Yamaha Motor Australia press release:
Yamaha Racing was the dominant manufacturer at round three of the Australian Supercross Championship in Wollongong, winning the SX1, Junior Lites, 85cc and 65cc categories in a hugely successful night.
The only blemish came in the SX2 category where the overall victory eluded the bLU cRU but Yamaha riders Jay Wilson and Connor Tierney still managed to win two of the three races contested.
With two rounds remaining, Yamaha hold down four spots in the top ten in the SX 2 class, highlighted with Aaron Tanti and Jay Wilson in third and fifth respectively, while three of the top 10 spots in the premier SX1 class are Yamaha mounted with Luke Clout and Dan Reardon running second and third.
Craig Dack – CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team
1st Luke Clout – SX1
2nd Dan Reardon – SX1
4th Josh Hill – SX1
“I really enjoyed the racing tonight,” Dack fires off. “I know that’s an easy statement to make when we have a night like we did with a 1-2-4 finish, but I just felt things went pretty seamless on the night for us and it was a big occasion for Yamaha being the sponsor of the night as well as the Moto Festival going on next door.
“All three guys raced well and there was a time that a 1-2-3 finish was on the cards. Now, that would have really made my night!
“But the guys did exactly what was asked of them, the bikes were looking great out there and I know I have said it before but the 2020 model is proving to be a great platform and this is by far the most production based bike we have raced in a long time.
“Luke did an amazing job and again we have been a part of another special moment in his career. He got his first MX Nationals MX1 victory with us and now his first SX1 victory. Things like that aren’t forgotten.
“Dan is a cagey vet who just produces when the gates drop. He is a racer and when it comes time to get down to business, he finds a way to make it work. I also want to me comment on Josh fitting in perfectly with the team. He only got here a few days earlier, but he been nothing but professional in his approach and attitude.”
Gavin Eales – Serco Yamaha
4th Aaron Tanti – SX2
DNF – Jacob Hayes – SX2
“It was a challenging night for the team after such a promising start. Jacob and Aaron both qualified will but Jacob went down in a first turn pile up, damaging his shoulder. Its heart breaking for him as he worked hard to recover from a knee injury in the lead up to round one and then went out to win it, only to then face issues at the next two rounds. He won’t be able to compete at the final two rounds, but he has been awesome to deal with again in 2019.
“Aaron has been great so far this supercross season and even when things didn’t go his way on Saturday Night, he still managed to salvage points and keep himself in championship contention. A handful of points separate the top four riders so no one can afford to make a mistake in these last two rounds.”
Scott Bishop – Yamalube Yamaha Racing
6th Jay Wilson – SX2
11th Richie Evans – Sx1
“Round three wasn’t good for our team on the scoreboard but there were plenty of things to like about on the night. Jay raced himself back into some form and taking the first main event win will do his confidence the world of good. He had all the championship contenders on him from the first turn, but he kept focus and finally managed to break clear with a lap or two to go. He can take a lot from that ride as well as his heat race win and hopefully take that two the final two rounds.
“Richie come off a career best result at round two in Adelaide and looked good in the afternoon session but in race falls out him behind the eight ball. With the three final format, a good result in your heat race sets up the night and unfortunately, Richie fell late in the race and had to get to the main via the LCQ.
“He was disappointed in the results but I’m sure he will bounce back in Auckland. He has a goal to finish top five and he is in seventh now so there is still plenty to race for.”
Travis Whitten – WBR Yamaha
“Our role within Yamaha is to develop young talent who are inexperienced in Supercross. This can sometimes mean riders will make mistakes as they learn the ropes of racing at such a high intensity. Both Hugh and Jack fell on the weekend and couldn’t compete after the falls.
Jack fell in the whoops and has sustained a hand and wrist injury that will keep him on the sidelines for a while and Hugh also went down injuring a shoulder. Hugh is tough and will try to battle on at the final two rounds.
“We also assisted Alex Larwood who won the Junior Lites class and looks to be a real star of the future. He looks composed on the track and has great timing on the obstacles. He will continue to improve with more track time on supercross tracks.”