News 16 Oct 2017

Wilson and Fogarty shine at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship

Raceline Pirelli KTM press release:

Raceline Pirelli KTM’s SX2 pilots Jay Wilson and Morgan Fogarty charged to impressive finishes over the weekend, with Round 2 of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship taking place in the presence of a packed crowd in Bacchus Marsh.

With Fogarty returning from injury for his Supercross debut, and Wilson looking to gain valuable points to aid in his hunt for an SX2 Championship, the pair headed in to the weekend with a lot riding on their performances.

For Wilson, despite Round 2 getting to a shaky start, the experienced Queenslander put it all together when it mattered. With the 23-year-old battling illness in Victoria, Wilson did well to qualify in 13th position, then when racing got underway a first turn crash in the heat race saw him finish in sixth. But it was the main event that Wilson shone, charging from outside the top ten to an impressive fifth place. Wilson continues to maintain fourth in the SX2 Championship standings, only 13 points shy of the lead.

“Today could have turned out very differently, so to finish in fifth in the main event and with solid points, we’re happy,” Wilson shared.

“Before the weekend I actually came down with a stomach bug and we were battling that all day, so to salvage a fifth on a bad day is positive – on a track like that you needed to be on you’re A-game, and we weren’t able to bring that this weekend so to get through safe and healthy and with a consistent result is an achievement.

“For me, it’s about the bigger picture – you can’t win a championship at Round 2 but you can definitely lose it. We rode smart and calculated tonight, we did what we needed to. We are only 13 points off the lead and three points off second with a lot of races to go, so we will keep working.”

Fogarty, who stepped up to the SX2 class for this year’s championship was nothing short of impressive in his first appearance for the team. After qualifying in 21st, Fogarty finished in ninth in his heat race, forcing the youngster into the LCQ. But once again the Victorian exceeded all expectations, racing to fourth and qualifying for the night show. In the main event, Fogarty stormed to 12th, finishing just shy of the top ten in his first ever SX2 final.

“My night was surprisingly good. I am happy with how it ended, I’m in one piece and I achieved what I set out to,” Fogarty shared.

“I got into the main event, and I got through the whole race – I made some passes, but I didn’t get the best start so that’s what I’ll be working on.

“The track was pretty crazy, and that first race out there was a bit nerve racking but we all have to do it at some point, and it’s good that we were able to achieve a lot of our goals tonight.”

The third round of the Australian Supercross Championship will take place at Virginia in South Australia on Saturday October 28.

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