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Monster Energy Kawasaki have day to forget at Round 2 of MXN

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Monster Energy Kawasaki will look to regroup quickly after a tough second round of the 2013 MX Nationals at Murray Bridge, held in South Australia on Sunday.

The team‰Ûªs championship aspirations suffered a setback with both riders forced out of the top ten following DNF‰Ûªs in the first moto. However with 8 rounds to go and more than 400 points still up for grabs, Jay Marmont and Adam Monea remain in championship contention and the team is looking forward to an improved result this weekend.

Marmont got off to a brilliant start in the first moto quickly finding 3rd place on the opening lap however in an unfortunate turn of events; he came together with his team-mate Monea just a few turns later.

Marmont was forced to withdraw from the moto with severe pain in his lower back and needed a lift back with the crew from RaceSafe. Marmont fought through the pain and raced the second moto.

The move could prove valuable to the gutsy rider later in the series with a handful of points earned for his efforts thanks to a 13th place finish. Jay Marmont currently sits in 13th place in the championship.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs probably one of the worst days of racing I‰Ûªve had for a long time," stated a disappointed Marmont. "I thought all of the boxes were ticked coming into the round but it just wasn‰Ûªt to be.

"I got off to a good top three start in the first moto and then came together with my team-mate. I went a bit wide on the turn and Monz came up on me and took the line and blew me off my bike.

"I wasn‰Ûªt able to get back on my bike, my back was really sore. I raced the second moto in a lot of pain, I got a bad start and worked my way up a little bit but couldn‰Ûªt get into the top ten so I‰Ûªm pretty disappointed.

"I can still take positives away though. I‰Ûªm still walking and I‰Ûªm not badly injured," he continued.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm in a tough position now in the championship. I‰Ûªm outside the top ten but the championship is not gone. It‰Ûªs a really disappointing day.

Marmont will put all his effort in to being fit and ready to go for this weekends race at Wonthaggi with the aim for the current Australian Supercross championship to get his season back on track.

"We have to go out there at Wonthaggi, stamp our authority and start clawing our way back. There are still a lot of points up for grabs, it‰Ûªs only round two.

"I‰Ûªve had my bad round now so I need to move on. We‰Ûªll come out swinging at Wonthaggi.‰Û
Monea will look for a top result at the first of three home state races this Sunday - Credit: Rice Photography (Shayne Rice)
Monea came out strong in the second moto and tried to capitalise on a decent start however his rear brake lever copped a knock and was badly bent rendering it near useless.

Monea did his best to finish the race in 6th place. Adam Monea sits just behind his team-mate in the points standings in 14th place.

‰ÛÏIt was a tough day." Monea stated. "Getting that DNF straight off the bat was not what I wanted. I had to regroup and get back into a good mind frame and focus on the last race.

"I got a decent start in the second and pushed as hard as I could. I was right on the back of Kirk (Gibbs) and was riding well, I thought I had a decent pace then I had a rear brake mishap.

"I had to ride most of the moto with next to no rear brakes. To salvage a 6th after such a hard day was OK. I‰Ûªm looking forward to a home race in Wonthaggi.‰Û

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