News 23 Aug 2014

One more moto win in Marmont's hopes upon return

Four-time MX Nationals champion in for Gladstone and Coolum.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Retiring four-time MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Champion, Jay Marmont has high hopes for one final moto victory before his professional outdoor career comes to a close at Coolum next weekend.

The 31-year-old CDR Yamaha rider will return to racing at Gladstone’s penultimate round tomorrow after sitting out the Raymond Terrace round with a wrist injury sustained at the Conondale round where he officially announced his retirement.

Form in that opening moto at Conondale which saw him lead multiple laps and eventually finish third behind title contenders Matt Moss and Kirk Gibbs has boosted Marmont’s confidence in search of at least one moto victory prior to hanging up his helmet at Coolum’s season finale.

“I look forward to Gladstone, it’s a special round in memory of Jono Porter, and then of course Coolum has been kind to me over the years,” Marmont told “At Conondale I got great starts, so I want to do that and run up front with the boys. If I can run inside the top three as long as I can, get a good result, that would be awesome.

“At this point I don’t think a win’s out of the question. If I can get that start, find a bit of that mojo and what I’ve been looking for, it would be amazing to get one more win and that’s what I’m looking at. I’ve come to accept where I’m at in my career and I’m enjoying it.

“As good as what an overall podium would be, there’s nothing like leading a race and remembering where I used to be. That’s the goal at the moment. If it turns into a podium overall I’ll be pumped.”

Marmont was an interested onlooker at the Raymond Terrace round amongst a legion of New South Wales-based fans, eager to return to racing and round out the year, but insisting he won’t revisit his decision on retirement once this season comes to a close.

“I really am looking forward to getting out there again, because going up to Raymond Terrace and not racing made me realise how it will feel next year not racing – I didn’t really like it to be honest!” he admitted. “So I have an open mind, a smile on my face and just hope to do well in the final couple of races.”

Marmont hasn’t stood on the podium overall since clinching his final title at Coolum in 2011, with his most recent national moto win coming at Wanneroo in Western Australia during 2012.

Although CDR Yamaha won’t contest the upcoming supercross season, Marmont is yet to rule out his participation in the five-round 2014 series.