Jay Wilson returned to form at round three of the Australian Supercross Championship but a fall in the final moto left him disappointed but determined to fight back at the coming rounds.
The opening two rounds of the championship had seen the Yamalube Yamaha Racing rider consistent but not at race winning speed but that was quickly put aside at Wollongong on the weekend where Wilson fired the first shot of the night in SX2 (250cc), taking a heat race win and getting the all-important first choice of the start gate as the 20 rider field assembled for the first of the three main events on the night.
Wilson made full use of his gate choice and rocketed into turn one on his YZ250F and led as they charged down the grass section on the tricky Wollongong circuit. From there he fought off challenges from the US based riders behind him to go on and record a confidence boosting win for the defending champ.
Race two and again he was back in the action and holding down a top five spot in a fast moving pack at the top of the field. He was able to move to fourth by race end and his 1-4 results in the first two events had him just one point of the overall leader for the night, Chris Blose, making for an intense back drop for the final moto.
Again he was well- placed heading into the tight second turn when he was hit from behind and spinning him around and hitting the turf while the rest of the field sped away. He remounted quickly and began to work his way though the field where he was then involved in another crash that damaged his bike and he was left to limp home in 19th place.
His 1-4-19 results gave him sixth for the night and maintains his fifth place in the SX2 standings after round three.
‰ÛÏI guess I can look at it two ways. I can be angry about the crash and get upset or I can take the position that my speed was good, I was back winning races and only a crash that was beyond my control affected my result. And that‰Ûªs the one I think is most important.
‰ÛÏIt felt good to be back up the front again and winning races. My heat was good and then so were the first two main races.
‰ÛÏI did some damage to the bike but I‰Ûªm doing ok and now really looking forward to building on my performance from the weekend and taking another step in Auckland this weekend. There is still plenty of racing to come and I don‰Ûªt believe the 2019 championship is out of reach,‰Û