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Round 8: Jay Marmont makes it three in a row at the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals

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CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider Jay Marmont has taken out his third Pro Opens Championship at the final round of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals at Coolum on Sunday 25 July.

In the back-to-back Super Sprint format, Marmont – who had secured a 38 point lead in racing on Saturday, brought the title down to the wire with a 20 second penalty and protest during the second Super Sprint race, tightening the points even further.

Marmont ended the day with a scorecard of 5-7-2-3 earning him third overall - enough to take the Championship.

Known as Mr. Consistent throughout the year and absent from the podium on but one occasion, Marmont only took his first overall win at the seventh round.

Finding form and working out bike setting towards the end of the Series, Marmont became a dominant force, challenging for race wins and stamping his authority on the title.

It's the first time a rider has won three consecutive titles since Marmont's team boss Craig Dack won three back-to-back Mr. Motocross Titles when he was racing.
Speaking after the final moto, Marmont was relieved to have taken the win following the drama of the second moto.

"I made the ultimate mistake out there," Marmont said.

"I had Dean come up on me and I was going flat out racing him and wasn't thinking about the jump, and then I couldn't pull out – I was on the up-ramp and just committed to it.

"I had to try sprinting off but I paid a 20 second penalty and there was a bit of scrutiny over how long it was – but hey, what's two seconds when you come in for 20, so it was a tough day.

“I had a lot of pressure on me and it was good to come away with a third for the round but still win the Championship fairly easily in the end.

"It's every riders' dream to win a Championship and the whole team have worked really hard - the bike was awesome the last few rounds, and I think we’re the first Yamaha team to win a Championship in the world on the new 450 – so I'm pumped!"

Cool Air Kawasaki Racing Team's Billy Mackenzie secured second place in the Championship after a mixed season which included a broken wrist and a severe chest infection.

The Scottish rider looked to dominate the class, however a crash at the second round saw him desperately chasing points to claw his way back into the title fight.

"All I could do was just come into the last couple of rounds and try to win as many races as I could," Mackenzie said.

"I made it really hard for myself last week; I was ill and had a bad chest infection which made for a horrendous weekend and pretty much lost me the Championship.

"But Jay is a strong rider and he’s been strong all year so he deserves the Championship thoroughly so I have to give it up to him."

Both Marmont and Mackenzie faced stiff competition from Honda Privateer Dean Ferris, who, in his debut season in the Pro Opens class, impressed the field with his speed and consistency.

Ferris was blown away with his third overall and with the support he’s received throughout the season.

"It was a great day out there, it's good to see all the supporters here – I didn’t even know they were coming and they came with Ferris shirts and I saw them swinging over the fence which was awesome!" Ferris said.

"It was a good day all round, I won a moto but I lost my brakes in the second race and Jay got me but overall I’m pretty happy, I’d like to thank my family and all my friends for coming."

As the highest placed privateer in the Pro Opens class, Ferris also took out the 2010 Andrew 'Sharky' McFarlane Memorial Cup – in honour of the rider who passed away at the third round of the Championship.

Series Director Kevin Williams was blown away by the Championship finale after a massive season.

"A Championship that struggled to gain momentum following the tragic passing of Andrew McFarlane at the Broadford round, has certainly found its wheels and rolled into a massive final round," Williams said.

"All the Championship classes were decided at the final round, five new Australian Champions – it has been sensational!

"Williams Event Management would like to extend a massive thank you to all the clubs, volunteers, and all the fans for coming out and all the teams for a great effort."

Championship Points

Jay Marmont - CDR Rockstar Yamaha - 495 points
Billy Mackenzie - Cool Air Kawasaki Racing Team - 482
Dean Ferris - Honda Privateer - 465
Tye Simmonds - JDR Motorex KTM - 431
Cheyne Boyd - CDR Rockstar Yamaha - 416
 

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 - View Report
Round 6 - 27th June, Wodonga Vic - View Report
Round 7 - 18th July, Moree NSW - View Report
Round 8 - 25th July, Coolum Qld
For more information head to the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals website at www.mxnationals.com.au.

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