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Buderim's Ford Dale returned to form yesterday, winning the final round of the MX Nationals pro lites division at Coolum. 
MICHAELA O'NEILL/SUNSHINE COAST DAILY
03/08/08 177453 Buderim's Ford Dale returned to form yesterday, winning the final round of the MX Nationals pro lites division at Coolum. MICHAELA O'NEILL/SUNSHINE COAST DAILY

MX crown to Yamaha

Looking for a maths lesson?

Probably not, but here’s one anyway – 12 and two equals one.

But only if you’re Jay Marmont.

At Coolum Pines Motocross Park yesterday afternoon, the 25-year-old CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider secured the 2008 MX Nationals Pro Open championship with his 12th-place finish in the opening race, before backing up with a second place in the second moto.

Marmont went into the round leading Daryl Hurley (Team Shift Motul Suzuki) by 38 points and needing only a top-15 finish in either race to claim his maiden Pro Open national title.

Marmont, who lives at Wollongong, said that despite the comfortable points buffer coming into the round, he was still under pressure to ensure the right result.

“A lot of people probably tried to put the mocker on me, saying it would come down to the last race,” he said.

“Ando (Craig Anderson) had a race this year where he scored no points, so to come to a track like (Coolum), it was always going to be rough and demanding.”

Marmont found that first-hand in the opening race, crashing in the first lap.

“I had a bent pipe, bent wheel, and I just thought, man, I’ve got to bring this puppy home,” he said.

“But that last race was just so much fun, it really topped the day off for me.”

In the standings for the round, Marmont finished in fifth place, with teammate Cheyne Boyd taking out both chequered flags and the round win.

It was a dominant day for Yamaha riders, with Buderim’s Ford Dale (Serco Yamaha) winning the Pro Lites round.

Closing out a season badly disrupted by injury, Dale rode to third place in the opening moto, before dominating the second race to lead for nearly the entire 30 minutes. It was a near thing though, with his margin being 0.03 of a second, from Kade Mosig (Woodstock Honda Thor Racing).

While Dale won the round, it was Kawasaki Racing Team’s Luke George who took home the national title.

After spending months away from racing due to a broken wrist – followed shortly after by a broken collarbone – Dale was understandably thrilled to have won the final round, in front of a home crowd. He said he knew it would be tight at the flag.

“I knew where he (Mosig) was the whole time – I struggled with a bit of arm-pump halfway through the moto and slowed down a bit,” he said.

“I tried to get rid of him, but the last lap it (arm-pump) came on real bad, and I struggled to get rid of him.”

Second quickest through qualifying, by 0.103 of a second, Dale was left to rue the season that could have been.

“I struggled with injury before the season, missed five rounds, then came back in round six and have pretty much been working towards this since then,” he said.

“It’s awesome for me, and awesome for Serco.”

In the under-19s, Motorex KTM Race Team’s Tye Simmonds came into yesterday’s final round defending a lead of only nine points.

That margin proved sufficient, with Simmonds claiming the national title ahead of Lawson Bopping (Shift Motul Suzuki).


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