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Hayden Mellross Cracks the Top Step of the Podium in Adelaide

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Hayden Mellross Cracks the Top Step of the Podium in Adelaide
A determained Hayden Mellross take the SX2 (250cc) win in the triple crown format, with a 1-1-2 scorecard. - Photo Aaryn Minerds
The fourth round of the Australian Supercross Championship, held in South Australia's Gillman Raceway, has seen a determained Hayden Mellross take the SX2 (250cc) win in the triple crown format, with a 1-1-2 scorecard.

Team-mate Dylan Wills showed impressive speed all night, despite two crashes, resulting in a 3-11-19 scorecard for ninth overall.

Taking his first win comes as a result of a lot of hard work and behind the scenes drama for Mellross, who has faced more than enough challenges since the gate dropped on the 2018 championship.

After spending a lot of 2018 AMA motocross season injured and then returning home for the Australian Supercross Championship, the luckless rider once again had to deal with injury after breaking his toe in September. He has competed in all rounds so far with a toe that was only recently operated on and is still in repair. Adding to the challenging season he had only had a couple of weeks of on a new brand of bike before the season started.

"What an incredible and near perfect day," Mellross said. "We finally got the overall round win and I couldn't be any happier. To overcome the setbacks and challenges I have been faced with this season, felt amazing. This truly has been the sweetest and most rewarding win yet. The whole team and I have been working so hard to achieve this result and I couldn't be prouder to be part of such an amazing team."
Hayden Mellross Cracks the Top Step of the Podium in Adelaide
Dylan Wills was looking good to share the podium but a crash in the final moto put an end to those hopes. - Photo Aaryn Minerds
Team-mate Dylan Wills was looking good to share the podium but a crash in the final moto put an end to those hopes.

"Although the overall result was ninth, the work we did through the week really showed," Wills said. "My starts were stronger and i was in the mix, challenging at the front, in all three races, and even grabbing the fastest lap in the second race. Again, some crashes that weren't always within my control dropped me down the finishing order, especially when it took some time to get the bike going after hitting the ground heavily in the last race. As always, a big thank you to all the team and all our partners that keep me on the track on the best equipment and looking good! I'm really looking forward to closing the season strong in Sydney and seeing if I can climb higher in the final championship standings."

Team Owner Dale Hocking concluded, saying, "It feels great to get that win with Hayden tonight! In fact, to have both Dylan and Hayden riding the way they did really makes the hard work pay off. After the 1-3 finish in race one, we were looking pretty good for a strong result with both racers, but it just wasn't to be, with Dylan going down heavily in the last race after being in contention all night. Well done to Jarrod, Marty and Boyd for the work they put in behind the scenes to give our riders the best prepared equipment on the grid and of course to our sponsors, who continue to provide us with the components and support to have the best motorcycles in Australia."

With a few weeks to rest, recuperate and prepare for the fifth and final round of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship on November 9.

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