Unsung performances that caught our attention on Saturday night.
MotoOnline.com.au highlights three standout performances from last Saturday night’s fourth round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship in Melbourne, Victoria. Radar isn’t strictly about the winners, it’s about the unsung racers that we spot performing above expectations on any given race weekend.
Aaron Tanti (BBR Yamaha) – SX2, eighth:
After kicking off his day casing a rhythm so hard that he actually snapped his footpeg off, Tanti returned to battle for the heat race lead with Dylan Wills for multiple laps. Tanti remained strong and dropped back to third place behind Wills and Hayden Mellross for a strong finish ahead of a list of talented contenders. The New South Wales native then went on to post an eighth place main event finish after being caught up in the first turn.
Cheyne Boyd (Yamaha) – SX1, eighth:
The former professional racer, and now owner of the Yamaha Park4MX facility just outside of Melbourne, lined up behind the gates at Avalon Raceway in preparation for the AUS-X Open on 12-13 November. Boyd qualified through to the main event with a fifth place heat race finish and backed it up with an eighth place performance in the SX1 main event. For a guy who isn’t on a regular training program and runs his own business, that’s not a bad result at all.
Jesse Madden (Raceline Pirelli KTM) – SX2, ninth:
After kicking off his 2016 Australian Supercross Championship campaign as a privateer aboard a KTM 250 SX, Madden joined the Raceline Pirelli KTM team on the KTM 250 SX-F and has continued to build as the series rolls on. Melbourne’s round four saw Madden put together his best round to date with a strong fifth place heat race ride followed up with a ninth place finish in the SX2 main event.