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Round 5: International stars dominate

MX Nationals

Defending British Motocross Champion Brad Anderson (Honda) has dominated the Pro Opens class at the fifth round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals, while reigning Aussie Champ and CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider Jay Marmont has retained the Series lead.

With heavy rain falling in recent weeks and cyclonic weather conditions threatening racing on Sunday, event organisers were relieved when the forecast came through giving Newcastle the all clear.

With the sodden track beginning to dry out, qualifying got underway and UK rider Anderson showed the Aussies what he was made of posting the quickest time by more than two and a half seconds.

In the first race, privateer rider Dean Ferris (Honda) easily scored the holeshot however he was quickly overtaken by Kawasaki Racing Team’s Billy Mackenzie.

Ferris kept pace with Mackenzie, and CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider Cheyne Boyd stayed in third until Anderson made his charge, picking his way through the field from fifth place.

Anderson made light work of Boyd and Ferris and mid-way through the race began to hunt down Mackenzie.

With the gap steadily closing, Anderson made his move, coming up on the inside of Mackenzie – things didn’t exactly go to plan when the two made contact, and it was Mackenzie who came off worse for wear, crashing in the turn and dropping back to fourth place.

With only a handful of laps remaining there wasn’t much Mackenzie could do, while Anderson went on to take the race win ahead of Ferris who finished in second place and Boyd who wrapped up the race in third.

The second race saw several leaders including Ferris, Boyd, and Mackenzie, before Anderson once again, took to the front at the half-way mark.

The reigning British Champ held onto the lead, while Boyd, Mackenzie, Ferris and Kiwi and Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki rider Cody Cooper fought it out for the remaining podium places.

As expected Anderson took the flag, and it was Rosebud local Boyd who placed second with Mackenzie finishing in third.

In what is emerging as a strange pattern, reigning Aussie Champ Marmont, had a lack-lustre beginning to the day, failing to impress in the first two races, however just like the last round, the Wollongong local rallied and came out of nowhere in the final race – flying out of the gate bar to bar with Mackenzie for the holeshot.

With one lap down, Marmont had dropped back to third place with the two internationals out in front, however, by the seventh lap, Marmont had reigned in Mackenzie and passed him, and then began to close the gap on Anderson.

By the time the chequered flag dropped Marmont was within five seconds of Anderson, and had a safe distance between himself and Mackenzie who finished in third.
 

Championship Standings

1. Marmont 241
2. Simmonds 228
3. Ferris 223
4. Mackenzie 215
5. Boyd 214
 

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 - View Report
Round 5 - 30th May, MX Central, Raymond Terrace NSW
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.mxnationals.com.au.

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