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CDR Yamaha set to build on solid start to 2013 when the MXN season resumes

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The CDR Yamaha team has laid solid foundations for season 2013 with both their riders sitting in third and fifth in the premier MX1 class as the season hits the halfway point.

Both Billy Mackenzie and Lawson Bopping have shown good bursts of speed and race craft to be in good positions as the final run for the championship begins at Appin on July 13.

Mackenzie, currently sits in third place in the championship standings on 289 points and is with in striking distance of the two riders ahead of him.

The Scotsman who has adjusted well to the factory CDR Yamaha and has been in contention in all rounds bar one so far. The off day at round three in Wonthaggi has been the only round Mackenzie hasn‰Ûªt hit the podium but from that disappointing day, Mackenzie appears to be closing the gap on the leaders.

‰ÛÏI feel like I‰Ûªm starting to gain some momentum at the last couple of rounds and really getting the bike dialled in to my liking." Mackenzie stated. "I‰Ûªm still not sure what happened at Wonthaggi, I just raced badly all day but I have managed to turn it around and at the following two rounds and get myself back in contention.‰Û
Lawson Bopping is set to fire in the second half of 2013 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Bopping has shown tremendous speed throughout the opening five rounds although his poor starts have meant he hasn‰Ûªt been able to capitalise on his obvious track speed.

Despite the poor starts, Bopping still sits in fifth place for the championship and with several of the final five round tracks among his favourite, many expect the number 70 to not only climb on to the podium for the first time this season, but also climb the points ladder before the season is out.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a so-so year so far," stated Bopping who's best results to date have been fourth place overall finishes at both Murray Bridge and Wonthaggi. "I have had some good races and rounds where I have raced really well, then some not so good rounds where I just couldn‰Ûªt get into my groove.

"Broadford was probably the worst as I just struggled with the wet and rutty track," he added.

‰ÛÏThree of the next five rounds are on softer dirt where I seem to race my best. I had success at Hervey Bay last year, I like Coolum and the dirt at Swann Hill looks awesome so I can‰Ûªt wait.

‰ÛÏI know if I put it all together and ride to my potential then I will be right in the mix for race and round wins so the focus for the last half of the championship is to get back to basics and ride my bike properly; good starts, fast laps and all the way to the finish line.‰Û
Craig Dack (right) along with Garry Ben (left) will work hard with the teams riders in a bid to continues the teams domination of the MX1 Australian championship in recent years - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Team Owner Craig Dack, is feeling positive about the remaining five rounds of the championship which fires back in to life on the 14th of July at Appin.

‰ÛÏI have a positive feeling about the last half of the championship." Dack enthused. "Billy was just starting to find his feet and consistently be up the front while Lawson is starting to show a bit of fight which is good.

‰ÛÏThe championship hasn‰Ûªt really tossed up any surprises so far and there are plenty of riders capable of winning so it makes for an exciting finish. Superpole has kept the riders on their toes and shown it can be a game changer on the day.

‰ÛÏFrom now on its heads down and time to get to work as the rider and team who wants it the most is going to win this championship. We have a team of fighters and I‰Ûªm sure the CDR Yamaha crew will keep punching right down to the final corner in this championship.‰Û

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