News 18 Oct 2009

Oz SX: Yamaha win opening round of Super X with Marmont


Yamaha’s factory racing teams have made the best possible start to the 2009 Monster Energy Super X series with riders featuring on both the Super X Open and Super X Lites podiums at the season opener at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium tonight.

CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider Jay Marmont caused the upset of the night, taking the coveted overall victory in the highly-competitive Open class with two second-place race finishes.

Teammate Cheyne Boyd was equally as impressive, finishing third behind his teammate in both of the 10-lap races that made up the final.

In the Lites category, JDR Motorsport/MX RAD rider Ryan Marmont finished second overall ahead of Serco Yamaha’s US import Kyle Cunningham who was third on his Australian debut.

Yamaha’s teams will only have one week to ready themselves for the second round of the series which will be held at Geelong’s Skilled Stadium on Saturday October 24..

Super X Open Report

CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont took overall honours at tonight’s opening round of the 2009 Super X series at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium.

Marmont picked up where he left off after dominating the Pro Open motocross season and remains the only rider to ever have taken a round victory off Chad Reed since the inception of Super X last year.

It was a perfect night for the NSW-based rider, which saw him win his heat race and take the top gate pick.

Marmont got away to two clean, fast starts and held steady in second across both 10-lap races in the double header format final.

He was excited to open his season account with a round win and said consistency had been the key to his results.

“I was tired towards the end of the final race and didn’t do the triple-triple which probably cost me the win, however, I knew I had the overall and that was my focus,” said Marmont.

“It was the perfect night. On paper obviously all the pressure was on Chad, we just had to go out and get good starts and stay out of trouble then let the race come to us – and that’s exactly what happened.

“With the 10-lap sprint there is a fair bit of mayhem, but both Cheyne and I stuck to our game plan and it paid off.

“To come out and get two solid results and the overall is a fantastic way to open the season for CDR Rockstar Yamaha and shows what a force the YZ450F will be,” he finished.

Teammate Cheyne Boyd was pleased with a fourth place overall finish and said his bike had been working particularly well.

“My starts were good, I felt comfortable and relaxed on the bike and to be honest, that is the best I have ever felt riding Supercross,” said Boyd.

“I was consistent in all my races and my results are a reflection of that. To finish third in both races is great,” concluded Boyd.

The factory Yamaha pairing sit 1st and 4th at the conclusion of round 1. The second round of competition will take place next weekend at Geelong’s Skilled Stadium, the home event for Craig Dack’s squad.

Top Ten Results – Monster Energy Super X Double Header Final

1 Jay MARMONT, Yamaha, 19-19 TOTAL 38
2 Daniel REARDON, Honda, 20-17 TOTAL 37
3 Chad REED, Kawasaki, 16-20 TOTAL 36
4 Cheyne BOYD, Yamaha, 18-18 TOTAL 36
5 Tye SIMMONDS, KTM, 15-16, TOTAL 31
6 Cody MACKIE, Kawasaki, 17-12 TOTAL 29
7 Daniel McCOY, KTM, 13-14 TOTAL 27
8 Craig ANDERSON, Kawasaki, 14-14 TOTAL 28
9 Michael ADDISON, Honda, 12-13 TOTAL 25
10 Cameron TAYLOR, Suzuki, 10-11 TOTAL 21

Monster Energy Super X OPEN championship standings

1 Jay MARMONT, Yamaha, 25
2 Daniel REARDON, Honda, 22
3 Chad REED, Kawasaki, 20
4 Cheyne BOYD, Yamaha, 18
6 Cody MACKIE, Kawasaki, 15
7 Daniel McCOY, KTM, 14
8 Craig ANDERSON, Kawasaki, 13
9 Michael ADDISON, Honda, 12
10 Cameron TAYLOR, Suzuki, 11

Super X Lites Report

Serco Yamaha’s US import Kyle Cunningham has impressed in his Australian debut, claiming third spot on the Super X Lites podium at the opening round of Super X at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium tonight.

With Mitch Hoad sidelined due to an arm injury, Cunningham was seconded by the Brisbane based team to partner Serco Yamaha regular Kirk Gibbs for the first three rounds of the Super X Lites Championship.

While Cunningham cruised through his heat race to line-up for the two, eight lap races teammate Gibbs crashed and was forced to race the last chance qualifier (LCQ).

Cunningham didn’t get the best of starts in the opening race but fought on and finished fifth in front of Gibbs. He got a much better start in the second race and with one lap to go was challenging race leader Matt Moss for the lead.

“I had a good heat race but got a really bad start in the first moto,” Cunningham explained.

“In the second race I had a great battle with Matt (Moss) but made a little mistake and had to settle for second. To be anywhere on the podium for the first round is still a very good result.

“I am getting used to the bike more-and-more and having another week under my belt will give me even more confidence going into the next round,” he said.

Despite enduring a horror heat race and then the LCQ Kirk Gibbs enjoyed two solid consistent races to sixth place and currently sits fifth in the championship.

“I had a pretty average start to the event,” Gibbs explained. “I stalled the bike off the start in my heat, then went down and DNF’d so I had to go to LCQ.

“My starts were average as I had a really bad gate pick but I rode consistently to finish sixth in the first race after a little battle with my new teammate.

“I got caught up in the first corner madness during the second race and really had to put my head down but I still managed to get back to sixth. Overall it was good to get two consistent races under my belt and I am sitting fifth overall in the championship,” he added.

Top Ten Results – Lites Double Header Final

1 Matt MOSS, Suzuki, 20-20, TOTAL 40
2 Ryan MARMONT, Yamaha, 18-18, TOTAL 36
3 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 16-19, TOTAL 35
4 Lawson BOPPING, Suzuki, 17-17, TOTAL 34
5 Kirk GIBBS, Yamaha, 15-15, TOTAL 30
6 Adam MONEA, Suzuki, 19-11, TOTAL 30
7 Brendan HARRISON, Yamaha, 12-13, TOTAL 25
8 Mitch AUSTIN, KTM, 10-12, TOTAL 22
9 Danny ANDERSON, KTM, 5-14, TOTAL 19
10 Shaun WILLIAMSON, Honda, 9-10, TOTAL 19

Monster Energy Super X Lites championship standings

1 Matt MOSS, Suzuki, 25
2 Ryan MARMONT, Yamaha, 22
3 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 20
4 Lawson BOPPING, Suzuki, 18
5 Kirk GIBBS, Yamaha, 16
6 Adam MONEA, Suzuki, 15
7 Brendan HARRISON, Yamaha, 14
8 Mitch AUSTIN, KTM, 13
9 Danny ANDERSON, KTM, 12
10 Shaun WILLIAMSON, Honda, 11