News 28 Nov 2019

Strategy key for Brayton in AUS Supercross title fight at Melbourne

American one-point off the lead heading into the AUS-X Open.

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Penrite Honda Racing’s Justin Brayton believes riding strategically will be key at this weekend’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne as he pursues a fourth-straight Australian Supercross Championship.

For the first time since Jimboomba’s season-opener in 2016, Brayton will don traditional white backgrounds on his CRF450R after relinquishing the points lead to Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) at the S-X Open Auckland.

Describing the prospect of claiming a fourth title as a ‘dream run’ leading into his 2020 AMA Supercross campaign, the American declared he intends to go out and win inside Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

“It would be a dream run heading into 2020, that’s for sure,” said Brayton. “I mean it has been a super competitive season this year in Australia – more so than previous years as the quality of riders has certainly stepped up so winning would be even sweeter.

“I will need to ride strategically but one thing is clear – I want to win and I want to keep the streak going so I will do all that I can to make it happen.”

Brayton is positioned one-point behind Clout in the championship standings, making for a winner takes all showdown for the title.