Motocross

Yamaha Racing ready for Raymond Terrace

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The Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals hits the half way point this weekend as the professional motocross tour hits Raymond Terrace, just north of Newcastle, for round five of the national championship.
Serco Yamaha's Ford Dale is in hot form heading into this weekend's round at Raymond Terrace. Photo: Garry Morrow.
All three Yamaha teams are well positioned after the opening rounds and have riders leading or challenging for the championship lead in their respective classes.

Reigning MX National champion Jay Marmont wrestled back the leaders red plate in the Pro Open division after the Toowoomba round and heads to a familiar circuit in Raymond Terrace looking to extend his lead.

Marmont currently leads the championship by 13 points over JDR Motorex KTM's Tye Simmonds and thinks the 75 points on offer over the weekend will enable him to stretch the points‰Ûª gap.

‰ÛÏIt is a 24 race championship, but with the level of competition this year, every race matters. I have been consistent at the opening rounds, but I feel it‰Ûªs time to nail down some race wins and get some big points on the board,‰Û
Kirk Gibbs sits 18 points behind championship leader PJ LArsen in the Pro Lites class. Photo: Garry Morrow
‰ÛÏI am a huge fan of the Raymond Terrace track. I like the hard pack surface, the ruts the track forms and the layout really suits my style. I have put in a couple of good weeks on the training track and feel confident heading into this weekend," Gibbs explained.

For Ford Dale, currently fifth in the standings, it‰Ûªs all about winning motos. Dale was easily the fasted rider at the previous round, only a crash in moto two stopped him from taking the round win, so he is out for redemption and a big point' haul.

‰ÛÏI have just been following my routine since the last round and feel great on the bike. The team has made a few gains with the bike in testing and we expect to put that to the test this weekend. I just need to stay focused on the track and the results will come," Dale explained.

Yamaha‰Ûªs Under 19 team found some form at the previous round with Harley Quinlan taking second place in the Under 19 class. Ross Beaton also put in spirited rides to finish in fifth for the round. Both riders have taken plenty of confidence from the event and look to put it into practice this weekend at Raymond Terrace.

‰ÛÏMy arm is back to 100% and I feel my racing is getting back where it needs to be. I have done a couple of local races in Queensland since the last race and feel better on the bike with every ride. The team has also made some changes to my suspension and we have the bike working exactly how I want it,‰Û

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