News 30 Oct 2017

Good feeling prompts Long to 'send it' in maiden SX1 podium

Factory Yamaha rider claims runner-up in South Australia.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

CDR Yamaha’s Dylan Long says a good feeling at Virginia’s third round of the Australian Supercross Championship only made sense for him to send it in the 20-lap main, resulting in his maiden supercross podium in the premier class.

After qualifying third, the popular Victorian charged to third in his heat, before putting on an incredible display in the main event that saw him maintain a steady gap behind victor Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) to cross the chequers in second.

“I’m really stoked, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while,” Long explained to “To get second too, and be as close as I was to Brayton was pretty cool. The bike was handling awesome all day, I felt really good so it just made sense to come into the main and send it really.

“I knew it was going to be a short main because of the short lap times, so I just thought that I needed to pin it from start to finish, and that’s what I did. I wasn’t there off the start, I was probably about fifth, but once I was there, I could have a bit of a breather and then try and really get back into it to try and catch up on Justin – he was riding solid, it was really hard to do.”

Long currently sits third in the championship standings as the series heads to rounds four and five at the prestigious Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney on 11-12 November.