CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha rider Cameron Taylor has finished third in the Pro Open final while team-mate Daniel McCoy battled to finish fourth in the Pro Lites final at the second round of the Australian Supercross Nationals in Townsville ...
CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha rider Cameron Taylor has finished third in the Pro Open final while team-mate Daniel McCoy battled to finish fourth in the Pro Lites final at the second round of the Australian Supercross Nationals in Townsville yesterday.
Taylor started the day superbly with strong performances in both practice sessions and showed good recovery in the plus 40 degrees heat.
With the goal of improving on his previous round, Taylor displayed his true form, winning both heats convincingly and taking "Superpole" by one tenth of second from KTM's Cheyne Boyd.
"I am really pleased with my performance here at Townsville," said Taylor. "After Sydney, Dacka (Team Manager Craig Dack) and I spoke about improving on our Sydney result and we did that today.
"I had a dream run into the final, winning both heats and taking Superpole - that's as good as you can ask for.
The humidity of the tropics proved tough for the riders with many unable to sustain race pace for twenty laps.
"It was a really tough twenty laps," Taylor mused. "I take my hat off to the guys in front for maintaining such a fierce pace.
"My fitness has been quite good but I am going to have to work on it a bit more for the coming rounds.
"The key to this championship is going to be consistency," Taylor concluded.
Taylor's team-mate, nineteen year old Daniel McCoy did not have such a good run with bike troubles and an accident in the semi final forcing him into the 'last chance'.
McCoy struggled with his bike through both practice sessions and the heats before the CDR/Boost Mobile team made the call to send him out on his practice bike for the semi final.
After a bad start McCoy was working his way through the field and looking good for a spot in the final when the three riders in front of him crashed on the first triple jump.
The yellow flags were displayed but McCoy unable see the flag marshal took the jump, crashing heavily into one of the riders who was attempting to rejoin the race.
McCoy collected his bike and continued on, finishing second in the semi final but was subsequently stripped of his result forcing him to race in the last chance to make the final.
"What an unbelievable day," reflected McCoy. "I am pleased to come away with fourth considering everything that went on today.
"I landed heavily in the accident during the semi final and hurt my ribs quite badly which effected my breathing in both the last chance and final.
"Once I got into the lead in the final I was starting to settle into the race and my breathing was quite good, said McCoy.
"I had trouble midway through the race at the end of the woops section and had a small off, from that point on I really struggled with my breathing and it was all I could do to hold onto fourth.
The CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team await further news on the injury to champion rider Troy Carroll who will sit out the third round of the of the Australian Supercross Nationals at Brisbane's ANZ stadium on Saturday 29th January.