Wollongong's Ryan Marmont believes he has set a solid foundation for the next round of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championships at Phillip Island, Victoria, on Saturday, October 27.
The JDR/KTM Factory Racing rider finished fifth in the opening round of the series at Dubbo's Morris Park Speedway on last Saturday.
Ahead of over 6000 fans, Marmont, 27, finished fourth in his qualifying heat and later battled back from a slow start in the 20-lap SX-Lites main event to claim fifth, a solid foundation to build from in the short four-round series.
"It was a tough night in some ways, my start made it very hard for myself, but I think I can take a lot out of it," Marmont said.
"I will take what positives I can out of this race and then hopefully be where I should be at Phillip Island - up the front.
"We'll keep testing during the two-week break before the island, keep working hard and I plan to improve on all the little things I did wrong at Dubbo.
"If we can do that then it should put us in a good position for the Phillip Island round."
Marmont is JDR/KTM Factory Racing's lone contender for the supercross season, with team regular Josh Cachia this month departing Australia after being drafted into JDR Motorsports' US-based KTM team for the 2013 season.
This year's Australian Supercross Championships spans four rounds throughout October and November.
Visit www.australiansupercross.com.au for further information on this season's events.