MotoOnline.com.au names 10 things that caught our attention in the Top End.
The Hidden Valley double-header was a positive way to commence the Milwaukee presents Terex Australian Supercross Championship last weekend. Over three action-packed days of on-track activity, it’s safe to say that 2013 started with a bang in the Northern Territory.
Moss brothers’ 1-2
Twin brothers Matt and Jake Moss started the season in emphatic fashion with a dominant 1-2 finish during Saturday’s main event. It was their first 1-2 in something like over a decade, making for a very sweet start to ASX for the entire family.
Fresh from winning the MX1 outdoor title in his return to the category, Matt Moss’ pair of wins in Darwin signifies that he’s ready to rule Supercross in 2013. The question is, can anybody catch him?
Two standout performers of the weekend had to be KTM runners Kirk Gibbs and Dylan Long. Gibbs was fast in the SX-Open ranks and led much of Sunday’s final, while privateer hopeful Long stunned with a podium on Saturday. Watch out for the both of them during the season.
Fans could tune in to watch the ASX opener from the comforts of their own homes during both Saturday and Sunday’s proceedings. Not perfect but still exceptionally good, it’s a new-age way of watching the country’s best racers go at it when you’re unable to make the event live.
Marmonts are back
As expected, both Jay and Ryan Marmont stood on the podium in their respective Open and Lites classes during the weekend, legitimate chances at the titles once again this season. Jay was on the podium Saturday, while Doggy joined Styke and Faith on the 250 box come Sunday.
The welcome Supercross received in Darwin was second to none, largely thanks to the hard work put in by promoter IEG and backing from the NT government. Riders were featured throughout news networks both before and after the event, along with a selection of front-page newspaper articles. Unreal!
The return of Brenden Harrison was a welcome one in the Top End, and although he left only 15th in points, the fact that he qualified fastest on Saturday and won his heat on Sunday shows his potential. Welcome back, Harry!
After dominating the outdoors in MX2, Luke Styke had every chance of success in Supercross, but did enter the series as a darkhorse of sorts. He crashed while leading Saturday’s main and had to settle for second, but round two didn’t see him put a foot wrong as he raced to his first career SX win.
Round two refinements
Round one was positive, but round two was a major improvement again. The watering schedule was adjusted and the track remained in far better shape, all the while IEG worked on its live streaming of the event as well. Potential is a key word following round one.
American invasion – again!
There might only be three Americans on the gates in 2013 – Gavin Faith, Weston Peick and Josh Hill – but already they’ve made their presence felt. Defending Lites champion Faith won round one and is tied for the series lead with Styke, while Peick used his customary aggression to barge his way to second on Sunday. We love them here in our series, as do they!