News 27 Oct 2016

Makeham confirmed for Adelaide AUS Supercross return

Victorian rider back in action following round one head injury.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Proformance Yamaha’s Kale Makeham will return to racing at this weekend’s third round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship in Adelaide.

After sustaining a concussion at Jimboomba’s season opener, the SX2 contender spent multiple weeks off the bike to let the injury heal, missing Toowoomba’s second round in the process.

“Straight after round one I took basically four weeks off the bike,” Makeham told “It was definitely something I needed to do, I tried to ride earlier but it took a bit longer than I had hoped.”

Back on the bike for just two weeks, and with minimal supercross training under his belt, the Victorian rider admits his preparation ahead of round three is not ideal.

“I’ve been back on the bike for two weeks, but with the flood waters in northern Victoria I’ve actually only ridden a supercross track once, and that was yesterday,” he said. “It’s not the ideal preparation, but I felt pretty good and I’m confident enough to go this weekend. I’ve had four or five days on the bike and one on the supercross track, so we’ll see how we go.”

Yet to complete a full round of supercross in 2016, Makeham has his sights set on doing so this weekend in South Australia in a bid to gain momentum and finish the season strong.

“My main goal this weekend is just to do every lap, that’s something I wasn’t able to do at round one,” he added. “Results wise, there’s really no pressure, I’m using this one build and then go on and finish the season strong. I’ll be happy to just get all of my laps in and focus on the track, a top five would be nice, but considering my preparation, I’ll be happy with a top 10.”

Makeham currently sits at the bottom of the SX2 standings yet to score a point in the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship.