Motocross

Craig Dack Pleased as his CDR Riders move in to 2nd and 3rd in the MX1 standings

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The CDR Yamaha duo of Billy Mackenzie and Lawson Bopping left round two of the MX Nationals sitting in second and third place respectively in the MX1 championship standings after a productive day at the Murray Bridge circuit.

Both riders put together a solid days racing and moved forward in the championship, showing great speed and race craft.

Mackenzie entered the Murray Bridge round confident after strong showing at a local Queensland event the week previous. He struggled to get a good time in the qualifying session but when the racing came and the gates dropped, Mackenzie was all business.

Race one saw the factory Yamaha racer locked in battle with Jake Moss for the race win as the laps ran down. He was unable to make the pass and had to settle for second place and a good haul of points.

Race two and Mackenzie was again in second place and in pursuit of series leader, Todd Waters. Again, not able to get to the lead, Billy took second place and his 2-2 consistently would usually be rewarded with the round win.

But with the new Superpole now in play, Waters snared the extra five points for the fastest qualifying lap and that was enough to hand him the round win, just a couple of points, clear of Mackenzie.

‰ÛÏLast round I benefited from the Superpole, this week it came back to bite me but that‰Ûªs the way racing goes sometimes,‰Û
Starts continue to hinder Bopping's results in 2013 - Credit: Shayne Rice
Lawson Bopping showed flashes of brilliance as he battled through the field in both races after bad starts. Bopping charged his way through to sixth in race one in a very respectable effort.

Moto two was a carbon copy of race one, with Bopping tearing through the pack as he recovered from another poor start. His fight this time took him all the way to fourth place and his combined 4-6 positions were good enough for fourth overall and lifted him to third in the championship standings.

‰ÛÏThe first ten feet of every race is my down fall at the moment as I just can‰Ûªt buy a start or get a clean first lap in." Lawson explained. "Once I can get some clear track I seem to be able to pick my way forward, but with the depth in the championship this year, I can‰Ûªt afford to give any rider a head start.‰Û

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