News 16 Nov 2011

Simmonds not giving up hope in Super X Open title chase

Tye Simmonds enters the Super X finale just five points off the Pro Open lead. Image: Rice Photography.

JDR Motorex KTM’s Tye Simmonds is certain that he can challenge for the Pro Open title in the weekend’s Monster Energy Super X season finale in Queensland.

Bourke resident Simmonds finished sixth overall via 3-4-12 finishes on the 450 SX-F last weekend at Maitland.

A crash in the final race proved costly for Simmonds, but he now stands just five points off the series lead with a round to be contested.

“Practice and qualifying went okay, then the heat race went perfect and I was able to win that,” Simmonds said.

“I felt pretty good on the bike, but in the main event I had bad cramping in my hand and that was pretty much my night done.

“Next weekend is a 20-lap final, so I’m looking forward to that and seeing what we can do to win this title.”

Top performing JDR Motorex KTM rider in Maitland was former champion Dan Reardon, racing to 5-8-4 results for fifth overall.

Reardon is now ranked seventh in the series, well in contention for a top five overall.

Riding the 350 SX-F, Open class rookie Ryan Marmont finished 10th overall with 13-9-10 results, climbing two positions in the title chase up to eighth following four rounds.