News 9 Nov 2015

Australian Supercross heats up at halfway point

Reardon leads Moss as Jimboomba 2 event takes shape.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

The GoPro round four of the 2015 Australian Supercross Championship presented by Penrite Oil returns to Jimboomba X Stadium, Queensland, on 21 November and promises to maintain the rage as SX1 heavyweights Dan Reardon and Matt Moss continue their clash for the most prestigious crown in Australian supercross.

CDR Yamaha’s Reardon and reigning two-time supercross champion Moss, who headlines the outgoing Team Motul Suzuki squad, have gone at it hammer and tong all series long, Moss winning the series opener at Bathurst, NSW, and Reardon firing back to win rounds two at Jimboomba and three at Adelaide, South Australia.

The third round at Adelaide Showground was an all-time classic, which saw Reardon take an exciting victory in the SX1 final, while Moss finished a close third – the pair split by local South Australian international moto hero Brett Metcalfe, who made a special homecoming from the US to contest the Adelaide event.

Now at the halfway point of the six-round 2015 Australian Supercross Championship chase, Reardon, who came out of retirement to join the CDR Yamaha team this year, heads the SX1 standings with 102 points from Moss on 95, making every point critical from here on in through the title chase.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks break before the next round at Jimboomba, back in south-east Queensland, which is where I come from,” said Reardon, who was in white-hot form at Adelaide, winning two heat races, topping the Dash for Cash contest and then coming back from stalling his bike in the final to take an emphatic second straight victory in the championship.

“Round two at Jimboomba a few weeks ago was a great event and I can’t wait to get back there for round four. We’ve got the best bike on the track at the moment and things have really been coming together lately.”

After starting the 2015 championship as firm favourite, given he enjoyed a clean sweep of five wins from five starts in last year’s series, Moss is now playing the role of chaser after a pair of third places at rounds two and three following his Bathurst round one win.

“There was some great racing and the three of us out front separated ourselves from the field quite a bit,” Moss commented. “A third place was good and keeps us in the championship hunt, but I’m a racer and want nothing less than to keep that number one plate at the end of the year and stand on the top step of the podium each week. We have a couple of weeks break now before we head back to Jimboomba, so we will just put our heads down and work hard in the break and come out swinging at the next round.”

Behind Reardon and Moss, second CDR Yamaha rider Kade Mosig has now moved into third in the SX1 championship standings, after a strong fourth place finish in Adelaide last weekend, while NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Monea and DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha’s Lawson Bopping round out the top five.

In the SX2 Championship, American ace Jimmy Decotis on his Honda Genuine Parts and Accessories-backed Penrite Honda Racing CRF250R leads the standings with a perfect 105 points, after taking three straight wins in the three rounds thus far.

But last weekend’s Adelaide event was the toughest win yet for Decotis, as Serco Yamaha young gun Luke Clout made the front running through the majority of the Final, before Decotis eventually moved into the lead and carried on to the win. Penrite Honda Wilson MX team rider Jackson Richardson completed the SX2 podium in Adelaide.

Clout and Richardson now hold second and third respectively in the SX2 standings behind Decotis, with Luke Arbon (SD3 Husqvarna) and Wade Hunter (DPH Motorsports Peter Stevens Yamaha) filling the top five.

Along with the premier SX1 and SX2 classes, round four of the 2015 Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba on 21 November will also feature SXD and Junior race classes, while the youngest riders in the sport will get their chance to strut their stuff on the all-new J2 track design in the Cobra Cup and fans will be treated to a Best Whip contest.

Tickets to the J2 event are on-sale now via the web site. Gates to the Jimboomba X Stadium venue open at 2:00pm, with a pit party kicking of at 4:30pm, where fans can meet the stars of supercross and get their autographs and witness a special mechanic’s challenge, before all the racing action fires into life from 5:00pm.

Fans attending the J2 round can also go in a draw to win the Ultimate VIP Experience, where the winner will score a tour behind-the-scenes of leading race team transporters and get an exclusive meet-and-greet photo session with their favourite rider, as well as scoring a signed race jersey. For full details and to enter, simply go to the ‘Jimboomba X Stadium’ Facebook page and follow the instructions.