Cooper too good at Conondale MX Nats

Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Cody Cooper won his first MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, round of the 2013 season on Sunday, 2 June, at Conondale in Queensland as team-mate Matt Moss finished runner-up in a 1-2 result for the team with Billy Mackenzie making up the top three.

After taking five points for winning the Super Pole qualifying session, Cooper battled to sixth in moto one before taking control of moto two from the outset and winning his first overall of the season. It was his bonus points for qualifying first that sealed Cooper the round win. The result boosts him to fourth in the standings at the halfway point, providing a solid platform to build from in the championship’s second half.

MX1 Podium – L-R Matt Moss, Cody Cooper and Billy Mackenzie.

“The day ended up good and to win my first Super Pole was a good feeling – it helped me win the day,” Cooper beamed. “In the first moto I threw my goggles off early, but I was happy with how I rode through the pack and we scored decent points.

“I got the holeshot in the last one, got a good lead even though I started tightening up toward the end. I have been doing a lot of testing, so it’s important I go back to New Zealand and start doing motos again during my training. I am really happy though and I have to say thanks to the team for helping me win this one.”

Moss was also delighted with his second place result for the weekend, finishing just one point shy of Cooper overall as he continues to home in on championship leader Todd Waters.

After dominating regular qualifying with a time near three seconds ahead of the pack, Moss was forced to settle for the fifth gate selection after an incident during his Super Pole lap. A pair of second places in the motos now sees him just 25 points from the top spot in the championship.

Moss also claimed the $100 Suzuki Holeshot Award for taking the first holeshot of the round in the MX1 category aboard his Motul Pirelli Suzuki RM-Z450.

“I felt really good in practice and qualifying, then in Super Pole I crashed and that was a big factor in losing the overall,” Moss commented. “In the first race I rode really good apart from two more crashes that cost me, but I felt good overall.

“In moto two I struggled at the start, had trouble getting going, but everything started clicking and I came home strong, so I was happy with that. I took points off Todd, so I was happy with that because the championship leader red plate is what we’re aiming for.”

Todd Waters finished fourth, leaving him with a 25-point margin over Matt Moss in the championship standings.

Adam Monea’s hopes of a successful debut year with Monster Energy Kawasaki were boosted as he advanced to 6th place in the championship yesterday. Monea looked on track for a top 5 finish in the first moto at Conondale however a crash relegated him back to 9th place. He was able to improve on that result in Moto 2 taking 7th place for 8th overall for the round. Monea continues to chip away at the championship leader-board and is currently 6th overall after Conondale.

Jay Marmont was looking to turn his recent form slump around at Conondale however it wasn’t to be with the 4 time consecutive Australian MX champion finishing just outside the top ten with 11-12 results for 12th overall. Marmont sits in 11th overall in the series but is optimistic of turning his series around after the scheduled 6 week break.

Jay Marmont say’s, “It’s no secret that I’m struggling, people can see that in my results. I’ve got a plan now that I’m going to work through during the break. The next 6 weeks off will do me good. I’m confident I can work through some stuff and come back stronger than ever.”

When considering his determination, spirit and character, Monster Energy Kawasaki have no doubt that Jay Marmont will bounce back soon and the team will continue to support both he and Adam.

Luke Styke in action at the weekend.

Styke racks up round win in MX2
Serco Yamaha’s Luke Styke hits the halfway point of the 2013 MX Nationals in control of the points’ race after winning another round of the championship. Josh Cachia and Kale Makeham provided stiff competition

Styke overcame stiff competition, a rough, rutty and challenging track to take the round win with his 1-2 results. Styke led moto one until the final stages but let his rival slip by in the waning laps and crossed the finish line in a disgruntled second place.

Luke Clout endured a tough weekend with a 13-3 score which netted him seventh for the round. Despite the tough day, Clout is still in second place in the MX2 championship behind teammate Styke, but he can’t afford any more bad motos if he is to maintain his position.

MX1 Results
1. Cody Cooper  66
2. Matt Moss  65
3. Billy Mackenzie 63
4. Todd Waters 63
5. Jake Moss
6. Lawson Bopping 49
7. Kirk Gibbs 47
8. Adam Monea 47
9. Daniel McCoy 45
10. Tye Simmonds 43

MX1 Championship Standings (After Round 5)
1. Todd Waters 332
2. Matt Moss – 307
3.  Billy Mackenzie 289
4. Cody Cooper – 268
5. Lawson Bopping 266
6. Adam Monea 232
7. Tye Simmonds 232
8. Jake Moss – 230
9. Kirk Gibbs 230
10. Daniel McCoy 209

MX2 Results
1. Luke Styke – 67
2. Josh Cachia – 67
3. Kale Makeham – 56
4.  Jay Wilson – 50
5. Beau Ralston – 49
6. Takeshi Katsuya – 48
7. Luke Clout – 46
8. Ryan Marmont – 44
9. Brock Winston – 44
10. 10th Dylan Long – 44

MX2 Championship Standings
1. Luke Styke – 336
2. Luke Clout – 285
3. Josh Cachia – 279
4. Brock Winston – 258
5. Kale Makeham – 255
6. Takeshi Katsuya – 212
7. Geran Stapleton – 208
9.  Dylan Long – 187
10. Kayne Lamont – 183







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