Boyd spirit typifies Aussie team
Cheyne Boyd's last race in the 2006 Motocross of Nations typified himself as a rider, and the team's attitude throughout the whole event.
Despite suffering fatigue from a race soon before, Boyd pushed on through the pain barrier to finish 18th in the final race, and help secure 11th spot for the Aussies.
Speaking after the race, Boyd admitted that he was driven to give his best for his country, and to improve on his earlier race result.
"Even though I was tired from the moto before, I just pushed really hard and just battled with the guys," Boyd admitted.
"I was just so focused and I wanted to finish up better than I did the first race without any crashes or mistakes.
"It could have been better overall but Brett didn't have a great day, and we could have done a little bit better, but it was good considering the conditions and the circumstances."
Boyd joked that the team was bound to finish in 11th spot overall, after a weekend of results that included the number 11.
"I think we were destined to get 11th because we qualified 11th, we were 11th after the first and second races and it was just 11th all day.
And upon reflection, Boyd believes that the event was a huge success for himself and his team-mates, and is happy that he ended the event in injury free.
"To get that (11th), it betters my overall finish in '04 when we finished 13th, so it is a step better for me.
"This is Daniel's (Reardon) first des Nations, so it is a good experience for him, and it is just unfortunate that Brett had a bit of a bad day, had a few get offs and got hurt, so I am just happy to walk away from that."
Boyd admitted that while the lure of representing his country has been the ultimate honour, his mind has still been wandering to the Australian Supercross Championship, where with one round remaining he is equal leader with Reardon.
According to Boyd, he and Reardon go back to being fierce rivals "as soon as we leave the track today" and he is hoping to take top honours in a couple of weeks time.
"Even though it is a really big thing (the Motocross of Nations), I am in a situation that I have never been in before in Australia -- leading the Supercross heading into the last round."
"So I am happy to get away with this, get home healthy and get ready for the Supercross."