KTM Australia press release:
KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Luke Clout experienced mixed fortunes in the final round of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday night at Qudos Bank Arena, contested as part of the AUS-X Open Sydney international.
After finishing P3 in his heat race and clocking the fifth-quickest lap-time in the single-lap Superpole session, Clout recorded 5-7-9 finishes across the three 10-lap Triple Crown main events aboard his KTM 450 SX-F. Once again he displayed front-running pace, only for the end result to be affected by minor mistakes throughout the night.
Those results at Sydney’s fifth and final round earned him seventh overall for the night among a selection of the world’s best. Following a season in which he scored two overall podiums at Jimboomba and Coolum, Clout completed the championship in sixth-place.
It was a night to forget for American guest Dakota Alix, who qualified in P7. Unfortunately he crashed out in the first turn of his SX2 heat race and was unable to transfer through to the finals. Because of that non-point score, he was credited eighth in the final championship standings riding the KTM 250 SX-F.
Making a welcome return with support from the KTM Motocross Racing Team aboard a KTM 250 SX fitted with PowerParts products and readily-available suspension from WP Australia, former national champion Ryan Marmont was untouched in the 2-Stroke Cup as he won all three races across the weekend.
The KTM Junior Supercross Challenge (KJSC) once again took centerstage in front of a sell-out crowd in Homebush, as 10 aspiring young riders had the supercross experience of a lifetime by taking part on Ready to Race KTM 50 SX machinery. In the end the podium places were earned by Brodie Court, Jacob Brewer and Beau Price.
Jay Marmont – Team Manager, KTM Motocross Racing Team: “Tonight was a tough one for us with Dakota crashing out in his heat race and that was disappointing for him. It was a bit of an up and down night for Clouty, he no doubt has the pace so it’s just a matter of time until he starts winning races. We’re proud of the effort put in by the riders and what they’ve achieved throughout the year, as well as the entire KTM Motocross Racing Team.”
Luke Clout – KTM 450 SX-F: “It’s been a good season, although I do have some mixed emotions at the moment. I’m happy with my speed and the podiums toward the start of the series, but I have to minimise the mistakes. I always seem to make those mistakes when I’m going to the next level and I always seem to figure it out. Anyway, everybody seemed to have at least one bad race tonight, it was a decent way to finish the season. To be within a couple of tenths of the international guys was positive for me and this track is always gnarly. I’m happy to be out of here safe and now I look forward to New Zealand.”
Dakota Alix – KTM 250 SX-F: “This definitely wasn’t the way I was looking to finish the season, but unfortunately that crash in the heat race ended my night altogether. It has been a good experience racing in Australia though, there have been some high points for me during the series and I’m thankful for the opportunity from Jay and the KTM Motocross Racing Team.”