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Hayden Mellross takes SX2 class win at Jimboomba

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Hayden Mellross takes SX2 class win at Jimboomba
The 2017 Australian Supercross Championship is underway, with DPH Motorsport Hayden Mellross taking the SX2 win at Jimboomba in Queensland last night..

After a 1-2 finish in their first SX2 heat, Hayden Mellross and team-mate Wilson Todd showed early that they would be setting the pace, but it was Mellross that went on from a 4th place start of the main event to churn out 15 consistent laps to take the win ahead of Gavin Faith and Mitch Evans, with a best lap time that rivaled those in the SX1 class. After getting held up on the start line, Wilson Todd came through the field for 5th.

"I'm really happy to start the season off like this!" an ecstatic Mellross said. "I felt really good all day on track, and I knew that I would be able to maintain some consistent, strong laps come the final.

"I got off the gate well, but I still came through in 4th so used my speed in the whoops to make passes each lap, before working my way towards Gavin Faith," Mellross explained. "Once I made the pass, I was able to stick to my plan and to come away with a 10 second winning margin".
Hayden Mellross takes SX2 class win at Jimboomba
Hayden Mellross lights up the night with the SX2 win. Photo: Aaryn Minerds Media
Wilson Todd didn't get a clean run and had to settle for 5th.

"After feeling pretty strong through the day, I knew I had the speed to be able to run at the front come the final, but I didn't get out of the gate and had my work cut out for me from the start" said Todd after the race. "once I did get going I got into a good rhythm and made some passes to work my way to 5th by the time I crossed the line".

With a 2nd place finish in his heat, it was Kade Mosig with the holeshot in the SX1 Final, but a mistake from Dylan Long in the early stages of the race saw Mosig held up and shuffled down the order taking the chequered flag in 10th position.

"I felt good all day today, and I'm happy to carry my strong starts towards the end of the motocross season into supercross, but it was tough to go from battling for the lead to almost last, but that's racing. I had nowhere to go when Dylan (Long) went down, so I just concentrated on turning out consistent laps and moving through the field as fast as I could tonight" said Mosig after the race.
Hayden Mellross takes SX2 class win at Jimboomba
Kade Mosig got caught up with a fallen rider in SX1 and came home 10th, Photo Aaryn Minerds Media
For Team Owner Dale Hocking, it gives a renewed sense of achievement, moving from motocross to supercross: "For many of us, Supercross is our favourite time of the year, racing under lights, spectacular action and plenty of people coming to check it out, so to have Hayden taking a win, and both Wilson and Kade showing that they have the speed and drive to be at the front, it just goes to show what our small family based team is capable off!" he said just as the transporter rolled out.

"I'm forever grateful to all our partners and supporters, and especially the core group of people that makes up DPH Motorsport, without the people behind the riders, the bikes would still be a pile of parts and we'd also all go hungry, so thanks to each one of you that makes our team what it is."

DPH Motorsport now heads back to Melbourne to prepare for the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship, before round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championship in Bacchus Marsh.

Main Photo: Hayden Mellross celebrates
Credit: Aaryn Minerds Media

SX1 - Final
1 Justin BRAYTON - Best Lap 49.035 (Fastest Lap)
2 Dean FERRIS - Best Lap 49.741
3 Daniel REARDON - Best Lap 49.738
4 Luke CLOUT - Best Lap 49.602
5 Todd WATERS - Best Lap 50.647
6 Nathan CRAWFORD - Best Lap 51.002
7 Dylan LONG - Best Lap 50.464
8 Cheyne BOYD - Best Lap 50.588
9 Joel WIGHTMAN - Best Lap 51.014
10 Kade MOSIG - Best Lap 50.798
11 Daniel HERRLEIN - Best Lap 51.711
12 Jesse DOBSON - Best Lap 51.098
13 Luke WILSON - Best Lap 53.994
14 Nick SCHMIDT - Best Lap 50.778
DNF Matt HAWORTH - Best Lap 54.736

SX2 - Final
1 Hayden MELLROSS - Best Lap 49.919 (Fastest Lap)
2 Gavin FAITH - Best Lap 50.069
3 Mitchell EVANS - Best Lap 50.551
4 Jay WILSON - Best Lap 50.627
5 Wilson TODD - Best Lap 50.400
6 Jackson RICHARDSON - Best Lap 50.533
7 Dylan WILLS - Best Lap 50.842
8 Aaron TANTI - Best Lap 51.175
9 Geran STAPLETON - Best Lap 51.540
10 Callum NORTON - Best Lap 51.924
11 Kyle WEBSTER - Best Lap 51.315
12 Cooper POZNIAK - Best Lap 51.951
13 Taylor POTTER - Best Lap 52.249
14 Dylan WOOD - Best Lap 53.566
15 Connor TIERNEY - Best Lap 52.351
16 Nick SUTHERLAND - Best Lap 53.539
17 Jesse MADDEN 1 - Best Lap 52.788
18 Lochie LATIMER - Best Lap 53.987
19 Jye DICKSON - Best Lap 54.690
20 Jayden RYKERS - Best Lap 52.645

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