SX1 and SX2 red plate holders extend their points leads at round two.
Round two of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship in Coolum, Queensland, saw a repeat of results at the top of the rostrum, as Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) and Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) earned main event victories in the SX1 and SX2 categories respectively.
Brayton quickly made his way into P1 on the opening lap of the SX1 main with Penrite Honda Racing teammate Brett Metcalfe in tow, as CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team newcomer Nathan Crawford made a critical mistake while challenging for third, calling for a premature end to his weekend with a suspected knee injury.
Luke Clout in third (KTM Motocross Racing Team) moved into third behind Metcalfe, and the duo would remain in those positions for the remainder of the outing despite a late crash from Clout, finishing a distant second and third as Brayton lapped up to sixth place.
Fourth and fifth positions were credited to Jace Owen (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) and Dan Reardon (Yamaha), who pushed through a flat tyre, while Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team), Jesse Dobson (KSF Ecstar Suzuki), Lawson Bopping (Kawasaki), Nick Sutherland (Honda) and Zak Small (Husqvarna) rounded out the top 10. SX1 rookie Cody Dyce (Suzuki) crashed hard in the initial laps through the whoop section to record a DNF result.
Aaron Tanti (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) grabbed the lead early on in the SX2 main event, although DPH Motorsport Husqvarna’s Hayden Mellross shifted into P1 in the following stages. A dramatic opening lap saw contenders Bradley Taft (Penrite Honda Racing) and Dylan Wills (DPH Motorpsort Husqvarna) go down, forcing the duo to work their way to through the field.
The top five remained incredibly close in the first half when rain started to sprinkle at the Coolum venue, as Tanti later capitalised on a mistake from Mellross to regain the lead, which ultimately saw Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd move into second.
Series leader Wilson promoted himself to P1 in the dying laps to clinch his second-consecutive victory over Tanti and Todd. Mellross was fourth ahead of American Dakota Alix (KTM Motocross Racing Team), as the top 10 was completed by Jacob Hayes (Serco Yamaha), Kyle Webster (Penrite CRF Honda Racing), Jackson Richardson (Penrite CRF Honda Racing), Richie Evans (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) and Thomas Ravenhorst (KTM).
In the junior categories, KTM-mounted Brandon Steel took out top honours in the Junior Lites division ahead of fellow race winners Denzel Woulfe (Yamaha) and Jai Walker (Husqvarna), while the 85cc class was taken out by Jack Mather (KTM) followed by Brad West (Kawasaki) and Cambell Williams (KTM).
The Australian Supercross Championship now heads to Geelong in Victoria for round three, scheduled for 13 October.