Yamaha's motocross teams are primed for a big weekend at Albury - Wodonga for round six of the 2010 Rockstar MX Nationals.
The months break after the Raymond Terrace event has allowed the teams and riders to refresh and prepare for the Albury round which shapes as a pivotal round in the eight-round championship. Yamaha Racing has riders in the top two positions in each of the three championship classes and it's time to get serious as we reach the business end of the series.
CDR ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK YAMAHA - Pro Open
The pairing of Jay Marmont and Cheyne Boyd both look to the Albury round for a big performance and a championship defining round. Marmont heads into Albury as the points leader in the Pro Open class with a 13point gap over his nearest rival and wants to consolidate his place at the head of the table after a tough Raymond Terrace round.
"Things didn't go the way I had hoped at Raymond Terrace and this weekend is all about redeeming myself. Raymond Terrace is not the way I ride or race and I intent to use that as motivation for a much better result this weekend," say the determined Marmont.
Raymond Terrace was a much happier place for Cheyne Boyd with the Victorian earning his first podium position for the year. But Boyd and the CDR Rockstar Yamaha team have not rested on their laurels and have spent the past two weeks testing and refining their YZ450's.
"If you are not developing or testing your bike in this business, then you are going nowhere. The team has worked hard in the last couple of weeks to improve what already is a great bike in the YZ450F and I hope that work will be rewarded this weekend with a good result at Albury," Boyd said.
SERCO YAMAHA - Pro Lites
The month long break between national rounds allowed the Serco Yamaha duo of Kirk Gibbs and Ford Dale to contest some local races and get some serious training under their belts. The pair racked up a 1-2 finish at the final round of Queensland's Sunshine State Series and look to take that form into the national championship.
Kirk Gibbs currently lies in second place in the Pro Lites championship with Ford Dale in seventh.
"A month is a long time to be sitting around waiting for a race, so with a race not far from where I live, it was a good chance to get some more track time in a race environment. It proved to be a good idea and I was able to work out a few kinks and get my racing back on track," offered Kirk Gibbs.
For Ford Dale, he also was able to mix some local races with a heap of solid training sessions, even heading out west to focus solely on getting back his mojo and racing to his full potential.
"I headed out to Bourke and spent some time riding with Tye Simmonds and Todd Waters. There isn't much to do out there about from ride and train and I feel it has done me the world of good. I can't wait to race this weekend and look forward to getting on the Albury circuit."
GYTR / ROCKSTAR YAMAHA
The previous round at Raymond Terrace was the morale booster the young team was looking for. After a slow start to the championship, the team has picked up a heap of momentum in the last couple of rounds and with three of the four riders landing on the podium at Raymond Terrace, confidence is up and enthusiasm is high for the Albury event.
Ross Beaton sits in second place in the Under 19 championship and hopes to go one better than his Raymond Terrace result.
"My track speed at Raymond Terrace was good and when I got a reasonable start I was able to win a race. So, I have worked hard on my starts the past few weeks and if I can get out of the gate, then I am going for the race win," said a fired up Beaton.
Raymond Terrace also proved to be a break out round for Luke Styke earning his first podium in the Pro Lites with a sensational second place overall. That result has seen him move up to fifth place in the championship and ready to take on the big names in the class.
"The last few rounds have been getting better and then I did a NSW Championship round and was able to win that so I really want to keep my form rolling into Albury. I really like the track there and feel good on the bike coming into event," Styke said.
Racing starts at 9am this Sunday at the Albury Circuit.