News 19 Oct 2016

Marmont begins to make impact with top five at Toowoomba

Former champion excels on challenging Queensland circuit.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Multiple Australian supercross and motocross champion Jay Marmont is beginning to make an impact in the premier SX1 category following his return to professional racing.

Marmont topped his result from Jimboomba’s season opener last Friday night at Toowoomba’s second round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, where he raced to an impressive fifth place finish despite suffering a heavy crash throughout practice earlier in the day.

The Husqvarna-mounted rider sits sixth in the standings, just one point shy of Kade Mosig (National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Dan Reardon (CDR Yamaha), who are currently tied on points for fourth.

“I don’t know, I just took off and found myself in a good rhythm and overtook [Justin] Brayton and Wil Hahn,” Marmont explained. “I was right behind Reardon there, and Hahn and Brayton got me back but I managed to tag onto the back of them and got dragged along pretty well with that front pack.”

“I just rode myself into a comfortable pace and got my 20 laps done, and ended up with a top five, so for me, with how I was feeling at the start of the day, top five is a good result, and puts us in a pretty decent spot in the championship.”

Marmont made a surprise comeback to professional racing just weeks out of the opening round, where a cloud of uncertainty surrounded the former champion on his place in the field after two years away from the sport.

The New South Welshman will endeavour to make further improvements at Adelaide’s third round in just under two weeks time.