Ipswich round saviour for Super X
ANY concerns Robbie Marshall had about the final round of the Australian Supercross Series were laid to rest at North Ipswich on Saturday.
The Ipswich rider had been critical of the organisation and track design of some of the previous rounds of the series, but had nothing but praise for the Ipswich event which was the final round.
Marshall finished seventh in the Lites (250cc) category final, giving him a ninth-placed series finish.
Fellow Ipswich rider Nick Genk finished 11th in the Lites final.
"It was good," Fernvale 27-year-old Marshall said.
"The top eight or nine guys were all pretty close.
"I was battling with Dean Ferris for most of the race.
"On the last lap he made a mistake and I ended up passing him for seventh."
Previous tracks have been too small, plagued by rain and poor crowds.
But Ipswich turned it on, to the delight of the competitors and a big crowd.
"The track was really good," Marshall said.
"It was definitely the best track and the best round out of them all.
"There was a good crowd.
"Good old Ippy."
Marshall is not sure about the future of the series, with rumours abounding it has operated at a loss for the second successive series.
"It was a struggle because the first two rounds it rained," he said.
"I don't think the people who run it really make any money out of it.
"At Wollongong and Maitland, there was not a lot of people there."
On three occasions Marshall has finished in the top three (2004, 05, 06) in the national series, but he is reasonably, if not entirely, happy with his ninth-place this time.
"I definitely wanted top 10," he said.
"I was hoping for top five. But I've been really consistent in the last three rounds."
Whether he will be involved next year, or if there will even be a series, he can't tell.
"I've got no idea if there will be a series or who will be running it," he said.
"If there is, I want to be racing in it."
If so, Marshall hopes they bring a round to Ipswich again.
"It'd be good," he said.
"It was a good weekend so I reckon they would."