News 18 May 2010

Oz MX: Queensland podium sweep for Kawasaki Racing

Scottish star Billy Mackenzie returned to the winner’s circle at last weekend’s Toowoomba round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals, winning the Pro Open class overall in his Queensland-based Kawasaki Racing Team’s backyard.

Mackenzie qualified his KRT KX450F fastest at the Echo Valley MX track, continuing his perfect run of pole positions, before going on to finish with 1-1-6 results in the three-moto format over the weekend.

“It’s a good result but I would’ve been happier with three wins,” BillyMac explained afterwards. “My wrist gave me a bit of grief and I was a bit tired [in moto three] – maybe I took too strong a pain killer.

“With the back-to-back motos I was really feeling it by the end. I struggled off the start in the third race and in the end my shoulders were hurting from being off the bike for so long due to the wrist injury. I just couldn’t hold on and I ended up stalling the bike. On the plus side the wrist is getting stronger all the time and I should be at 100 percent by the next round.”

KRT Pro Lites rider Cody Mackie was also a podium finisher at Toowoomba with second place overall, his 4-4-6 results a consistent effort for the round as he moved to third place in the series.

“It’s taken a little longer than I expected to get on the podium this year,” Mackie said. “I didn’t really do anything different this round except lay it all on the line at the starts and it paid off.

“The starts are so important because it’s really hard to pass on the track as everybody is fast. Thanks to the team for sticking by me. I’m looking for much the same at Raymond Terrace. Get good starts and let the riding take care of itself. This championship is far from over for me.”

Completing KRT’s podium run was Under 19s rider Luke Arbon, who took victory with 2-1-3 results for the weekend.

“I’m extremely happy and I feel like I’ve gotten the monkey off my back,” Arbon said. “I’d really like to thank Kevin [Crutcher], Troy [Carroll] and my mechanic Ryan for their support and I’m just focusing now on carrying this momentum with me into the next round.”