News 22 Nov 2009

Oz SX: Marmont expected back for Brisbane after tough round


It was a disappointing night for Jay Marmont at the penultimate round of the Monster Energy Super X series at Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium tonight with a number of falls costing the Yamaha Racing rider the championship lead.

Marmont, who held a one point lead over Chad Reed heading into tonight’s round finished second in his heat before qualifying seventh for the quad challenge.

A bad start in the opening race saw the CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider finish the opening race in 11th position.

The next three races of the evening did not get any better for the Wollongong-based rider who recovered from crashes with Daniel Reardon and Matt Moss in the second and third races to finish 11th and 12th respectively.

A spectacular crash in the final moto of the evening saw Marmont unable to greet the chequered flag. The CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider is now in third position in the championship with four points separating him from second place holder, Reardon.

“It was just one of those nights where everything seemed to go from bad to worse,” said Marmont.

“The track was extremely technical and towards the end of the night it was very rutted. I came up a bit short of the finish line jump on the openinglap of the last race and went down. From there I was pummelled by a number of riders and got the wind knocked out of me.”

After being checked out by medics at the event, Marmont was cleared of serious injury and is expected to be able to take part in the final round of the series at Brisbane’s QSAC Stadium in two weeks time.

“It is extremely disappointing to lose the lead as a result of tonight’s falls. I will go and get checked out properly by doctors when we return back to Australia and will be out to finish the year on a high in Brisbane in a few weeks time,” Marmont concluded.

CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider, Cheyne Boyd was unable to compete in the event after sustaining an elbow injury at the last round of the series at Parramatta.

Boyd, along with Pro Lites riders, Kirk Gibbs and Kyle Cunningham will return to the competition at Brisbane in two weeks time.