Team Honda Racing press release:
Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson made his way to another consistent top ten result in the talent packed SX1 class, at a jam packed Avalon stadium at round four of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship over the weekend.
Wilson who entered the round with solid preparation, showed renewed speed from the minute he hit the track on Saturday, clocking in the sixth fastest time in free practice and then qualifying in ninth position.
In the heat race, Wilson went up against the fastest riders in the country and finished in a consistent 6th place, but unfortunately when the 20 lap main event kicked off late on Saturday night, the Honda CRF450R rider was shoved off the track in the first turn after another rider went down, however recovered from dead last, back to 10th position by the conclusion of the event.
“The beginning of Saturday went really well. From the minute we headed out I felt really comfortable and confident on the bike, and my speed was there,” Wilson shared.
“We were watching the lap times all day, and improving on my raw speed was something that I knew we needed to do at this round, so it was encouraging to see that my times were down and we were making progress.
“Unfortunately I had quite a tough heat race and that caused my gate pick for the main to not be so good. I didn’t get the best jump out and I had to come back from last which is always tough at this level with the speed that we’re all doing.
“We’re now sitting in seventh in the championship with two rounds left, so we’ll just look ahead to Sydney and hope to finish my season on a high.”
Unfortunately for Wilson’s teammate Alldredge, the American rider had a night to forget at Avalon. Entering the round fresh off a shoulder injury, Alldredge did his best to place his Honda CRF450R inside the SX1 top ten, but two separate crashes hindered his charge. In the heat race, Alldredge went down but crossed the line in 7th position, while in the main event it was a similar story, however the 20-year-old recovered to finish just outside the top ten in 12th place.
“The main goal of the weekend was to test the shoulder out and make sure that we will be ready for Sydney,” Alldredge shared.
“Thankfully the shoulder actually held up really well and I just suffered a bit of bad luck with my position on the track when I went down those couple of times.
“I know now that if I can stay out of trouble on the track that my speed is there, so we’ll just put this round behind us and refocus for the last two rounds in Sydney next weekend.”
The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the final two rounds of of the Australian Supercross Championship the AUS-X Open being held at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on November 12 and 13, 2016.
For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au
For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au