News 26 Oct 2016

Clout not turning back on hopes of competing in the US again

Former Australian champion remaining optimistic on his international career.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Honda Genuine Racing stand-in Luke Clout continues to have a burning desire to compete in the US again after the collapse of the MAD Racing Dirt Candy Suzuki team.

Clout, who signed with Honda Genuine Racing to contest the remaining rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship following the departure of US import Jimmy Decotis, is remaining optimistic of signing a deal stateside for 2017 and will use the Australian series as platform to gain the attention of American teams.

“I did sign a two-year deal, but obviously that all fell through,” Clout explained to “I really want to go back to America, I had a good learning year over there this year and I was beginning to find my feet.”

“We have a lot of American’s over for the Australian supercross series, and that’s really good for the sport. There are a lot of American’s looking at the series, and there’s still a few rides up for grabs over there, so hopefully I can go out and do well – you never know what will happen.”

The 2014 Australian MX2 champion understands that time is limited as the Monster Energy Supercross season opener is quickly approaching, which has led him to set a timeframe before he narrows down his focus on securing something back in Australia.

“I haven’t heard much from anyone, but I haven’t been riding or racing,” he continued. “No one really knows how I’ve been going. If I don’t hear anything in the next two or three weeks, then I’ll really be pushing to get something in Australia.”

“I’m open to anything at the moment, if someone does offer me something in Australia, I would happily think about it because I don’t have anything in America at the moment. Obviously I’d like to go back over, but at the end of the day I need a job for next year. It’s looking like I will have to start talking to some Australian team’s to sort something out for 2017,” he concluded.

This weekend’s third round of the Australian Supercross Championship in Adelaide will not only mark Clout’s first appearance with the Honda Genuine Racing outfit, but it will also be his first race on Australian soil since 2015.