The opening round of the 2004 Australian Supercross Nationals threw up a day of mixed fortune for the CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team with injury, a controversial finals win and a run in the last chance for the Pro Open all coming into play. 2003...
The opening round of the 2004 Australian Supercross Nationals threw up a day of mixed fortune for the CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team with injury, a controversial finals win and a run in the last chance for the Pro Open all coming into play.
2003 Pro Lites Champion, Troy Carroll's assault on the Pro Open title got off to a disastrous start during the afternoons practice session when he landed badly coming off a jump in the rhythm section of the circuit.
Carroll severely jarred his back and unable to continue, was taken to hospital for routine tests and observation.
Newcomer to the team, Daniel McCoy won the Pro Lites final under controversial circumstances in his first race meeting, riding for the factory Yamaha team.
After leading for most of the fifteen-lap final, McCoy crashed coming off the triple jump on lap 13. While the yellow flags were displayed second placed rider, privateer Bronte Holland missed the flags and took the jump, colliding with the CDR rider as he was picking up his bike to rejoin the race.
As a result of this incident the race was red flagged and Mc Coy declared the eventual winner as 75% of race distance was completed and in accordance with the rules, the race positions from the previous lap are deemed the result.
The nineteen-year old Sydney rider was pleased with his overall performance and says this result will give him confidence for next weekends round in Townsville.
"I wasn't at all happy with my starts in the heats," said Mc Coy. "But I was very happy with the way I climbed my way back through the field, it gave me confidence that I would have enough speed for the final.
"In the semi-final I got a great start and took the lead by the second corner, then led the race all the way to the chequered flag.
"I got away to a sensational start in the final getting the holeshot and leading the race quite convincingly.
"I was pretty relaxed and enjoying the race on lap 13 when my foot hit the gear leaver as I went over the jumps before the triple, which meant I took off in first gear and this caused me to crash," said Mc Coy.
"I didn't quite know what happened next one minute I was picking up my bike the next there was a rider and bike on top of me and the race was red flagged.
"I am very happy to walk away with the win, I thought they might restart the race, which I was keen to do, but in hindsight it probably wasn't such a good idea as my bike was a bit worse for wear," Mc Coy reflected.
Cameron Taylor took to the arena with a renewed vigour finishing both of his heats in second place, recording one of the fastest laps of the event and eventually finishing the final in a credible fourth place.
The Victorian was sitting second in his semi final when he had a small front end loose that saw him come off the bike and have to climb back through the field and settle for fifth place, one place out of the finals with only the top four automatically going through.
Taylor was then forced to race in the "Last Chance" which would see him one of ten riders vying for only two positions in the Pro Open final.
"I felt a bit tight on the bike today," Taylor said. "It was a very tight track I think everyone struggled a bit.
"I was quite happy with my overall performance, except the loose in the semi final which put me into 'Last Chance' that was not where I wanted to be.
"I played it safe in the Last Chance and sat comfortably in second position to ensure I got into the final," said Taylor.
"The bike was good in the final, I found I got faster as the race went on, both Jay Marmont and myself were starting to catch the leaders.
"I am going to keep training the way I have been with a bit more emphasis on my starts in preparation for next weekends round in Townsville," Taylor concluded.
The CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha riders will train extensively throughout the week before heading to Townsville on Thursday for round two of the Australian Supercross Nationals.
Pro Lites Final
1. Daniel McCoy 20pts
2. Bronte Holland 17pts
3. Ryan Marmont 15 pts
4. Jye Harvey 13 pts
5. Daniel Reardon 11pts
6. Blake Williams 10pts
7. Adam Cini 9pts
8. Mitch Hoad 8pts
9. Paul Broomfield 7pts
10. Cameron Sinclair 6pts
Pro Open Final
1. Troy Dorron 20pts
2. Cheyne Boyd 17pts
3. Jay Marmont 15pts
4. Cameron Taylor 13pts
5. Danny Ham 11pts
6. Mick Cook 10pts
7. Nathan Brochtrup 9pts
8. Lee Ellis 8pts
9. Robbie Marshall 7pts
10. Brad Hibberd 6pts