Brayton and Mellross Extend Points Lead With Wire to Wire Wins at Wayville

Author: Aaryn Minerds


HGA Honda Racing's Justin Brayton and DPH Motorsports Hayden Mellross have both extended their Australian Supercross Championship points lead after winning their respective SX1 and SX2 main events at the third round of the series held at the Wayville Showgrounds in South Australia last night.

A hot blustery day welcomed riders into Adelaide for the afternoon practice and qualifying sessions with both Brayton and Mellross quickly making their intentions for the day clear as Brayton topped the SX1 qualifying class from fellow American Wil Hahn and DPH Motorsports Lawson Bopping.

Mellross likewise got his day off to the perfect start posting the fastest time in SX2 qualifying to give him the first gate pick of his heat as he edged out round two main event winner, Serco Yamaha's Jackson Richardson and Penrite Oil Honda's former two time Australia SX2 champion Gavin Faith.
It would not be a race in Australia if Ferris and Waters were not side by side on track at some point in 2016 and Wayville was no different during both the heat and the main.
As the sun started to drop, some light cloud cover rolled over the show-grounds with the wind also easing up as riders lined up for the evening's heat races.

In the opening SX1 heat race Brayton's near perfect run in this years series looked to be in trouble when he went down early, leaving Bopping out front as he cleared out from the field. CDR Yamaha's Dean Ferris and his week in week out sparing partner, Todd Waters both moved their way past Bopping as a fast charging Brayton worked his way through the field and was back challenging for the lead with just a couple of laps to run.

However it was not to be as the American hit the deck, leaving Ferris to grab the heat win ahead of Waters and Husqvarna mounted Jay Marmont in third.

It was Crankt Honda Pro Racing's Jay Wilson who rocketed out to the front in heat two, grabbing the holeshot and leading early.

The rider on the move however was NPE Monster Energy Kawasaki's Wil Hahn, with the American quickly working his way to the front to take a comfortable race win ahead of CDR Yamaha's Dan Reardon and HGA Honda Racing's Adam Enticknap in third.
Makeham and Stapleton battled for the lead early in their SX2 heat before Richardson come through for the win. Unforunatley both Makeham and Stapleton later crashed out of the main
The opening SX2 battle, was a battle royal between Mellross and Faith. It was Mellross who reversed his starting form from round two who grabbed the hole shot with Faith quickly settling in behind him. The duo then battled it out for the entire race with the Australian holding on for a slim lead aboard his YZ250F.

HGA Honda's Luke Clout rounded out the top three, 12 seconds behind the leading two riders with Josh Cachia in fourth.

Proformance Yamaha's Kale Makeham pulled a huge holeshot in the second SX2 heat to lead the field early. Privateer Geran Stapleton looked as though he was going to be the rider to beat as he moved up along side Makeham and lead the race shortly, but a crash relegated him to the back of the field and eventually into the LCQ for the second straight round.

Up front Serco Yamaha's Jackson Richardson made his way past Makeham and raced away to the win, with Makeham hanging on for second while CRF Honda racing's Joel Wightman continued his great run of form, backing up his 5th at round two and 4th place qualifying result earlier in the day at Wayville, crossing the line in third position.

In the nights Dash for cash it was once again Hayden Mellross who had the crowd on their feet after progressing through the SX2 class and taking a popular win of SX1 rider Kyle Peters in their one lap race. Team-mate Lawson Bopping ended Mellross's run.

The win gave Bopping giving a spot in the final Dash for Cash race along-side fastest SX1 qualifier Brayton, with the American getting his night back on track and some cash in his pocket as he edged out Bopping for the win.
Wade Hunter just edged out Mellross for the SX2 holeshot
With the sun completely set and the Wayville floodlights on, the SX2 riders lined up for their main event.

It was a pair of Yamaha's that hit the UNIT holeshot line side by side, with Serco Yamaha's Wade Hunter looking though he took the honour by less than half a tyre knob from Mellross.

By the end of the long whoop section, Mellross had taken control of the lead, while Faith also quickly made his way by Hunter into second place and things were shaping up for another Mellross, Faith battle.

The battle never quite eventuated as Mellross put in a flawless race, riding away from the field to claim his maiden Australian SX2 main event win by over 11 seconds on in turn grew his points lead out to ten points over Jackson Richardson.
Hayden Mellross captures his maiden Australian SX2 main event win
Faith held on to cross the line in second place ahead of Wade Hunter as both riders also put in near flawless races to land on the podium.

Serco Yamaha's Wilson Todd had his best supercross event to date, finishing 4th ahead of team-mate Richardson as Serco Yamaha riders filled 3rd through 5th positions.

Raceline KTM's Dylan Wills added a little colour to the top half of the field finishing sixth, making him the only rider not on either Honda or Yamaha machinery to finish inside the top 12 during both qualifying and the nights SX2 main event.

Mellross continues to lead the championship on 69 points from Richardson on 59. Hunter moved to with in one point of his team-mate in third, while Faith elevated himself back up to 4th on the back of his second place finish.
Gavin Faith after a big crash at round two, rebouned with a second place finish at round three last night
Despite a tough main event, Wightman worked his way from near last up to 10th, which was enough to maintain his 5th spot in the standings ahead of Stapleton who crashed out of the main event, injuring his shoulder in the process.

Wills sits in seventh position ahead of Yamalube Yamaha's Jordan Hill in 8th, Wilson Todd in 9th and Privateer Thomas Ravenhorst in 10th on the back of his 8th place finish last night at Wayville.

With the SX2 main event over it was time for the big main event of the night as the SX1 field took to the start gates.
Dan Reardon looked like to be back at his best as he raced through to a second place finish at Wayville
When the gates dropped in front of a big field of race fans in Adelaide, it was Brayton who stormed out front through the first turn and was never again seen by anyone in the field.

The American put on a clinic racing 20 near perfect laps on his way to a 8 second win ahead of CDR Yamaha's Dan Reardon.

It was an impressive return to form for Reardon who looked like his old self at Wayville as he comfortably crossed the finish line ahead of KTM Australia's Kyle Peters in third.

Wil Hahn after a back of the pack start crossed the finish line in 7th at the conclusion of lap one and worked his way forward to finish 4th ahead of Veteran Jay Marmont who once again took another step forward on his return to racing.
Kyle Peters rouned out the podium at Wayville
Dean Ferris who looked fast in his heat was left at the back of the field early in the main event and was forced to work his way through the field, once again being embroiled in a battle with Waters along the way. Ferris eventually finished in 6th while Waters crashed at the end of the whoop section putting him out of the race with just a few laps to run.

NPE Monster Energy Kade Mosig finished the main event in 7th ahead of KTM's Jesse Dobson, with Jay Wilson and Adam Enticknap rounding out the final two positions in the top ten.

Brayton who is undefeated through the opening three rounds now has a 18 point advantage of Ferris, with Hahn just one single point back in third.

Reardon's second place finish has him in 4th position, four points back from Hahn, while Marmont moved his way in to 5th in the championship standings as the series hit the half way point.
Jay Marmont looked in a great form at round three and continues to improve on his return to racing at each and every round.
Mosig is one point behind Marmont in 6th, Peters moved up to 7th after his third place finish, with Jay Wilson in 8th and Enticknap in 9th.

Wilsons Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki rider Luke Wilson slipped to 10th in the standings after batteling his way through round three with torn ligiments in his thumb to finish 12th on the night.

In the support classes Samuel Noonan won the 85cc class ahead of Tyler Darby and Joshua Zorbas, while Husqvarna's Callum Norton won the Junior LItes class ahead of Riley Dukes and Jye Dickson.

In the Intermediate / Clubman challenge it was Nicholas Bressan who claimed the round win thanks in part to the NPE Monster Energy Kawasaki team who transported his bike down from Queensland so he could compete both this weekend at Wayville and next weekend in Geelong.

Jack Zorbas finished the night in second position ahead of Adam Coles in third.

The fourth round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship heads to Avalon Speedway in Victoria next Saturday the 5th of November before the double header grand finale in Sydney on the 12th and 13th of November.
SX1 Podium
Australian Supercross Championship Round 3 SX1 Results: Wayville
1 Justin BRAYTON
2 Daniel REARDON
4 Wil HAHN
7 Kade MOSIG
8 Jesse DOBSON
11 Lawson BOPPING
12 Luke WILSON
15 James ALEN
16 Joel NEWTON

SX1 Championship Standings After Round 3 of 6:
1. Justin BRAYTON 75 Pts
2. Dean FERRIS 57 Pts
3. Wil HAHN 56 Pts
4. Daniel REARDON 52 Pts
5. Jay MARMONT 45 Pts
6. Kade MOSIG 44 Pts
7. Kyle PETERS 38 Pts
8. Jay WILSON 37 Pts
9. Adam ENTICKNAP 36 Pts
10. Luke WILSON 35 Pts

Australian Supercross Championship Round 3 SX2 Results: Wayville
2 Gavin FAITH
4 Wilson TODD
6 Dylan WILLS
9 Joshua CACHIA
11 Jordan HILL
12 Aaron TANTI
13 Nathan CRAWFORD
14 Connor TIERNEY
15 Mitchell NORRIS
16 James BROWN
17 Luke CLOUT

SX2 Championship Standings after round 3 of 6
1. Hayden MELLROSS 69 Pts
2. Jackson RICHARDSON 59 Pts
3. Wade HUNTER 58 Pts
4. Gavin FAITH 47 Pts
5. Joel WIGHTMAN 38 Pts
6. Geran STAPLETON 36 Pts
7. Dylan WILLS 35 Pts
8. Jordan HILL 34 Pts
9. Wilson TODD 31 Pts
10. Tomas RAVENHORST 28 Pts


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