Kevin Windham wins Round 2 of Australasian Supercross Series in Canberra.
It was an all American affair at round two of the Monster Energy Super X in Canberra, with US imports Kevin Windham, Josh Hansen and Justin Brayton claiming first, second and third respectively.
The Canberra track was a bit slippery, in part due to rain in the afternoon. The Triple Challenge race format featured in the final, which pitted riders against each other in three, seven lap races in the Open class and three, six lap races in the Lites.
CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont grabbed the first holeshot, but Monster Energy / Pro Circuit’s Josh Hansen sped past him on the first straight with fellow US riders Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX’s Justin Brayton and Geico Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham quickly moving up the field to round out the top three places. Windham overtook Brayton on lap three and began to close in on Hansen and eventually overtook him after a close tussle on lap five. Hansen stayed close behind him to hold on to second place.
Brayton got the second holeshot, but Windham moved into first place early and held on to take out moto two. Brayton slipped on the whoops in lap five allowing Hansen and Marmont to pass him to finish second and third respectively and Brayton fourth.
Windham grabbed the final holeshot of the night and never looked back for the win with three from three. Hansen and JDR Motorex KTM’s Mike Alessi were in second and third, but Brayton and Marmont passed Alessi on lap four.
Windham was first overall with Hansen second and Brayton third making it an all American podium.
Marmont finished fourth overall in an emotional return to Canberra after his memorable win there last year, only two days after the passing of his baby daughter, Lila.
Alessi who is also from the USA finished fifth, improving on his disappointing start to the series in Newcastle last weekend.
Hansen now leads the championship race followed by Brayton and Marmont in third.
And what about Chad Reed? The defending Australian Supercross Champion didn’t race. There are a lot of rumors flying around. One has him coming back to the USA to join James Stewart at Team L & M Yamaha. One has him racing for Hart & Huntington / Dodge. (The Vodafone ‘ride’ of last week was a one race deal so Chad could race in his home town.) Who knows for sure???? Strange indeed!
Kevin Windham (USA) “What a great start to my time here in Australia. I am really enjoying the country and the people and had a lot of fun racing here tonight. The different formats definitely make it interesting because anything can happen. I am just glad I rode well and consistently and got the win in all three races.”
Josh Hansen (USA) “I am just really happy to be here racing and getting these good results. There was some good close racing tonight and fun battles. It’s good to be leading the championship and I really want to ride well and hold on to it for the rest of the series. I am loving Australia.”
Justin Brayton (USA) “I think it’s really good for this series and for us to be able to come out here and race and have the opportunity to raise the profile of the sport. The different formats each week keep it interesting and the racing is always at a high intensity. It is my final round next week and it would be great to finish off with a win.”
Defending Lites champion, Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Matt Moss grabbed the holeshot in the first of the Lites three six lappers and held on for a dominant win over JDR Motorex KTM team members PJ Larsen in second and Ryan Marmont in third.
Moss got off to another great start in the second moto holding off Larsen who was on his tail for the entire race and the UK’s Steven Clarke riding for Raceline Pirelli Suzuki finished third.
In the third and final moto Moss grabbed the holeshot again and stayed in front to make it three wins from three. Larsen took a dive in the tricky sand section, which took him out of contention and left second place to Clarke and Serco Yamaha’s Ford Dale third.
Moss won the round with Clarke second and Marmont third.
Local rider Lawson Bopping had a big crash in the first final race but proved what a tough racer he was by lining up again in the remaining two motos to finish 12th overall.
Dylan Long made it two wins in a row in the Michelin Development Series with Jarrad Davis second and Jake Emanuelli third.
The series now heads to Launceston for the third round at Aurora Stadium next weekend.
OPEN Top Ten Results
1. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 25,25,25 TOTAL 75
2. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 22,22,22 TOTAL 66
3. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 20,18,20 TOTAL 58
4. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 16,20,18 TOTAL 54
5. Mike ALESSI – JDR Motorex KTM: 15,16,12 TOTAL 43
6. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 13,15,13 TOTAL 41
7. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 11,14,14 TOTAL 39
8. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 12,11,15 TOTAL 38
9. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 14,13,11 TOTAL 38
10. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 10,10,16 TOTAL 36
OPEN Top Ten Results – Championship standings
1. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 108
2. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 98
3. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 88
4. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 77
5. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 75
6. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 68
7. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 65
8. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 65
9. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 56
10. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 50
1. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 25,25,25 TOTAL 75
2. Steven CLARKE – Raceline Pirelli Suzuki: 14,20,22 TOTAL 56
3. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 20-18-14 TOTAL 52
4. PJ LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 22,22,6 TOTAL 50
5. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 13,15,15 TOTAL 43
LITES – Championship standings
1. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 115
2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 97
3. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 87
4. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 74
5. Steven CLARKE – Raceline Pirelli Suzuki
Michelin Development Series
1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 25
2. Jarrad DAVIS – Davis Bikeworx / Motul / Fox / Alpinestar / Dunlop: 22
3. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 20
Michelin Development Series – Championship standings
1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 50
2. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 38
3. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 35
Thanks to Global Action Sports
Mike Alessi (800), Kevin Windham (14)
Matt Moss wins the 250 Lites class
Justin Brayton, winner Kevin Windham, new series points leader Josh Hansen