News 15 Nov 2017

Series podium within reach for Long after consistent AUS-X Open

CDR Yamaha ace lodges 7-7 scorecard at Qudos Bank Arena.

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Popular Victorian Dylan Long is within reach of scoring a series podium after piecing together a consistent 7-7 scorecard at last weekend’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney.

The CDR Yamaha rider, who recorded his maiden premier class podium at Virginia’s third round, currently sits fourth in the standings, six points shy of third place and teammate Dean Ferris.

Long said he struggled with the unique and tight circuit inside Qudos Bank Arena, which marked his first appearance at the event, while he was still able to record a semi race victory during Sunday’s edition.

“It was just an average weekend and I have a lot to learn about racing these tight indoor events. I haven’t done the last two years here because of injury so it was new to me and I struggled with how tight the track actually is.

“That’s not an excuse and it’s something I must work on as high-profile events are important and doing well here on a double-header can really set you up well for the championship. But I know I will be better next year here and I know what to prepare for. The CDR Yamaha team did a great job and it was awesome to race in front of such a huge crowd on both day.”

The final round of the Australian Supercross Championship is scheduled for this Saturday at Jimboomba in Queensland, where just eight points separates second through to fourth.