Posted By: James Hanson
CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont thrashed his way through the wet and sloppy conditions to take a hard earned third place in the Pro Open class at round two of the Monster Energy SuperX held at Wollongong.
Marmont, the home town hero, looked sharp in afternoon sessions taking the top spot in qualifying and then riding his YZ450F to a heat race victory and a direct transfer to the main event.
But as riders and teams prepared themselves for the 20 lap Eliminator final, the heavens opened with a thunderstorm, just like the previous week, again pounding the circuit and officials quickly changed the format to a 15 lap final.
Marmont was determined to make up for the disappointing result of last week and also shake off the tag as a dry weather rider as the rain stopped just prior to the start but the damage was well and truly done to the circuit.
The gates fell and Marmont instantly locked bars with the riders alongside him and fought for control of his bike entering the first turn in last place. He managed to sneak around the inside and come out in eighth place and begin the long task of working his way forward in the wet, rutty and rapidly deteriorating track.
By the time the checkered flag flew, Marmont had climbed to third place in a very tough main event and now jumps to fifth place in the championship with three rounds remaining.
“When the clouds rolled in and the rain bucketed down, I tried to stay as positive as possible and not ride the way I did last weekend. We made the call on the changes to the bike to suit the muddy conditions and then I just had to deal with the track,” Marmont explains.
“While it wasn’t perfect and I made plenty of mistakes, it was a much better effort than last week and a bit of a confidence booster for me in muddy conditions.”
“I try to win every race I enter so even though I didn’t get the win, I feel more satisfied with the way I raced and the result and it gave me a good boost up in the points for the championship,” He finishes.
Like Marmont, team mate Jake Moss started the night off strongly taking a top three in his heat and entered the main event with confidence.
But his luck would soon change as the field charged into the first turn of the final, with Moss in the lead he stalled the bike and was left picking up the pieces as the rest of the field raced away.
Nearly a lap down, he began his climb back up the field and managed to salvage 10th place on the night and maintain his 10th place in the championship.
“It was another tough night and not what I’m capable of. The first turn fall put me a long way behind the field so from then it was a matter of just putting my head down and trying to pass as many riders as I could before the finish.”
“The way I raced was better than last week but I’m never happy with 10th in any race,” Moss said with frustration.
Team manager Craig Dack felt it was a better performance from his team and hopes for a strong finish to the 2011 season.
“The rain and mud as made racing tough in the first two rounds of SuperX but you have to expect all conditions and be prepared for them. Both the guys put in a good effort and the team again worked hard to deal with the rain.”
“It would be nice to get a dry event to create a better spectacle for the fans at and also take some pressure of the mechanics to prepare for each round but unfortunately, you can’t control the weather.”
“Our focus now shifts to next weekend where we need to keep climbing up the championship table and put our best foot forward in the remaining three rounds.”
The Super X tour now moves to Campbelltown in the western suburbs of Sydney this coming weekend where round three of the championship hit town.
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Round Two Results – Pro Open
1st Dan McCoy – Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki
2nd Daniel Reardon – JDR Motorex KTM
3rd JAY Marmont – CDR Rockstar Yamaha
4th Lawson Bopping – Raceline Pirelli Suzuki
5th Todd Waters – Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing
6th Tye Simmonds – JDR Motorex KTM
7th Michael Phillips – Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing
8th Craig Anderson – Berry Sweet Lucas Oil Honda Racing
9th Billy Mackenzie – Monster Energy Kawasaki
10th Jake Moss – CDR Rockstar Yamaha:
Championship standings – Pro Open
1st Dan McCoy – Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki: 41
2nd Tye Simmonds – JDR Motorex KTM: 40
3rd Daniel Reardon – JDR Motorex KTM: 34
4th Billy Mackenzie – Monster Energy Kawasaki: 34
5th Jay Marmont – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 33
6th Ryan Marmont – JDR Motorex KTM: 30
7th Todd Waters – Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing: 30
8th Michael Phillips – Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing: 29
9th Cheyne Boyd – Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing: 27
10th Jake Moss – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 22