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!”