Thursday, April 7

PHILLIPS WANTS TOP STEP AT THE TERRACE

Michael Phillips
Quiet Kiwi wants top step of the dais in Raymond Terrace

Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Michael Phillips is hoping to better his 2010 third placing with a win at Round 3 of the Aus. MX Nationals in Raymond Terrace this weekend.

Now mounted aboard a CRF450, Phillips has shown he is much more at home in the Pro Open class.

The quietly spoken Kiwi, who finished third in the New Zealand motocross Championships a fortnight ago narrowly missed a podium placing at Appin last weekend but says the Hunter-regional track is a personal favourite.

“I am really looking forward to Raymond Terrace this weekend. It’s a track I enjoy and I finished on the podium there last year,” Phillips said.

“I have had a good couple of days riding back home in New Zealand. For me this is my fifth consecutive weekend of racing so I have taken it a little easier in the lead-up.

“With four sprint races each weekend there is a long way to go and it is so important to be consistent and not make mistakes. Last weekend showed it is consistency and not necessarily race wins that achieve silverware,” he added.

Teammate Cheyne Boyd who currently sits fifth in the Pro Open Championship has spent much of this week testing with the Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team.

With the focus being rideability and starts, the team tested a number of engine configurations ahead of this weekend’s event.

Boyd said he was happy with the changes and saw an immediate improvement in his starts.

“I was fairly disappointed with last weekend,” Boyd admitted. “I have the speed and pace to run up front but when you are starting mid-pack it makes it really hard.

“We tested this week and the team made some changes to the engine configuration and I have felt a big improvement.

“The stuff we have changed has really helped me with my starts so I am looking forward to putting it all into play on Sunday,” Boyd added.

The third round of the 2011 MX Nationals will be held on Sunday 10th April at MX Central in Raymond Terrace.

Top Ten MX Nationals Pro Open Championship Standings after Round 2 of 9

1. Dean Ferris 139pts
2. Billy Mackenzie, 137pts
3. Josh Coppins, 134pts
4. Ryan Marmont, 128pts
5. Cheyne Boyd, 123pts
6. Lawson Bopping, 121pts
7. Jay Marmont, 118pts
8. Michael Phillips, 113pts
9. Louis Calvin, 99pts
10. Cody Cooper, 96pts

Source: Fluid PR