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Round 7: Marmont, Moss and Willis win Wodonga round of MX Nationals

CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha's Jay Marmont made it two wins in a row at the Wodonga round of the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals.CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha’s Jay Marmont made it two wins in a row at the Wodonga round of the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals.

Defending triple Australian Motocross Champion Jay Marmont has taken his second Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals round win in succession at Wodonga’s seventh round in Victoria on Sunday, 3 July.

In a day where the rain fell in the latter stages of the afternoon, Marmont continued his fight back in the premier Pro Open category with his second round win of the season, the 28-year-old from Wollongong scoring 1-3-7-1 results in the day’s four motos to seal the overall.

The win placed Marmont back into title contention, still fourth outright, but now just 32 points off series leader Dean Ferris (Monster Energy Kawasaki), who was fifth at Wodonga.

“That’s what I wanted to do, today’s result went exactly to the game plan,” CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha’s Marmont said. “I was hoping to carry over the momentum from the last round and I was able to do that.

“I’m not usually one to do my best in the first moto, but today I was able to win it and even shocked myself. We managed to fight hard even when it started raining during the final motos and I’m just really happy for the CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha team. This championship’s not over yet.”

The weekend went down to the wire between Marmont and last year’s Wodonga winner Cody Cooper (Rockstar Motul Suzuki), however a fall in the final moto dashed the New Zelander’s hopes of a second overall this season. Cooper scored 2-2-1-9 finishes.

“My arms tightened up and I was suffering a bit of arm-pump, but the mistake cost me and I wasn’t really certain where I had to finish to win the overall in that final moto,” the current NZ champion said.

"I have to thank Rockstar Motul Suzuki though, the whole team worked really hard. This is a track that I seem to do well at, so it’s nice to finish on the podium overall again.”

Marmont’s teammate Josh Coppins, a former world number two, rounded out the podium for the second weekend in a row, claiming third overall with 4-1-6-2 finishes.

The victory was Marmont’s by three points over Cooper, while Coppins was just one point further in arrears.

Another Kiwi in Michael Phillips (Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing) finished fourth for the round after featuring up front throughout the proceedings, while fifth was enough for 20-year-old Aussie talent Ferris to retain the championship lead.

"I did get one good moto in today and I felt like I was riding strong, so we’ll come back stronger next time,” Ferris said. “It feels good to keep that red plate as the title leader so that’s what we need to keep doing."

Ferris now heads the series by 14 points from Coppins, while Ferris’ Scottish Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Billy Mackenzie is another two points back in third. Mackenzie finished sixth at Wodonga.

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2011 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals Championship Standings (after 7 of 9 rounds)

Rockstar Energy Drink Pro Open
1. Dean Ferris 523
2. Josh Coppins 509
3. Billy Mackenzie 507
4. Jay Marmont 491
5. Cheyne Boyd 436
6. Michael Phillips 415
7. Lawson Bopping 375
8. Cody Cooper 344
9. Louis Calvin 268
10. Daniel Reardon 226

Motul Pro Lites
1. Matt Moss 503
2. Kirk Gibbs 445
3. Phil Nicoletti 417
4. Daniel McCoy 410
5. Brenden Harrison 407
6. Justin McDonald 366
7. Kade Mosig 361
8. Josh Cachia 358
9. Cody Mackie 350
10. Luke Styke 324

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