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Josh Osby moves into SX2 Championship lead with second place at Wollongong

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Josh Osby moves into SX2 Championship lead with second place at Wollongong
A strong consistent night saw Josh Osby into the SX2 championship lead with two rounds remaining. Photo: Aaryn Minerds
American Josh Osby has taken over the Australian Supercross Championship SX2 lead after placing second overall on the Saturday night, following a night of intense racing at round three at WIN stadium in Wollongong, NSW.

The Raceline KTM Thor rider qualified fifth during the days timed qualifying session, backing that up with a solid heat race result, battling for the lead with Chris Blose before finishing in second place for a direct transfer to the main events.

With the Triple Crown format producing extremely close racing, Osby survived the carnage of main event number one, charging through from an average start to sixth position. Looking for better track position in main event two, a better start and solid laps lead to a third position and a shot at the overall podium. In main event number three Osby gated in the top five and charged through in a monumental battle to the front of the pack, ultimately finishing second in the race and placing second position overall on the night.

‰ÛÏTonight was always going to be intense with the Triple Crown format. My game plan was solid laps and consistency with the slick track and short races. I think I played it a little too safe in the opening two races, the win just got away from me in the last one. But I‰Ûªm pumped to take the Championship lead, it‰Ûªs a great achievement for the Raceline KTM Thor team and myself," Osby reflected.
Josh Osby moves into SX2 Championship lead with second place at Wollongong
Making his Australian debut, American Henry Miller had an up and down night but was happy with his night. Photo: Aaryn Minerds
In his debut ride in the Australian Supercross series, USA‰Ûªs Henry Miller qualified in 11th position out of the days timed sessions. Finding his feet on the Australian track, Miller had a fantastic heat race with a fourth position and a direct transfer to the Main Event.

In the Main Events, Miller fielded a solid sixth in the opening race, but a collision with another rider in the whoops on the opening lap of race two ultimately derailed the nights progress with a DNF. Miller rebounded for race three, finishing in 8th position. Despite the set backs, Miller landed in tenth position overall in his maiden race in Australia.

‰ÛÏIt was a mixed night here at Wollongong. I felt great on the bike and had good speed in the heat race, but the Triple Crown format lead to some crazy racing and after a sixth in race one that I was happy with, the next two races with the crash were tough. I want to thank the entire Racine KTM Thor team, it was a solid start to my time with them and I can‰Ûªt wait to progress this week heading into New Zealand," Miller said,
Josh Osby moves into SX2 Championship lead with second place at Wollongong
SX2 Rookie Regan Duffy continued to build on his stellar season in Supercross. Photo: Aaryn Minerds
SX2 class rookie Regan Duffy, continued to build on his stellar season in Supercross.. A crash in qualifying during the day sessions left the West Australian bruised and a trip to the Racesafe Medical team to get strapped up for the nights racing was necessary. Struggling through the opening two races, Duffy placed eight and thirteenth respectively. However in race three saw Duffy at the front of the pack, dicing with Chris Blose for the majority of the race in a battle for second place. In a photo finish with team mate Osby, Duffy lost out by tenths of a second to ultimately finish third in the race, leading to ninth overall.

‰ÛÏTonight was rough, I got strapped up after my fall in qualifying and I felt so tight I struggled to ride like I know I can. For the last race we figured it out and I‰Ûªm pumped to have a podium finish in a main event race, battling with my team mate was huge. Thanks to the team, we are going in the right direction and I‰Ûªm excited to see what we can do in New Zealand and Melbourne in the coming weeks," Duffy said.

The Racline KTM Thor team now head to Auckland New Zealand for round four of the 2019 Australian Supercross series taking place on Saturday November 16th.
2019 Australian Supercross Championship Round 3 SX2 Results
1st Chris Blose
2nd Josh Osby
3rd Mitchell Oldenburg
4th Aaron Tanti
5th Dylan Wills
6th Jay Wilson
7th Connor Tierney
8th Brad Taft
9th Regan Duffy
10th Kyle Webster

2019 Australian Supercross Championship Standings
1st Josh Osby ‰ÛÒ 62 Points
2nd Chris Blose ‰ÛÒ 61 Points
3rd Aaron Tanti ‰ÛÒ 60 Points
4th Mitchell Oldenburg ‰ÛÒ 58 Points
5th Jay Wilson ‰ÛÒ 49 Points
6th Brad Taft ‰ÛÒ 40 Points
7th Dylan Wills ‰ÛÒ 38 Points
8th Connor Tierney ‰ÛÒ 28 Points
9th Regan Duffy ‰ÛÒ 27 Points
10th Ricky Latimer ‰ÛÒ 25 Points

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