Jay Marmont starts his defense of the 2010 MX Nationals with a podium position

CDR Rockstar Yamaha Off To A Solid Start At MX Nationals

29 Mar 2010

Despite suffering from the flu, CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont made a solid start to his title defense of the premier Pro Open class at the opening round of the 2010 Rockstar MX Nationals held at a damp Horsham over the weekend.

Marmont started feeling the effects of the flu late Friday afternoon and took in as much medication as possible to handle the three 20 minute races that was the format for the first round. Although not at 100%, Marmont battled hard in every race taking a fourth in moto one, an eighth in moto two and then a big win in the final leg to land him on the podium and well placed as the series moves on.

“The goal of the first round is always to keep yourself in contention for the championship and that is what I was able to do today. I pumped plenty of cold and flu tablets into me and was able to get through without too much damage and not loose many points on the leaders. I will rest up over the next few days to ensure I am right for round two at Canberra where there is 100 points on offer,” Jay said.

Cheyne Boyd also finds himself in the top 10 after the opening round and within striking distance of the lead group. Boyd is usually a slower starter in championships before coming home full of steam and was reasonably happy with his start to the 2010 championship.

“Seventh isn’t where I belong, but I have been in far worse positions early in a championship. I actually felt quite good on the bike, so I think the results will come in the near future. The wet conditions made it tough and if it weren’t for a fall in moto three, I might be a little bit closer to the front,” Boyd expresses.

Team owner, Craig Dack also walked away from the Horsham circuit upbeat and happy with his riders’ performance.

“Jay put in a good effort today to salvage as many points as possible considering his condition while Cheyne is off to a much better start than where he was in the 2009 championship. It is a good platform for the riders and team to build on and we can enter the Canberra event with a positive frame of mind.”

Round two of the Rockstar MX Nationals will see the grueling quad challenge where the Pro Open riders race 4 x 20 minute events back to back with only a five minute break between each race. It is a huge ask of the riders, both physically and mentally while also tough on the teams and mechanics.

Round one Results - Horsham

Rider

Manufacturer

Moto Results

Round Points

1st Billy Mackenzie

Kawasaki

2-1-3

67points

2nd Todd Waters

Honda

1-3-7

59points

3rd Jay Marmont

Yamaha

4-8-1

56points

4th Dean Ferris

Honda

7-2-4

54points

5th Tye Simmonds

KTM

9-4-2

52points

6th Andrew MacFarlane

KTM

3-12-5

46points

7th Cheyne Boyd

Yamaha

6-5-7

44points

8th Daniel McCoy

KTM

4-6-10

41points

9th Cody Cooper

Suzuki

8-9-6

40points

10th Danny Anderson

KTM

0-10-11

21points

 For a complete list of results-www.mxnationals.com.au

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