Final race DNF dashes defending champion Brayton's hopes of six straight titles
A perfect night of racing has put Boost Mobile Honda Racing’s Dean Wilson in the box seat to capture the 2023 SX1 Australian Supercross title, after he charged to three points-scoring wins at Newcastle’s second round.
While it was a dream night for Wilson, five-time Australian champion Justin Brayton’s dreams of a sixth-straight title were shattered when he crashed and retired from the final race.
CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team-mates Josh Hill and Luke Clout joined Wilson on the round podium.
Wilson took the opening SX1 final victory after a great battle with Brayton.
Empire Kawasaki’s Matt Moss scored the holeshot, but it only took two corners for Brayton to slide into the lead and started to check out.
Wilson also worked his way past Moss – who then crashed hard late in the race – then made the most of lapped traffic to take the lead from Brayton and finish with a 1.2-second lead.
Hill stayed consistent in third, as Clout fought back from P13 to finish fourth. Dylan Wills (Husqvarna) finished fifth, ahead of Joel Wightman (Yamaha) and a fast-starting Robbie Marshall (Husqvarna).
Jackson Richardson (Kawasaki), Dylan Wood (Honda), and Luke Zielinski (Yamaha) rounded out the top 10.
A composed performance from Wilson saw him take his second SX1 final win of the night.
Clout was awarded the holeshot, but Wilson efficiently made his way into the lead and sailed to a 4.6-second win.
Behind him, Clout and Brayton engaged in a race-long battle, with Brayton only finding his way past the Yamaha rider with just two corners to go.
Kyle Webster (Boost Mobile Honda Racing) was solid in P4, while Hill worked his way from P13 early on to finish fifth.
Wightman, Marshall, Wills (who was 19th on the first lap), Zielinski and Joel Evans (Yamaha) were the remaining top 10 racers.
Wilson made it three from three with a wire-to-wire victory on an increasingly slippery track.
While Wilson scored the holeshot, carnage broke out behind him as team-mates Brayton and Webster tangled, crashed and retired, while Clout also crashed in a separate mistake in the same turn.
At the front of the pack, Hill finished second to Wilson, with Wills putting in a clean race to finish third, Wightman crossed the line in fourth, ahead of a Clout, who dug deep to finish fifth.
Zielinski, Marshall, Evans, Cory Watts (Honda) and Joel Cigliano (Kawasaki) finished their night in the top 10.
In the championship standings, Wilson holds a commanding 24-point lead over Hill (100 points to 76 points), with Brayton in third (71). Clout is the best of the Australian riders in fourth (70).
The third and final round of the 2023 Australian Supercross Championship will be held at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Friday 24 November.