Billy Mackenzie landed in third for the 2013 MX1 championship
Kade Mosig will join the CDR Yamaha team for the upcoming ASX

Mackenzie Lands on MX National Championship Podium

3 Sep 2013

CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie finished the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals championship in third place overall, after a strong showing at the final round at Coolum, Queensland.

Mackenzie was in good form over the weekend taking second place in both motos contested in the premier MX1 class. He showed plenty of speed all weekend, leading both races for long periods of time before a charging Matt Moss passed him late in moto one and a fall while leading moto two.

It was one of the more consistent showings from Mackenzie, who at times this year, has struggled to put in two good motos and the inconsistency has cost him dearly in the points throughout the year.

“I was pretty determined to do well today and put in my best effort for the year,” Mackenzie said. “At this level, I need to be there in the top three week in and week out and some poor races during the year allowed Matt and Todd to get away a bit in the points.

“I finished on a strong note and right now I don’t have any injuries, so after the last couple of years I have had, this feels like a pretty good position to be in. I love racing in Australia, I love being a part of the CDR Yamaha team and I really feel a part of the Australian motocross community since I came here a few years ago.

“I want to congratulate Matt and Todd on their racing this year. Both riders are hard-working and talented and together I think we made for an exciting championship.

“I look forward to a nice break now and what next year brings,” Mackenzie ended.

Despite not winning the championship for the sixth straight year, CDR Yamaha owner Craig Dack was still pleased with the result.

“We have won this championship many times and while we didn’t make it happen this year, we were in the fight until the end. As Billy mentioned, he just needed to be a little more consistent at a few of the rounds as his speed and talent on a motocross bike are unquestionable.

“I also think congratulations are in order for Matt, Todd and their respective teams this year. Every year this championship gets harder to win and all three guys raised the bar again in 2013.

The CDR Yamaha team now turn their attention to the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship which starts in Darwin next weekend. It’s a quick turnaround for the team with limited time to prepare but Dack has faith in the riders and staff to press for a good start to the season.
“With Billy on a motocross only arrangement, we welcome Kade Mosig to the CDR Yamaha team to partner Lawson Bopping for this years’ Australian Supercross Championship,” Dack said.

“We have done some testing with Kade and he looks great on the new 2014 Yamaha YZ450F which we will be debuting in Darwin and we look forward to what he brings to the team.”

Mosig is equally excited by joining the CDR Yamaha outfit and can’t wait for the ASX to get underway.

“Riding for CDR Yamaha is the pinnacle of racing dirt bike in Australia. The team is the best in the business and the new 450F is awesome to ride. I hope to reward them with some good results, starting in Darwin,” Mosig ends.      

Round 10 Results- Coolum

1st Todd Waters - 70
2nd Billy Mackenzie  -67 (CDR Yamaha)
3rd Matt Moss - 61
4th Cody Cooper - 57
5th Kirk Gibbs - 53
6th Gareth Swanepoel - 53
7th Adam Monea - 51
8th Jake Moss - 48
9th Jay Marmont - 45
10th Sam Martin – 41

Final Championship Standings

1st Matt Moss - 643
2nd Todd Waters - 627
3rd Billy Mackenzie - 583 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Cody Cooper - 535
5th Kirk Gibbs -528
6th Jake Moss - 492
7th Adam Monea -427
8th Lawson Bopping - 407 (CDR Yamaha)
9th Jay Marmont - 406
10th Sam Martin - 335  

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