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Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki’s SX1 riders proved they have the speed to run with the best in the business following a successful Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championship at Bacchus Marsh over the weekend.
After a difficult season opener last month, Luke Wilson and Nick Schmidt showcased refreshed form in Victoria over the weekend, the pair putting together consistent heat race results before charging to impressive finishes in the SX1 final.
American Schmidt was fast straight off the bat in country Victoria on Saturday night. The 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 rider qualified in a solid fifth position, then raced to third in his heat race and wrapped up the evening’s events with sixth in the talent packed SX1 final.
“We had two weekends off after the first round, and we put in a lot of work with the team and with the suspension. My suspension guy did an amazing job and we made some big improvements,” Schmidt said.
“I had a bit of bad luck in the heat race here, I tipped it over again but it’s part of racing and the main event was good. We made a couple of changes during the day and they paid off.
“I got into about fourth at the half way point, but I just got a little tight and made some mistakes. We know we have the pace to run with the top guys, and we finished sixth tonight so it was good. Hopefully we can get on the podium in two week’s time.”
For Wilson, Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championship was a step in the right direction. The Queenslander qualified just outside the top 15 (16th), and finished in seventh in the heat race, however the experienced rider lifted when it counted and crossed the finish line on Saturday night just outside the top ten in 12th place.
“The weekend was definitely better than the first round. I put my head down and worked hard, and although I’m still not where I want to be, this was a step in the right direction,” Wilson shared.
“I just rode smooth in the main event, I did everything I could to get the result and just kept working, so we ended up in 12th which isn’t too bad.
“The track was crazy. It was super hard pack. It was one of those rounds where you just needed to get through safe and healthy, so we’ll go back now and work harder so we can be even better in South Australia.”
The 2017 Australian Supercross Championship will continue with round three to be contested at Virginia in South Australia on Saturday, October 28.
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