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Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale

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Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Billy Mackenzie saved his best performance for last as he won the 10th and final round of the 2014 MX Nationals held at the loamy Coolum Pines circuit on the Sunshine Coast, while team mate Jacob Wright made it a 1-3 finish as he came home in third place.

Competing in the premier MX1 division on the factory YZ450F, Mackenzie stormed home in the final moto of the day to take the race win and with it the round victory after a count-back with Kirk Gibbs.

Mackenzie was on song all day, earlier claiming the win in the Superpole with the fastest lap and then carrying plenty of momentum into the first of the three races. Mackenzie went on to rack up 3-2-1 results and take his second round victory of the year.

Despite the win in the final round, Mackenzie wasn‰Ûªt able to make ground up on the championship table and finished third for the year.

‰ÛÏToday felt pretty good." Mackenzied stated. "I like racing here at Coolum as it has a nice atmosphere and the track is always in great shape. I like the changes they have made and it kept it interesting for everyone.

‰ÛÏIt was also nice to see a big crowd on hand for the final round and it‰Ûªs rewarding to finish the season on such a strong note."
Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
Jacob Wright continued his momentum rolling from the previous rounds at Coolum - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Jacob Wright continued his momentum rolling from the previous rounds, taking home third place on the day. He impressed in the opening moto charging home for a second place finish and hot on the heels of the race winner. Moto two saw him finish in eighth and he rounded out his season with a fifth to give him the final spot on the podium.

Wright's late season charge since joining the CDR Yamaha team has seen him surge to fifth place in the championship standings and one to watch in the future under the CDR Yamaha guidance.

‰ÛÏAnother podium for me in the premier class so I‰Ûªm pretty stoked,‰Û
Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
Jay Marmont enjoyed his last day racing the MX Nationals on a CDR Yamaha - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Jay Marmont enjoyed his last day racing the MX Nationals on a CDR Yamaha finishing in eighth place. Marmont has battled a wrist injury since round six but bounced back to some good form on the weekend battling with the lead pack in a couple of races and finishing as high as sixth.

Despite missing several rounds, Marmont rounded out the season in 12th place.

‰ÛÏCoolum has been a good venue for me and I have a lot of happy memories from here,‰Û
Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
Luke Clout, on board his championship winning Serco Yamaha YZ250F, - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Luke Clout, on board his Yamaha YZ250F, has claimed the 2014 MX Nationals MX2 championship after a perfectly constructed days racing at the 10th and final round of the championship, held at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

The championship victory is the first for Clout in his professional career and makes it back to back victories for the powerhouse Serco Yamaha team after Luke Styke took 2013 championship win.

Clout entered the final round at Coolum with a 28point lead in the championship but with the three moto format in place, at the toughest track on the tour, Clout needed to stay calm and get the job done with the minimum of fuss to secure the title.

The day went exactly to plan for Clout and the team. With good starts in all three motos, Clout was able to control his own destiny and keep an eye on his rivals at the same time. He finished third in the opening two motos and just needed a top 15 finish in the final moto of the year and the championship was his.

Again he jumped well from the starting gates and held good track position early in the race. After a fall from his nearest rival in the championship, Luke Arbon, which took him out of the race, all Clout needed to do was circulate until the finish.

Clout crossed the finish line in ninth place with his fist in the air before being swamped by his team in celebration. His 3-3-9 results gave him the added bonus of a third for the round to cap his successful championship campaign. It was a hard earned victory for Clout and his Serco crew as they battled through a long and tough year against some stiff opposition.

‰ÛÏI can‰Ûªt tell you how excited and relieved I am,‰Û
Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
Jay Wilson jumped to fourth place in the overall championship standings after a solid final round at Coolum - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Team mate Jay Wilson jumped to fourth place in the overall championship standings after a solid final round at Coolum. Wilson finished 9-7-3 in the three races to come home fourth for the round just behind Clout.

‰ÛÏI struggled a bit today, especially in moto one. I was in a pack trying to get through and every time I went to make a pass, I had to go off the race line and as a result, the rider behind me was able to pass me. I seemed to go back and forward with the same riders all moto." Wilson explained.

‰ÛÏThe last two were better and I was able to get to fourth for the round and the championship. I think I finished the season pretty well; the opening round at Broadford is what cost me as I had a terrible day there."

Team Owner, Gavin Eales was again proud of his Serco Yamaha race team and celebrated a successful year with the team.

‰ÛÏI couldn‰Ûªt be prouder of everyone in the Serco Yamaha team." Eales stated. "Both Luke and Jay rode well all year and raced every moto at 100%. Michael and Adam back in the workshop put in huge hours to ensure everything is right on race day and the mechanics Peter and Andrew do whatever it takes to get it done.

‰ÛÏOn top of that we have a great list of sponsors and an unbelievable race bike in the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F. This is now two in a row for us and we are humbled that we have been able to achieve it with two different riders."
Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
The GYTR Yamaha team landed on the podium at the final round of the 2014 MX Nationals with guest rider Kyle Webster landing in third place on his YZ250F. - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The GYTR Yamaha team landed on the podium at the final round of the 2014 MX Nationals with guest rider Kyle Webster landing in third place on his YZ250F.

Webster was drafted into the team for the final two rounds after championship leader Jed Beaton broke his leg in a fall prior to round nine of the championship and has made the most of his opportunity with the factory MXD team.

Hailing from WA, Webster likes the soft and sandy based Coolum circuit and put his sand skills to good use finishing the day with 4-3-3 results to take third for the round.

‰ÛÏI was a bit frustrated after last weekend at Gladstone as I probably should have finished on the podium but I made some mistakes that cost me so I was determined to make amends this weekend." Webster commented.

‰ÛÏI was able to get pretty good starts in all three races and stay up near the front without crashing so it made life much easier.

‰ÛÏWorking with the GYTR Yamaha team has been a fantastic experience and everyone on the team has been so helpful the last couple of rounds and I have learned a lot from it,‰Û
Yamaha Riders Reflect On Successful MX Nationals Finale
Todd rounded out the championship in fourth place which is an incredible result for the 16 year old who was thrown into the MXD championship at the last minute. - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Poor starts and first lap issues were the Achilles heel in Wilson Todd‰Ûªs day. He entered the round full of confidence after dominating the Gladstone round and he immediately set the fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday.

But in both moto one and two he was left way down in the field after colliding and falling with other riders. Each time he managed to pick himself up and climb from near last back to sixth place in the 20 minute events. Race three saw him get through the opening lap unscathed and he went on to finish in second place with his 6-6-2 results netting him fifth on the day.

Todd rounded out the championship in fourth place which is an incredible result for the 16 year old who was thrown into the MXD championship at the last minute.

‰ÛÏI really wanted to win today but my starts weren‰Ûªt great and I tangled with other riders down the front straight. I was able to ride the track okay, but coming from that far back was always going to make it tough to win here,‰Û

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