News 3 Dec 2022

SX1 title threat Tanti cleared to ride Wagga Wagga AUSX finals

Entering tonight 12 points outside of defending champion Brayton.

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Aaron Tanti has been cleared to ride in Wagga Wagga’s final round of the 2022 Fox Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) tonight, still an outside threat at the SX1 title.

The reigning 450 outdoor champion will at least test his fitness in practice this afternoon, before making a final call on the night program once he turns those initial laps.

Tanti had led the series alongside defending four-time champion Justin Brayton (Honda Racing) leading into Newcastle, but crashed out of contention with a knock to the head on impact. The Triple Crown format, however, enabled him to stay in contention after carding 13th overall.

“I haven’t ridden since last weekend, but we went through all the nesecary things this week to make sure I am okay to race today,” Tanti told MotoOnline. “I’m still going to go out in practice and see how I feel… if I feel I’m not up to racing, I won’t line-up. Body-wise, I feel good, but I don’t really know.”

Now facing a 12-point deficit to Brayton in the standings and with a depleted field of around 15 riders in the premier class, Tanti can only focus on his own performance at the finals if he is to factor in the race for the championship.

“It’s a little bit hard for me now because Brayton is 12 points clear of me in the championship and even [Matt] Moss is four ahead,” he explained. “There aren’t a lot of guys entered in our class tonight, so I’d probably need something mechanically to happen.

“I’m just going to ride as best I can, limit the mistakes and see where we come out in the end. I can’t really hope for something to happen to somebody else when it comes to the points, so wherever I finish is wherever I finish.”