News 22 Oct 2018

Port Adelaide penalty an incorrect decision according to Clout

Factory KTM rider dismisses any further injuries in heavy race three crash.

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KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Luke Clout believes the three-position penalty that was handed down to him in the opening SX1 main event at Port Adelaide’s fourth round of the Australian Supercross Championship was an incorrect decision.

Clout controlled the first of three mains as a serious accident at the base of the finish line jump saw waved yellow flags slow down racing where the incident was situated as well at the prior rhythm lane, throwing riders into chaos.

It was alleged the number four gained a position throughout the section of circuit while under yellows, with officials ultimately docking him of the victory and demoting him to fourth position, however Clout denies he gained any advantage.

Admitting he raced with frustration for the remainder of the evening, the New South Welshman was third in race two before crashing heavily in the final affair to record a DNF. It marks the second consecutive week that the KTM ace has endured a heavy fall, although he dismissed any further injuries were sustained in Saturday night’s error.

“The penalty was for passing on a yellow flag, but I didn’t pass on it,” Clout explained to “I spoke to the other rider – we were both next to each other and we continued to race – he agreed it was a bit of a poor call.

“I’m very frustrated with how the night played out. I think I won the first race fair and square – I don’t believe the decision from the officials was the correct one. That fired me up and I ended up in third in the next race, but unfortunately I made a mistake and crashed out in the final race of the night.

“There’s not much I can do and I’m definitely disappointed, but I’m just happy to be here racing after last weekend’s crash. I showed everyone that I can win, so I’m taking the positives from a hard night.”

Clout’s season started strongly with two podiums, while the second half of the series has delivered two significant blows to his campaign. He currently holds down sixth in the championship ranking ahead of the Monster Energy AUS-X Open finale in Sydney.