Lawson Bopping posted two consistent motos to take fourth for the round
Billy Mac recovered from a poor opening moto to finish third in race two

CDR Yamaha Still Searching for Top Form

16 Jul 2013

The CDR Yamaha team worked through a testing day at round six of the MX Nationals to have both Lawson Bopping and Billy Mackenzie finish in the top six respectively, in the premier MX1 division.

Bopping got his day off to a solid start qualifying inside the top five and a chance to snare some extra points via the Superpole challenge. Unfortunately, he fell in the later stages of the lap and wasn’t able to cash in on some handy points. 

In the races, Bopping was finally able to get some decent starts and ran towards the front of the pack in both motos. His consistent lap speed, combined  with his better starts saw him finish with 4-6 results and fourth overall for the round.

“It was a better day for me as I was able to get some better track position early in the races and not have to pass my way forward. It’s still not where I want to be, but I felt I made some progress today and it was the best result I have had in the last few rounds,” Bopping explains.

Billy Mackenzie was polar opposite to his team mate, starting the day very slowly and struggled to get a good lap in qualifying which gave him a late gate pick for moto one. That also carried over into race one as he couldn’t find his best form and could only manage a 10th place finish at the completion of the 30minute moto.

Moto two was a completely different story with Mackenzie bolting from the blocks and inside the top three at the end of the first lap. He was then entrenched in a race long battle with three other riders but managed to hang on to third place and his 10-3 scores gave him sixth overall for the round.

“Qualifying and moto one were a disaster,” Mackenzie says. “I just felt really uncomfortable and couldn’t ride the way I wanted to and I got frustrated. Moto two was better but I can’t keep having these up and down days if I want to win this championship. I need to get it sorted ASAP.”

Team owner, Craig Dack urged his riders to get it together for the remainder of the championship and show some fighting spirit if they are any hope of landing CDR Yamaha its sixth MX National crown on the trot.

“Lawson has obvious talent and ability and the team backs him 100% but it’s time for him to lay it on the line and really ramp it up for the final few rounds. I don’t doubt his capabilities but I want him to cash on in on his talent and show everyone what he can really do on a motocross bike.

“Billy just needs to get his day underway better and not get into the one bad moto, one good moto rut. He needs to come out firing from the moment he hits the track and when he strings it together I’m sure there will be plenty of wins coming his way.”

The CDR Yamaha team now head for Hervey Bay in Queensland for round seven of the championship on the rough and sandy circuit.

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Round Six Results – Appin

1st Matt Moss  - 65
2nd Cody Cooper - 63
3rd Kirk Gibbs - 63
4th Lawson Bopping – 54 (CDR Yamaha)
5th Adam Monea - 53
6th Billy Mackenzie – 51 (CDR Yamaha)
7th Jay Marmont - 50
8th Jake Moss - 49
9th Cody Mackie - 47
10th . Todd Waters - 44

Championship Standings – After Round Six
1st Todd Waters - 376
2nd Matt Moss  -372
3rd Billy Mackenzie - 340 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Cody Cooper - 331
5th Lawson Bopping – 320 (CDR Yamaha)
6th  Kirk Gibbs - 293
7th Adam Monea - 285
8th Jake Moss - 279
9th Tye Simmonds- 273
10th Jay Marmont - 241

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