Justin Brayton ASX Title Defence Off To A Flawless Start

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Justin Brayton was flawless on his way to a dominating opening round of the 2019 ASX - Credit Aaryn Minerds
American Justin Brayton racing for the Penrite Honda Factory racing team has made a flawless start to this Australian Supercross Championship title defence, at the opening round of the season held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday the 12th of October.

In the SX2 class, it was another American Jacob Hayes racing for the Serco Yamaha outfit who claimed victory in an action-packed night of racing.

Brayton set the tone for the evening early, laying down a 22.5 second lap time during qualifying to top the timesheets ahead of CDR Monster Energy Yamaha's Luke Clout, with Clouts team-mate Dan Reardon with the first fastest time, while Husqvarna mounted privateer Jesse Dobson impressed with the fourth-fastest time, just edging out Penrite Honda Factory racing teams Brett Metcalfe.

When the gates dropped on the first SX1 heat of the night it was Clout who controlled proceedings from the beginning, grabbing the holeshot and checking out for a comfortable win, ahead of DPH Husqvarna's Todd Waters and Empire Kawasaki's Lawson Bopping.

Behind the leading trio, the battle for the fourth and final direct transfer spot to the night's doubleheader final was a close one between SB Motorsports ECSTAR Suzuki's Jayden Rykers and Yamaha Yamalube racings Richie Evans.

Rykers followed Evans for the majority of the race and after trying on a few occasions to make the move, forced the issue with two corners remaining in a move the left Evans on the ground and Rykers with a very valuable transfer position.
Dan Reardon recovered from a crash in his heat to just scrape through to the main events where he turned his night around to finish second overall Credit Aaryn Minerds
Brayton continued his great for him the second SX1 heat, stalking his team-mate Metcalfe until making the move to the lead with a couple of laps remaining, to win by four seconds with Empire Kawasaki's Dylan Long in third.

Much like the opening heat, the second heat was a barnstormer for the fourth and final transfer spot. Davey Motorsports Caleb Ward held down third for the majority of the race, with Long content to sit behind him in fourth and safe in a transfer position. However with Reardon who crashed on the opening lap carving his way through the field and into 5th position, Long lifted his pace, making the move around Ward. Reardon then closed in on Ward and made a final lap pass through the whoops to snatch away the last direct transfer out of the heats.

With the heat racing over, the top four riders from each heat in the SX1 class headed to Superpole, which was once again won by Brayton, while the big winner from the Superpole qualifying session was Reardon, who went from having 7th pick for the nights two finals to the second pick, Clout finished with the third fastest lap time just ahead of Metcalfe.

With 8 riders locking in for the main events, 5th-9th from both heats headed to the B Main, which doubled as both the remaining points-paying positions for the round and a last-chance qualifying race, with the top two riders getting transferred into the main event.
Luke Clout had all the speed just needed a little bit more luck, but a 3rd place finish is a solid result to kick of the season Credit Aaryn Minerds
It was a pair of Yamaha riders who lead out front from start to finish with Evans and KSF Racing's British import Gradie Featherstone going 1-2, while Honda Red Rider Joel Wightman was the unlucky rider to finish third and being credited for 11th position for the round, just ahead of Ward.

With the vocal crowd at the ready, the first SX1 final launched from the gate with Bayton quickly taking control of the race, followed by Bopping, Metcalfe and Reardon. Bopping eventually fell to both Metcalfe and Reardon along with Clout as Reardon took a commanding win, followed home by his teammate and a pair of CDR Yamaha's with Bopping in 5th.

The second final was much the same with Brayton once again leading from the front to take a comfortable win and the opening round win.

"We had a good night tonight; the Penrite Honda felt great all day and overall we‰Ûªre pumped ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs always important to leave round one on a high note. Luckily we had the indoor venue for today ‰ÛÒ I love the vibe of indoor racing ‰ÛÒ but of course, because the weather was a little ominous too,‰Û
Brett Metcalfe might have missed the podium for the round, but he was right in the mix of the top three all night long - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Reardon moved into second position early in the race after forcing his way past Metcalfe, while Metcalfe was relegated back through the field after picking his bike back up from the backside of a berm.

Behind Reardon, Clout moved into third position with the duo maintaining those positions to the finish, to also give the CDR Yamaha team-mates second and third overall for the night.

Long kept his impressive night going in the final race to come home in 4th position, leaving him 5th overall for the round, one position behind Metcalfe who rebounded to finish 5th in the second SX1 final to round the night out in 4th.

Waters made a final lap pass on Rykers for 6th in the second final, matching his result in the opening final and also leaving the Queenslander in 6th position for the round, with Bopping 7th, Evans 8th, Rykers 9th and Featherstone rounding out the top ten.
Jacob Hayes somehow rebounded from a crash in the opening final on a tight indoor track to take the round win in the SX2 class - Credit Aaryn Minerds
While the SX1 class was dominated out front by one rider, the SX2 as expected supplied the crowd with some epic racing and some very mixed results.

American tight track specialist, Chris Blose racing for the Penrite Honda Factory racing team proved to be the quickest in timed qualifying, topping the timesheets by just over half a second from Yamaha Yamalube racing and current Australian champion Jay Wilson.

Serco Yamaha's Aaron Tanti had the third fastest time, while Davey Motorsports KTM racer Morgan Fogarty claimed the 20th and final spot in the nights program, leaving ten riders to pack up and call it a night.
Aaron Tanti done it for the local fans, finishing 2nd overall and the only Aussie inside the top six - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
One thing the SX2 class did have in common with the SX1 class was the stronghold on the front end of the field of Yamaha and Honda, with American Penrite Factory Honda's Mitchell Oldenburg and Jacob Hayes racing for the Serco Yamaha team qualifying 4th and 5th respectively.

Wilson got his title defense off to a great start, grabbing the holeshot in the opening SX2 heat and racing to what looked to be a race win, until Oldenburg stole the race win away at the last moment, crossing the line just .7 of a second of the current champ.

Raceline KTM's Joshua Osby, as American riders claimed three of the four direct main event transfer spots with Empire Kawasaki's Bradly Taft finishing in 4th, leaving Australian MXoN racer, Regan Duffy of the Raceline KTM team in 5th and heading to the LCQ / B-main.

The was more American domination in the second heat as Blose lead home Hayes, with Tanti crossing the line in third position after a last lap mistake by Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda racings Kyle Webster relegated the West Aussie back to 4th.
Chris Blose also recovered from a first turn crash in the opening final to make the podium - Credit: Aaryn MInerds
In the SX2 B-main which also doubled as a LCQ, it was DPH Husqvarna's current Australian MX Nationals champion Wilson Todd who pulled the holeshot from the outside gate who claimed the win ahead of Davey Motorsports KTM, Dylan Wills.

In an unlucky turn of events, both Duffy and Riley Dukes who finished 5th in their heat races, both finished the B-Main at the rear of the field, with Duffy finishing two laps down and Dukes failing to finish the race.

In the opening SX2 final, Osby lead Tanti early with Todd in third position. While Osby and Tanti held their positions until the end of the race, Todd slipped back through the field, eventually finishing in 6th position, leaving Hayes and Blose who were both caught up in opening lap crashes to finish in 3rd and 4th, with Oldenburg in 5th.

Jay Wilson who also got tangled in the first turn crashed finished in 7th.
Joshua Osby won the opening final but crashed late in final two while trying to make a move on Jay Wilson and finished the round 4th overall - Credit Aaryn Minerds
Hayes turned the tables in the second SX2 final, taking the lead at the end up the opening lap after Wilson Todd made a mistake over the finish line double. Blose hounded Hayes back wheel for the majority of the second main event, but could not do anything about his U.S rival, with Hayes going on to take both the race win and the overall round win for the night.

Tanti backed up his opening final result with another top-three finish to finish the round in second position, just a single point ahead of both Blose and Osby with Blose awarded 3rd due to his better result than Osby's in Final two, while Jay Wilson rounded out the top five.
Cody Kilpatrick won the 85cc final as the next generation of Supercross riders showed some great skill tackling the tight indoor layout - Credit Aaryn Minerds
In the 85cc class, it was Ryder Kingsford fresh from his Australia Junior Motocross championship win, along with Connor Towill who won their respective heat races, however, the main event did not go either of their way; with both riders crashing on the opening lap.

It was Cody Kilpatrick who ceased control of the race early to run away for the win ahead of Liam Owens. Kingsford put a charge on through the field, making a final lap pass on Jyle Campbell to round out the podium.

The second round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship heads to Port Adelaide next Saturday the 19th of October at the Gilman Speedway.
Number one on track and quickly becoming number one in the hearts of Aussie race fans, Brayton was a popular winner on the night, especially after giving away a FLY helmet - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
1. Justin BRAYTON
3. Daniel REARDON
4. Luke CLOUT
5. Lawson BOPPING
6. Todd WATERS
7. Dylan LONG
8. Richie EVANS
10. Jayden RYKERS

SX1 Final 2:
1. Justin BRAYTON
2. Daniel REARDON
3. Luke CLOUT
4. Dylan LONG
6. Todd WATERS
7. Jayden RYKERS
8. Richie EVANS
9. Lawson BOPPING

1. Richie EVANS (Transfer to Main)
2. Gradie FEATHERSTONE (Transfer to Main)
4. Caleb WARD
5. Dylan WOOD
6. Jesse DOBSON
7. Lochie LATIMER
8. Cody DYCE
9. Blake COBBIN

SX1 Championship Points After Round 1:
1. Justin BRAYTON - 25 Pts
2. Daniel REARDON - 22 Pts
3. Luke CLOUT - 20 Pts
4. Brett METCALFE - 18 Pts
5. Dylan LONG - 16 Pts
6. Todd WATERS - 15 Pts
7. Lawson BOPPING - 14 Pts
8. Richie EVANS - 13 Pts
9. Jayden RYKERS - 12 Pts
10. Gradie FEATHERSTONE - 11 Pts
11. Joel WHIGHTMAN - 10 Pts
12. Caleb WARD - 9 Pts
13. Dylan WOOD - 8 Pts
14. Jesse DOBSON - 7 Pts
15. Lochie LATIMER - 6 Pts
16. Cody DYCE - 5 Pts
17. Blake COBBIN - 4 Pts

SX2 Final 1
1. Joshua OSBY
2 . Aaron TANTI
3. Jacob HAYES
4. Chris BLOSE
5. Mitchell OLDENBURG
6. Wilson TODD
8. Bradley TAFT
9. Dylan WILLS
10. Kyle WEBSTER

SX2 Final 2
1. Jacob HAYES
2. Chris BLOSE
3. Aaron TANTI
5. Joshua OSBY
6. Bradley TAFT
7. Dylan WILLS
8. Wilson TODD
9. Mitchell OLDENBURG
10. Kyle WEBSTER

SX2 B-Main
1. Wilson TODD (Transfer to Main)
2. Dylan WILLS (Transfer to Main)
3. Jayce COSFORD
4. Morgan FOGARTY
5. Ricky LATIMER
6. Kaleb BARHAM
7. Hugh McKAY
8. Jack KUKAS

SX2 Championship Points After Round 1:
1. Jacob HAYES - 25 Pts
2. Aaron TANTI - 22 Pts
3. Chris BLOSE - 20 Pts
4. Joshua OSBY - 18 Pts
5. Jay WILSON - 16 Pts
6. Bradley TAFT - 15 Pts
7. Wilson TODD - 14 Pts
8. Mitchell OLDENBURG - 13 Pts
9. Dylan WILLS - 12 Pts
10. Kyle WEBSTER - 11 Pts
11. Jayce COSFORD - 10 Pts
12. Morgan FOGARTY - 9 Pts
13. Ricky LATIMER - 8 Pts
14. Kaleb BARHAM - 7 Pts
15. Hugh McKAY - 6 Pts
16. Jack KUKAS - 5 Pts

85cc Championship Points After Round 1:
1. Cody KILPATRICK - 25 Pts
2. Liam OWENS - 22 Pts
3. Ryder KINGSFORD - 20 Pts
4. Jyle CAMPBELL - 18 Pts
5. Ben CAIAFA - 16 Pts
6. Tyler WIREMU - 15 Pts
7. Connor TOWILL - 14 Pts
8. Jonty HATTON - 13 Pts
9. Blake GALLOWAY - 12 Pts
10. Will SHEPPARD - 11

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