Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Billy MacKenzie and Dean Ferris dominated the fourth round of the Australian Motocross Championship at Murray Bridge on Sunday, winning all four of the 450 motos.
Billy returned to form after a couple of injury hampered rounds to win three of the four motos, taking the overall easily. Team-mate Ferris overcame a tough first race to finish top two in the remaining motos. A race win helped him to second overall for the round and returns the series leader’s red plate to the front of his KX450F.
Three weeks of sitting on the couch nursing a cracked shoulder and fractured ribs was not the perfect preparation for Billy heading into the fourth round at Murray Bridge. It didn’t appear to have any negative affect on his performance though. With the pain gone and the majority of movement returned, MacKenzie came out firing. Even without 100 per cent fitness and desired bike time under his belt, MacKenzie threw down a blisteringly fast lap time straight up with nobody coming within 1.3 seconds for the remainder of the session.
Billy was in a class of his own at Murray Bridge. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider holeshot two races and led the entirety of three of the four Main Event motos within the opening lap. The only race he didn’t win he came third after running slightly wide on the final lap trying to overtake team-mate Dean Ferris who took the race win. MacKenzie’s 1-1-3-1 results were more than good enough for the overall for the day and moves him to third in the championship, only 17 points behind the series leader.
“It’s just great to win again,” says Billy. “The bike worked so well, it was awesome! I felt comfortable all day and I felt fit. I was a little depressed after the last couple of rounds but clawing back so many points today has really given me new motivation. I’m having fun again and can’t wait for Toowoomba!”
Monster Energy Kawasaki looks forward to the fifth round of the Championship. The team heads back to Toowoomba, QLD, for a home round in front of loyal family, friends and fans on May 22.