In race two, once again it was Mackie who launched off the start and in to a commanding race lead. Behind him, KTM mounted Powell was locked into his own battle for second with Braico, followed by race one runner up Taylor (Yamaha) in fourth.
Being the final race of the day, competitors had the toughest track of the weekend to contend with, however drawing on his racing experience was Mackie, who continued to lead by five seconds after three laps on track.
Despite not getting the start that he wanted, Taylor found his form mid-way through the second moto, passing Braico and then beginning to close in on Powell‰Ûªs rear wheel. And it wasn‰Ûªt long before Taylor was elevated to second after making a clean pass on KTM mounted Powell.
But it was all about Mackie at Port Macquarie, the Husqvarna rider crossing the finish line after 15 minutes to once again claim victory. Second place went to Taylor, followed by Powell, Morrissy, and Cory Watts who completed the top five.
When the Round 8 podium was calculated, Mackie‰Ûªs 1,1 results saw him finish on the top step, second place overall went to Taylor, while Morrissy concluded the Port Macquarie leg of the championship in third.
But it was the championship podium that really counted yesterday afternoon, and thankfully it was the same three riders who were handed the championship trophies when racing had wrapped up. Mackie who won an incredible six out of six races was crowned the 2017 Yamaha 125cc Gold Cup Class Champion, Taylor finished runner up in the title chase, followed by Morrissy who concluded the three rounds for the support class third in the points.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy. I did 26 hours on the bike, and the Husqvarna was dead standard which just goes to show what kind of bike they are. You can pull them off the shelf and go and be competitive at the races,‰Û