Supercross

Raceline Pirelli Suzuki add a second rider after strong start to ASX Season

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The Raceline Pirelli Suzuki team got their 2013 Terex Australian supercross championship off to a strong start over the weekend, with team rider Ryan 'Doggy' Marmont racing to a 4th place finish at round one on Saturday before backing it up with a podium 3rd place finish at round two on Sunday in Darwin.

For team manager Ben Lane, seeing Ryan up on the podium at the Hidden Valley circuit gave him great satisfaction. Lane who came on-board with Raceline Pirelli Suzuki at the start of the season, tasted podium success early on with the team when Marmont found the podium during the teams excursion to New Zealand to contest selected rounds of their national championship.

The 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals did not go exactly to plan, though after a slow start to the season, Marmont did find some form in the second half of the year lifting himself to 4th place in the championship at season's end, though things did not go as well for team mate Geran Stapleton who finished the season early due to shoulder injury that has also kept him out of the Supercross series.

The result on the weekend showed that the Raceline outfit are well on track for a much better Supercross series, something that Lane is more than happy about.

"Overall the weekend was really good for us, getting up on the podium was a great way to get things start for the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki team." Lane enthused.

"It has been awhile since we have been up on the podium, probably New Zealand at the start of the year. To get up on the podium and have a solid start was exactly what we needed. It was a lot better than how we started the Motocross season off!

"We have a great bike and a great rider in doggy so overall I am very pleased with how things started with Supercross," the former championship winning mechanic added.
The Raceline Pirelli team stepped back on to the podium for the first time since the beginning of the year, with Ryan Marmonts (Far Right) podium, 3rd place finish in Darwin - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The 26 year old Lane was not only please with the way his team started the SX season, but also enjoyed the first ever Supercross round held in Darwin, paying tribute to the efforts put in by series promoter IEG.

"The event was definitely unique that is for sure," Lane told fullnoise.com.au. "personally I thought it was a great event.

"As far as our team goes we kept it very low key, with just myself Ryan and Chris up there, to keep the costs down. We enjoyed it a lot, the atmosphere was good, I like the heat so that suited me, I think IEG has done a fantastic job and I hope we get to go there again for sure.

With Rounds one and two out of the way, Lane and his team will turn their focus to round three at Mount Gambier in South Australia, where Marmont will be joined on the team by Jake Emanuelli, who will contest the MXD class.

"We have put Jake Emanuelli on in the MXD class," Lane explained. "He is a great supercross rider and has come back from a pretty serious injury and he has gained momentum all year.

"We had to look for a second rider when Geran had to pull out due to his shoulder injury, Geran has had surgery and it went well but he wont be back for Supercross.

"There was not enough time to get another rider ready for the MX2 championship so, basically we had to put all our MX2 eggs in one basket with Ryan, but at the same time we wanted to have another rider out there for our sponsors so we looked at the MXD class and Jake was a perfect fit for us.

He is someone we have looked at before in the past, he is a really nice kid. He has one of our bikes already, he is on the bike tranining hard and I think he is going to be a real threat for the title." Lane concluded.

Top Image: Ryan Marmont raced to a 3rd and 4th place finish at Darwin;s ASX Opener to give the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki team a flying start to the season.
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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