News 24 May 2009

Oz MX: Yamaha reaffirms MX Nationals domination in Mackay

Yamaha Racing PR:

Yamaha Racing’s success story has continued with blue bikes claiming two thirds (six out of nine) of the podium places at the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championships at Mackay’s Gum Valley Raceway today.

In the Pro Open class it was another Yamaha clean sweep with CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Cheyne Boyd taking the round victory ahead of Jay Marmont and Andrew McFarlane.

Serco Yamaha young gun Kirk Gibbs was back to his best finishing second in the Pro Lites class while GYTR campaigners Harley Quinlan and Luke Styke dominated in the Under 19’s class.

Pro Open Results

CDR Rockstar Yamaha has dominated the Pro Open class at the fourth round of the Australian Motocross Championships in MacKay with riders Cheyne Boyd and Jay Marmont taking first and second in both races.

Boyd, who was the fastest man on track during qualifying, showed he was back to his best, leading his teammate to the chequered flag in both 30 minute motos.

“It was great to get the monkey off my back with a couple of convincing race wins,” Boyd admitted.

“I had a rough start to this championship but I took a lot of confidence from my third placing last weekend and capitalized on it today.

“I am now third in the championship and the next two events are at tracks that really suit me, so hopefully I will be able to keep the momentum going and try and reduce the points difference to Andrew (McFarlane),” he added.

After winning the third round at Toowoomba, championship leader Jay Marmont endured a unsettling lead-up to this event coming with a bout of the flu taking its toll on the whole family.

“It hasn’t been an easy week,” Marmont said. ”My daughter came down quite ill and I was also off the bike with a nasty bout of the flu.

“Given the circumstances I am pretty happy with that result and despite feeling a bit weak within myself I have come out of it in pretty good shape.

Marmont now has a solid 21 point lead over McFarlane, with Boyd moving upto third.

The team will now have three weeks to prepare for the fifth round of the series which will be held at the Murray Bridge Sporting Car and Motorcycle Club on Sunday 14 June.

Pro Open – Round Four Results

1. Cheyne Boyd – 50 points
2. Jay Marmont – 44 points
3. Andrew McFarlane – 36 points
4. Daryl Hurley – 36 points
5. Codie Mackie – 36 points

Pro Open Championship Standings

1. Jay Marmont – 243 points
2. Andrew McFarlane – 222 points
3. Cheyne Boyd – 201 points
4. Codie Mackie – 194 points
5. Todd Waters – 167 points

* Please note full results were not available at the time of writing

Pro Lites Report

Serco Yamaha’s Kirk Gibbs has bounced back from the disappointment of Toowoomba to finish second in the fourth round of the 2009 Pro Lites Championship at Gum Valley today.

Gibbs sealed his position on the podium after finishing fourth and second in today’s two motos.  The 20-year-old showed no signs of suffering from limited track time after the bad weather that hit South-East Queensland left him unable to get out on his YZ250F at all during the week.

“I got an alright start in the first moto and was able to get into fourth position and then eventually third.  It was a bit tight during the final phases of the race and Lawson Bopping passed me and I ended up fourth,” Gibbs said.

“My start in the second race was considerably better and I got into third early and then made a pass for second position.  From there I was able to ride my own race, I just couldn’t quite catch Matt Moss for the win.

“My bike was awesome today and I felt fantastic throughout each moto which gives me good confidence ahead of the next round of the series at Murray Bridge which close to my home town and I have reasonably good knowledge of the track,” he said.

Mitch Hoad showed great promise throughout the day, the YZ250F rider climbed his way to fifth place in the opening moto before finishing sixth.

In the second moto, Hoad launched a massive challenge on Tye Simmonds before falling with three corners remaining in the race.  He remounted his bike and finished the race and  round in sixth place.

Pro Lites – Round Four Results

1. Matt Moss – 47 points
2. Kirk Gibbs – 40 points
3. Lawson Bopping – 38 points
4. Luke George – 34 points
5. Tye Simmonds – 32 points
6. Mitch Hoad – 30 points
7. Adam Monea – 28 points
8. Ryan Marmont – 26 points
9. Brock Winston – 23 points
10. Lewis Stewart – 20 points

Pro Lites Championship Standings

1.  Matt Moss – 190 points
2. Luke George – 180 points
3. Tye Simmonds – 173 points
4. Lawson Bopping – 145 points
5. Kirk Gibbs – 144 points
6. Mitch Hoad – 121 points
7. Adam Monea – 114 points
8. Lewis Stewart – 105 points
9. Lewis Woods – 99 points
10. Ryan Marmont – 90 points

Under 19s Report

In the Under 19s Championship, it was another successful day for the GYTR Yamaha Junior Development Team with Harley Quinlan winning the round while Luke Styke extended his lead in the championship.

After winning the previous round of the championship, Quinlan continued the strong form displayed in Toowoomba with the young Queenslander taking the round victory after finishing second in each of today’s two motos.

“My bike worked awesome today,” Quinlan said, “I have been working with CDR on my motor and Serco Yamaha have been helping me with my suspension and it is really paying off.”

“Last round I changed my approach towards racing and focused more on having fun.  It was great to have my trainer here with me today as he kept reminding me to do this throughout the whole day.”

Quinlan was joined on the podium by his team-mate, Styke who was third overall after finishing seventh and first in the two motos.  This result saw him extend his lead in the championship to nine points.

Ross Beaton broke through in the first moto of the day to take victory, however, a fall in the second moto left the young Tasmanian unable to finish after injuring his left shoulder.

Under 19s Championship – Round Four Results

1.  Harley Quinlan – 44 points
2. Luke Arbon – 40 points
3. Luke Styke – 39 points
4. Jason Reed – 31 points
5. Josh Cachia – 30 points
6. Dylan Gosling – 27 points
7. Alex Morris – 27 points
8. Ross Beaton – 25 points
9. Dylan Peterson – 23 points
10. Kyle McKeddie – 19 points

Under 19s Championship Standings

1.  Luke Styke – 181 points
2. Josh Cachia – 172 points
3. Harley Quinlan – 171 points
4. Luke Arbon – 169 points
5. Dylan Peterson – 146 points
6. Ross Beaton – 143 points
7. Jason Reed – 114 points
8. Josh Kilvington  – 95 points
9. Kieran Tisdale – 91 points
10. Dylan Gosling – 80 points