Jay Marmont in action
Kirk Gibbs looking for more podium success at Canberra
Ross Beaton

Yamaha Racing Ready For Battle in Canberra

14 Apr 2010

Yamaha Australia’s factory supported motocross teams are in their final preparations for round two of the 2010 MX Nationals to be held at Fairburn Park, Canberra this weekend. All three teams, competing across the Pro Open, Pro Lite and Under 19 divisions made solid starts to their campaigns and are ready to get into the championship battle.

The Canberra round will see the exciting four moto, back to back format for the first time in 2010. Each class will contest their events back to back with only five minute break between each leg and rider fitness plays a huge part in the results.

CDR Rockstar Yamaha made a conservative but well placed start to their championship aspirations at the opening round of the year at Horsham a few weeks ago. Both Jay Marmont and Cheyne Boyd are within the top seven and now look to Canberra to cement their positions in the championship chase.

Reigning champion, Jay Marmont finds himself in third after the opening round and looking to make up some lost points. Marmont hit round one suffering from the flu, but is now 100% fit and looking forward to racing the Canberra circuit which is only two hours from his Wollongong base.

“I have had the chance to get over the flu and feel much better. It’s also nice to get the first round out of the way and get into the serious business of trying to win a championship. The four moto format also shows who has been doing the work, so I am really looking forward to it,” Marmont offers.

Team mate, Cheyne Boyd can also see the benefit in the four race format and represents a big opportunity to make up some lost ground. Boyd currently sits in seventh place and a good weekend in Canberra would see him shoot up the leader board.

"This is a tough format, but with 100 points up for grabs, you have to make the most of it. I am feeling confident on the bike and expect to do well in Canberra,” states Boyd.

Yamaha’s official Pro Lites team of Kirk Gibbs and Ford Dale looked strong at the opening round with both riders showing good speed and posting some excellent race results. The riders will look to Canberra and try to cash in on that speed and turn it into podium success.

Kirk Gibbs made a great start to his 2010 season taking a race win and third overall at the opening round in Horsham. The race win filled the 20 year old South Australian with confidence and he now wants to keep the momentum rolling at round two.

“I got off to the right start in the championship now I have to consolidate my place inside the top three. I like the Canberra track with its fun jumps and hard pack surface, but I believe starts will be the key this weekend,” Gibbs said.

Ford Dale looked strong in the opening two motos at Horsham and was on track for another good finish when he took a fall and was unable to finish the third and final leg. Despite the DNF, Dale sits in 12th and not many points outside the leading pack.

“The DNF in the last race at Horsham was frustrating, but I can’t change it now. All I can do is go to Canberra and post four consistently good race results and get myself in championship contention," Dale explains.

It was a tentative and nervous start for the young team at the opening round at Horsham. But as the day progressed the results improved and all riders found themselves inside the top 10 and ready to come out swinging at round two.

Ross Beaton missed the podium on a count back at Horsham and is only five points away from holding the red plate. Canberra presents a huge opportunity to regain the lost points and challenge for the championship lead.

“I am glad the first round is out of the way and the real racing can begin. We have done some more testing and development on the bikes between the rounds and I think we have made some good gains. I expect to go even better in Canberra,” Beaton says confidently.

Making his first appearance in this year’s championship is the 2009 Under 19 runner up, Harley Quinlan. Having just returned from injury, Quinlan is excited about getting back on the race track.

“I must be the world’s worst watcher. I get angry and frustrated watching all the other guys race around and have all the fun. I have been back on the bike for a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to get back out there,” he says excitedly.

All the action starts at Fairburn Park, Canberra this Sunday April 18 at 8.30am.  For more information, visit www.mxnationals.com.au

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