Features 13 Nov 2017

Breakdown: 2017 AUS-X Open Sydney

The vitals from the prestigious Sydney event at Qudos Bank Arena.

MotoOnline.com.au breaks down the specifics from race day at the 2017 Monster Energy AUS-X Open, hosted inside Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena.

SX1

Image: AUS-X Open.

Saturday main event results:
1. Dean WILSON
2. Jason ANDERSON
3. Daniel REARDON
4. Kade MOSIG
5. Dean FERRIS
6. Nathan CRAWFORD
7. Dylan LONG
8. Justin BRAYTON
9. Jesse DOBSON
10. Todd WATERS
11. RJ HAMPSHIRE
12. Joel WIGHTMAN

Race time: 10m53.745s
Margin of victory: 1.705s
Laps completed: 20
Fastest lap (using Shannons Shortcut): Nathan CRAWFORD 31.107

Sunday main event results:
1. Jason ANDERSON
2. Dean WILSON
3. Justin BRAYTON
4. Daniel REARDON
5. Nathan CRAWFORD
6. Daniel HERRLEIN
7. Dylan LONG
8. Robbie MARSHALL
9. RJ HAMPSHIRE
10. Kade MOSIG
11. Dean FERRIS
12. Nick SCHMIDT

Race time: 10m40.658s
Margin of victory: 7.345s
Laps completed: 20
Fastest lap (using Shannons Shortcut): Jason ANDERSON 31.255s

Championship standings:
1. Justin BRAYTON 108
2. Daniel REARDON 90
3. Dean FERRIS 88
4. Dylan LONG 82
5. Nathan CRAWFORD 74
6. Kade MOSIG 72
7. Todd WATERS 61
8. Jason ANDERSON 47
9. Dean WILSON 47
10. Daniel HERRLEIN 47
11. Nick SCHMIDT 42
12. Luke CLOUT 40
13. Joel WIGHTMAN 38
14. Jesse DOBSON 34
15. Robbie MARSHALL 30
16. Cheyne BOYD 24
17. RJ HAMPSHIRE 22
18. Luke WILSON 17
19. Warren CARROLL 7
20. Geran STAPLETON 6

Verdict:
Saturday night’s edition was an absolute thriller in the premier class, as favourites Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Justin Brayton went down at the start, while SX1 rookie Nathan Crawford (Mega Monster Energy Kawasaki) led the first quarter of the 20-lap affair. Anderson was able to work his way through the pack to end up in second behind teammate Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), although Brayton wasn’t able to recover as easily, suffering another crash before crossing the chequers. On night two, it was all about Anderson, who stormed to victory once taking the lead off Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha) in the early stages. Ferris later went down again, damaging his title hopes as Brayton returned to the podium in third behind Wilson. Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) also had troubles of his own, coming down at the start to wind up in 10th.

SX2

Image: AUS-X Open.

Saturday main event results:
1. Wilson TODD
2. Chris BLOSE
3. Jackson RICHARDSON
4. Jay WILSON
5. Geran STAPLETON
6. Dylan WILLS
7. Bailey MALKIEWICZ
8. Jye ROBERTS
9. John PRUTTI
10. Cooper POZNIAK
11. Taylor POTTER
12. Nick SUTHERLAND

Race time: 8m12.908s
Margin of victory: 3.286s
Laps completed: 15
Fastest lap (using Shannons Shortcut): Chris Blose 30.970s

Sunday main event results:
1. Chris BLOSE
2. Jackson RICHARDSON
3. Jay WILSON
4. Taylor POTTER
5. Geran STAPLETON
6. Dylan WILLS
7. Cooper POZNIAK
8. Jesse MADDEN
9. Bailey MALKIEWICZ
10. Nick SUTHERLAND
11. Wilson TODD
12. Morgan FOGARTY

Race time: 8m27.684s
Margin of victory: 3.183s
Laps completed: 15
Fastest lap (using Shannons Shortcut): Chris BLOSE 31.036s

Championship standings:
1. Jackson RICHARDSON 101
2. Wilson TODD 96
3. Jay WILSON 85
4. Dylan WILLS 82
5. Geran STAPLETON 65
6. Gavin FAITH 63
7. Taylor POTTER 48
8. Chris BLOSE 47
9. Mitchell EVANS 38
10. Cooper POZNIAK 36
11. Connor TIERNEY 35
12. Bailey MALKIEWICZ 34
13. Nick SUTHERLAND 34
14. Jesse MADDEN 33
15. Aaron TANTI 29
16. Hayden MELLROSS 25
17. Morgan FOGARTY 24
18. Egan MASTIN 23
19. Callum NORTON 21
20. John PRUTTI 17

Verdict:
DPH Motorsport Yamaha’s Wilson Todd took out a stunning victory on Saturday night, while lappers proved to play havoc for American import Chris Blose, who was on debut with Penrite Honda Racing. It was a relatively tame main event as Serco Yamaha’s Jackson Richardson colelcted third, however his teammate Mitch Evans and Bulk Nutrients WBR Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti were unable to complete the night after they came together during their heat, each suffering multiple injuries. During Sunday’s edition, Todd led the opening lap before Blose attempted a moderate pass, although as Todd cut down the turn, they both ended up on the ground. Blose remounted and went onto to pass Jay Wilson (Raceline Pirelli KTM) for the win, as Todd suffered three more crashes during the main show. Wilson eventually dropped to third behind Richardson, which was an emotional victory for the former Australian MX2 champion.

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