This weekend will see the gate drop on the 2010 Rockstar Mx Nationals in Horsham Victoria.
Defending Champion Jay Marmont will again be a front runner in what can only be accessed as a “stacked” field of Australia’s Pro-Open racers. Team mate Cheyne Boyd will be hot on the heels of Marmont along with Unit young gun Tye Simmonds, Symmonds will pilot the brand new ktm 350 four banger in the open class. A fresh delivery of young talent will be right on the heels of the established stars. Leading the charge are Symmonds, Todd Waters and Dean Ferris, both Waters and Ferris will be race winners this year, consistency is a hard learned lesson and both athletes will be racking up some lessons in 2010. The import pick of the season has to Kawasaki Racing’s Billy Mackenzie, throw in New Zealand’s Cody Cooper and the Pro- Open class will be a helluva free for all.
Pro lites again this year will see some serious bar bangin’. The return of 2008 champion Luke George and the luckless Codie Mackie will ensure the podium at all rounds is a regular merry go round. The super talented Lawson Bopping finally securing his much deserved factory seat is definitely a championship threat. Back on a lites bike for 2010 is Unit’s Ford Dale, Ford is one fast kiddie and if he can keep the rubber on the track he will be at the pointy end come season’s end. Serco Yamaha team mate Kirk Gibbs is back for another shot at the title and also shapes as a serious title contender. The pick of the imports for lites has to be American PJ Larsen, flying the stars and stripes in Australia for the 2nd year after riding Pro Open for JDR motorsports in Super-X in 2009, Larsen is a much vaunted amateur with a string of titles stateside and could well be the fly in Aussie ointment. Wild child award for 2009 goes to U19s winner Luke Styke, he takes no prisoners and will win some races for sure.
The U19’s class is stacked with talent, undoubtedly some of 2009’s best racing came out of 19’s field ensuring the 2010 winner will be one the most hungry and talented rider to emerge from Aussie moto-x in some years. Unit’s Luke Arbon is a guaranteed front runner in the class, after a tough 2009 campaign Arbon is focused on raising a nice big shiny trophy come years end. Josh Cachia and Arbon have been charging at each other since juniors, keep your eyes on Cachia, this kid is F.A.S.T. The Yamaha trio of Ross Beaton, Harley Quinlan and Shaun Redhead will be season long contenders, with Scottie Bishop leading his chargers to u19’s domination in 2009 this team will be at the front. Dylan Peterson won races last year and he will again proving his worth to the Axis Motorsport outfit.