News 2 Aug 2009

Oz MX: Yamaha claims three national titles at Coolum finale


Yamaha Racing’s Jay Marmont has led an all-blue charge on the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship with the manufacturer winning four out of five classes at the final round of the series at the Coolum Pines Motocross Park on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Marmont sealed his second consecutive Australian Motocross title by winning the eighth and final round of the series with the YZ450F rider joined on the podium by his teammate Cheyne Boyd and fellow Yamaha rider, Andrew McFarlane, who was third overall.

The trio finished in the same order in the chase to be crowned the nation’s best Pro Open motocross racer.

A broken ignition cable cost Kirk Gibbs a podium finish in the Pro Lites category with the Serco Yamaha rider showing stunning form in the final two races of the motocross season to finish second and third.

Luke Styke claimed victory in the 2009 Under 19s Championship with the GYTR Yamaha Junior Development Team rider  joined on the podium by his teammate Harley Quinlan, who was second, with Josh Cachia making it a Yamaha 1-2-3 in the championship.

In the 2009 Australian Women’s Motocross Championship, Tori Dare was too good for her opposition with the Yamaha rider winning the second and final round of the series.

Former Australian Motocross Champion, Darryll King claimed a perfect score of 100 after winning each of the four vets races contested at the event.

Pro Open Report

CDR Rockstar Yamaha continued their dominance of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship with Jay Marmont and Cheyne Boyd finishing first and second respectively at the final round of the series at Coolum today.

Marmont sealed his second Australian Motocross Championship with the round victory by finishing first, second and first in each of the three motos contested today.

As the chequered flag fell, Marmont had 459 points with just 21 points separating him from his team-mate, Boyd.

“It was an unreal day, I qualified first and from there won the first race and then got second to Boydy in the second [race] and then won the last moto,” said Marmont, who was the only competitor to finish on the podium at all eight rounds of the series

“The best thing about the day was that I was able to race the day on my terms and was just the perfect way to finish the championship for my family, friends and fans who have supported me throughout the year.

“My plan today was to show my dominance and my speed and that’s what we did in each of the three races. It was a great day and it feels great to be able to have that number one plate again next year.”

Boyd was second overall after finishing third, first and third in each of the three motos.

CDR Rockstar Yamaha were the most successful team in the Pro Open Competition with Marmont and Boyd recording six consecutive dual podium finishes throughout the season.

Pro Lites Report

A minor mechanical issue cost Serco Yamaha’s Kirk Gibbs an overall podium placing at round eight of the Australian Motocross Championship at Coolum today.

The YZ250F rider got off to a good start and was challenging for a top three finish in the opening moto before his ignition wire came loose.

He was forced to make a pit stop for repairs and was lapped by the leaders, eventually finishing outside the points.

Gibbs showed the fighting spirit he has all season long by taking second in moto two and backing up with a third in moto three.

“I was going pretty well in the first moto before the ignition cord came out of the spark plug, we had to pit to fix it which cost us the race,” said Gibbs who was fifth in the Pro Lites Championship.

“My starts were good in the final two motos and I was able to run with the leaders.

“Today’s results were a good way to finish up the year, I’m hoping to take some of this speed into Super X and be a regular top 5 contender.”

Mitch Hoad had another challenging weekend with the Serco Yamaha rider finishing 14th, 12th and 15th in each of the three motos. He was seventh in the championship.

Serco Yamaha supported rider, Matt Ryan also finished the year on a high, recording his best round result, finishing  11th overall and 19th in the championship.

Under 19s Report

Luke Styke proved to be unstoppable in the 2009 Under 19s Championship with the GTYR Yamaha Junior Development Team rider claiming victory in the series which is designed to develop motocross talent in Australia.

Styke was fifth in the opening moto and won the final two motos in order to claim the championship over his team-mate Harley Quinlan who was sixth overall for the round.

“It feels awesome to have won and I’m absolutely over the moon,” Styke said. “My bike’s suspension and handling was fantastic and it was great to take the championship victory with a race to spare.

“I will now go home and do a few local rounds and hopefully be back to compete in a few rounds of Super X [Australasian Supercross Championship] towards the end of the year.”

After an encouraging debut in the Pro Open category with CDR Rockstar Yamaha last weekend, Ross Beaton was fourth for the round after recording two seconds and a 13th in the three motos of the round. He was fourth in the championship.