(Images by Shayne Rice) The Monster Energy Kawasaki riders are on track for a successful Murray Bridge round of the MX Championship and the team is pleased to reveal that 450 rider Billy Mackenzie is back to full health heading into this weekend after being injured in a race crash at the 2nd round of the series at Appin.
After taking an early lead in the Championship at the series opener at Broadford, Billy Mackenzie was clearly not riding to his potential at the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the Championship. Subsequent scans revealed why. A couple of fractured ribs and a cracked shoulder blade sustained in a race crash at Appin’s 2nd round was the source of a great deal of pain and discomfort for the speedy Scot and has subsequently affected his results.
Mackenzie explains, “I’ve been in a fair bit of pain since the crash at Appin but I’ve just been battling through it. It wasn’t until I went for X-Rays after Raymond Terrace that I found out that I had fractured ribs and a cracked shoulder blade. Good news is that four weeks off has done me the world of good. The pain is now gone and I’m back to full speed. I’ve started riding again only this week and have tested with the team at Toowoomba. I do need some more time on the bike to get my fitness back to 100% but the speed is there so I’m really looking forward to this weekend.”
When asked about his Championship aspirations, Mackenzie says, “There are still a lot of races left. When I injured myself last year, I was down by a lot of points in the Championship but still clawed my way back and almost won it. If I just go out there and do my thing, I know it will all be OK.”
Billy Mackenzie isn’t the only Monster Energy Kawasaki rider on track for a successful Murray Bridge round. Dean Ferris, currently sitting 2nd in the Championship and just 9 points shy of the lead, is fit, healthy and showing excellent speed.
Ferris says, “The last four weeks since Raymond Terrace have been really good for me. I’ve been training with Phil (Nicoletti) quite a lot and have made improved set-up changes to my KX450F’s engine and suspension. I’m confident with the changes and really looking forward to this weekend.”
Lites rider Phil Nicoletti has experienced a bitter sweet series to date. He has been a multiple race winner but also suffered crashes and other race set-backs that have hampered his results. Now with four weeks of training and bike set-up time under his belt, Nicoletti is on track to grab more race wins and less DNF’s.
Nicoletti says, “I’ve gotta be honest, I’ve had a bit of a tough time with it so far here in Australia. I know I’ve got what it takes because I’ve won motos here but my results just haven’t been to my liking. The last four weeks though have been great. We’ve made a bunch of positive changes and I’m super happy with the bike. I’m carrying a ton more speed now heading into Murray Bridge and just can’t wait to race this weekend.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Billy Mackenzie, Dean Ferris and Phil Nicoletti are healthy, fit and ready to do battle at the 4th round of the 2011 Australian Motocross Championship this Sunday 8 May at Murray Bridge, SA.