Australian Supercross Round 2 – SX1 Rider Review

Author: Aaryn Minerds


We take a look at each of the SX1 riders performances at the second round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship held at Toowoomba on Friday night.

With most of the Factory teams also sending out their press releases after the event, we will include rider quotes on their night for those that have come through.

1st - Justin Brayton: It could be easy to think it was another straight forward night of racing and winning for HGA Honda Racing's Justin Brayton at Toowoomba, but the American certainly had to work hard for his second straight win.

From the moment the green flag went up in practice, Brayton was one of the few riders who instantly looked comfortable on the technical track but when the gates dropped for the main event he was forced to work his way through the field.

After making a host of passes he was somewhat gifted the lead due to Todd Waters crash.

Waters had more than a handy lead at the time of his crash and it certainly would have been good to see if Brayton could have turned it up a notch to chase him down, but we will never know.

Brayton did look tired when we caught up with him at the end of the night, not tired from riding, but just in general and did mention that he was still feeling the effects from the quick trip back to the U.S and was still getting used to being on Aussie time.

A well rested and fresh Brayton could spell trouble for the field at round three.

"I needed to be patient; I hit neutral off the line and went around the first corner in ninth or tenth and from there I knew I had to stay composed‰Û_. I just picked parts of the track where I could make clean passes and I took my time. The track was awesome at the beginning of the day but it dried out quickly and became super technical". Brayton said.

"It was a hard race to make as many passes as I did stick, but I am really happy. We have won all heat races and finals and I want to continue this form coming into Adelaide. We have some more work to do with the bike between rounds- the tracks back home are a little different because of the moisture in them. I am confident we can improve everywhere, which includes my fitness." He added.
Wil Hahn finished second and is starting to look like he will be a big threat for this years title.
2nd - Wil Hahn: It was a much better performance from Hahn at round two and more of the type of performance we were exception from the former U.S Kawasaki factory racer.

He posted a faster best lap than Brayton in both his heat and the main event and looked at home on his bike. With only two of six rounds complete, Hahn is still right in this years title fight, though already 12 points down on Brayton.

3rd - Dean Ferris: Another great race by the CDR Yamaha rider. He went toe to toe with old rival Todd Waters in their heat race which turned out to be the fastest of the two heats. In the main event he got off to a great start but a couple of mistakes during the mid part of the race had him trailing Peters, Hahn and Brayton after Waters went down.

He was able to re-pass Peters and also close back down on Hahn and Brayton in the closing stages of the race, not to a point where he could push for a pass, but while Peters fell back to 20 seconds behind the leaders, Ferris finished just a few seconds back.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm pretty happy with how things went tonight,‰Û
Kyle Peters started up front but was reeled in by Brayton, Hanh and Ferris.
4th - Kyle Peters: A solid night for the American aboard his Factory KTM 450SXF, nothing super flash and I thought he may have stayed a little closer to the lead riders in the closing stages of the race. At the end of the day a much better result at round one where he suffered from crashes in his heat and the main event.

‰ÛÏI struggled all night on the track and wasn't quite in my groove, but I came out of there safe and with a fourth-place finish - I'll take it. I'm not happy with it, I definitely want to get on the podium, and get a win before the season is over. Just not a lot of time on the bike, but the whole team was awesome and the bike was fantastic, I was just personally struggling with a few things and it hurt me in the long run.

"The whoops and the Dragon Back were the two places I was struggling with, they were really slippery and I just wasn't committing enough coming in. It wasn't really working out for me but I know I've got to work on and going to have a really big two weeks and come out swinging for round three.‰Û
Jay Marmont finished 5th after recovering from a big crash during qualifying
5th - Jay Marmont: It is hard to call Jay Marmont - A multi time national champion - a Privateer, but with no dedicated Factory team from Husqvarna in Australia and Marmont himself pitting out of his own set up, Marmont has to be officially the highest finishing privateer at Toowoomba.

The day actually got off to a tough start for Marmont with a big crash in qualifying. The rest of the night went seemingly smoothly. Marmont from my point of view looking through the camera lens all night, went under the radar on his way to 5th. Even looking back through my images, I did not take a lot of the #2 over the course of the evening.

Considering the crash early in the day and being just his second race back, Marmont is doing exceptionally well so far this season and it would not surprise me to see him push for a spot on the podium in the coming rounds if things go his way.

‰ÛÏIt was an up-and-down day to be honest, I was pretty excited going into it, knowing that the track was quite technical, I thought that that would really suit me. One of the rhythm straights caught me off guard in practice and I just tagged one of the offs which sent me flying. I crashed pretty hard and from there didn't qualify the best.

"I've been sick this week and had hot and cold flushes going into the main but when the gate dropped, I don't know, I just took off and found myself in a good rhythm and overtook Brayton and Wil Hahn. I was right behind Reardon there, and Hahn and Brayton got me back but I managed to tag onto the back of them and got dragged along pretty well with that front pack.

"I just rode myself into a comfortable pace and got my 20 laps done, and ended up with a top five, so for me, with how I was feeling at the start of the day, top five is a good result, and puts us in a pretty decent spot in the championship.‰Û
The 7 Deuce Deuce looked a little more at home in his second race in Australia
7th - Adam Enticknapp: A much better round for the likeable American. Once again a crowd favourite during the pit party, the 7 Deuce Deuce looked a lot better on track at round two and finished closer to where I expected the HGA Honda Racing rider to finish here in Australia.

"It was so much better and I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike. I still have a long way to go to before I will be happy with my speed, but I see the result as a positive and a step in the right direction.

8th - Jay Wilson: A crash in the lead up to the round left the Crank Honda's Jay Wilson nursing a burised heal and ankle. He gave hit a good test in practice when he did not quite get a ON / OFF section right in his first attempt. Overall it was a solid night out for the first year SX1 racer.

"Last night was not too bad for me‰Û_ heading in to the round I was actually carrying an ankle injury that I sustained while training but I was able to push through it on a very technical track. The team all worked super hard throughout the night to make sure I was as comfortable as possible,‰Û
Luke Wilson was super consistent on his way to his second straight top ten finish
9th - Luke Wilson: New dad Luke Wilson finished inside the top ten for the second straight round. It was another flawless ride for the Wilson's Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki racer who has been rock solid in both main events so far and he currently sits seventh in points after two rounds. Consistency can be key in Supercross and so far lap in lap out, Wilson has been just that.

‰ÛÏThis round was tough. I don‰Ûªt feel that I rode that well, but I wanted to ride smart and just put clean laps down which we did,‰Û
Dan Reardon finished 11th at round two and has given himself a lot of work to do if he wants to make it back to back Australian SX titles
11th - Daniel Reardon: Another rider who did not look quite at his best, though being an experienced racer, he could have been holding back during qualifying and his heat with the knowledge that he had a direct passage into the nights main event.

He was looking good in the main event until he became a victim of the whoops. Despite crashing hard he was able to to re-mount his YZ450F and finish the race.

The 11th place finish puts a big dent in his aspirations to make it back to back Australian Supercross titles, however with four rounds to go, the 20 point gap is certainly not out of reach for the CDR Yamaha racer who knows how to win at this supecross game.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm not really sure what happened there, but I hear Todd Waters did the same thing just a few laps earlier,‰Û
Privateer Nicholas Bressan finished 13th
14th - Damien Harrison: Much like Brennan, Harrison is a pretty much unknown privateer on the national scene, but chose to race the opening two rounds of the series in his home state. Unfortunately he has commented on a picture we posted of him on Instagram that he can't get to Adelaide or any of the final rounds though he would like to race. Hey if there is anyone in Queensland who can help him out in getting him and his bikes to the remaining rounds hit him up on his facebook page by CLICKING HERE

15th - Nathan Crawford: Nathan Crawford is no stranger to racing Supercross in Australia and a quick search in the Fullnoise galleries shows he has raced quite a few SX races in his time. Another rider doing it off his own back for the thrill and maybe to re-live a little of his earlier years racing SX, it is certainly cool to see these guys hit the track.

16th - Barry Surawski: Like the riders who finished directly in front of him, Surawski put his own bike and body on the line at the opening two rounds to test his pace against Australia's and some of the world best.
Jesse Dobson had more than his fair share of crashes at Toowoomba including this one in the main event.
17th - Jesse Dobson: Things were looking good for KTM Australia's Dobson early in the day posting the 7th fastest time in Qualifying. However when racing got underway, things went a little pear shaped as he got caught up in a second turn crash in his heat race.

Things went from bad to worse in the main event. Starting from an outside gate, Dobson was pushed wide through the first turn, crashing into a hay-bale on the outside of turn one. He re-mounted and quickly caught the tail-end of the field and starting moving his way through the pack before a second crash all but put an end to his night.

The positive for Dobson is he has speed to burn and is still the youngest rider in the class by a long way. If he can put a full day together expect him to be near the pointy end of the field.

‰ÛÏWe showed glimpses that we can be right up there but it was a bit of a domino effect with a few things. I qualified not too bad, but then in the heat I was trying to settle in second or third, when in the first rhythm I got landed on which put me down in the turn and bent my bike up.

"I was coughing up blood, so I went and got checked out in case I‰Ûªd bruised my lungs, but they said it was just my tongue bleeding and I was fine to ride, so that was okay. I got the last gate pick and had a first turn crash. I felt like I was riding really well, I passed some good guys and got back into 10th.

"But through the long rhythm lane I spun up off one of the ‰Û÷offs‰Ûª and cased, which threw me down really hard. From there it was that bent up that I had to stand everywhere and roll around everywhere. It was tough to swallow.‰Û
The moment Todd Waters night at Toowoomba came to an end.
DNF - Todd Waters: What could have been for the Wilson's Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki racer. Waters who looked super aggressive at round one, kick started round two in the same fashion posting the second fastest time in qualifying, then won his heat race in a quicker time than Brayton won heat one, giving him first gate pick for the main event.

He turned that gate pick into a great start and quickly found himself in the lead of the race and pulling away from the field. I missed what happened but I heard the crowd make a lot of noise only to look up and see Waters down at the end of the Whoops.

He got back into the race and from memory was still in 5th position from memory but either the following lap or maybe two laps later he was down again in the same spot and his night was over.

Though I am sure Waters will be frustrated with the final outcome, he will have to walk away from round two with the knowledge he is a genuine race winning contender every time they line up for the remaining four rounds.

‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªve been working hard during the week - our speed was good, and we managed to get the win in the heat race which was a good start to the night,‰Û

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