Jay Marmont fists the air as he takes MX Nationals championship number four
Josh Coppins takes the runner up spot after a luckless weekend

Jay Marmont and CDR Rockstar Yamaha Rewrite Record Books at MX Nationals

1 Aug 2011

Jay Marmont produced a superb performance to win the final round of the 2011 Rockstar MX Nationals and in turn create history by being the only rider to win the conveted national motocross championship four years in a row.

Marmont entered the final round 18 points down on series leader and team mate Josh Coppins. But in typical, ‘never say die’ Marmont racing and with ‘Queenslander’ blazed across his racing pants, the 28 year old New South Wales rider produce four scintillating motos to win the final round and take the Pro Open championship.

Marmont racked up 1-2-1-1 results in the four races while Coppins fell early in race three and had to withdraw from a shoulder injury.

The four national motocross crowns now has him equal with motocross legends Stephen Gall and Craig Dack for the most wins in the premier division but the only rider to have won four MX Nationals Motocross Championships in a row. His name is now among the greats of Australia’s sporting landscape and so is that of his team after success the past four years. Once again the CDR Rockstar Yamaha crew has proven to be the bench mark of Australian motocross.

“From where we started at the beginning of the year, it is hard to believe I have won it,” Marmont says emotionally. “Even coming into today and with the form Josh has been racing with lately it was a long shot but I wanted to win the round and hope for a bit of luck.”

“Unfortunately for Josh, his fall with another rider in race three was the bit of luck I needed and I feel for him as he rode a great championship and was a fierce competitor.”

Marmont was as far back as ninth in the championship after the opening round and struggled to find his mojo in the early rounds. But extensive testing with the CDR Rockstar Yamaha team and development on his YZ450F was the catalyst to get Marmont back on track and he stormed home in the final four rounds, winning three and claiming second on the other to claim a popular and well deserved win that has seen Marmont lift his game to a new level.

“I can’t thank my CDR Rockstar Yamaha team enough. The entire season they kept working to make the bike better and gave me everything I needed to go out and get the results I needed. The support of Dacka, Gary, Shaun and Jason has been vital in the success of this team and in this championship.”

“I also need to thank my wife Abbey and my family for all their support and we are going to be back in 2012 shooting for number 5,” Marmont finishes.

The hard luck story of the round goes to Josh Coppins. After the opening two legs in the morning session, Coppins maintained his 18 point gap and with two races to go, he looked at short odds to take the championship. But fate dealt him a nasty hand when a rider fell directly in front of him and as a result Coppins was part of the collateral damage. The fall popped his shoulder out of place and try as he might, he was unable to finish race three or race four and dropped to second in the championship.

Coppins debut year in the MX nationals has been nothing short of remarkable and even after the pain of his injury and the disappointment of his crash, Coppins was one of the first people track side to congratulate Marmont in a massive show of sportsmanship and a credit to his character.

“That’s life! Coppins laments moments after the final race. “I gave it everything I had but sometimes things happen and I guess it just wasn’t to be.”

“I’m obviously upset about not winning the championship but well done to Jay as there is no one else I would rather see win it than him.”

“But my goals are not over yet and I want to come back in 2012 and get this championship.”

Team manager, Craig Dack, finished the day experiencing the highest highs and the lowest lows of racing as his team riders duked it out for the championship victory.

“Those final two motos were tough as I felt almost every emotion possible. The pain of Josh and his injury forcing him to not even be able to race for the championship while Jay taking the win and making it four in a row for him and the team.”

“I am continually amazed at Jay Marmont the athlete. He is the warrior of Australian motocross and fights for every point on every corner of every lap of every race he enters. His fighting spirit has no end and as a result his ability to win championships is unmatched.”

“Josh did everything right and was in perfect position to win this year. A rider fell directly in front of him and through no fault of his own he couldn’t avoid the fallen bike and was taken down in the crash. It is a gut wrenching way to lose a major championship.”

“But a 1-2 result is exceptional and a real credit to all the staff, sponsors and people involved in the team. I thank Yamaha for their continued support of this team and the opportunity to showcase their products. It has been a tremendously rewarding year for everyone at CDR and we look forward to the rest of 2011,” Dack explains.

Round Nine Results – Coolum
Pro Open

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Jay Marmont

Yamaha

1-2-1-1

97points

2nd Billy Mackenzie

Kawasaki

3-6-2-3

77points

3rd Todd Waters

Honda

9-9-4-2

64points

4th Lawson Bopping

Suzuki

8-8-3-4

64points

5th Cody Cooper

Suzuki

7-5-10-8

54points

ROCKSTAR PRO OPEN FINAL 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 Jay Marmont 682 Points
2 Josh Coppins 650 Points
3 Billy Mackenzie 636 Points
4 Dean Ferris 601 Points
5 Cheyne Boyd 537 Points
6 Michael Phillips 510 Points
7 Lawson Bopping 497 Points
8 Cody Cooper 449 Points
9 Louis Calvin 340 Points
10 Beau Ralston 246 Points

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