Billy Mackenzie handled the wet and muddy Melbourne track extremely well in his debut race on board the new 2012 KX450F. With the treacherous conditions reducing the Opens class final to just one race, Mackenzie had to put it all on the line for 12 laps. At the drop of the gates, Mackenzie got down to business quickly and bagged himself the hole-shot. Mackenzie held onto the lead for the majority of the race until a small slip up-ended him. He remounted quickly but not before being passed by another rider. Mackenzie finished in 2nd place taking with him a good haul of points to begin his 2011 Super X campaign.
Billy Mackenzie says, “It was definitely a better start to Super X this year for me than last year. I stuck to my lines, kept it straight, concentrated and tried not to make too many mistakes in the terrible conditions out there and it paid off. I’ve been getting a lot of good supercross practise in recently as well so I feel confident for this series not just in the wet but the dry as well. The riders who I thought were going to be my biggest contenders had bad races this round so it was good to stay consistent. I feel I did the best I could in a bad situation.”
“The new 2012KX450F performed really well. It has noticeably more power than last year’s bike and I think it’s a massive improvement on an already good thing.”
Dean Ferris experienced a bitter sweet day in his debut race meet on the 2012 KX250F. Ferris was clearly the rider to beat in the Lites class when he hole-shot his heat race and checked out to take the win by a sizable margin. Ferris repeated this strategy in the first of 2 finals, again winning the hole-shot and leading the entirety of the race to take the win. Another hole-shot in the second moto and Ferris looked on track for a comfortable double moto win until a small crash put him back in the pack. Ferris fought back to 3rd place before another crash on the final jump before the chequered flag resulted in him crossing the line in last place however as he had lapped a lot of the field and therefore completed more laps than most of his competitors, Ferris still came away with 1-10 race results and 5th place for the round.
Dean Ferris says, “Most of the night was positive for me except the last race where I threw it away. I ticked a lot of boxes tonight with the heat and race one win but the elements got the better of me at the end of the last moto.”
“The 2012 KX250F just hauls! I got 3 from 3 hole-shots tonight and I’d just like to thank Kawasaki and the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for getting my bike just right.”
On the back of her dominating display at the Australian Women’s MX Championship where she was crowned Champion, Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge shared the Monster Energy Kawasaki pits with the factory riders and lined up as the only female competitor in the Under 19’s class at the Super X opener in Melbourne. Rutledge overcame a heavy practise session crash and came out strong in her heat race, qualifying easily for the main event. On the very muddy and extremely physically demanding track, Rutledge rode well in the final to salvage 16th after a crash and whilst it wasn’t a top ten finish, she was pleased to achieve her goal of making the Under 19’s main event.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Troy Carroll was happy with his team’s performance in Melbourne, saying, “It was a good start to the season. Billy rode well all night and showed that the 2012 KX450F was the bike to be on tonight. Dean had a little bit of bad luck. He crashed in the second moto and didn’t end up where he wanted to be. We know Dean’s got the experience and determination to come back in round 2 and do what he needs to do.”
“The Kawasaki’s were flawless tonight and with the advantage of being 2012 models combined with the Michelin Starcross tyres and Thunderlite mud repellent, we had a real edge in the terrible conditions. The bikes were hole-shot machines out there and clearly had superior grip and reduced weight. Overall the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team performed well tonight. Mechanics, team staff, riders, everybody put in a great effort and we can’t wait for round 2”.
With a good points haul and a successful opening round under their belt, Monster Energy Kawasaki head to Win Stadium in Wollongong this Saturday 29 October confident of another good performance at the second of five rounds of the 2011 Monster Energy Super X Championship.