Billy Mac and his mechanic Brad
Lawson Bopping with Dayne

CDR Yamaha Mid-Season Review

2 Jul 2013

The CDR Yamaha team has laid solid foundations for season 2013 with both their riders sitting in third and fifth in the premier MX1 class as the season hits the halfway point. Both Billy Mackenzie and Lawson Bopping have shown good bursts of speed and race craft to be in good positions as the final run for the championship begins at Appin on July 13.

Billy Mackenzie – 3rd place 289points
Mackenzie has adjusted well to the factory CDR Yamaha and has been in contention in all rounds bar one so far. The off day at round three in Wonthaggi has been the only round Mackenzie hasn’t hit the podium but from that disappointing day, Mackenzie appears to be closing the gap on the leaders.

Rd 1 – 3rd  Raymond Terrace
Rd 2 – 2nd Murray Bridge
Rd 3 – 12th Wonthaggi
Rd 4 – 2nd Broadford
Rd 5 – 3rd Conondale

“I feel like I’m starting to gain some momentum at the last couple of rounds and really getting the bike dialled in to my liking. I’m still not sure what happened at Wonthaggi, I just raced badly all day but I have managed to turn it around and at the following two rounds and get myself back in contention.”

“The Superpole has been interesting as it has worked for me and against me this year. Its five points and it has been important to round wins so it’s something I need to continue to work on.”

“I’m really looking forward to the last five rounds. The break gave me a chance to get back to the UK, visit my family and friends and race a GP again so I feel really fresh and look forward to challenging for this years’ MX Nationals championship.”

Lawson Bopping – 5th place 266 points
Bopping has shown tremendous speed throughout the opening five rounds although his poor starts have meant he hasn’t been able to capitalise on his obvious track speed. Despite the poor starts, Bopping still sits in fifth place for the championship and with several of the final five round tracks among his favourite, many expect the number 70 to climb the points ladder before the season is out.

Rd 1 – 7th Raymond Terrace
Rd 2 – 4th Murray Bridge
Rd 3 – 4th Wonthaggi
Rd 4 – 8th Broadford
Rd 5 – 7th Conondale  

“It’s been a so-so year so far. I have had some good races and rounds where I have raced really well, then some not so good rounds where I just couldn’t get into my groove. Broadford was probably the worst as I just struggled with the wet and rutty track.

“But three of the next five rounds are on softer dirt where I seem to race my best. I had success at Hervey Bay last year, I like Coolum and the dirt at Swann Hill looks awesome so I can’t wait.”

“I know if I put it all together and ride to my potential then I will be right in the mix for race and round wins so the focus for the last half of the championship is to get back to basics and ride my bike properly; good starts, fast laps and all the way to the finish line.”

Craig Dack – Team Owner
“I have a positive feeling about the last half of the championship. Billy was just starting to find his feet and consistently be up the front while Lawson is starting to show a bit of fight which is good.

“The championship hasn’t really tossed up any surprises so far and there are plenty of riders capable of winning so it makes for an exciting finish. Superpole has kept the riders on their toes and shown it can be a game changer on the day.

“From now on its heads down and time to get to work as the rider and team who wants it the most is going to win this championship. We have a team of fighters and I’m sure the CDR Yamaha crew will keep punching right down to the final corner in this championship.”

The 2013 MX Nationals gets back underway at Appin Raceway on July 14. It moves through Hervey Bay, Swan Hill, Toowoomba before the big final round at Coolum in September.

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Jeff Crowe
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