News 10 Nov 2019

SX2 Championship lead to Josh Osby after Wollongong

Raceline KTM Thor press release:

Raceline KTM Thor take the Championship lead in SX2 with Josh Osby, who placed second overall on the night, following intense racing at Round Three with the introduction of the Triple Crown race format.

Osby would qualify fifth out of the days timed qualifying session, backing that up with a solid heat race result, battling for the lead with Chris Blose before finishing in second place for a direct transfer to the main events.

With the Triple Crown format producing extremely close racing, Osby would survive the carnage of main event number one, charging through from an average start to sixth position. Looking for better track position in main event two, a better start and solid laps would lead to a third position and a shot at the overall podium. In main event number three Osby would gate in the top five and charge through in a monumental battle to the front of the pack, ultimately finishing second in the race and placing his KTM 250 SXF into Second position overall on the night.

“Tonight was always going to be intense with the Triple Crown format. My game plan was solid laps and consistency with the slick track and short races. I think I played it a little too safe in the opening two races, the win just got away from me in the last one. But I’m pumped to take the Championship lead, it’s a great achievement for the Raceline KTM Thor team and myself”.

In his debut ride in the Australian Supercross series, USA’s Henry Miller would qualify in 11th position out of the days timed sessions. Finding his feet on the Australian track, Miller would have a fantastic heat race with a fourth position and a direct transfer to the Main Event.

In the Main Events, Miller would field a solid sixth in the opening race, but a collision with another rider in the whoops on the opening lap of race two would ultimately derail the nights progress with a DNF. Miller rebounded for race three, finishing in 8th position. Despite the set backs, Miller would land in tenth position overall in his maiden race in Australia.

“It was a mixed night here at Wollongong. I felt great on the bike and had good speed in the heat race, but the Triple Crown format lead to some crazy racing and after a sixth in race one that I was happy with, the next two races with the crash were tough. I want to thank the entire Racine KTM Thor team, it was a solid start to my time with them and I can’t wait to progress this week heading into New Zealand”.

SX2 class rookie Regan Duffy, continued to build on his stellar season in Supercross.. A crash in qualifying during the day sessions would leave Regan bruised and a trip to the Racesafe Medical team to get strapped up for the nights racing was necessary. Struggling through the opening two races, Duffy would place eight and thirteenth respectively. However in race three Duffy would gate his KTM 250 SXF at the front of the pack, dicing with Chris Blose for the majority of the race in a battle for second place. In a photo finish with team mate Osby, Duffy would loose out by tenths of a second to ultimately finish third in the race, leading to ninth overall.

“Tonight was rough, I got strapped up after my fall in qualifying and I felt so tight I struggled to ride like I know I can. For the last race we figured it out and I’m pumped to have a podium finish in a main event race, battling with my team mate was huge. Thanks to the team, we are going in the right direction and I’m excited to see what we can do in New Zealand and Melbourne in the coming weeks”.

The Racine KTM Thor team now head to Auckland New Zealand for round four of the 2019 Australian Supercross series taking place on Saturday November 16th.