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Dean Wilson And Max Anstie Dominate Australian Supercross Championship Round Two

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Dean Wilson (15) extended his SX1 championship lead in Newcastle after taking three wins from three starts.

Round two of the 2023 Australian Supercross Championship saw Dean Wilson (SX1) and Max Anstie (SX2) secure back-to-back overall wins in front of almost 20,000 people McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

Both riders took the maximum 75 points after three wins (1-1-1) in their respective finals in a night of hard-fought racing at the Triple Crown round.

After winning the opening round two weeks ago in Adelaide Parker Ross also secured consecutive round wins in the SX3 class, while Tasmania’s Cooper Ford, took the honours in the CR22 85cc Cup.

The hard packed track was slick and slippery thanks to rain leading into the event, with a challenging set of whoops further making conditions extremely technical. Smart decisions and strong starts were crucial, and ultimately, saw the star riders rise to the top. With the Triple Crown format in play for SX1 and SX2, it was a make-or-break night for championship contenders resulting in intense racing and compelling viewing for fans.

There was plenty of action in the triple crown format with 3 starts on offer for each class.

SX1

Final one saw the star-studded lineup burst out of the gates with five-time Australia Champion Justin Brayton taking an early lead over current series leader and Scotsman Dean Wilson, Matt Moss and Justin Hill. Moss was in the mix early along with Wilson, who eventually passed him to go into battle with his Honda teammate. Unfortunately for Moss, his night ended prematurely after a heavy crash on lap seven, leaving the resilient Australian, bitterly disappointed. Wilson and Brayton went bar-to-bar while navigating traffic with lappers, but it was the Wilson who used it to his advantage, gaining the edge and ultimately taking the first SX1 checkered flag.

Dean Wilson continued his stellar form in Newcastle with 3 wins in the SX1 Triple Crown.

Luke Clout started strongly in Final two but Wilson quickly took the lead with Brayton hot on both their heels. Wilson looked comfortable and cruised holding the lead from lap one to the finish line where he took his second win of the night, while Clout and Brayton banged bars, with the American pushing hard trying to pass the Australian for several laps. Brayton’s persistence paid off passing Clout in the final stages of the race to narrowly secure second place, with Clout rounding out the top three.

The final race of the night, the SX1 Final three, was drama filled even before the first turn with Brayton and teammate, Kyle Webster crashing together hard and not finishing. With Brayton out, Wilson, Hill and Dylan Wills hit the front, with the in-form Wilson further extending his lead on the pack to easily finish his laps and secure his third straight SX1 win of the night. Hill and Wills held their own to round out the top three.

American Josh Hill (75) had his best finish this season with second in SX1.

Wilson cleaned up with the overall win in Newcastle and took home the maximum 75 championship points from the Triple Crown format giving him a commanding lead on the SX1 Australian Supercross Championship title going into the final round. Josh Hill was second overall, while his teammate Clout took home third place.

“I had to be patient tonight, the track became super slippery; it was really unpredictable,” said Wilson.

Wilson currently boasts a substantial 24-point lead in the championship with just one round left in the competition.

“My first goal is to win the championship, I won’t jeopardise that, but it would be nice to finish the championship with another win in the teams home town of Melbourne,” Wilson added.

Luke Clout rounded out the SX1 Podium with third

Defending champion Justin Brayton had a challenging night, to say the least. He secured second place in the first two finals but experienced a significant crash in the final race entering turn one. This unfortunate incident left both him and his bike battered and bruised.

“I am really disappointed; this wasn’t how I wanted the night to go. My goal is to finish second in the championship and support the team,” said Brayton.

Max Anstie (1) won from the back of the pack and the front on his way to three wins from three starts in SX2

SX2

Final one was full of action with Nathan Crawford taking the lead, and favourite and current SX2 series leader, Max Anstie, caught deep for several laps before skilfully and patiently fighting his way to the front, his whoop speed and smart passing the difference. Anstie took the first points over Crawford, with Kaleb Barham taking out third place.

Final two saw Anstie go two-from-two claiming a comfortable win, over Robbie Wagerman and Crawford. Wilson Todd had been leading early in the race but a mishap on lap three saw him go down and hand the lead to Anstie, who took it to his advantage and didn’t look back.

Nathan Crawford finished second in the SX1 class.

The final SX2 race, Final three, unsurprisingly saw championship leader Anstie lead from start to finish, with Crawford right behind him, hunting for opportunities as the leader started to make mistakes. While his composure secured him the win, Anstie admitted post-race he struggled with the track and how tough it was. Crawford took a gallant second, with Cole Thompson finishing third.

The SX2 podium fun.

Anstie also secured the overall win, a maximum 75 championship points and takes a commanding lead in the SX2 Australian Supercross Championship title going into Melbourne. Crawford finished second overall, with Barham taking out third in his first SX2 podium finish.

“I can’t complain too much, the track was a little challenging and I needed to ride smart, but it was fun, the fans were great and I enjoyed the night,” Anstie said. “I will now focus on the final round where I want to wrap it up with another win, the bike, the team, everything is working well.”

American Parker Ross won the SX3 class as he did at round one in Adelaide.

SX3

The SX3 division raced their standalone final with Parker Ross going back-to-back with the top spot on the podium after a victory over Kayd Kingsford and Jyle Campbell. After popping his shoulder in the heat and having a slow start, Ross rode patiently on the slick track before taking back control from Kingsford to secure the win. Round one second place getter and Heat one Winner, Kobe Drew, was in the mix but had a mishap on the final lap ending his winning chances, finishing the night in eighth place.

“I hurt myself in my heat race crash, I want to thank the Racesafe team for strapping my shoulder and the team for getting my bike ready for the final. The battles have been good with the other riders and I can’t wait for the final round in Melbourne,” said Ross.

85cc – CR22 CUP

In a highly anticipated night of racing for the 12-to-14-year-olds in the CR22 85cc Cup, Tasmania’s Cooper Ford took the honours over New South Welshman Heath Davey and New Zealand’s Levi Townley.

Round One’s first and second place getters Jack Nunn and Lachlan Allen – came sixth and fifth respectively – after fighting their way back from deep in the pack and are now still in the mix for the title, sitting second and third in progressive series points. The final round of racing will be hotly contested in Melbourne with the CR22 Cup Title wide open.

The Championship now moves to Melbourne where the final round will takel place on November 21st at Etihad Stadium.

It was a tough night for defending SX1 champion Justin Brayton as the five time champion crashed heavily in the final race.

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