CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Dan Reardon won a pulsating 20 lap main event at round three of the Australia Supercross Championship, held at the picturesque Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide on Saturday Night.
In front of a vocal crowd who haven‰Ûªt seen a national supercross in some time, Reardon turned back the clock and produced the race of the season so far to overcome some spirited rivals, a bike stall and a challenging track to earn the applause of the crowd to take the race win and increase his lead in the championship.
As the premier SX1 (450cc) blasted off, Reardon slotted into second spot the early going and began apply pressure to race leader, Adam Monea. He soon swooped past Monea and took control of the race and looked to be on his way to victory.
But in an instant, the race was turned on its head when Reardon stalled his bike and let Monea and arch rival, Matt Moss, past and suddenly, with Brett Metcalfe and Kade Mosig right there, it became a race in five and with plenty of laps remaining, there was no clear favourite.
Reardon again passed Monea and moved to the rear wheel of Moss with five laps to go and the pair began to battle. The lead changed several times before Reardon finally got the upper hand and again hit the lead but the twists and turns weren‰Ûªt over as Brett Metcalfe put in a huge charge in the final laps to also pass Moss and claw his way to the rear tyre of Reardon.
But Reardon showed his class and poise under pressure to ride a faultless final lap and take the race win just bike lengths ahead of Metcalfe in a race that will long be remembered.
‰ÛÏHow cool was that?‰Û