Taylor Extends Championship Lead with Penguin Round Win Serco Yamaha's Cameron Taylor has won the pro lites class and extended his championship lead at round six of the Maxxis Australian Motocross Championship in Penguin, Tasmania...
Taylor Extends Championship Lead with Penguin Round Win
Serco Yamaha's Cameron Taylor has won the pro lites class and extended his championship lead at round six of the Maxxis Australian Motocross Championship in Penguin, Tasmania today.
It wasn't such a happy day for Taylor's team mate Robbie Marshall who damaged ligaments in his ankle after catching his foot in a rut while challenging for the lead in the first pro lites moto of the day.
Both Serco Yamaha riders blasted from the start line holding third and fourth respectively in the opening laps of race one with Marshall passing Taylor and second placed Ryan Marmont by lap five of the thirty minute race.
While chasing down race leader Troy Carroll twenty minutes into the race, Marshall got his foot caught in one of the deep ruts coming down a hill and tore ligaments around his left ankle which will see him out of competition for at least two weeks.
Taylor moved into second place and raced hard to make up ground on Carroll but was unable to catch his fellow Yamaha rider and finished second with Ryan Marmont third.
In the second race Taylor got another good start and was sitting fourth on the first corner of the opening lap behind Danny Anderson, Ryan Marmont and Troy Carroll. Once the race settled Taylor strategically made his move passing Carroll and Marmont to take second place by midway through the race.
Taylor then focused on chasing down race leader Danny Anderson and despite recording the fastest lap of the race ran out of time to complete his mission before the chequered flag fell.
First place on the day and a solid thirty nine point championship were the rewards for the Serco Yamaha rider's efforts.
Taylor said he was relieved to finally put two good races together.
"I got two good starts and was able to finally put two good races together," Taylor said
"My Yamaha YZ250F was awesome today, it feels like everything has gelled this weekend and come together.
"Now I have extended my championship lead to thirty nine points I will be able to ride the next two rounds with less pressure and hopefully win more races," Taylor said.
The Serco Yamaha rider has increased his points tally to 213 points and now leads the pro lites championship by 39 points ahead of Ryan Marmont on 192 points and Luke Burkhart on 175 points.
It was a bitterly disappointing day for Robbie Marshall who will be sidelined for at least two weeks.
"I am so disappointed," Marshall said. "I have really been riding at my all time best and was looking good for a top two championship result.
"These things happen I am not going to give up and will be back on the bike as soon as I can.