Dean Ferris Breaks Through For Maiden Supercross Win At Avalon

Gavin Faith Claws Back Vital Points With SX2 Win

Author: Aaryn Minerds


CDR Yamaha's Dean Ferris and Penrtie Oils Honda Racing's Gavin Faith raced to victory in their respective classes at the fourth round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship held at the Avalon Speedway in Victoria on Saturday night the 5th of November.

On a cold blustery day, HGA Honda Racing's Justin Brayton once again set the early pace in the SX1 class, as he topped the time sheets during the qualifying session, posting a time just over the 1 minute mark on a dry blue grooved Supercross track to edge out NPE Monster Energy Kawasaki's Wil Hahn by just .004 of a second.

The top six riders were separated by less than one second at the end of qualifying setting up for some great racing when the night show got underway.
Justin Brayton was fastest in Qualifying and took a comfortable heat win before things went pear shaped at the start of the main event - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
It was a star studded line up in the opening SX1 heat with Brayton being joined on the start gate by the CDR Yamaha duo of Daniel Reardon and Dean Ferris as well as KTM Australia's American import Kyle Peters. Brayton however made the race his own from the start, scoring the holeshot and racing away from the field to win ahead of Reardon and and Ferris who both set faster lap times than the American.

Peters crossed the line in fourth place while Cheyne Boyd proved he still has it, finishing 5th.
Factory Suzuki's sole rider Luke Wilson grabbed the holeshot in his heat, but a mistake followed by a crash over a triple put an end to his night - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Wilson's Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki racings Luke Wilson grabbed the holeshot in heat two, however a couple of early mistakes handed the lead over to DPH Motorsports Lawson Bopping.

Bopping held the lead for the opening two laps before Jay Marmont turned back time firing his Husqvarna FC 450 to the lead of the race and looked as though he might hold on for a very popular win. Hahn had other ideas, charging his way from the back of the field closed down Marmont with just over a lap to go and made the move into the lead and the race win.
The CDR Duo lead out of the first turn in the SX1 main event as Brayton is left to pick up his bike - Credit: Garry Morrow
When the gates dropped on the nights main event, it was the CDR Yamaha riders of Reardon and Ferris who quickly settled into the front two positions and quickly set about opening a gap over the rest of the field.

While the Yamaha duo had a clear track in front of them championship leader Brayton had the entire field in front of him after crashing in the first turn while fellow American Wil Hahn was also left deep in the field.

Up front Ferris sat on the back wheel of his more Supercross fancied team-mate for the opening 7 laps before he pulled the trigger on what would be the decisive move of the night. Moving to the inside of Reardon at the end of a sand section, Ferris pulled of a near perfect block pass heading into the Dunlop triple leaving Reardon to leave the track and coast around the jump while Ferris opened up a handy gap.

Sitting in third position, Marmont was continuing on his fine form from the heat race and looked on track to score his first podium result on his return to racing. Just after the half way mark Hahn moved his way by Marmont into third place before Brayton who had worked his way in to 5th done like wise with just over one lap to go.

Back up front Ferris continued to put in flawless laps holding a consistent gap over Reardon as he raced to his maiden Supercross win.
Wil Hahn was solid all day and night on his way to finishing third for the round - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Reardon crossed the line in second position to give CDR a perfect 1-2 result for the night, with Kawasaki's Wil Hahn holding on for the final podium position.

Brayton salvaged what could have been a disastrous night finishing in 4th position with Marmont in 5th.

KTM Australia's Jesse Dobson had his best round to date after holding off Brayton in the early stages of the race. A small mistake let the the American through, but Dobson was able to recover and move forward to finish in sixth position and the leading KTM after team-mate Kyle Peters crashed out of the race.

Ferris win moved to with in 11 points of championship leader Justin Brayton with two rounds remaining, with Hahn a further 6 points further back in third. Reigning champion Reardon sits in 4th, 19 points behind leader Brayton with Marmont currently rounding out the top five on 61 points.
With a heat race holeshot and win, a crowd pleasing showing in the Dash for Cash and a 4th place in the main event, it is fair to say it was a great day out for Dylan Wills - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
In SX2 qualifying it was Penrite Oils Gavin Faith who topped the field comfortably posting a lap time over half a second faster than second fastest rider Luke Clout, with Pro Formance Yamaha's Kale Makeham posting the third fastest time, while championship leader Hayden Mellross struggled to put in a clean lap aboard his DPH Motorsports YZ250F to post the 6th fastest time.

In the opening heat, Makeham, Serco Yamaha's Jackson Richardson and CRF Honda Racing's Kyle Webster rounded the first turn battling for the lead, a mistake by Richardson in the third corner left him on the deck, with the entire field apart from Webster then forced to single the finish line double.

Webster instantly opened up good lead over the field and was never headed on his way to a impressive heat race win. Behind him Serco Yamaha's Wade Hunter and Faith who worked his way from the rear of the field crossed the line in second and third positions, while Richardson was forced to the LCQ.

Dylan Wills was another popular winner in heat two. The Raceline KTM rider grabbed the holeshot and after a early race battle with BBR Yamaha's Aaron Tanti went on to take the win ahead of Mellross who put on a great show as he cut through he field after bad start. Tanti held on to finish with an impressive third place result.
Gavin Faith celebrates his SX2 win at Avalon Credit: Aaryn Minerds
When the gates dropped on the main event, it was Yamalube Yamaha's Jordan Hill who grabbed the Holeshot, but his lead was short lived as former two time Australian SX2 champion Faith who grabbed the lead and was never headed as he raced to his second win of season, putting in 15 solid laps to win by just over 2.5 seconds ahed of Richardson.

While the two lead riders had it all their own way out front, Mellross once again was the rider who at the crowds attention as he carved his way through the field.

Crossing the finish line in 12th position at the end of the opening lap, Mellross went to work and by the half way mark of the race had moved his way up to 4th position. He continued to push and by the end of lap 12 he made his move past Wills and went on to cross the line in 3rd and despite spending the majority of the race in traffic, was able to post the fastest lap of the race by over half a second.

Wills backed up his heat race win with a fine fourth place finish in the main event, Serco Yamaha's Wilson Todd continued his improved supercross form finishing in 5th.
Jackson Richardson kept himself in the championship hunt with a second place finish, he now trails Mellross by just 8 points heading into the final two rounds Credit: Aaryn Minerds
It proved to be a tough main event for some of the pre race contenders with Wade Hunter, Luke Clout both crashing out of the main event.

In the championship standings, Mellross continues to lead the way from Richardson who reeled back two points at Avalon to trail the Yamaha rider by eight points heading into the final two rounds.

Faith's win moved him into third spot in the SX2 standings, 17 points behind Mellross. Despite his DNF, Hunter holds down fourth position on 58 points, while Wills moved up to 5th on the back of his fourth place result, 5 points further back from Hunter.

CRF Honda Racing's Joel Wightman sits on 53 points with Wills to hold down sixth after finish in 6th position at Avalon.

Rounds five and six of the 2016 Australian championship will head to Sydney next weekend as the AUS-X Open hosts the final two rounds on the 12th and 13th of November.
SX1 Podium - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
SX1 Race Results
1. Dean FERRIS - 20:10.539
2. Daniel REARDON +03.984
3. Wil HAHN +11.994
4. Justin BRAYTON +23.959
5. Jay MARMONT +27.751
6. Jesse DOBSON +50.945
7. Kade MOSIG +53.732
8. Cheyne BOYD +01:00.446
9. Lawson BOPPING +1 lap
10. Jay WILSON +1 lap
11. Adam ENTICKNAP +1 lap
12. Chris ALLDREDGE +2 laps
13. Chris CAMILLERI +2 laps
14. Joel NEWTON +2 laps
15. Boyd HOCKING +3 laps
16. James ALEN +4 laps

SX1 Championship Standings After Round 4 of 6
1. Justin BRAYTON 93 Pts
2. Dean FERRIS 82 Pts
3. Wil HAHN 76 Pts
4. Daniel REARDON 74 Pts
5. Jay MARMONT 61 Pts
6. Kade MOSIG 58 Pts
7. Jay WILSON 48 Pts
8. Adam ENTICKNAP 46 Pts
9. Kyle PETERS 38 Pts
10. Luke WILSON 35 Pts
11. Lawson BOPPING 33 Pts
12. Jesse DOBSON 32 Pts
13. Boyd HOCKING 30 Pts
14. Joel NEWTON 22 Pts
15. Todd WATERS 18 Pts
16. Chris CAMILLERI 16 Pts
17. Barry SURAWSKI 14 Pts
18. Cheyne BOYD 13 Pts
19. James ALEN 11 Pts
20. Chris ALLDREDGE 9 Pts
SX2 Podium Credit: Aaryn Minerds
SX2 Race Results
1. Gavin FAITH - 15:16.790
2. Jackson RICHARDSON +02.609
3. Hayden MELLROSS +06.344
4. Dylan WILLS +17.064
5. Wilson TODD +19.457
6. Joel WIGHTMAN +28.333
7. Kyle WEBSTER +34.689
8. Aaron TANTI +38.164
9. Jesse MADDEN +41.666
10. Taylor POTTER +50.247
11. Lewis WOODS +53.034
12. Tomas RAVENHORST +55.557
13. Jordan HILL +01:02.295
14. James BROWN +1 lap
15. Kale MAKEHAM +1 lap
16. Mitchell NORRIS +2 laps

SX2 Championship Standings After Round 4 of 6
1. Hayden MELLROSS 89 Pts
2. Jackson RICHARDSON 81 Pts
3. Gavin FAITH 72 Pts
4. Wade HUNTER 58 Pts
5. Dylan WILLS 53 Pts
6. Joel WIGHTMAN 53 Pts
7. Wilson TODD 47 Pts
8. Jordan HILL 42 Pts
9. Aaron TANTI 39 Pts
10. Kyle WEBSTER 37 Pts
11. Tomas RAVENHORST 37 Pts
12. Geran STAPLETON 36 Pts
13. Lewis WOODS 34 Pts
14. Joshua CACHIA 27 Pts
15. Nathan CRAWFORD 23 Pts
16. Jesse MADDEN 22 Pts
17. Connor TIERNEY 19 Pts
18. James BROWN 15 Pts
19. Jimmy DECOTIS 14 Pts
20. Taylor POTTER 11 Pts

For full round and championship standings CLICK HERE

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