Motorcycling Australia press release:
Round three of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship roared into Adelaide Motorsport Park at Virginia on Saturday night (October 28) and a spectacular evening of high-flying dirt bike action saw American star Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) continue his domination of the SX1 class, while Victorian-based young gun Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) broke through to win the SX2 main event.
With a large and vocal crowd on hand to witness the Adelaide event, which featured an afternoon Pit Party rider meet and greet session, Dash for Cash shoot-out and massive fireworks display, fans were kept on their feet as the fight for the prestigious Australian Supercross Championship crowns reached the halfway point of the six-round series.
In the SX1 championship, reigning number one plate holder Brayton maintained his vice-like grip on the title, winning his heat, winning the Dash for Cash and then nailing the holeshot in the final to lead all the way as he pushed his Honda CRF450R to his third win of 2017.
“I’m just so happy to be able to take another win tonight,” enthused Brayton after the Adelaide event. “The whole Penrite Honda Racing team and sponsors have put in a massive effort for the championship and another win is the reward for their commitment.”
The unbeaten American ace comfortably captured the chequered flag ahead of Victorian youngster Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha), who delivered his best performance of the series thus far, as did Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha), who completed the podium.
In the meantime, MX Nationals champion Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha), who fought back from last place early in the final to finish fourth, and former Australian champion Dan Reardon (Mega Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki) rounded out the top five.
In the SX2 championship, Todd was in scintillating form in Adelaide, winning his heat race and parlaying that performance into a comfortable 6.7 second victory in the final over defending champion Jackson Richardson (Serco Yamaha). NSW young gun Dylan Wills finished third to score a first podium placing for the Dyson Motorsport Husqvarna team.
“It’s been a perfect day for me,” beamed Todd after the Adelaide event, where he celebrated his win on the podium with a mighty ‘shoey’ swigged from his riding boot.
“I won my heat race and then won my first supercross, so it couldn’t have been better. I feel like my riding is improving every week and I can’t wait for the remaining rounds,” Todd finished.
Filling the top five SX2 placings were Mitch Evans (Serco Yamaha) and American Gavin Faith (Penrite Honda Racing), who rode through the pain of a tender wrist, injured at the previous round two weeks earlier in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.
The Adelaide Supercross also saw racing contested in the Junior Lites and Junior 85/150cc categories, giving Australia’s supercross champions of the future the opportunity to compete under lights in front of a large crowd on a man-made circuit sculptured into shape from hundreds of tonnes of top soil trucked into the venue.
In Junior Lites, Joshua Zorbas (KTM) emerged on top after three points-paying races, taking the win ahead of Tyler Darby (Honda) and Joel Cigliano (Kawasaki). In Junior 85/150cc, Blake Fox (KTM) went unbeaten in all three races, to lead home Brodie Connolly (KTM) and Jake Kowal (KTM).
After three rounds of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championships, American riders Brayton and Faith continue to lead the SX1 and SX2 standings respectively. But they are set to come under serious fire at the next two rounds being staged as a double-header on November 11/12 at the Aus-X Open event at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, when fellow USA stars Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson jet Down Under to join the fray. To secure your tickets head to Ticketek.
The championships then wrap up with the grand finale at Jimboomba X-Stadium in south-east Queensland on November 18.
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