News 12 Nov 2019

SX2 title still within reach insists defending champion Wilson

Main event three clash denies Queenslander of victory in Wollongong.

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Jay Wilson is confident the SX2 title is still within reach as two rounds remain in the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, the defending champion being denied the chance of victory at Wollongong last weekend after being taken down during the opening stages of race three.

The popular Queenslander rode to a motivating main event win in the opening encounter – his first of the season – before finishing fourth in race two, putting him the box seat for an overall victory.

The Yamalube Yamaha Racing rider’s plans of featuring on the podium were derailed in the opening moments of main event three, when he was hit from behind as the field entered turn two, demoting him to the rear of the field. He remounted and nursed the bike home for 19th, granting him sixth overall.

“I guess I can look at it two ways,” said Wilson. “I can be angry about the crash and get upset or I can take the position that my speed was good, I was back winning races and only a crash that was beyond my control affected my result. And that’s the one I think is most important.

“It felt good to be back up the front again and winning races. My heat was good and then so were the first two main races.

“I did some damage to the bike but I’m doing okay and now really looking forward to building on my performance from the weekend and taking another step in Auckland this weekend. There is still plenty of racing to come and I don’t believe the 2019 championship is out of reach.”

Wilson is ranked fifth in the championship standings, 13 points behind of leader Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing). The series resumes this weekend in New Zealand for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.