News 28 Oct 2017

Todd breaks through in South Australian SX2 final

Zorbas and Fox take home junior class overall wins in Virginia.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

DPH Motorsport Yamaha’s Wilson Todd has taken a triumphant first victory in the SX2 class at Virginia’s third round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship in South Australia.

It was a start to finish victory for Dylan Wills (Dyson Motorsport Husqvarna) in the opening heat race of the night show, edging to the front on lap one and then maintaining the lead from there.

Wills crossed the line 0.817s ahead of Jay Wilson (Raceline Pirelli KTM), as new red plate-holder Gavin Faith (Penrite Honda Racing) completed the top three. From there it was relatively spread out for position across the line, as rookie Egan Mastin (KTM Motocross Racing Team) and Jesse Madden (KSF Racing Husqvarna) filled the top five.

Winning the second SX2 heat of the round was Todd, leading by 1.531s across the line from Serco Yamaha teammates Jackson Richardson and Mitch Evans. The battle for fourth was a tighter one, as Connor Tierney (Team WBR Bulk Nutrients Yamaha) beat his teammate Aaron Tanti for that place and making it five YZ250Fs inside the top five.

A strong ride in the SX2 final saw Todd convert his heat win to the main event in South Australia, controlling the race from the front and racing to his first-ever supercross victory. Todd topped defending champion Richardson by 6.773s, while Wills delivery the all-new Dyson team its maiden podium in third.

Fourth was a strong way to rebound for Evans after a disastrous second round, as American import Faith had to settle for fifth when he recovered from a lowly start. Sixth was the best we’ve seen this season from Geran Stapleton (Honda), while Tierney, Wilson, Tanti and Taylor Potter (Honda) were the top 10 finishers for tonight.

In the Junior Lites it was Joshua Zorbas who rode his KTM to the victory after winning races two and three, taking the overall from a consistent Tyler Darby (Honda) and Joel Cigliano (Kawasaki). Race one winner Jake Cuka (Yamaha) was fourth for the round.

The Junior 85/150 division was swept by KTM-mounted Blake Fox, as Brodie Connolly (KTM) was runner-up with 2-2-2 results and Jake Kowal (KTM) claimed a trio of thirds to complete the overall podium this weekend.

Rounds four and five of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship will be contested at the prestigious Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney on 11-12 November.