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Justin Brayton, Max Anstie And Jack Mather Crowned 2022 Australian Supercross Champions

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Justin Brayton became a 5 time SX1 Australian Supercross Champion by the narrowest of margins at the final round of the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship

Following an intense season of Australian Supercross competition which involved drama every step of the way, it was Team Honda HRC Australia duo of Max Anstie and Justin Brayton who walked away from season 2022 as the respective champions.

In a hard fought night of racing in Wagga Wagga, NSW, defending champion Brayton put himself in a great position during the opening main event of the double header, only to sustain a freak puncture moments from the chequered flag. This netted him a fourth place while closest championship rival Matt Moss took the victory, and tightened the standings up substantially.

In main two, Brayton rode a measured yet high pressured ride to land another fourth place, and by virtue secured the 2022 Australian Supercross Championship in the SX1 Class by one point over Moss, marking his fifth consecutive crown.

It was not an easy night for Justin Brayton but he got the job done with a pair of 4th places to take a one point win over and impressive Matt Moss

“Definitely one of the more stressful nights of racing in my career,” Brayton commented. “We were up against it this season and definitely encountered some challenges. For me to leave my family and come here; I expect nothing less than to win. Dad doesn’t leave for weeks to not get the job done. Number five is incredibly special for that reason,” the American concluded.

In the SX2 Class, Honda stablemate Max Anstie continued his fine form in Australia, piecing together a calculated night that saw him secure the championship comfortably. Canadian Cole Thompson took the nights overall, with Nathan Crawford and Anstie rounding out the Wagga Wagga podium.

“Huge shoutout to the whole Honda team in Australia. They gave me everything I needed to get the job done, and here we are, after an awesome season, standing here with the number one plate,” Anstie said.

Brit Max Anstie (99) took three of the four round wins to claim the 2022 SX2 title.

In the SX3 Junior class, Jack Mather broke through for a maiden Australian Championship victory, courtesy of consistent 4-4 results and fourth overall at the final round. Mather went into the round tied on points with Kiwi Cole Davies but while Davies was looking strong he crashed on the first lap of the opening race which resulted in a concussion and was ruled out of any further racing for the night.

The 2022 Australian Supercross Championship season saw a rollercoaster of storylines and re-introduced the sport to thousands of fans around Australia and the world through digital, broadcast, and at event presence. For season ’23, the series will continue its upward trajectory, and look to build upon what has been an incredibly promising season of supercross.

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