nice.

“I raced as well as I could today and was pretty happy with how I rode so it was good to finish positively with the CDR crew and I can’t thank Craig and everyone on the team enough for the time, energy and effort over the years.”       

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Round 10 Results – Coolum
1st Billy Mackenzie – 97 (CDR Yamaha)

2nd Kirk Gibbs – 97
3rd Jacob Wright – 82(CDR Yamaha)
4th Ben Townley – 82
5th Adam Monea – 77
6th Matt Moss – 74
7th Jake Moss – 70
8th Jay Marmont – 68 (CDR Yamaha)
9th Lawson Bopping – 64
10th Brock Winston – 63

Final Standings
1st Matt Moss – 789
2nd Kirk Gibbs – 776
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 734 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Adam Monea – 692
5th Jacob Wright- 611 (CDR Yamaha)
6th Jake Moss-  599
7th Hayden Mellross – 528
8th Kade Mosig – 528
9th Sam Martin – 481
10th Brock Winston 478

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