News 22 Oct 2018

Evans returns, Osby podiums for Raceline Pirelli KTM in South Australia

Raceline Pirelli KTM press release:

It was all smiles for Raceline Pirelli KTM over the weekend, with the team returning to a two-rider lineup and with a podium to celebrate at Round 4 of the Australian Supercross Championship at Gillman Speedway in South Australia.

With Mitch Evans returning to Australia following his MXON commitments, and Josh Osby also spending the week prior with the crew, Raceline Pirelli KTM were in high spirits leading in to the weekend’s event.

For Osby, Round 4 of the ASX provided the opportunity to show the SX2 competition that he’s back in form. Despite qualifying in eighth position, Osby put it together when it mattered in Adelaide. After finishing fourth in heat one, the American import raced to 4,3,4 finishes in the triple crown main event format, delivering the team with third overall for the round – their second SX2 podium of the season.

“It was a really good weekend for me. As I said last week, sometimes you can try changes to your motorcycle that just leave you a little bit lost and with a lack of confidence, but last week I flew back to be with the team and we went back to my original setting, which showed was a lot better off than what I had for the past two rounds,” Osby explained.

“I thought the track on the weekend was great! The dirt was by far the best we have had and there were a few more passing spots. I really hope the fans enjoyed the action packed racing because I sure did!

“I would have to say the difference for me this weekend was going back to my original bike setup that we knew worked. Also, being back with the team just takes so much stress off for the rider. It’s pretty difficult to make changes to your bike while trying to put in laps. I will be back with the team up until AUS-X, so I’m really hoping that will be a great event for myself and the team.”

For Evans, Round 4 of the ASX marked his Supercross SX1 debut for the team, and after showing what he’s capable of throughout the motocross season, Evans impressed when he lined up on Saturday night too.

With only a week of testing under his belt, Evans managed to qualify in fifth place and gain entry into Superpole where he also finished fifth in Adelaide. Then, after a third place finish in his heat race, Evans charged to 7,5,6 race results in the SX1 main events, finishing the night just outside the top five in sixth overall.

“I felt really good on the weekend considering the short amount of time I’ve been on a supercross track and for it being my first year racing Supercross on a 450. We were a little off with bike set up due to not having much testing done so I am looking forward to getting some testing done this week,” Evans shared.

“I am happy with sixth overall. The team and I had no expectations leading into the weekend as it was my first 450 Supercross race with very limited preparation, so the goal was to get three good starts and stay out of the chaos and walk away healthy. We didn’t get the best of starts and but we were able to get through the night without too many dramas.

“I thought the track was really fun. It had unreal dirt and was basic enough to keep the racing close for the fans but was still technical enough to have a few different rhythm options for us riders which I thought was cool.

“I am looking forward to getting some solid testing in with the team and feeling much more comfortable on the bike and then going home to get back into my routine of riding and training before AUS-X Open.”

Raceline Pirelli KTM will now prepare for the fifth and final round of the Australian Supercross Championship, the AUS-X Open which will take place in Sydney in New South Wales on November 9-10, 2018.

For more information on the Raceline Pirelli KTM, head to the teams’ official website, www.raceline.com.au

To follow Raceline Pirelli KTM’s progress this year, like ‘Raceline’ on Facebook or follow @raceline_motosport on Instagram.

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