Queenslanders in fine form at SX Champs

Queenslanders in fine form at SX Champs

Author: Media/Tuesday, December 01, 2015/Categories: State News

The Australian Supercross Championships have just one round left to run, and Queensland riders look to be making their mark at the national series.

Dan Reardon, Jackson Richardson, Mitch Evans and Wade Hunter are all Sunny State riders to watch at the final round:

Round 3 – Wayville

The third round of the Australian Supercross Championships head to Wayville for the third round of the Championship on October 31.

Kirk Gibbs was sidelined from the round (and the rest of the Championship) after suffering a broken hip in training.

Queensland’s Dan Reardon easily took the round win, followed by Matt Moss and Kade Mosig.

In the SX2 class, America’s Jimmy Decotis continued his winning streak, with Luke Clout in second, and Queenslander Jackson ‘Jatz’ Richardson holding onto third spot.

In the SXD class, Queensland’s Mitch Evans placed second in the round, but continued to lead the class by 9 points.

Round 4 – Jimboomba

The Australian Supercross Championship headed back to Jimboomba for round four of the Championship. Queensland’s Dan Reardon continued his winning campaign, taking his third straight round win.

Reardon was in blistering form all night long, much to the delight of the partisan local crowd, setting the fastest qualifying time and winning both SX1 heat races.

But in the main event Moss grabbed the vital holeshot, however Reardon was immediately on his tail out of the first turn, the pair soon locking horns through the first lap before Moss lost control of his front end coming into a hairpin turn and fell.

The drop left Moss with no option but to put his head down and charge back through the pack on the technical and hard packed track if he wanted to keep his Championship hopes alive.

And for the third straight round, that's just what Moss did, the gutsy Suzuki ace working right back through the field to take an eventual second place finish. Kade Mosig was close behind Moss, and took third place.

In the SX2 Championship racing at Jimboomba, the win streak of American invader Jimmy Decotis (Penrite Honda Racing) was finally broken, and it was young Victorian rider Lewis Woods from the Davey Motorsports KTM team who took the round win, with North Queensland’s Jackson ‘Jatz’ Richardson in third.

In the Junior 85 – 150cc class, Queensland’s Mason Rowe moved to third place, led by Jy Roberts and Samuel Noonan.

Round 5 – Sydney

Round five of the Championship was a special one. Hosted at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, the round was titled the Aus-X Open, and featured Aussie Supercross superstar Chad Reed.  

Reed, 33, rode away from the pack with a start to finish victory in the SX1 main event, the Yamaha ace delivering the performance the partisan crowd had come to see in an event which featured an innovative track design with 360Fly-by passing lane, tunnel section and steel ramp take-off for the finish line jump.

Penrite Honda Racing rider, American Gavin Faith, who is the reigning SX2 Australian Supercross Champion, turned his debut season of SX1 class racing around tonight with a solid second place finish behind Reed, while current SX1 Championship points leader (and Queenslander) Dan Reardon was the top finishing local Aussie rider, rounding out the podium in third.

Defending SX1 Australian Supercross Champion Matt Moss (Motul Suzuki), who started his night strong with a Heat race win, was totally out of luck in the Final, crashing twice in the opening laps, getting stuck under his bike in the first fall, and then requiring Racesafe medical assistance after the second tumble.

With Moss DNFing and Reardon grabbing a solid swag of points for finishing third, the Yamaha ace now enjoys a whopping 31 point lead in the Championship standings, over his CDR Yamaha team mate Kade Mosig, who finished tonight’s event in seventh place.

In SX2 racing Jimmy Decotis took another round win, followed by Queensland’s Wade Hunter. Third place in the SX2 Final eventually fell to fellow Queenslander rider Jackson Richardson.

In provisional SX2 Championship points standings, Decotis now enjoys a 31 point lead over Richardson and with 35 points up for grabs at the final round in Melbourne next weekend, Decotis, like Reardon in SX1, need do little more than qualify for the Final and finish the race next Saturday to clinch the Championship.

The next and final round of the Supercross Championships take place this weekend at the Knights Stadium in Melbourne.

Read about how our Queenslanders went in rounds 1 & 2 here.

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