A top ten finish for Opens rider Billy Mackenzie leaves him in 4th place in the Championship. Whilst it wasn’t the result he was looking for he is still just 7 points off the series lead however a DNF for Lites rider
With the Survivor racing format shelved for the night due to torrential rain, 450 rider Billy Mackenzie had one 15 lap main event race to do the business. As usual, Mackenzie got off to a great start on board his KX450F and found his way to the lead by lap 2. From there Mackenzie settled into a good rhythm and looked set to bring home the win until a small crash put him off the side of the track. He re-mounted quickly but limited traction on the slippery wooden boards surrounding the track meant getting back onto the dirt was easier said than done. When he finally got himself back on track, Mackenzie was way down the order and had to work hard for his eventual 9th place finish. Mackenzie’s podium finish last week and top ten finish this week still sees him inside the top 5 in the Championship, only 7 points shy of the series lead and tied with 3rd place.
A frustrated Billy Mackenzie says, “I was actually having a really good final. I got out of the gate well and managed to get into the lead on the second lap. I was feeling comfortable, doing the triple and pulling ground. I was just trying to find a few lines and keep it consistent but it just caught me out on this one little section before the whoops. I slid it off the track and with the ply boards down it took me a while to get back on, I was just sitting on the ply wood spinning so it was really frustrating, I got a bit angry. After that I just tried to put some consistent laps together and get as high up the order as I could. I’m really really frustrated at losing the lead again. I did it at the first round and it’s happened again the second round. I just have to put it right at the third”.
The night started brilliantly for Lites rider
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Troy Carroll was frustrated but optimistic after racing wrapped up in
With both Monster Energy Kawasaki riders showing very good form so far this season, the team heads to Campbelltown, NSW this weekend confident of better results and ready to seize back lost Championship points.