Billy Mackenzie took his fourth podium of the year at Conondale
Lawson Bopping sits fifth in the championship after finishing seventh at Conondale

Mackenzie Mounts Podium at MX Nationals

4 Jun 2013

CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie took his fourth podium of the year with another impressive performance at round five of the MX Nationals on the rolling green fields of Conondale, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

After a set back at round three in Wonthaggi, Mackenzie has been gaining momentum at each round since and is right in the thick of the premier MX1 championship battle as the series hit the halfway point over the weekend.

On a wet and slippery track, Mackenzie made the important top five, Superpole Shootout and claimed the third fastest lap and the extra three points that come with it.

In the racing proper, Mackenzie fired his factory CDR Yamaha YZ450F into the lead pack and he went to work. He battled hard for the next 30 minutes to claim third place and a solid points haul in the opening moto.

Moto two and the 211 machine was in second and coming on strong during the early going. As the race wore on, the battle for the lead tightened up with Cody Cooper out front, Mackenzie and Matt Moss and within a few seconds.

Unfortunately for Mackenzie, with only a few turns to go, Matt Moss slipped by and relegated him from a potential second place finish for the round, to third overall. Still, a good effort and Mackenzie is really starting to gel with the CDR team and machine.

“I felt that last moto was one that got away. I had some good momentum going in stages of the race but I didn’t capitalise on it and get the win. Then to lose a position in the last few turns was stupid. In the championship, all points matter and I have to fight for all of them.

“But the bike has been working great the last couple of rounds. I found a setting that I really like and suits a lot of tracks we race so that gives me confidence for the last half of the championship.

“We have a break now before round six so I will rest up a bit, then get stuck into it for the last half of the season give it all I have,” Mackenzie said.

It was a steady as she goes day for Lawson Bopping who compiled 6-7 finishes for seventh overall. Bopping instantly became the crowd favourite when he launched the big jump over ‘Drunks 1.’ Bopping was the only rider to continually point his bike skyward off the massive leap and the huge crowd cheered every time the number 70 let loose.

“While that jump was fun, I did have a few scary moments on it and that’s not what I’m paid to do. I’m on this team to compete and contend for championships and the last two rounds haven’t been so good for me.

“The break now gives me some time to freshen up, look at my riding and training program and hit the last five rounds in top form,” Bopping explains.   

The CDR Yamaha team will now focus their attention to round six of the MX Nationals at Appin, west of Sydney on July 14.

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Round Five Results – Conondale QLD

1st Cody Cooper - 66
2nd Matt Moss - 65
3rd Billy Mackenzie – 63 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Todd Waters - 63
5th Jake Moss - 53
6th Kirk Gibbs - 49
7th Lawson Bopping – 49 (CDR Yamaha)
8th Adam Monea - 47
9th Daniel McCoy  - 45
10th Tye Simmonds - 43     

Championship Standings – After Round Five
1st Todd Waters - 332
2nd Matt Moss - 307
3rd Billy Mackenzie - 289 (CDR Yamaha)
4th Cody Cooper - 268
5th Lawson Bopping - 266 (CDR Yamaha)
6th Adam Monea - 232
7th Tye Simmonds - 232
8th Jake Moss - 230
9th Kirk Gibbs - 230
10th Daniel McCoy - 209   

Shayne Rice
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