News 21 Nov 2017

Consistency crucial in Richardson's successful SX2 title defence

Serco Yamaha rider wraps up another championship despite winless run.

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A winless season in the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship wasn’t enough to deny Jackson Richardson of a second-straight title at Jimboomba X Stadium on Saturday night, clinching the crown with a fourth-place finish.

The Serco Yamaha rider managed to hold onto his points lead in treacherous track conditions while primary title rival Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) faltered for the second round in a row.

Richardson’s triumph came despite not winning a round this season, instead going 6-2-2-3-2-4 across the compact six-round series. That consistency was what enabled him to keep the number one plate for another year.

“It has just been a crazy day,” Richardson reflected. “The conditions of the track are probably as bad and as tough as I have ever raced and to have an Australian championship on the line on a day like today just made it hard on the bike, the team and any rider who started the race. It wasn’t easy out there!

“I saw a pit-board that said Wilson [Todd] was down, but you can’t relax on a track like this and I tried to put that out of my mind, stay focused in the moment and keep it on two wheels. The longer the race went on, the worse
the track got, but thankfully we were able to get it done and that’s all that matters in the end.

“Thank you to everyone at Serco Yamaha for their support. We started the supercross season a bit behind the eight ball as I had just come off injury but we all kept working at it and we wound up with another championship tonight. Its an awesome feeling and there are so many people that play a part in it.”

With Richardson heavily-rumoured to be departing Serco Yamaha at season’s end, but likely to be remaining in the 250 class for another term regardless, his signing is shaping up to be one of the key movements of the current domestic silly season.