Features 3 Dec 2022

Racefeed: 2022 AUSX Rd4 Wagga Wagga

Direct updates from the final round of the championship at Wagga Speedway Arena.

Follow the 2022 Fox Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) with direct SX1 and SX2 updates from the fourth and final round of the season at the Wagga Speedway Arena through Racefeed.

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SX2 qualifying:
Honda Racing’s SX2 championship leader Max Anstie posted the fastest time in SX2 qualifying. His time of 1m2.594s was almost a half a second faster than that of his team-mate Wilson Todd, as KTM Racing Team’s Nathan Crawford continued his strong supercross form with a third-quickest time. Serco Yamaha’s Cole Thompson and Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Jayce Cosford completed the top five-fastest lap-times. Rhys Budd (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Noah Ferguson (GasGas Racing Team), Jaxon Hadlow (WBR Yamaha), Jai Constantinou (Empire Kawasaki) and Kaleb Barham (Husqvarna) filled the remaining top 10 positions.

SX1 qualifying:
Honda Racing continued to dominate the qualifying sessions at Wagga Wagga, as Kyle Webster and series leader Justin Brayton topped the time-sheets in the SX1 class. Webster’s quickest lap of 1m02.313s was just 0.035s quicker than Brayton, as round three winner, Matt Moss (BBR 102 Motorsports) completed the top three. CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team’s Josh Hill and Aaron Tanti rounded out the top five, as Dylan Wills (Husqvarna Racing Team), Dylan Wood (KTM), Cory Watts (Honda) Zachary Watson (Honda) and Blake Cobbin (GasGas) filled out the top 10.

SX2 heat one:
Husqvarna’s Kaleb Barham holeshot the first SX2 heat and led the opening two laps, before Todd jumped into the lead and quickly distanced himself was never headed on his way to a 1.7-second victory over Barham, with Cole Thompson in third. Rhys Budd and Jaxon Hadlow rounded out the top five, with Luke Davis (KTM) completing the six-rider field.

SX2 heat two:
KTM Racing’ Team’s s Nathan Crawford led the second heat from start to finish. Max Anstie made a mistake early and dropped back to fifth, but was able to claw his way back into the runner-up position, 6.4 seconds behind Crawford. Jayce Cosford, Noah Ferguson and Haruki Yokoyama completed the top five. Chandler Burns (Honda) finished sixth, ahead of Jai Constantinou, who crashed out of P2 early in the heat.

SX1 heat one:
CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team’s Josh Hill took the opening SX1 heat win. Privateer Cory Watts scored the holeshot but was quickly shuffled backwards as Dylan Wills took the early lead. Hill passed him on the third lap to take the win, with Justin Brayton in third. Watts and Robbie Marshall (Husqvarna) finished out the top five, with Blake Cobbin and Tristan Duncan (Kawasaki) filling the remaining spots.

SX1 heat two:
BBR 102 Motorsports Matt Moss took holeshot of the last heat of the evening and held his lead to finish with a one-second margin over Aaron Tanti and fastest-qualifier Kyle Webster. Dylan Wood was the best of the privateers in fourth, ahead of Zachary Watson, Elijah Wiese (Yamaha), and Brandon Steel (Husqvarna).

SX2 final one:
Series leader Max Anstie took a wire-to-wire victory in the first SX2 final. The Honda Racing rider grabbed the holeshot, and quickly began put daylight between himself and the rest of the field as he charged to an 8.9-second win over Crawford. Thompson overcame a mid-pack start to complete the podium, ahead of Barham and Budd. Todd fell in the early stages and worked his way from dead last into P6, while Ferguson, Cosford, Constantinou and Yokoyama rounded out the top 10.

SX1 final one:
Moss led the first SX1 final from start to finish, ultimately finishing with a 1.8-second lead over Hill, while a gritty performance from Tanti saw him finish third. Brayton, who had been within a second of Moss for most of the race, experienced a flat tyre late in the race and finished a distant fourth, ahead of Webster. Wills finished sixth after an early crash, while P6 to P10 were filled by Wood, Watts, Watson and Marshall.

SX2 final two:
Todd claimed victory in the second SX2 final, after working his way from third during the eight-lap race. Thompson led the most of the moto after taking the lead from Ferguson on the second lap, but couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Todd, and ultimately settled for the runner-up spot, 2.4 seconds behind Todd. Crawford completed the top three, while Anstie, who worked his way forward from a mediocre start, finished fourth, claiming the 2022 SX2 championship in the process. Early race-leader Ferguson finished fifth, ahead of Barham, Budd, Cosford, Hadlow and Constantinou. Holeshot winner Yokoyama crashed out of the race on the third lap.

SX1 final two:
Tanti led the second SX1 final from start to finish as he stretched out a handy lead over Moss early, and retained it to the checkered flag. In the end he’d finish with an eight-second lead over Moss, who took the round win. A fast-finishing Josh Hill – who was back in 10th on the opening lap – worked his way onto the podium, after passing championship winner Justin Brayton late in the race. A P4, and fourth overall, was just good enough for Brayton to secure a narrow one-point championship victory, as Wills and Webster finished fifth and sixth respectively. P7 through 10 were filled by Dylan Wood, Cory Watts, Zachary Watson and Robbie Marshall.