In the SX2 class competitor Ryan Marmont proved a poor qualifying can sometimes mean nothing at all, gaining a near-holeshot on the back of a Last Chance Qualifier entry and twelfth and final pick of the start date.
Marmont blasted his FC 250 into the lead several laps in and looked like going on to win the event, but tucked the front end over an unseen rock and crashed. He pushed on tenaciously however, and was rewarded with sixth in the final, which elevated him three championship positions.
‰ÛÏI was able to call on plenty of experience from over years of indoor races - I had a game plan, that was obviously to qualify good, ride good heats and get good results, earn a good gate pick on the inside for the main," Marmont explained.
"Unfortunately, I didn't do any of that. I got terrible starts, put myself in bad positions, had crashes in heats, ended up in the LCQ and got the last gate pick so it couldn't have gone any worse!
"Then in the main, I just about pulled the holeshot from gate 12 - which was a neat enough trick on its own - got to the lead, and unfortunately just had a little slip up when I hit what I think was a rock on the way into a turn. I went down unexpectedly and so fast I didn't even get to put my hands out.
"But I got back up, and rode a solid second half and I'm happy that I finished the season riding the way I wanted to ride, it's just a shame it didn't show in the results as much as it should have.‰Û