JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM rider and the 2010 Australian Pro Lites Motocross Champion, PJ Larsen, wrote in with an update on the first three weeks of the Australian Super X Series:
I missed reporting back after the first two races so I will begin with a brief write up of the first two rounds and then go into the third round that just took place this past weekend.
The first round of the series was held in Newcastle, NSW. I had the quickest qualifying time going into the main event. For this round the main was what the Aussies call a “double header”, meaning we have two 10 lap finals with a 5 minute break in between each one.
I had a good showing at that race taking a win in moto one and 2nd overall in moto two. My 1-2 finish was good enough for the overall win at the first round.
The second round of the series was held in Canberra, the countries capital city. I had a great qualifying time, setting the fastest lap for the second weekend in a row. I took an early win in my heat and began to prepare for the final “triple challenge”. The triple challenge meant we had to compete in three eight lap finals. Each final had a five minute break in between the next race. I went 2-2 in the first two races after struggling to come up through the pack after two bad starts. In the third and final race I was running inside the top five when I took a big crash into the sand and recovered in the back of the pack. I finished a disappointing 15th overall in that race. My 2-2-15 scores earned me 4th overall for the night and I left Canberra 2nd in the championship point standings.
Round three was in Launceston, Tasmania. Tasmania is an island directly below the east coast of Australia. All three rounds we have had threats of rain and it looked like we were going to get hammered by it on this weekend. Luckily the rain held off until after practice. I qualified second fastest in overall practice times. After practice we had a quick rain shower that cleared up right before the night program was set to begin.
In my heat, I grabbed the holeshot and went on to take the win. This weekend’s final was another double header. In moto one, I got a good start rounding the first turn in 2nd place. I made a pass on my teammate for the lead early in the race and took the lead. I had a few close calls with lappers in that race but managed to stay safe and take the moto win.
In the second moto, I had another 2nd place start but had a problem in the rhythm section after I hit a rut wrong and ran off into the tuff blocks. When I hit the tuff blocks it spun me around and one block ended up getting caught on my brake pedal. I had to actually stop to get it off. By the time I recovered I was in 9th position and half the race was over. I worked my way back to 5th place and took 2nd overall for the night.
Overall I am happy with the way things have started but I know I need to quit making little mistakes so I can be on top of the podium each week and hopefully bring home a championship at the end of the series. I would like to thank everyone at JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM, MxRad, Shift, Scott, Pirelli and FMF for their support this season.