Marshall on track for mega finish
ROBBIE Marshall is looking forward to returning home to Ipswich for the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship.
But it is not without some trepidation.
"I've been going pretty well," Marshall said of his efforts in the Lites category of the national series, which concludes on Saturday at the North Ipswich Reserve.
"Close to the top five.
"I won a heat race. But I had a bit of a bad start in the mud races of the first two rounds in Melbourne and Wollongong.
"I was going pretty good in the second round until some dude slipped through a puddle and cleaned me out.
"After that I had mud all over my grips and couldn't hold on."
The Fernvale rider finished sixth in round three at Campbelltown after winning a qualifying heat, and finished seventh overall in round four at Maitland last weekend.
He is currently running fifth in the series standings.
"I've got the pace to run top five easily," he said.
"I just need to get my starts right.
"Hopefully I can get it right at home."
His starts are not all Marshall hopes to get right this weekend.
He has not been impressed by some of the running of the series, with the Maitland track undersized and his manager suspended for a year following round two in Wollongong.
"To tell the truth the whole series has been a bit of a joke," Marshall said.
"Especially the first few rounds in the mud.
"The third round was probably the best."
Things went downhill last weekend at Maitland.
"Last weekend we were running 30-second lap times," Marshall said.
"An average supercross track is 45 seconds to a minute (per lap).
"They were a bit stingy with the dirt.
"I'm hoping Ipswich build a decent track.
"Hopefully the last round will be good but we'll have to wait and see.
"I'm not sure what to expect."
Marshall is in his first year racing for the Coastal KTM team, but has been left feeling more like a privateer since the Wollongong round.
It was there that his team manager Phillip Bond was suspended for a year, meaning he has been unable to give Marshall any trackside support since.
"I've still got support for my bikes but at the track I'm operating out of a pop-up tent on the back of my ute," Marshall said.
Following the Ipswich round, Marshall will revert back to his other existence, selling personal accident insurance.
It is an area Marshall is familiar with, having broken many bones in motorbike accidents.
"It's looking really quiet for a while (after this weekend)," he said.
"I haven't heard of any Freestyle shows happening.
"I'll get a bit of down time I think."