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Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Kayne Lamont has carried his early year from the New Zealand Motocross Championship into the opening round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals taking a comfortable win at the season opening round held at Broadford in Victoria yesterday.

The Red Bull Husqvarna mounted Kiwi, who won the MXD class here in Australia in 2012 and as recently as last weekend wrapped up the New Zealand MX2 Motocross Championship, put on a clinical display of riding on a track that caught many of the top contenders heading into this season out.

Lamont started of the day winning the opening moto in the Lites class for 2014 series, leading home Serco Yamaha's Luke Clout, with Errol Willis a somewhat of a surprise in third place aboard his Yamaha YZ 250 two stroke. TM Racing Australia's Daniel McCoy also got his season off to a great start in fourth place while KTM mounted Wade Hunter also had people turning their heads crossing the line in 5th.
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Nick Scott improved all day finishing 5th overall including a 4th place finish in the final moto - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The come back kid, Brenden Harrison rocketed to the race win in moto two, signalling his return to the top of the riders list on the national scene. Lamont continued his impressive form with a second place finish while pre season favourite Kale Makeham rounded out the top three. Hunter once again proved to be a sensation in moto two, finishing in fourth place while 2013 MXD Champion Hamish Harwood pushed hard to finish fifth.

It was once again the Lamont show in the final moto, with the New Zealander racing to another impressive race win giving him an unbeatable 1-2-1 score card for the round. Harwood made it a Kiwi 1-2 finish in the final moto and Clout bounced back from a rough second race to finish the final moto of the day in third.

MXRP Yamaha rider Nick Scott rounded out the top four and was followed home by Harrison in 5th.
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
The back of Lamont's bike was the view most of the MX2 field had all day Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Lamont's sensational day out not only left him standing on the top step of the podium, but also leaves him with a more than handy 20 point lead after just one round of racing.

"Today felt good, I was kind of hoping to do that coming off a strong season in New Zealand." Lamont admitted. "I had a good day today, the track was pretty gnarly, my bike stayed together and stayed straight, I stayed upright and made the day quite easy for myself.

"Racing the New Zealand series was a huge help, I have had a great off season where most of the Aussie guys have probably not had the same type of preparation coming in as me.

"The first few rounds I am hoping to make a bit impact over here and then continue my success hopefully over the rest of the season," he added.
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Brendan Harrison was flawless on his way to winning race two - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Harrison was happy to hit some of his goals at the opening round of the series, but will be working hard heading into the upcoming rounds with the knowledge that he has the speed that can see him be crowned the 2014 MX2 champion come the end of the year.

"I am super happy with my weekend." Harrison commented after his final moto. "One of my goals for this weekend was to lead and win a race. I need to learn how to lead again it has been a long time since I raced a national.

"The weekend did not go exactly to plan, I have to concentrate on my starts, I know my speed is not a problem and I am really looking forward to the next round.

"I have a local race this weekend, then get ready for Appin, I can't wait." Harrison concluded

Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Hamish Harwood ensured the past two MX Nationals MXD champions were on the MX2 podium at Broadford Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Harwood who did not have the season he was hoping for back home in New Zealand was happy to step up his pace and his results on his return to Australia and was wrapped to be standing on the podium at the end of the day.

"I am stoked with today's results," said a very happy Harwood. "I did not have such a good New Zealand season in the MX2 class.

"I thought I better step it up for Aussie, I have done that and I am wrapped with the podium," he added.

"I head home now, I am going to do some training, more hard work then come back swinging at Appin. The plan from there is to stay over for a few rounds and see where we go from there."
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Luke Clout showed why he is a favourite for the MX2 championship with two solid moto's and a hard charge through the field in race two - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Clout ended the day tied on 81 points with Harwood, though was relegated to fourth overall due to Harwoods better finish in the final moto. Nick Scott impressed with his fifth place overall finishing the day three points ahead of Hunter.

Hunter was on track for a podium finish heading into the last race of the day, but unfortunately was caught up in a first turn crash with Makeham and Raceline Pirelli's Geran Stapleton.

Stapleton's team-mate Ryan Marmont rode a consistent day in a class that was full of riders with mixed results to round out the day in 7th, giving four stroke machinery 4th through 7th for day that saw Two stroke machinery fill the podium positions. while

TuneTech KTM's Makeham was able to salvage a 8th place overall round result despite the moto three first turn crash.
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Caleb Ward was one of the many riders who put in at least one outstanding moto in the MX2 class, a class that is proving to be wide open in 2014 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Privateer Caleb Ward finished ninth on the back of his 6th place effort in moto two, while Willis became one of the many hard luck stories of the day. After going 3-9 in the opening two races of the day, Willis was sitting in a comfortable fourth place in the final race and was well on track for a top four overall result when his bike came to a stop with just a handful of laps remaining.

It was much the same for TM Racings McCoy who after spending opening two moto's in direct battles for position with Willis, once again was riding line-astern with Willis in the final race of the day before suffering a big crash the lap before Willis was forced out, leaving him one point behind Willis for the day in 11th.

In a testament to the closeness of the racing throughout the MX2 class, the riders who finished between 10th and 20th in points for the day were only separated by 11 points.
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
MX2 Podium Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MX2 Overall Rounds Results and Championship standings After Round 1 of 10:
1. Kayne Lamont - 102 Pts
2. Branden Harrison - 82 Pts
3. Hamish Harwood - 81 Pts
4. Luke Clout - 81 Pts
5. Nick Scott - 72 Pts
6. Wade Hunter - 69 Pts
7. Ryan Marmont - 63 Pts
8. Kale Makeham - 57 Pts
9. Caleb Ward - 55 Pts
10. Errol Willis - 51 Pts
11. Daniel McCoy - 50 Pts
12. Hamish Dobbyn - 49 Pts
13. Daniel Banks - 49 Pts
14. Dylan Long - 49 Pts
15. Luke Arbon - 48 Pts
16. Geran Stapleton - 44 Pts
17. Jay Wilson - 41 Pts
18. Matt Van Slooten - 41 Pts
19. Daniel McEntee - 40 Pts
20. Corey James - 40 Pts
Kayne Lamont Carries NZ Championship Form To MX Nationals Opener
Errol Willis (283) and Daniel McCoy (65) had near identical days and were never far from each other on track. The duo joined a long list of riders that had two good and one frustrating race Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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