News 14 Sep 2018

Brayton ready to chase the triple

Penrite Honda Racing press release:

Justin Brayton is living his dream, racing motorcycles, seeing the world and achieving results he had only dreamt of as a child.

The 34 year old raced to 5th in the American Supercross Championship this year and took his first overall round win at the famous Daytona Supercross.

Now, he has returned to Australia to chase the illusive hat-trick victory in the event he has made his own, the Australian Supercross Championship.

“It’s so nice to be back, I love Australia, as does my family. The Sunshine Coast is an amazing place to stay – I could easily live here! So being back in this beautiful place only tops off an already really special year with lots to look forward to in the next few months,” Brayton said.

2018 has arguably been Brayton’s best season to date so naturally he wants to finish the year on a high, with another Australian Championship.

“My 2018 American season is hard to explain in words, it’s been filled with many milestones and I feel privileged and grateful. My wife and I have been blessed with two beautiful children, my home life has found some balance, their happiness is everything to me and I believe they are the reason I won Daytona this year,” Brayton added.

Although feeling positive about his season so far, he is realistic about the upcoming season and well aware of the improved level of competition as well as the increased number of riders vying for the title this year.

“I have watched the Australian Motocross Championship and know who I need to watch, with many young guys on the up. That said, I have really jelled with the new 2019 Honda and I know that we have a competitive package so I feel strong going into round 1 and can’t wait to line up and race again,” said Brayton.

The 2016/17 Australian Supercross Champion believes that the rest of the world have been watching what’s going on down under and acknowledges the importance of global competitors competing in other countries.

“I think it’s great that we race all around the world, I feel it lifts the level of competition to a global scale and I know that everyone in America is talking about the Australian Championship. The timing is perfect as there isn’t much racing happening anywhere else and that lifts the awareness of everyone involved in the Australian series,” Brayton added.

Brayton believes the more he and other international riders come and compete in Australia, the more the level of professionalism and skill increases, which in turn makes it harder for them to win.

“I feel this will be my toughest season and I am going to have to work harder to retain the title. I look forward to the challenge because that’s why we race, so we can test ourselves,” Brayton finished.

The Penrite Factory Honda Racing Team will line up for round 1 of the Australian Supercross Championship this coming weekend in Jimboomba, Queensland.