News 7 Jan 2020

Mixed opening Supercross round at Anaheim for Australians

Former AUS Supercross champion Wilson 17th on debut.

Image: Octopi Media.

Anaheim 1’s opening round of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season resulted in a mixed night for the raft of Australian contenders in the field.

Australian supercross regulars Jay Wilson (Yamaha), Luke Clout (Penrite Honda Racing) and Aaron Tanti (Yamaha) were amongst the 250SX West field alongside US-based Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda), while Chad Reed (Honda) celebrated his 250th supercross as the sole Aussie in the premier class.

Equipped with the same YZ250F that he piloted domestically, Wilson transferred directly to the main event on debut, finishing a respectable 17th.

The evening looked promising for Clout in his return to America – and to the smaller 250cc machine – as he charged to fifth in his heat, although while running inside the top 10 in the 17-lap main, his night came undone as he crashed out of the encounter.

Also making his Supercross debut in America was Tanti, however crashes in both his heat race and LCQ denied him of a main event start.

Lawrence battled food poisoning on his way to ninth as Reed was 18th in the 450SX main. New South Welshman Joel Wightman (Honda) fell just shy of a qualifying spot for the night show in the 450SX class.