News 3 Nov 2016

Defending champion Reardon aims to halt Brayton’s perfect season

Yamaha rider seeking to apply pressure to the American in coming rounds.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

CDR Yamaha’s Dan Reardon is aiming to halt Justin Brayton’s perfect Australian supercross campaign as the series passes the halfway mark and heads into the final rounds.

The defending champion, who raced to second at Adelaide’s third round last weekend, understands that overcoming Brayton will be a difficult task, although a dent to the American’s confidence could hand Reardon the perfect opportunity to put an end to his dominating form.

“It’s hard for myself because I’m not 100 percent,” Reardon shared with “At the moment Justin is riding well, but he’s also riding on confidence. The last three rounds have gone really well for him – he’s gelled with the bike, the team and everything.”

“That in itself is a huge asset to any rider, but everyone makes mistakes. So maybe adding a little bit of pressure here and there – that’s all I can really do. He needs to be out-ridden, which is not impossible to do, but that task is going to be a little difficult.”

Reardon explained he is eager race amongst the additional world-class riders that will contest Sydney’s double-header season finale, which will run in conjunction with the prestigious AUS-X Open.

“When we get to Sydney with all of the other boys like Chad [Reed], Coop [Cooper Webb], [Ryan] Villopoto and that, I want to be racing those guys,” he continued. “That’s not just from a championship perspective, I want to be competitive with them and I know I can be.”

“We still have over a week and half until then, and you know, the progression that we’ve just had over the past week and half has been really good. I imagine that when we show up for Sydney that I’ll be stronger, better and quicker – I’ll have that little bit more confidence in my body and I’ll be able to turn up and do well,” he added.

Avalon Raceway will host round four of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship this Saturday night in Victoria before heading to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena the following weekend for rounds five and six.