MARSHALL ON THE PODIUM AT SX OPENER
Northstar Yamaha/ Serco Motorsport racer Robbie Marshall piloted his Yamaha YZ250F to a third in the Pro Lites division (Under 250cc) at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship held at the Wayville Showground, Adelaide over the weekend.
Marshall kicked off his national campaign in fine style and won both his qualifying heats to progress into the 15 lap main event as the highest points’ scorer. The top riders then progress to the Super Pole event to determine grid choices for the 15-lap showdown. Robbie bought home his Northstar Yamaha in third and looked confident heading into the main event. In front of the capacity grandstands, Marshall rounded the first turn of the main event towards the rear of the pack after a terrible start. But the Brisbane based racer put his head down and got stuck into passing riders in front of him as fast as he could. 15 laps later he crossed the finish line in third place to take the final step on the podium, behind race winner Ryan Marmont and Cameron Taylor.
“Its only a four round series so it was important to get some good points on the board at the opening round and keep myself in the championship hunt. That’s exactly what we did tonight so I think I am in a pretty good position to make a real fist of this championship,” Robbie explains
“My bike was again working great tonight, the Serco turned suspension combined with a motor that is pretty much stock apart from an exhaust and an ignition shows the 2007 YZ250F can win races at any level in almost standard trim. It’s a great start to the year and now its up to me to keep the ball rolling,” Marshall finishes.
In between heat race wins and podiums in the final, Marshall backed up in the half time freestyle motocross demo as well. The talented whiz performed several big tricks to wow the crowd then it was back down to business and on with the nights racing.
“I like combining the racing with freestyle. The cheers from the crowd while doing the tricks seem to pump me up a little for racing and so far my results while doing both in the same night have been good,” Robbie said.
Round two of the Australian Supercross Championship moves to Avalon, Victoria on February 24. Between now and then Marshall must for fill some local race commitments in South East Queensland and also defy gravity on his Yamaha ShowTime FMX YZ250 and perform his huge range of freestyle tricks, including the back flip over a 75 foot gap, at the Royal Canberra Show. It’s a busy time for Marshall, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Robbie Marshall is proudly supported byYamaha- Motor, Northstar Yamaha, Serco Motorsport, Dunlop, Answer, Utopia, Unit, SPP, DR. D, D.I.D, Super Sprox, MX World, Torco, Alpinestars