Cheyne Boyd has made it two in a row, winning the fifth round of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship.
While Boyd gained an impressive haul of valuable Championship points, it wasn’t enough to knock the red leader plates off his teammate Jay Marmont’s bike.
At the same track last year Boyd proved to be his own worst enemy, leading and then crashing in both motos, this year, however, more mature and with better preparation, he showed he’s got what it takes to win a Championship.
Despite chilly weather and overcast skies, the first moto got underway with Honda’s Peter Boyle taking the holeshot who was then quickly overtaken by Craig Anderson (Kawasaki).
By the fourth lap, Boyd had worked his way up from fourth place to take the lead and was soon 12 seconds out in front.
Despite working his way up into second place, Marmont was still 20 seconds behind Boyd and was soon hunted down by Codie Mackie (Kawasaki).
At the flag Boyd was more than 20 seconds clear, with Marmont holding off the ‘Mack attack’ for second place and the Kawasaki rider forced to settle for third.
In the second moto Boyd was out of the gates like a flash, scoring the holeshot and an early lead.
Proving to be unstoppable, he rode his own race while a battle for the remaining podium positions raged between Michael Addison (Honda), Brent Landman (Honda), Marmont and Andrew Mc Farlane (Yamaha).
At the halfway point, Boyd had extended his lead out to 26 seconds ahead of second placed Landman, who was busy keeping McFarlane at bay.
Boyd took the chequered flag nearly 30 seconds clear of Landman with McFarlane rounding out the top three.
The Series now heads west to Wanneroo for round six of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship.
“I’m pumped; this is what I’ve been working for.
“During the week things have been coming together for me and I’m looking forward to the remaining rounds.
“It is my time for some luck; at the start of the season I wasn’t riding badly I was just having a bit of bad luck and now I think I’ve got the ball rolling and hopefully I can roll it into Perth and keep chipping away at Jay’s points lead.
“I’d like to dedicate this win to Bronte Holland, he was one of my good friends and a week or two ago we lost him.
“I came into this weekend and go one-one so I could dedicate it to him and I’ve done that so I couldn’t be happier.”
Matt Moss (Suzuki) has won in the Pro Lites class with Ross Beaton taking out the Under 19s.
After taking over Luke George (Kawasaki) for the Series lead at the last round, Moss has retained the red leader plate, and following a blue domination of the Under 19s podium, Luke Styke (Yamaha) now has a 20-point buffer between himself and second placed Josh Cachia (Yamaha).
In the first Pro Lites moto, it was Kawasaki rider and American import, Chris Gosselar, who scored the holeshot followed out closely by Moss and George.
Within four laps, Moss and George had passed Gosselar and proceeded to shatter their best lap times while putting more space between themselves and third place.
While George couldn’t catch Moss by the flag the two were more than 35 seconds ahead of Gosselar in third, proving that these two are in a league of their own.
With the rain barely holding out, it was Mitch Hoad (Yamaha) who scored the holeshot in the second moto ahead of Joel Bellchambers (Yamaha) and Moss.
Within the first lap, the race had once again become the ‘Matt Moss Show’, overtaking and breaking out to a massive lead once again.
It seemed that Hoad would keep the pressure on the Series leader, however, in the fourth lap the blue bike rider crashed and was unable to finish the race leaving a Mossy to ride his own race.
More than 15 seconds behind Moss was Tye Simmonds (KTM) who after struggling in the first race, managed to hang onto second place, keeping Suzuki’s Lawson Bopping at bay in third place.
In the Under 19s Yamaha’s Junior Development Team dominated once again with all three riders topping the tables with speed and consistency.
In the first moto it was all about Styke who held off a charge from teammate Beaton to take the flag, with Josh Cachia (Yamaha) rounding out the top three in third place.
The second moto looked to be a repeat of the first with Styke off to an early lead, and recording lap times comparable, if not faster than most of the Pro Opens riders.
However by lap 10, Beaton had caught and passed Styke as the rain began to fall with Kawasaki’s Luke Arbon rounding out the top three.
All three riders held on until the chequered flag, with Arbon one of the few riders threatening to break Yamaha’s stronghold on the class heading into the sixth round.
“I didn’t get the best of starts today but I rode my own race, kept a clear head and I knew I was going to be fast enough.
“I’m looking forward to next weekend, I’ve been over in Perth for the last three weeks riding sand and getting on top of it.
My starts were good today and hopefully I can carry it on to Wanneroo.
“Having the red plate is awesome, it just stands out on the bike and it always looks good and you know you’ve got to lead.
“I’ve got a good gap now so I’ve just got to stay consistent and try my hardest.
“This win has been a very long time coming!
“To get the first win under the belt is really good and hopefully we can just keep on progressing from here.”