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Australia’s Current SX and MX Lites Champions Set to take 2013 ASX Title to the Wire

Ryan Marmont Makes it a Three Way Fight

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Current Australian Supercross Lites champion Gavin Faith and current Australian MX2 Motocross champion Luke Styke are set to take the 2013 Terex Australian Supercross Championship title fight down to the wire after Faith's double win at Phillip Island on the weekend.

Faith who rides the #1 plated CRF250R for the Carlton Dry Honda MX team and the #2 plated Serco Yamaha YZ250F pilot Styke, have been entrenched in an enthralling battle from the outset of this years series after the two riders split main event wins at the opening double header round held in Darwin in mid September.

Reigning champion Faith drew first blood at the season opener in Darwin taking a come from behind victory over Styke in Saturday's main event, before the Yamaha rider returned the favour the following day winning round two ahead of Faith.

Heading into round three at Mount Gambier, South Australia tied on points, it was Faith who looked like he was going to come away with a clear points lead as he entered the final lap with a small but handy lead over Styke in the nights main event.
Gavin Faith's double win on the Island, has left the 2013 supercross championship in his hands. A top two finish at Toowoomba will seal the championship for him - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
It was not to be however, with the American rider crashing, allowing Styke to go through for a comfortable win while Faith was left to lament his fifth place finish and lost opportunity at owning the red plate outright.

On the weekend just gone at rounds four and five of the series held at Phillip Island in Victoria along side the Australian round of the MotoGp Championship, the pendulum once again swung back in the favour of Faith as he dominated proceedings, winning both main events.

The double win for Faith at Phillip Island was exactly what he was looking for after the disappointment of Mount Gambier and has put him back on track in his bid to achieve his goal of winning back to back Australian titles.

‰ÛÏI couldn‰Ûªt have asked for a better weekend,‰Û
Luke Styke has had an extraordinary season to date and has not given up on finishing it off with the Supercross Championship win - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Styke who came into the weekend fighting fit had his weekend turned upside down when he took a big knock to his shoulder on Saturday morning during his heat race. Despite being in obvious pain he was able to fight on for a courageous third place finish on Saturday afternoon, before going on to finish fourth in Sunday's main event.

For Styke the fourth place finish on Sunday marked the first time in 2013 that he finished off the podium in a national Pro Lites race, a remarkable statistic considering he has contested a total of 25 points paying races so far this year across ten rounds of MX Nationals competition and five rounds of Supercross.

Styke will now head into Toowoomba's final showdown five points behind Faith, but the New South Welshman is not ready to concede defeat and with two and a half weeks to get himself fighting fit will come out swinging at his final race in Australia before taking on the world in the MX2 class in next years FIM World Motocross Championships.

‰ÛÏThe weekend was probably my worst for the year." Styke admitted. "I felt pretty good going in but I jarred my shoulder heavily in the whoops on Saturday and I just didn‰Ûªt have the strength required to race my bike properly.

‰ÛÏWe have a two week break before the final round and my plan is to be back to 100% and fight for this championship in Toowoomba. It‰Ûªs not over yet,‰Û
Ryan Marmont is still not out of the title fight and if the two front runners bring each other down in Toowoomba the Suzuki rider will be ready to pounce - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The final rider who is also still and outside chance of taking the title and the only other rider in a mathematical position to do so is Raceline Suzuki's Ryan Marmont who currently sits in third position in the standings, eight points behind Styke in second and 13 points behind leader Faith.

KTM Privateer Dylan Long currently sits 18 points behind Marmont in 4th place and while he could mathematically move up to third place in the standings at Toowoomba with a third podium performance for the series, he is to far behind to catch the two front runners.

Be sure to catch all the action from the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship when it hits the Toowoomba Show-ground on November 16.

Top Image: Nothing but a little bad luck from both riders has been able to separate the two top Lites riders in this years ASX Championship.
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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