SUPERCROSS: CDR Yamaha team Melbourne summary

A hard day's night for CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team Sunday 7th February 2004 - The CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team had a disappointing night in front of a home crowd at Melbourne's Olympic Park Stadium last night. Despite good results in the...

A hard day's night for CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team

Sunday 7th February 2004 - The CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team had a disappointing night in front of a home crowd at Melbourne's Olympic Park Stadium last night.

Despite good results in the both the heats and semi finals, all three riders came away a little disappointed with their performances in the finals.

Cameron Taylor finished the Pro Open final in fourth place after a poor start to the race that saw him struggle in fifth, until he found some rhythm half way through the race

Taylor showed his true potential in the second half of the race taking fourth from Honda's Troy Dorron on lap 16 and recording the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.

Taylor said that while his results showed he had improved on his fitness he was now going to have to work hard on his first half race strategy.

"My fitness was great," said Taylor "I am going to have to work hard on my first 10 laps; I was uncomfortable and found it difficult to settle into that part of the race.

"I came good in the second half of the race and found myself really enjoying it,

"I was picking up pace lap after lap and recorded the fastest lap of anyone on the last lap. What a shame I just needed a couple more laps to get a podium finish," Taylor concluded.

Pro Lites contender Daniel McCoy had a dream run to the final winning his heat by 1.451 seconds therefore bypassing the semi final to line-up for the final.

McCoy said he felt nervous going into the final and found he could not settle into a good rhythm during the race

"I was really nervous for some reason," said McCoy. "As the race progressed I started to feel sick and I rode really tight, not relaxing into race pace at all.

"I don't think missing the semi was such a good thing for me I had too much time to sit around and think about the final."

Substitute rider Scott Bishop put in another good round finishing his heat fifth then coming away with third in the Semi Final.

The Pro Open final took its toll on Bishop and he recognised he needed to work on his fitness if he was to keep up with the front of the pack.

"I had a really great time at both Brisbane and Melbourne rounds," said Bishop. "I struggled a bit out there in the main race tonight I think my fitness let me down a bit.

"These riders are all absolute professionals who train day-in-day-out so for a part timer like me to keep up with them and run in the top ten in the final is pretty good.

CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha team owner Craig Dack said extra work would be done with the riders in the coming weeks to ensure the Championship winning team returns to the top of the timesheets.

"It is rather frustrating at the moment as CDR as a team are really going the extra miles to help the riders through this form slump," said Dack

"Racing is a funny game CDR have been an extremely successful team over the years and now we are just going to have to put our head down and work through it.

"It happens to all teams at some point I think it is just our turn now," Dack added.

The CDR/Boost Mobile/Yamaha are looking forward to the return of champion Troy Carroll who is expected to line up for the team when they head to Adelaide's for round five of the Australian Supercross Nationals on Saturday 21st February.

-cdr-

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