GYTR Yamaha‰Ûªs Mitch Evans overcame a 10 point deficit leading into the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship to win the SXD (under 19) championship at a nerve racking final round in Melbourne over the weekend.
Evans has been the man to beat in the SXD category in 2015 but a fall at the penultimate round in Queensland left him behind the eight ball entering the final round and 10 points to be made up if he was to be this years‰Ûª champion. On top of that, the injury sustained from this crash meant he was unable to ride or train for the two weeks leading up to the final round.
The goal at Melbourne was simple, win both seven lap finals contested on the night and hope for things to go his way in the field behind him.
Evans set the tone early by being the fastest qualifier during the afternoon sessions but that can sometimes means little when the gate drops.
In final one, Evans slotted into second place behind team mate, Jordan Hill. The pair put the hammer down and quickly cleared out from the rest of the pack. Just past the halfway stage, Evans made his move and took the lead and slowly inched away to take the race win, Hill in second while his championship rival, Brock Mcleary, finished fourth. That 10 point gap had now been narrowed down to three.
Evans needed to win the final race to gain the three points needed to win the championship as it would have tied him on points with Mcleary but give him the series win because of the better result at the final round.
The final race was set for a seven laps and winner take all event.