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Penrite CRF Honda team get 2017 Supercross campaign underway

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The 2017 Australian Supercross Championship fired into life with a bang on Saturday night (September 23) with round one staged in front of a huge crowd at Jimboomba X-Stadium in south-east Queensland.

The popular venue played host to the country‰Ûªs best dirt bike racers, with Penrite CRF Honda Racing riders Joel Wightman and Kyle Webster itching to get back on the track and perform under lights on the spectacular man-made circuit.

Competing in the SX1 class for the first time ever aboard his potent Pro Moto Suspension-tuned Honda CRF450R, the Jimboomba event marked Wightman‰Ûªs return to racing after a lengthy stint sidelined by injuries suffered in a crash at round four of the East Coast NSW MX Series in June.

In his first race back, Wightman qualified 12th fastest before kicking off his evening with a solid fifth place finish in his Heat race. The NSW Hunter Valley rider then went on to finish ninth in the SX1 Final, after circulating as high as fourth in an impressive SX1 class Supercross debut.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a while, so it felt awesome to be back at the races and especially at a Supercross,‰Û
Kyle Webster. Credit: Aaryn Minerds Media
Meanwhile Kyle Webster lined up in the heavily-stacked SX2 category on his VP race-fuelled Honda CRF250R, and he too was keen to get back to racing after a recent training crash saw him gash his hip when his bike landed on him.

Webster posted eighth fastest time in SX2 Qualifying, then kicked off his night with a fifth place finish in his Heat race.

In the all-important SX2 Final, Webster ultimately carded an 11th place finish, the Camden, NSW, based speedster admitting he was hoping for more.

‰ÛÏI definitely lacked some intensity from not having enough time on the bike while I was injured recently,‰Û

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