Billy Mackenzie scores another podium with CDR Yamaha
Lawson Bopping is gaining momentum after a good round in SA
Pro Open podium at Murray Bridge

CDR Yamaha Climb into Podium positions at MX Nationals

30 Apr 2013

The CDR Yamaha duo of Billy Mackenzie and Lawson Bopping leave round two of the MX Nationals sitting in second and third place respectively in the championship day after a productive day at the Murray Bridge circuit.

Both riders put together a solid days racing and moved forward in the championship, showing great speed and race craft.

Mackenzie entered the Murray Bridge round confident after strong showing at a local Queensland event the week previous. He struggled to get a good time in the qualifying session but when the racing came and the gates dropped, Mackenzie was all business.

Race one saw the factory Yamaha racer locked in battle with Jake Moss for the race win as the laps ran down. He was unable to make the pass and had to settle for second place and a good haul of points.

Race two and Mackenzie was again in second place and in pursuit of series leader, Todd Waters. Again, not able to get to the lead, Billy took second place and his 2-2 consistently would usually be rewarded with the round win. But with the new Superpole now in play, Waters snared the extra five points for the fastest qualifying lap and that was enough to hand him the round win, just a couple of points, clear of Mackenzie.

“Last round I benefitted from the Superpole, this week it came back to bite me but that’s the way racing goes sometimes,” Billy laments. “The positive for me was that I was riding well and I’m really starting to gel with the bike and team and we are making progress.”

Round three is next week and I will need to put together an entire day to win the overall, so that’s my goal to ride well in qualifying and both races at round three.”

Lawson Bopping showed flashes of brilliance as he battled through the field in both races after bad starts. Bopping charged his way through to sixth in race one in a very respectable effort. Moto two was a carbon copy of race one, with Bopping tearing through the pack as he recovered from another poor start. His fight this time took him all the way to fourth place and his combined 4-6 positions were good enough for fourth overall and lifted him to third in the championship standings.

“The first ten feet of every race is my down fall at the moment as I just can’t buy a start or get a clean first lap in. Once I can get some clear track I seem to be able to pick my way forward, but with the depth in the championship this year, I can’t afford to give any rider a head start.”

“Looks like another week of practicing starts for me,” Bopping finishes.

Team owner, Craig Dack, was pleased with his team’s performance and looks positively at the big picture from the round.

“Today was good for us as we seemed to build on the momentum from round one and both guys are feeling pretty good with their racing. We have both guys in the top three and with another round next week at Wonthaggi, we need to keep up the energy and effort and make the most of the wave we are starting to ride.”  

CDR Yamaha now have a home state race in Wonthaggi, Victoria next week. To follow the CDR Yamaha team on Facebook; www.facebook.com/cdryamaha on Instagram @cdr_yamaha and for more information on the MX Nationals, www.mxnationals.com.au

Round Two Results – Murray Bridge
MX1

1st Todd Waters – 66 -KTM
2nd Billy Mackenzie – 64 – CDR Yamaha
3rd Jake Moss – 60 -Suzuki
4th Lawson Bopping – 59 – CDR Yamaha
5th Matt Moss – 54 - Suzuki
6th Tye Simmonds -  46 - Yamaha
7th Jacob Wright – 45 - Honda
8th Cody Cooper – 45 - Suzuki
9th Ford Dale – 42 - Honda
10th Cody Mackie – 42 – Kawasaki

Championship Standings – After Round Two
1st Todd Waters 141
2nd Billy Mackenzie 122
3rd Lawson Bopping 109

4th Jake Moss 107
5th Matt Moss 107
6th Cody Cooper 105
7th Tye Simmonds 98
8th Ford Dale 85
9th Cody Mackie 83
10th Jacob Wright 80

Credits: 
Shayne Rice
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