Billy Mackenzie finished fourth at Swan Hill and remains third in the championship

CDR Yamaha looking for Improved Performance at Final MX Nats Rounds

14 Aug 2013

CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie had a consistent day at round seven of the MX Nationals taking fourth place for the round in the premier MX1 division and remains third overall in the championship hunt with just two rounds remaining.

Mackenzie ran in third place for the majority of the opening moto only to get passed late in the race and finish in fourth place. Looking to improve in race two, Billy was unable to capitalise on his solid first moto performance and again he had to settle for fourth place.

“I just seemed a bit off the leaders today,” Mackenzie stated. “I was always thereabouts but just didn’t have what it took to challenge the guys in front of me which was disappointing.

“On paper, fourth looks ok but for me how it’s achieved is important. I didn’t ride with the speed and intensity needed to be right up the front and I have to find it before the next round in Toowoomba,” Mackenzie said. 

Team mate Lawson Bopping had a day he would like to forget and any hope of salvaging a good result was gone when he fell in the opening stages of moto two. Bopping struggled with the technical and rutty Swan Hill and wants to put the dirty day behind him as fast as possible and move onto the next round.

“It wasn’t my best day and I need to find some answers soon. I have been doing more work than ever off the track in my training and preparation but the results don’t show it so it has been a frustrating season so far. I know I’m better than where I have been finishing, I just need to get it done when it matters on race day,” Bopping states.

Team owner, Craig Dack echoed the sentiments of his riders.

“it was just a flat day for us all round. We couldn’t seem to build any momentum during the races or the day and the results showed that.

“Both riders have to find a way to grind out tough days or better, turn them around. At this level, we can’t afford an off day and it’s something the riders and the team need to address as we set a high benchmark at CDR Yamaha.

“Billy needs to find some consistency in his racing; week in, week out, and we are working with him on that. Lawson is currently undergoing some tests as he struggles with some physical issues. There is no doubt he isn’t 100% and I feel for him as he is searching for answers with his health but can’t find any answers at the moment,” Dack explains. 

CDR Yamaha now focuses on the final two rounds of the championship to be held at Toowoomba and Coolum in Queensland in the coming weeks.

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Round Eight Results – Swan Hill

1st Matt Moss - 75
2nd Todd Waters - 66
3rd Kirk Gibbs - 64
4th Billy Mackenzie – 56 (CDR Yamaha)
5th Gareth Swanepoel - 51
6th Jay Marmont - 47
7th Cody Cooper - 47
8th Cheyne Boyd - 46
9th Jake Moss - 45
10th Sam Martin - 45
11th  Lawson Bopping – 42 (CDR Yamaha)

MX1 Championship Standings (after eight of 10 rounds)
1st Matt Moss - 511
2nd Todd Waters - 500
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 461 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Cody Cooper - 429
5th Lawson Bopping -  407 (CDR Yamaha)
6th Kirk Gibbs - 407
7th Jake Moss - 388
8th Jay Marmont - 333
9th Adam Monea - 323
10th Tye Simmonds 273

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