Justin Brayton wins Australasian Supercross in Launceston
American supercross racers Justin Brayton, Josh Hansen and Kevin Windham once again claimed all three podium positions in round three of the Monster Energy Super X in Launceston via the always exciting ‘Survival’ final format.
The Survival format was raced over four, seven lap sprints with the bottom five riders eliminated after each race. It created incredibly exciting racing because series front runners knew the smallest incident could have caused them to be eliminated early and therefore miss out on valuable championship points.
Eventual race winner Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX’s Justin Brayton made it clear he wanted to leave Australia with a win and raced with determination all day entering the finals with the fastest qualifying time. He won three of the four finals with Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen the only rider to take a win off him in the third race. Hansen once again claimed second place overall and Geico Powersports Cougar Honda’s Kevin Windham came third.
CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont and Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Jake Moss joined the USA contingent in the final sprint. Moss hit his best form of the series and had the fastest lap time of the night, but had an unfortunate fall on the first corner, which put him out of contention and fifth overall. A consistent Marmont finished fourth.
Josh Hansen still leads the overall points standing with the departing Brayton in second and Marmont third.
Justin Brayton (USA) “I am excited to go out on top, but it’s a little bittersweet because I would like to stay and race the whole series. I have had such a good time here in Australia and I really hope I can come back and compete here again next year. I really want to thank the team at Super X for bringing me out here and for putting on such good events as well as Craig Dack and his team for making me feel right at home.”
Josh Hansen (USA) “I had fun racing tonight. The format was definitely different to what I am used to but I felt good racing and was happy with how I rode. I have been sick all week so I am glad I was able to pull it out of the bag and do well. The bike was good and once again I just want to thank Monster and Kawasaki for making it possible to be racing here.”
Kevin Windham (USA) “That was a tough race for me and I found the format really tricky. I was really tired at the end and trying to catch my breath to get out there and race. It would have been great to get another win, but I have really enjoyed my time here in Australia. Big thanks to Cougar Honda for all the help they have given me.”
It was a battle between the JDR Motorex KTM and Rockstar Motul Suzuki team riders in the Lites Double Header final, which was raced over two, 12 lap races with Lawson Bopping taking the overall win, PJ Larsen second and Matt Moss, who had a big crash in qualifying and injured his knee – third.
JDR Motorex KTM’s Ryan Marmont took the first holeshot with team mate Larsen hot on his heels and taking over on lap four to lead for the whole race. Marmont went down on a berm leaving Rockstar Motul Suzuki team mates, Bopping and Moss, in a close challenge for second and third, but Bopping held on for second.
Marmont grabbed the second holeshot too and sped out to a good lead, but Bopping was closing on him and the pressure eventually caused Marmont to crash on the last turn allowing Bopping to pass for the win.
Moss still maintains the championship lead ahead of Larsen in second and Marmont third.
In the exhibition races Windham won the Super X Eliminator Challenge taking home the $1,000 cash prize and the USA team won the first ever Super X International Relay Challenge. Team USA was made up of Windham, Hansen, Brayton, Alessi and Larsen and Team Australia was Jay Marmont, Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda’s Daniel Reardon, JDR Motorex KTM’s Tye Simmonds and the Moss twins.
Matt Moss got the Aussies off to a great lead in the first race over Larsen then tapped in Simmonds who maintained the lead by holding off Alessi. Brayton and Marmont were up next with Brayton unable to gain enough ground. Hansen and Jake Moss followed with Moss maintaining the lead. Reardon and Windham finished off the race changing the lead numerous times, but after a small slip up from Reardon on the rhythm section, Windham passed him and took the win for the US.
Defending Australasian Supercross Series Champion, and two time AMA Supercross Series Champion Chad Reed did not compete. There are lots of rumors going about regarding Chad, and what’s going on with him. The most ‘reliable’ rumor is he is back in the USA, testing and talking with different teams about securing a ride in America for 2011.
Dylan Long was the dominant winner once again in the Michelin Development Series. Jacob Wright was second and Jake Emanuelli third.
The Australasian Supercross series now has a week off before round four in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday
OPEN top ten results:
1. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 25
2. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 22
3. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 20
4. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 18
5. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 16
6. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 15
7. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 14
8. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 13
9. Mike ALESSI – JDR Motorex KTM: 12
10. Craig ANDERSON – Berry Sweet / Pro Grip / Talon / RHK / Forma: 11
OPEN Top ten championship standings:
1. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 130
2. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 121
3. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 106
4. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 95
5. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 92
6. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 82
7. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 78
8. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 71
9. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 66
10. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 66
1. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 22, 25 TOTAL 47
2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 25, 18 TOTAL 43
3. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 20, 22 TOTAL 42
4. Robbie MARSHALL – Yamaha: 13, 20 TOTAL 33
5. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 15, 16, TOTAL 31
LITES championship standings:
1. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 157
2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 140
3. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 118
4. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 105
5. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 98
Michelin Development Series Results:
1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 25
2. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 22
3. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 20
Michelin Development Series championship standings:
1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 75
2. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 58
3. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 57
Thanks to Global Action Sports