News 17 Oct 2017

First podium in sight for standout SX1 rookie Clout

Main event crash denies Honda rider of podium position in Victoria.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Luke Clout believes he on the brink of landing on the podium after displaying a promising performance in Saturday’s night second round of the Australian Supercross Championship at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria.

The SX1 rookie was in fine form throughout the event, however costly crashes derailed his night and ultimately led him unfavourable results.

Clout broke out into the lead during his heat race, although came unstuck in the challenging whoop section, while in the main, he maintained a position in the top three before a mistake through a short rhythm section saw him relegated to seventh.

“We had a really good day going and I was second fastest,” said Clout. “We had some really good speed going and I was second behind Justin [Brayton] in qualifying. I was leading my heat race and that was really good to get out front, but I went down in the whoops and we finished fifth in that one.

“In the main event I got a good start and I was running in third before I put it down again. I think my speed and everything is there, but we’ve just got to fine-tune some little things and I think we’ll be on the podium in the coming rounds.”

The number four now sits sixth in the series standings – tied on fifth with Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha) – as the championship heads to South Australia for round three in in just under two weeks time 28 October.