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Round 1: Mackenzie wins Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals Series opener

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Kawasaki Racing Team's Billie Mackenzie has won the Pro Opens class at the first round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals at Horsham, VIC on Sunday.

With anticipation at fever pitch leading into the first round of the Series, fans were not disappointed with riders taking the races down to the wire.

Scottish import, Mackenzie, was the fastest in qualifying ahead of JDR Motorex KTM's Andrew McFarlane and Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing's Todd Waters.

As racing got underway in the first moto, McFarlane scored the holeshot, however, he was quickly overtaken by Mackenzie, with the two riders tussling for the lead while Waters, and Dean Ferris (Honda) battled it out for third place.

The front four riders began to break away, while reigning Champ, CDR Rockstar Yamaha's Jay Marmont struggled back in seventh place.

After a few laps, Waters closed the gap on Mackenzie and the two battled for the lead and by the end of the race, Waters was clear - taking the moto win ahead of Mackenzie, with McFarlane riding into third.

Race two threw out a few surprises with Simon Thompson (Honda) off to a blinder of a start followed closely behind by Ferris and Mackenzie, however, the dream start didn't hold for Thompson, and he was soon overtaken.

Ferris rode on the edge for the entire moto with the lead swapping between him and Mackenzie countless times, before he succumbed to pressure from the Scott and put his bike down with one lap to go.

Mackenzie took the flag, while Ferris managed to salvage second place ahead of Waters, who rode consistently into third place.

By the time the third and final moto got under way the rain had set in, creating some slippery conditions on the already rough, and carved up track.

After a lacklustre day, the crowd finally got so see some of Marmont's magic, with the blue bike rider taking not only the holeshot, but also dominating for the entire race.

Meanwhile Mackenzie was caught up in a first turn crash, and had to set about working his way back from last place.

The rougher the track became, the better Marmont rode and despite some early pressure from Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki's Cody Cooper, he had a 35 second lead by the chequered flag.

Marmont finished the moto ahead of JDR Motorex KTM's Tye Simmonds, who also found form in the final moto for second place, and Mackenzie who rode a strong race to finish in third.

The second round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals will be held on Sunday 18 April at: ACT Motor Cycle Club, Fairburn Park, Pialligo Ave, Majura District ACT.

Championship Standings

1: Mackenzie 67 points
2: Waters 59
3: Marmont 56
4: Ferris 54
5: Simmonds 52

Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals

Round 1 - 28th March, Horsham VIC
Round 2 - 18th April, Canberra ACT - View Report
Round 3 - 2nd May, Broadford VIC - View Report
Round 4 - 16th May, Toowoomba QLD - View Report
Round 5 - 30th May, MX Central, Raymond Terrace NSW - View Report
Round 6 - 27th June, Wodonga Vic - View Report
Round 7 - 18th July, Moree NSW - View Report
Round 8 - 25th July, Coolum QLD - View Report

For more information head to the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals website at www.ozmotox.com.au

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