DPH Motorsport Husqvarna duo will line-up from Brisbane's opening round.
Reigning outdoor champions Todd Waters and Wilson Todd have committed to lining up for the entire 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, the DPH Motorsport Husqvarna team has confirmed ahead of Brisbane’s opening round this Saturday night.
Waters has been in a race against time to be fit for supercross after fracturing his hand and thumb at last month’s Day in the Dirt event, however, a return to riding last week will see him contest the entire SX1 season.
This year will mark Waters’ first supercross championship run since 2017 when he finished eighth in the championship standings, but will begin on the back-foot after missing a full month of preparation in the lead-up.
“Todd’s been riding since last week, so he’s back on the bike and will be there for press day on Friday morning,” DPH Motorsport team owner Dale Hocking told MotoOnline.com.au. “He will do the best that he can do and did a little bit of supercross before he broke his hand, plus he’s spending a lot of time on the bike now.”
As for dual MX2 national champion Todd, despite speculation that he would sit out supercross in order to focus on a pending move to the world championship with Kawasaki from 2020, he too will be behind the starting gates throughout the five-round season. Todd finished fourth overall last season, taking a single round victory in Geelong.
“Wilson just got back from Europe and we flew him down yesterday to do some testing, but it’s raining today,” added Hocking. “He’s entered, the bikes are ready to go and we’re looking forward to it – we know he is capable in supercross and the goal is to win the championship with him.”
DPH Motorsport Husqvarna did field an additional bike with Bailey Malkiewicz throughout the MX Nationals, but that partnership won’t be continuing into supercross. Malkiewicz is also understood to be grand prix-bound from next year, recognised in Europe for his 125cc Junior Motocross World Championship victory achieved at Horsham last year.
“Bailey’s got a ride over in Europe for next year and him being with us in the nationals was a bit of a last-minute thing,” explained Hocking. “His dad came to me and said they couldn’t afford supercross and I said that was fair enough.”