Serco Yamaha standout Luke Styke has carried over the momentum of a dominant Motocross season by carding a career-first win in Sunday's second round of the Australian Supercross Championships at Darwin's Hidden Valley.
Serco Yamaha standout Luke Styke has carried over the momentum of a dominant Motocross season by carding a career-first win in Sunday’s second round of the Australian Supercross Championships at Darwin’s Hidden Valley.
The form 250 class rider was on song all weekend, blasting out of the gates in Saturday’s 11-lap main event and building a solid lead over the field.
A small mistake saw Styke hand the lead and eventual win to defending class champion, American Gavin Faith, with Styke remounting to recover second.
“It wasn’t the perfect race but despite the fall it’s nice to get round one out of the way and be on the podium,” said Styke.
“I just lost some traction as I went through the left hander over there but thankfully the bike didn’t stall and I was able to pick it up and get back in the race quickly.”
The Serco Yamaha rider pieced together a perfect showing in the second main event, taking the holeshot and quickly gapping the field.
Styke maintained a blistering pace throughout the race and took the chequered flag with a considerable lead over Faith.
“No mistakes that time,” he added. “I focused on racing my own laps early in the race and just reeled them off.
“I knew my fitness would last in this heat and the last few laps I saw I had a nice lead and was able to relax a little to the finish.
“This is actually my first Supercross race win, so it’s nice to get that done for me and the Serco Yamaha team.”
He leaves Hidden Valley sitting on equal points with Faith on the Pro Lites ladder, but leads by virtue of his better performance in the most recent round.