News 20 Apr 2010

Oz MX: Marmont continues consistent championship charge

Marmont finished second in Canberra last weekend.

Marmont finished second in Canberra last weekend.

CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont racked up another podium finish at round two of the Rockstar MX Nationals held at Canberra over the weekend, continuing his consistent form that will prove vital in his championship defense this season.

Dual defending champion Marmont moved into second overall for this year’s series after the gruelling Canberra round, Marmont overcame average starts to finish with 6-3-1-3 results in the four moto back-to-back format, claiming second overall for the weekend.

Confronted with the tough back to back sprint moto format that saw the Pro Open riders hit the start gates for four, eight lap sprints with only five minutes break between each leg, Marmont overcame average starts in the first two legs to come barnstorming back in the final two motos and claim second overall for the round.

“It was a struggle getting out of the gate in the first couple of races and I really had to fight my way through,” Marmont explained. “But once I got my starts better I was able to win race three and run inside the top three in the final moto.

“The result was also good for the championship. When there are so many points available, a good or bad day can make or break your championship. I was able to be consistent, stay in contention and now I am ready to grind it out all the way to the finish.”

The factory Yamaha rider notched up 80 points on Sunday and is now second in the championship, only 13 points in arrears of series leader Todd Waters.

Teammate Cheyne Boyd also logged in a solid day at the office finishing the day out in sixth place. Like Marmont, Boyd took a moto to get into his groove finishing ninth in the first leg, but returned with 6-5-5 in the final three motos.

“I just couldn’t get out of the gate in the first moto, but the last three races were a bit better,” Boyd said. “I feel like I am riding the bike quite well and I have been training hard, so a return to good results can’t be far away.”

Team owner Craig Dack also feels the positive energy in the team and thinks a return to the winners circle isn’t far away.

“It was an up and down day for the team, but everyone fought on to make it a respectable finish,” Dack commented. “I feel that both riders are on the cusp of returning to their best and I can see the determination building up in them.”