Australian Supercross Series, Round 7 Finale – November 29 – Brisbane
Chad Reed won both the final round of the 2008 Australasian Supercross Series Championship, and the Series Championship title tonight at QSCA in Brisbane. Chad won six out of the seven rounds of the series as well.
The “King of Supercross” Mr. Jeremy McGrath was also on hand ‘down under’, racing to a fourth place finish tonight.
In the Lites class, Ryan Marmont took the win tonight, with Matt Moss securing the Championship title with 141 points total.
1. Chad Reed
2. Daniel Reardon
3. Jay Marmont
4. Jeremy McGrath
5. Cheyne Boyd
Supercross Championship Point Standings:
1. Chad Reed 170
2. Jay Marmont 51
3. Cheyne Boyd 115
4. Daniel McCoy 112
5. Troy Carroll 103
Reed 22, McGrath J
1. Ryan Marmont
2. Tye Simmonds
3. Chris Gosselaar
4. Danny Anderson
5. Todd Waters
Lites Championship Point Standings:
1. Matt Moss 141
2. Tye Simmonds 121
3. Ryan Marmont 119
4. Danny Anderson 100
5. Todd Waters 92
To view the official Australasian Supercross Championship website, you can visit this link – http://www.superx.com.au/ There you will find all the info about the series, including more photos, the Super X Club (where you can win prizes!), and more.
Courtesy Global Action Sports
Over 20,000 fans braved Brisbane’s inclement weather to see world champion, Suzuki’s Chad Reed win the inaugural Super X championship at QSAC tonight.
A tumultuous lead in to the final round saw organisers thrown a number of challenges with the crazy rains and storms that have been reaping havoc across Queensland this week destroying 6,000 tons of dirt that was brought in to build the track on Wednesday.
A further 6,000 tons of dirt was sourced to ensure the events go-ahead and $50,000 worth of tarpaulins were trucked from Sydney to insure the track against further downpours.
While storms continued to threaten all through the day, the skies and weather magically cleared and provided perfect conditions for riders and fans to enjoy the action packed conclusion to Super X.
Reed entered the round as hot favourite, despite his shock absence from last weekend’s Townsville final. The buffer he had built after scoring five dominant round wins in a row was a formidable challenge for his closest rival, CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider Jay Marmont.
Reed was a convincing winner tonight, easily winning all four races in the Quadruple Sprint format and taking home his sixth maximum points haul from seven rounds.
In the battles for second and third local riders Dan Reardon and Jay Marmont fought intense battles with the undisputed ‘King of Supercross’ Jeremy McGrath across the four races the three riders provided some of the closest most action packed racing of the night as they battled for the minor placings on the podium.
After finishing second in three of the four races, Reardon claimed second with Marmont third, the CDR Rockstar Yamaha rider also claiming second overall in the championship.
Reed, who attracted a frenzy of fans from all areas of the state, said he had enjoyed the challenge from local riders who were constantly pushing him to new heights.
“There is nothing like the experience of actually getting out there and racing against strong competition to prepare you for the season ahead. The tracks were on par with anything I’ve raced on in the US as well. It’s been a very successful campaign and I’m glad to have started my relationship with Suzuki with a championship win on the RM-Z450. I have gained an advantage in that I’ve developed some strong race fitness. It’s certainly going to help in the next few weeks as I undergo the last month of training ahead of Anaheim” he said.
A consistent podium placer and the only rider to beat Reed to the top step of the dais, Marmont said he was very happy with the final result and was already looking forward to next season.
“I have to say I really have had the dream season, a national motocross title, a win against the World Supercross champion and second in the inaugural Super X Championship. This will be hard to top, I am going to have to work really hard in the lead up to next year’s racing seasons and I have already set myself some huge goals for next year.” Marmont said.
The battle for third place was just as intense, with CDR Rockstar Yamaha Cheyne Boyd eventually claiming the final championship podium by a margin of only three points.
With Matt Moss wrapping up the Lites class title a round early, all eyes were on the battle for second and third in Brisbane. Moss and Luke George both failed to finish the fifteen lap final leaving KTM factory riders Ryan Marmont and Tye Simmonds to fight it out for round honours and the final two spots on the championship podium.
Marmont won the round with Simmonds second and US rider Chris Gosselaar rounding out the podium but in terms of the championship it was Simmonds who finished ahead of his teammate.
In its inaugural year Super X has had an accumulative TV audience of three million people with live crowds of almost 100,000. This is more than double any other Supercross series in Australia. The championship will be back bigger and better than ever in 2009 with venues to be confirmed over the next two months including one round in New Zealand, which secures the first step in making Super X a truly Australasian series.
Global Action Sports Managing Director Mike Porra said the series had superseded even his own expectations.
“Super X has burst on to the Australian sporting scene in a spectacular way with phenomenal results across the board. The reaction from television, fans and industry has been extremely positive particularly on the new race formats. They have allowed us to bring great racing to a mainstream audience showcasing the skill, speed and courage of these awesome athletes.” Porra explained.
Organisers will now turn their attention to planning for the 2009 Super X season.
Chad Reed atop the podium