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Honda Rookie Takes Championship Lead & Sets Sights On 2009 MX Title

7 April, 2009 - Woodstock Honda Thor Racing rider Todd Waters made a stunning Pro Open debut winning the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship season opener and taking the series lead at Diamond Park, Wodonga (VIC), today.

In a repeat of yesterday's opening practice session, Waters and team-mate Ford Dale posted the third and fourth fastest lap times respectively in qualifying, while Peter Boyle made significant gains to finish 12th quickest.

The first of three 20-minute Pro Open motos saw Waters in stellar form on the #47 Woodstock Honda CRF450R as he posted the fastest lap (over a second faster than his nearest rival) on his way to a strong second-place finish.

Moto one was a vastly different story for Dale as his day turned to tragedy when a mistake and subsequent crash on lap six forced him to withdraw from the race and the event with a dislocated collar bone leaving sidelined and without points for round one.

Boyle also had a tough race with a crash in moto one, but the Enduro champ was fortunate to be able to rejoin the race and battle his way back to 20th place.

A brilliant start for Waters in moto two saw the 18-year-old running second through the opening laps, before slipping briefly to third. Turning up the heat, Waters put on a huge charge and made short work of passing from third to the race lead, checking out to claim his first race win of the season, with team-mate Boyle greeting the flag in 24th place.

Leading the championship standings heading into the final race of the day, Waters was third behind reigning series champion, Jay Marmont until race leader, Cheyne Boyd threw away his lead and elevated Marmont and Waters into first and second respectively.

Applying pressure to Marmont all the way to the finish line, Waters' second place gave the Pro Open rookie the overall round win and an early lead in the championship.

Rounding out a difficult day, Boyle crashed out of the final race with his DNF leaving him in 23rd spot overall for the round.

Woodstock Honda Thor Racing now sets it sights on defending its championship lead in the nation's capital for round two of the 2009 Australian Motocross Championship at Canberra's Fairburn Park on 19 April.

Todd Waters:
"What an awesome start to the season! I was confident that we could do well this weekend, but to win on debut in the class on a new bike with a new team is huge. I can't thank Yarrive and the whole Woodstock Honda Thor team enough for all of the hard work they've put into preparing the bikes - they're awesome. My mechanic Mike has prepped the bike brilliantly – it was a weapon today and gave me so much confidence that I could make passes. It's only round one and we can't get ahead of ourselves. We've got a lot of hard work still to come, but I think we're in for a good year."

Peter Boyle:
"I never quite found my groove this weekend. The bike feels good and there were no real problems, but I guess I've had a year out of this discipline while I've been racing enduros and it's been tougher than I expected to step back into top-level motocross. This weekend has given me a crystal clear picture of where I'm at and what I need to do to for the coming rounds."

AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (following Round 1)
1 Todd Waters 69; 2 Jay Marmont 67; 3 Andrew McFarlane 53; 4 Cody Mackie 51; 5 Cheyne Boyd 50; 6 Michael Addison 40; 7 Brent Landman 39; 8 Craig Anderson 36; 9 Cameron Taylor 33; 10 Riley Graham 32; 23 Peter Boyle 1

For further information visit: www.woodstockhonda.com.au