News 27 Nov 2023

'It was one of the easiest races I've ever done' – Clout

Charges to AUSX main event win alongside Melbourne WSX SX2 podium.

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Outgoing CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider Luke Clout said his win in the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX) finals was ‘one of the easiest races I’ve ever done’, post-race at Marvel Stadium.

Recent seasons have been a battle for Clout, who has suffered a string of injuries since badly breaking his leg at the Mackay ProMX round last year.

In Melbourne, however, he once again showcased his capabilities, winning SX1 heat one by a comfortable margin and then claiming a commanding wire-to-wire victory in what was an emotional and hard-earned return to the top step. Those 25 points from the final round also elevated him to P2 in the standings.

“Honestly, that was probably the best main event I have ever ridden in my career,” Clout recalled. “Just got a great start, honestly, from start to finish I never felt like I was going to lose that race.

“It’s probably weird to say, but it was one of the easiest races I’ve ever done. I just got into my rhythm, got into my routine like I do at home and clicked my laps off and got the win.”

Following his 450 commitments, Clout stepped down to the YZ250F on Saturday for the final round of the World Supercross Championship (WSX). Continuing his run of form, the New South Wales-based rider notched 2-4-3 finishes for third overall, also securing P3 in the final SX2 points.

For 2024 Clout will part ways with the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team, understood to be making the switch to Empire Kawasaki onboard the new KX450 next season – that signing yet to be confirmed by Clout or formally announced by the Kawasaki-backed organisation.