News 6 Jun 2022

Supercross-only lure there for ProMX champion Clout

Broad scope of riders in line to complete CDR team's WSX roster.

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The lure of becoming a supercross-only rider with Craig Dack Racing (CDR) has been considered by reigning ProMX champion Luke Clout following the team’s commitment to the FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX).

CDR has become one of 10 teams – four of those yet to be announced – that have secured an exclusive WSX lisense, which could set 27-year-old Clout up to contest both the world and Australian Supercross Championship full-time.

Clout has relatively extensive experience in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and took the 2019 national SX1 title down to the wire with American import Justin Brayton, but has largely settled on his Australian prospects in recent seasons since rejoining CDR locally in 2021 and clinching the national MX1 championship outdoors.

However, the team’s participation in WSX has sparked Clout’s interest in trying his hand internationally again and it’s expected that he will be one of the team’s 450 riders for the ‘pilot’ season of WSX in 2022. How that develops into 2023 when WSX is due to expand and almost certainly clash with ProMX is yet to be determined.

“It’s obviously something I would really like to do, I do like doing supercross and I’m a better rider at it,” Clout told MotoOnline. “With Dacka having a team, it could be a possibility, but everything is really early at the moment – it’s too hard to say what’s going to happen. For me, right now it’s just getting better and focussing on the end of the year.”

Clout is currently recovering from a broken leg sustained in Mackay’s second round of Australian motocross, not expected to return until the AUS Supercross series later in the year. Now, with CDR confirming its WSX entry in a series scheduled to begin before the national series (both final schedules TBC), Clout’s return will likely be brought forward to September.

Adding to the list of possibilities for CDR team owner Craig Dack, it’s understood that a condition of his team’s participation in WSX from Yamaha Motor Australia is that no priority is taken away from the organisation’s domestic efforts, which could cause complications if Clout was to turn away from ProMX in favour of WSX.

“Everything is on the table, everything is a possibility, but the most important thing is what we are doing in World Supercross doesn’t affect what we are doing in Australia,” Dack explained. “It’s part of the proviso that Yamaha Australia has in granting us this and I accept that.

“There is so much water to go under the bridge – things this year have been quite changing, fluid all of the time. We just have to wait and see how things pan out as there are not even dates set for next year yet. We just have to assess everything case by case. Everything is on the table, basically.”

CDR entering international riders is also something that isn’t off the cards, especially when there are four seats to fill with two 450s and a pair of 250s in WSX. CDR doesn’t currently have a 250 entry in Australian competition, with Dack indicating there’s a broad scope of riders potentially in line to complete his WSX roster.

“We will definitely be looking at riders overseas or wherever we think they have a good position,” he continued. “We want to have Australian content there for sure and we have two great guys now in Aaron [Tanti] and Luke, but we need more than two… we need four, so we will be looking everywhere.”