Jay Marmont hits the finish line. All photos: Shayne Rice, Rice Photography
Jay Marmont has opened his Terex Australian Supercross Championship defence with a resounding win at the series opener at Dubbo’s Morris Park Speedway. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider left little doubt that he is both healthy and hungry to keep his number one plate. The 20-lap main event saw a monumental scrap for track position into the fast first turn. Matt Moss took the holeshot but was taken down moments later and was later confirmed to have dislocated his shoulder in the scuffle. Daniel McCoy built an early lead, holding off Marmont for the first half of the race.
Moss, McCoy and Marmont on the 450 podium.
A lapped rider hindered Marmont’s forward progress momentarily, but by three-quarter distance he was ready to pounce, putting the pass on McCoy and taking control to win by a 2.4-second margin.
“It was almost a perfect night for me,” said Marmont. “I still have a few things to work on, even though I was happy with my starts, stamina and speed there are a couple of areas I still want to improve.I didn't quite get the start I wanted but then Matt Moss and Billy Mackenzie went down and I focused on catching Daniel McCoy.”
Second place was a strong result for McCoy, who is excited at the prospect of a competitive season with the team he last raced for in 2004. “This whole deal came together really late and is a big change for me,” said McCoy. “I have gone full circle and it feels great – I couldn’t be happier I have returned home and first round out I am on the podium.
Jake Moss rounded out the 450 podium, building on an early top-5 position and moving past Tye Simmonds to take and hold third at mid-race distance. Simmonds was eventually passed by Lawson Bopping in the closing stages. Ben Townley and Ford Dale were both non-finishers in the 450 race.
American Gavin Faith won the 250 class over Kade Mosig. Faith was second in last season’s 250 Championship and returned to Australia to try and win the title. Faith said, “It was a great first-up race for me – it was a perfect day and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. “The bike felt good, I have only been here for a week so I didn’t get a huge amount of testing in but I did a lot of preparation before I left the US."
Styke, Mosig and Faith celebrate.
RESULTS: TEREX AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Round one: Morris Park Speedway, Dubbo
1. Jay Marmont
2. Daniel McCoy
3. Jake Moss
4. Lawson Bopping
5. Tye Simmonds
6. Todd Waters
7. Billy MacKenzie
8. Cheyne Boyd
9. S. Duncanson
1. Gavin Faith
2. Kade Mosig
3. Luke Styke
4. Steven Clarke
5. Geran Stapleton
6. K. Hall
7. Scott Coloumb
8. N. Sutherland
9. M. Norris