Interviews 15 Nov 2012

Race Recap: Ryan Marmont

MotoOnline.com.au speaks with Ryan Marmont after his Terex Australian Supercross Championships Toowoomba round win.

Breaking through for his first win of the 2012 Terex Australian Supercross Series at Toowoomba’s penultimate round, JDR/KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Marmont now see’s himself in a very desirable position.

Sitting just nine points behind Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Gavin Faith in the SX Lites standings, Marmont finds himself within striking distance of bringing home the number one plate at this weekend’s Newcastle finale.

MotoOnline.com.au caught up with the Wollongong native to talk about his maiden win of the season, his return from injury, title hopes and his future plans for the 2013 season.

Ryan Marmont was all smiles sitting on top of the SX Lites podium. Image: Simon Makker/Makkreative.com.

Firstly congratulations on your Toowoomba win, you landed yourself on top of the box for the first time this season, it must have felt good to be back up there?

Yeah it felt good to win in Toowoomba, I’ve been working really hard this series and I just kind of put it together on the night. It was really tough conditions, but I rode smart and made a few changes with the bike, so everything just fell into place.

You now sit second overall in points, just nine points behind Gavin Faith and you have a shot at taking the SX Lites title. What are you plans and preparation heading into the final round and is the title on your mind?

Yeah I mean, I guess the title was even on my mind on the weekend. I had no pressure at all and I wanted to go out there, try to turn the tables around and reduce that points lead that he had on the weekend.

Now it’s putting a bit of pressure onto Gavin, in making that only nine points now. So anything can happen in racing and I’m going to approach this weekend the same way I did last week. I’ve got nothing to lose, I’m going to go out there and try to get the best result that I possibly can and just be there to take anything.

Coming into the series off of an injury suffered during the outdoor season, did you expect to find yourself in a championship position like this?

Injuries have played such a big toll on my last 12 months, and I think a few people seem a bit surprised that I’m up there in this series. But I know that’s where I should be and that’s where I’m meant to be.

My injuries have all healed up now and I’m starting to get back on a roll, I’m starting to feel strong again. You know, I think it’s a big positive for next year to keep this momentum rolling into the off-season, to have a fresh start next year and know I can do it again.

Marmont battled through tricky conditions in Toowoomba to take his maiden win of the season. Image: Simon Makker/Makkreative.com.

Do you think that having your older brother Jay, who also heads into Newcastle looking to lock in a title, will help keep you focused and prepared for the task at hand?

Yeah for sure, we’ve had a good week this week training. We’re looking at this last round both going into it positive, so it’s been a good thing for both of us throughout this series.

He’s riding well and he knows what it takes for him to get a victory and be the top one in a championship as well. So, he’s got his own stuff to worry about and I’ve got my own stuff to worry about, but even still we’ve both got each others back. We’re both in a good position I think come Saturday night.

Finally, with the JDR squad taking their operations solely to the US for 2013, where does this place you for next year and do you have any deals on offer or even locked in?

There has been quite a bit of interest now, throughout the supercross. I haven’t really been too stressed on my movements for next year, I just wanted to really concentrate on this series. I know if I bring some good results, that phone calls would come in.

As it stands, there are a few people that I’m talking to at this stage and I’m trying to just work out what is going to be the best deal for myself. I haven’t signed anything yet, I just want to get this weekend out of the way, try to get a number one plate and have a bit more to offer to a team.

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