A revitalised Kade Mosig was unfortunate to miss the podium last round after qualifying in pole however he ensured himself a 3rd place finish at Appin. Mosig started well in the first two back to back motos and grabbed himself a pair of 2nds. A bad start in the final moto could have spelled disaster but a determined Kade Mosig fought back hard and did what he had to do to get himself back on the box. Mosig’s 2-2-7 results gave him 3rd for the day and seats him in 4th place in the championship.
Kade Mosig say’s, “Yeah I’ve broken the 4th place deal I’ve had going at the last couple of rounds. Thirds good, I’m happy. We’re on the box. We come to all these races to be on the box and I just want to win. I felt like I was really close today but I buggered up my start in the last moto and it let me down. I’ve just got to stay at it. I feel like we’re making really good progress. I’ve just got to stay in my routine and keep doing what I’m doing. I just want to win some motos but I feel we’re on the right track.”
MX1 rider Billy Mackenzie knew that he was facing an uphill battle at Appin, returning to racing after a lengthy break due to injury. Running back up the front at times throughout the day, Mackenzie showed that the valuable race time clocked at Appin should have him challenging again for moto wins at Moree. The tiring back to back opening motos took their toll on Mackenzie as he finished in 9 & 10th however he started to return to form in the final race, running in 2nd place for a large part of the moto. Mackenzie’s KX450F was performing superbly and the Dunlop tyres provided outstanding grip on the difficult hard-packed track however a small crash relegated Mackenzie back to 6th by the time the chequered flag came out and he came away with 9-10-6 results for 8th overall.
Billy Mackenzie say’s, “I’m not happy with my results. I’m satisfied.. We got the bike working a lot better. I just wish we had more time to test in more hard pack conditions. By the final race we found a set-up that worked. It was nice to show that I’ve still got the speed. It’s good to be back racing. It’s good to cut some laps. My hand’s getting stronger and it’s not a problem anymore. I’m looking forward to the next one so we can progress again.”
Having won the last 4 Australian MX championships in a row, Jay Marmont does not rely on luck. He works hard for his victories…however a little bit of luck in 2012 would not be unwelcomed. With his body now healthy and his KX450F working superbly, Marmont was quietly confident heading to Appin and looking forward to a successful home round. It wasn’t to be his day though with a crash in the second turn of the opening moto breaking his clutch lever, forcing him back to the starting gate where he had to patiently wait for the next race. Then a tough start in the second moto did not help his cause. Although he fought back well later in the day to take 3rd in the final race, the damage was already done. Marmont’s DNF-7-3 results left him in 9th for the round.
Jay Marmont say’s, “It was a pretty miserable day. The first two races didn’t go to plan. I ended the day on a positive note though with a third. I’ve just got to put this day behind me and look forward to the next round.”
The Kawasaki KX250F enjoyed success at Appin not only in the MX2 class thanks to Kade Mosig’s podium but also in the MXD class with new Axis Motorsports Kawasaki signing Dylan Leary taking the final moto win.
Australian Women’s Champion, Meghan Rutledge, recently returned from a successful racing stint in the
Monster Energy Kawasaki is confident of a successful final two rounds of the championship next month. Showing good speed, Kade Mosig is on track for a solid finish to the series in the MX2 class. Jay Marmont will as always dig deep to do what he has to do to be back on top of the box again and the race time gathered at Appin will set Billy Mackenzie back on the path to moto victories. The team looks forward to the 9th round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Moree, NSW on 19 August.