News 5 Dec 2022

Final race victory concludes breakout 450 season of Tanti

CDR talent bounces back from Newcastle to secure P2 at finals

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Victory in the final 2022 Fox Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) race at Wagga Wagga concluded the breakout 450 season of Aaron Tanti, with the reigning national outdoor champion ultimately finishing third in the SX1 standings.

Tanti entered the final round at Wagga Wagga 12 points behind now five-time champion Justin Brayton (Honda Racing), but had to be cleared to ride following his crash out of contention in Newcastle where he knocked his head.

The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider qualified fifth fastest and finished his heat P2 at round four. Across the two final format to close the season, Tanti charged to third in the first encounter, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, before leading from start to finish in final two to land second overall for the round.

“Yeah it was awesome, obviously the track was really challenging, the whoops were definitely challenging and I struggled with them at first and I finally dialled them in come the heat race,” Tanti explained to MotoOnline.

“That long rhythm section, and in the bottom of the rhythm sections it was really soft, but then before the rhythm sections, it was hard pack. Yeah, the track conditions were challenging, but I really enjoyed it, especially that last race once I found my flow.

“It was a really cool track, we don’t get to ride tracks this big all that often, so it was really cool to do that and really separate everyone.”

This year – Tanti’s first with CDR Yamaha Monster Energy – saw the talented Queensland-based rider win the national MX1 championship, victorious too at the second round of AUSX in Adelaide.

He also competed in the World Supercross Championship (WSX) this year with CDR in SX2, finishing third overall at Marvel Stadium after winning a final.

While an international transition is on his agenda, it is expected that Tanti will remain in Australia to defend his MX1 title with Dack’s outfit. A full 2023 ProMX calendar has not been revealed, and WSX has not yet specified an exact date or location for any of its rounds next season.