News 17 Oct 2016

Honda’s US imports recovering after Toowoomba incidents

Faith and Decotis endure challenging night in Queensland.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost media).

Penrite Honda’s Gavin Faith and Honda Genuine Racing’s Jimmy Decotis are recovering from separate incidents after enduring a difficult night at round two of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Faith carried his race-winning form from Jimboomba’s opening round into the event by claiming a heat race victory, however while leading the SX2 field on the opening lap of the main event, the American made costly mistake that saw him lose several positions, while also going a number of laps down from the leaders.

“I sprinted hard, maybe too hard,” Faith explained. “I am really disappointed because I gave the win away tonight. Now I have to regroup and focus on performing at my absolute best for the next four rounds.”

“I simply can’t afford another mistake and although I have put a lot of pressure on myself, I will do my best to ensure the best possible results for myself and my team.”

Decotis recorded the fastest lap time during his heat race while engaging in a battle with current points leader Hayden Mellross prior to falling victim to the challenging whoop section that claimed multiple riders throughout the night.

The defending champion slowly returned to his feet after suffering a concussion, however he was later deemed unfit to contest the remainder of the night.

“Firstly, I am thankful I was wearing a Shoei helmet and I am also grateful for the fantastic work of the medical team,” Decotis expressed. “I need to remain positive that I haven’t seriously hurt myself.”

“It’s disappointing, as I was the fastest rider on the track and I felt really good in practice and qualifying. I need to take those positives into the next round and remain focused. There are still plenty of races to be won.”

Both riders are expecting to line-up at Adelaide’s third round of the series in just under two weeks time.