Kawasaki Racing Team’s Billy Mackenzie has taken his second podium in as many weeks at the 2010 Monster Energy SuperX Championship. Mackenzie finished the final round of the series in 2nd place behind fellow racer, Josh Hansen, to take 10th overall for the Championship, a remarkable effort considering he only raced in two of the seven rounds making up the series. KRT Lites riders Cody Mackie and Luke Arbon found the going tough in the wet and muddy conditions at Brisbane with Mackie taking 9th for the round and Arbon unlucky not to finish in any of the three motos. Mackie and Arbon finished the series in 5th and 12th respectively.
Racing his first proper supercross race at the 6th round in Sydney last weekend, KRT’s Billy Mackenzie showed his immense level of talent by taking equal 1st (second on count-back) for the round. Proving it wasn’t just beginners luck and cementing himself as a serious contender in supercross racing, Mackenzie has raced three outstanding motos at Brisbane to finish on the podium again, taking 2nd.
Scotsman, Billy Mackenzie’s European racing background served him well in the wet and sloppy conditions at Brisbane. Mackenzie raced straight to the finals with a 3rd place heat race finish then came out firing in the three race Triple Challenge finals. Charging away to the front of the pack in the first race, Billy looked as comfortable as one could in such bad conditions. A crash on the first lap put the Kawasaki rider back to fourth however he was able to make up numerous places throughout the 5 lap race to take 4th. No mistakes in the second moto with Mackenzie taking the win and a 2nd place finish in the final race was enough to give the Kawasaki rider 2nd place overall for the final round.
Pleased with his SuperX results, Billy Mackenzie says, “I’m really happy. Second overall for my second supercross but you know it wasn’t really supercross out there, it was a bit of a survival in that round but I did it. The Kawasaki worked well and got me through it. I had my mechanics on hand on the start and we made a plan and we stuck to it and it got us second overall.”
I feel like maybe I could have won it but I had a small crash in the first race but overall I’m happy. I wish I could’ve done the whole series now because I really feel like I could’ve been up there after these last couple of rounds. I showed that I’ve got the pace for supercross so I’m looking forward to next year.”
A string of bad luck hampered what should have been a much more successful SuperX Championship for KRT Lites riders, Cody Mackie and Luke Arbon. Mackie was unlucky on many occasions throughout the series not to finish on the podium with one unfortunate error costing him the silverware on numerous occasions. Consistency still pays off however and Mackie can still hold his head high with a top five finish in a Championship made up of world class riders. Mackie went 8-11-9 at Brisbane to finish the round in 9th place, giving him 5th overall in the Championship.
Cody Mackie says, “Firstly the race didn’t go to plan, much like the year. In these conditions anything could’ve happened. It was a tough night and it wasn’t the way I wanted to finish out my Kawasaki contract. Thanks to Kawasaki and Glenn MacDonald for giving me a good year and for all of their help in the past. Also thanks to Kevin Crutcher and all of the team mechanics, especially Kyle.”
Luke Arbon had a disastrous night in Brisbane. Showing flashes of brilliance throughout the night, Arbon was often mixing it with the front runners, however crashes let him down with three DNF’s keeping him out of the points for the night. He finished the series just outside the top ten in 12th place.
Luke Arbon says, “Terrible night for me. I’d be going good then I’d crash and the mud was sticky and heavy making it hard to pick the bike back up. I’d really like to thank Ryan my mechanic for all he’s done throughout the year. Also big thanks to Kevin Crutcher and everyone at Kawasaki. Last but certainly not least, thank you to my family for all of their support.”
Extremely pleased with Billy Mackenzie’s supercross results, KRT Manager Troy Carroll says, “A perfect supercross start for Billy. He rode strong in both rounds that he raced. I’m excited to go into next year and I think he is as well. He’s carrying a lot of confidence so we’re happy to go with it. The Lites guys struggled a bit this year and never reached their potential which was a shame. I’m really happy with Josh winning the Championship. Although he wasn’t racing for our team he was still under the Kawasaki banner and he was a great guy to work with.”
The Kawasaki Racing Team would like to thank all of their valued sponsors for their support throughout 2010.
The team now takes a well deserved break before preparing for the 2011 racing season.