MOTOREX KTM RACE REPORT
– Round Three
– Australian Supercross Championship
– Burswood Dome, Perth WA
– Event date Saturday 31 October, 2009
Rider Class Bike Home Town State Round result
KTM 450 SX-F
KTM 250 SX-F
Matt Moss Pro Lites
Dan Reardon Pro Open
RIDERS DESCRIPTION OF THE TRACK
It was the first indoor arena for the Super X series at Perth Burswood Dome and the track was surprisingly larger than anticipated, with the available space well utilised
The soil was awesome with plenty of traction providing a wide variety of rhythm sections. and a set of whoops that were the most technical so far this series
GLENN MACDONALD – Race Team Coordinator
“Motorex KTM only had one rider being Tye Simmonds enter at round three of Super X, with Kade Mosig opting out of the Pro Lites due to a knee injury at the previous round,” said Macdonald. “In the Pro Opens Tye has some real highs and lows, but fought hard in every race to finish fifth for the round, and bring home valuable points to maintain fourth in the Championship.
“The round robin format proved challenging with competitors facing three, five lap heats, and in each heat they were pitted against a different list of riders. Only the top 12 riders who accumulated the highest points from their three heats would make the main.
“Tye got off to a great start in his first heat race, and led for the opening stages until Michael Byrne and Jay Marmont relegated him to third. In the second of the three heats, again Tye was in the mix and brought home his KTM 450 SX-F in fourth place.
“Heading into the final heat, things were looking really positive for Tye to secure a high qualifying position for the final, however a crash on the technical whoops section saw him tangled with another rider. Tye was in last position, and had to work his way back through the pack, finishing this race in sixth, which was commendable considering he was last.
“Tye just made it into the final of 12 riders for the main event, and unfortunately his qualifying position meant he had last gate pick. Tye’s gate position was out wide putting him in last again once the gate dropped.
“Tye did an outstanding job to work his way up to a fifth place finish in the ten lap sprint final, behind Dan Reardon, Chad Reed, Jay Marmont and Cheyne Boyd, all riders many years his senior, and with far more experience. Tye should be very proud of himself just to be in the mix with these guys at such a young age.
“There were a few small mistakes that were made during the racing, that possibly came down to lack of experience, but overall Tye did a fantastic job reeling in the pack to secure valuable race points for the Championship.”
TYE SIMMONDS – Pro Open
“I had bit of a tough run at Burswood Dome which was disappointing for me,” said Simmonds. “Coming off a podium at the previous round I was really hoping to keep up that momentum for round three.
“I’m glad to have maintained fourth in the Pro Open Championship, but it wasn’t an easy ride. The racing started off awesome, with my heats going well putting me in a good position to qualify for the final. Everything came unstuck though when I crashed in my third heat. That gave me a real set back in points, and I only just made it into the main event.
“Just scrapping through to the main gave me a wide gate pick, and I was pushed right to the back once the gate dropped putting me in dead last. I had to work my way through the field to get back in the game, as the more experienced riders were checking out.
“Besides making a few small mistakes I was able to get up behind the fastest guys in the field, and bring home fifth place. It wasn’t what I wanted, but it’s given me points to maintain fourth in the Championship, and it’s all about chipping away at points to get on the podium for the overall Pro Opens Championship. Consistency will be the key, and with four rounds to go I know this is achievable.
“The team at Motorex KTM Racing again put in an awesome effort to prep my KTM 450 SX-F for the race, and I’m really enjoying the bike. I got some good hole shots at this round in my heats from starting in third gear, which gave me strong starts. I just now need to work on capitalizing on those starts, and sticking to a fast pace so the likes of Reardon, Reed and Marmont can’t track me down.
“We’re heading to Canberra next weekend (Sat 7 Nov) for round four of the Championship, and my game plan leading up to this round will be as much bike time as possible especially in the whoop section, which is where I had my biggest crashes in Perth.”
Saturday 7 November, Canberra, ACT
THANKS TO SPONSORS:
Motorex, Dunlop, Alpinestars, Tag Metals, Braking – Brake Systems, One Industries, Scott, SP Tools, Motion Pro, Talon, SM Pro Wheels, DID Chains, Karcher, NGK, WP, KTM Power Wear, KTM Power Parts.