CDR/NOKIA/YAMAHA'S KING LEADS AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP CDR/Nokia/Yamaha's Darryll King has leapt into the lead of the Maxxis Australian Pro Open Motocross Championship following today's sixth round of the series at Penguin in ...
CDR/NOKIA/YAMAHA'S KING LEADS AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
CDR/Nokia/Yamaha's Darryll King has leapt into the lead of the Maxxis Australian Pro Open Motocross Championship following today's sixth round of the series at Penguin in Tasmania.
King finished third overall for the round after two sensational races that saw the Kiwi veteran forced to race from near the back of the pack in both races.
In the opening pro open race King missed the jump on the start and found himself with the arduous task of fighting back from dead last. The reigning champion, with his never say die attitude powered through the field to finish fourth behind Daryl Hurley, Craig Anderson and his younger brother Shayne King.
In the second race King got a better start but was still caught mid pack as he approached the first turn. King rode extremely well on the rutty, hard to pass Penguin track and was up in the top three by mid race distance after series front runner Hurley retired with engine problems.
King who is chasing his third consecutive title passed Anderson with two laps to go to take the chequered flag second behind sibling Shayne King and in the process took the championship lead from Hurley by only two points.
King said his results could have been better had he got his starts right.
"I could have had a much better result today if I had got better starts," King said.
"They were terrible and really cost me a better podium position.
"Now I am leading the championship the real challenge starts now and the next fourteen days will be critical," he said.
"The whole CDR/Nokia/Yamaha team have been amazing they are really throwing everything at helping me win this championship.
"I really hope the weather back home will be kind to me this week," King said. "Prior to this round I only rode four out of twenty days because of the appalling conditions.
"I'm in the box seat right now so I need to make it happen.
After a string of bad luck King's team mate Troy Carroll finally got the monkey off his back with a thrilling win in the opening pro lites race of the day.
Carroll showed tremendous form and was in second place out of first turn in the opening race after a fantastic start. While Carroll settled down and found his race rhythm race leader Ryan Marmont pulled out a five second lead and the CDR/Nokia/Yamaha rider was forced to step up the pace.
Carroll rode a sensational race catching and passing Marmont at half race distance then storming home to take the chequered flag ahead of Cameron Taylor and Ryan Marmont.
The twenty-five year old Queensland rider got good start in second race and came out of turn one second behind Danny Anderson. Halfway through the race he lost momentum and made a small misstate that caused him crash in a tight turn and stall the engine of his Yamaha YZ250F.
Carroll had to settle for seventh in the race and fourth overall for the round but the thirty nine points collected today elevated him from seventh to fourth in the championship and has put him back in the hunt for a top three finish
"It was great to get the monkey off my back today," Carroll said.
"I had a great first race and was really comfortable on the bike.
"The CDR/Nokia/Yamaha team have done a great job on the bike in the last two weeks it was fantastic today," he said.
"In the second race I got a bit fatigued, made a mistake then I went down and it took me a while to get the bike going again.
"I am going to Adelaide to win and put myself back into the top three in the championship," Carroll added.
The Penultimate round of the Maxxis Australian Motocross Championship will be held at Adelaide's Gilman Motocross Track on Sunday June 26.