For team-mate Madden, the day also went perfectly to plan. After an injury-plagued second half of the motocross championship, the 22-year-old was looking for a strong showing as he made a move up to the 450 for the SX series.
Rounding out the opening laps just outside the top ten, Madden battled hard all race long, making a handful of passes on his way to a fantastic 9th place finish to give the team a double top ten result to kick of the 2018 series.
"Coming into the first round I felt a bit nervous as to how I was going to ride on the 450, only have had a hand full of rides on it coming into the weekend," Madden explained.
"I went out and felt great, and ended up qualifying 11th which boosted my confidence, then went on to grab a 4th in my first heat race.
"As the day went on I began to feel more and more comfortable on the bike, and I didn‰Ûªt really have any pressure on me which was great, heading out for the main I just wanted to get a solid start and put in 20 consistent laps, and that‰Ûªs what I did to finish 9th
"I‰Ûªm stoked with the result, and now it gives me three weeks to improve and work on a few things before we head to Coolum."