Kawasaki Motors Australia press release:
Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing’s Jace Owen concluded the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship with fourth in the standings following Sydney’s final round at AUS-X Open on Saturday night.
After qualifying in P9 and placing fifth in his heat race, Owen carded another consistent performance for ninth overall among a host of top-level internationals. He recorded 8-9-7 finishes through the Triple Crown SX1 main events.
Those results capped off an encouraging season for the American guest riding the brand new 2019 model KX450, earning him fourth in the premier class championship in his first Australian appearance.
“Overall it’s been a good year here in Australia, coming off of a knee injury back home,” Owen said. “I was looking forward to tonight in the arena, but – no excuses – I have been fighting sickness for the last month here and it’s been tough.
“I knew it was going to be challenging, but I just didn’t have it at all and wasn’t really up there, to be honest. This is a big race, there are a lot of guys from overseas and I’m satisfied to take fourth in the championship after tonight. Of course, third would have been nice, but we’ll take this result!”
Teammate Aaron Tanti delivered a similar performance across the trio of SX2 finals, scoring 7-8-9 results for eighth overall at Qudos Bank Arena in front of a sell-out crowd. That finish at the closing round of the series placed him seventh in the final point-standings aboard the KX250F.
“I’m happy to finish the year healthy and inside the top 10 in supercross,” Tanti reflected. “We’ve had some strong rounds for sure, but also some small mistakes along the way. Tonight was a hectic one with the Triple Crown races in a row, but we managed to finish all of them and now I look forward to 2019.”
Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing team manager Jay Foreman said it was another decent night for both Owen and Tanti, pressing on through one of the most challenging rounds of the series in terms of track conditions and competition at round five.
“Aaron has made great steps forward this year in both motocross and supercross, so we’ve been really impressed with his speed,” Foreman stated. “There has been the odd mistake, but he is moving forward and has shown he has what it takes on a number of occasions.
“Jace has been much the same in supercross since joining us, definitely fast, although tonight was one of the tougher rounds in this series. It was a great event though and we’re especially pleased to see Jace finish the SX1 season in fourth overall.”
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