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Round 4: Mackenzie wins home round, Marmont takes Series lead

MX Nationals
Mx Nationals Round 5
MX Nationals Round 5

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Billie Mackenzie has won the fourth round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals at Toowoomba QLD on Sunday 16 May.

The Scottish rider won two of the three motos to take the round win, while CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider and Wollongong local Jay Marmont has taken the Series lead by four points ahead of JDR Motorex KTM’s Tye Simmonds.

Although he qualified fastest, Mackenzie wasn’t the only one showing some impressive speed with four other riders all within one second of his time.

In the first moto, the boy from Bourke, Simmonds, took the holeshot before being overtaken by Mackenzie who was keen to make the most of his home track advantage.

The Kawasaki rider was soon out to an impressive lead, while Simmonds gradually fell through the field back to fourth.

The biggest on-track battle came from former Series Leader, Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda Racing’s Todd Waters, and privateer Dean Ferris (Honda).

The two riders were banging bars for most of the moto before an eventual crash from Ferris allowed Waters a clean run into second place leaving the privateer in third.

As the second moto got underway Kiwi and Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki rider Cody Cooper, who has struggled to find form since joining the Australian Series took the holeshot, however he was unable to hold onto the lead, soon overtaken by the green freight train of Mackenzie and young-gun Ferris.

While Mackenzie led for the first few laps, Cooper eventually made his way past Ferris and at times was right on the back of the Scott, but was unable to make a pass stick.

Mackenzie managed to hold on to the lead, despite lapped traffic with Cooper wrapping up the moto in second place followed by CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider Cheyne Boyd who finished in third.

The third moto looked to be a repeat of the first two, with Mackenzie soon out to a strong lead, however after a lack-lustre day, Marmont found his form, eventually catching up with the Kawasaki rider.

The two riders went bar-to-bar in and out of the turns, while Simmonds made his charge through the field, until disaster struck for Mackenzie, appearing to stall on one of the turns allowing a now in-rhythm Marmont and charging Simmonds – amongst others, to fly by leaving him in sixth place.

Despite his speed, Simmonds eventually caught Marmont, knowing that the Series lead was on the line; however the reigning Champs experience was too much for Simmonds, with the young rider eventually ceding to the Yamaha star and forced to settle for second place ahead of Ferris.

Championship Standings

1. Marmont 190 pts
2. Simmonds 186
3. Waters 171
4. Ferris 167
5. Mackenzie 157

Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals

Round 1 - 28th March, Horsham VIC - View Report
Round 2 - 18th April, Canberra ACT - View Report
Round 3 - 2nd May, Broadford VIC - View Report
Round 4 - 16th May, Toowoomba QLD
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

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