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Reardon Completes Dream Comeback To Win The 2015 Australian Supercross Championship

Lawson Bopping Soars To SX1 Main Event Win

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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CDR Yamaha's Daniel Reardon has completed what can only be described as a dream come back by winning the 2015 Australian Supercross Championships at a packed Knights Stadium in Victoria last night, Saturday the 5th of December.

Heading into the final round with the title all but wrapped up and with only two regular factory riders left on the starting gate in the SX1 class, most were predicting a somewhat straight forward night of racing and when Reardon set the fastest time in qualifying things looked on track for a lacklustre nights of entertainment.
Van Villet set the tone for the night with a breath stopping 74.8 foot jump over a 75 foot gap - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
With the sun dropping and the pre racing entertainment getting underway in the form of a Freestyle demonstration including two ATV's the mood of the night quickly changed at Van Villet launched his Yamaha ATV off the steel ramp and travelled exactly 74.8 feet over the 75 feet gap!

Landing his rear wheels on the very edge of the down ramp, the crowd collectively sighed a breath of relief before Van Villet then crashed over the bars at the bottom down ramp.

With Van Villet quickly to his feet the crowd came to life with a massive cheer that set tone for what was one entertaining night of on track action.
Taylo Potter scored a heat race holeshot and a fine podium position in his debut race with the Penrite Honda team in the SX1 class - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
When the gates dropped for the SX1 heat race it was Taylor Potter aboard his Penrite Honda Racing CRF450 who claimed the hole-shot to the crowds delight and quickly set about racing to a straight up win in his first SX1 race aboard factory equipment.

Behind Potter all kinds of drama was starting to unfold with CDR Yamaha's Kade Mosig, the only rider who could mathematically steal the title from Reardon, crashing heavily, slicing his forearm open and forcing him not only out of the heat race, but leaving him in doubt for the nights main event.
Dan Reardon's near unloseable championship heading into the final round was nearly lost after this heat race crash where he dislocated his shoulder - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Just moments after Mosig left the track, Reardon threw a massive spanner in the works, crashing head first over the Penrite wall jump, dislocating his shoulder as he hit the ground.

In obvious pain RaceSafe quickly came to his aid, popping his shoulder back in place with the points leader instantly re-mounting his Yamaha and amazingly finishing the race despite being in some serious pain..

Back out the front Potter surrendered the race lead to SFC Racing's Daniel McCoy who held strong, racing to his first heat race of 2015 to the delight of the crowd with DPH Peter Stevens Motorcycles Yamaha rider Lawson Bopping coming home in second and Potter in third.
Daniel McCoy was in fine form all night taking a heat race win and 2nd in the nights main event - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The big talk in the pits in the lead up to the nights final was surrounding the health of Reardon with some serious concerns that the rider who last won an Australian Supercross Championship in 2007 would not be able to line up.

As the riders took to the gate it was confirmed that Reardon who only needed to complete 15 of the 20 laps to claim the title would attempt to race, leaving Mosig needing to firstly win the race and then try to lap his injured team-mate five times!

With nights main event launching into life was Mosig who lead the field through the first tun, followed by Potter, Bopping and Yamaha privateer Aaron Tanti while Reardon crossed the line at the end of the opening lap in 8th position.
Lawson Bopping lining his race winning pass on Kade Mosig - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Bopping quickly made his way into second place and then locked into an intense battle with Mosig. At the end of lap three Bopping drew alongside Mosig over the finish line, making the passing the following corner and quickly putting a gap between the two through the whoops.

Three laps later Mosig made a small mistake costing himself two more positions as McCoy, Potter and Park4MX Yamaha's Cheyne Boyd made the move into second, third and fourth respectively, with Mosig re-mounting in 5th and in the process dashing any outside chance of stealing away the 2015 title as Reardon moved his way up to 7th position.
Lawson Bopping crosses the finish line to give himself and his DPH Peter Stevens Motorcycles Yamaha the race win - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
With 10 laps still left to run, Bopping who now had a sizeable lead put his head down and put in another 10 flawless laps to take a big 15 second win ahead of McCoy.

Taylor Potter finished in a superb third palce in his debut race with a Factory team with the result made even more emotional after the passing of his number one supporter, his mother Jennifer Adair Potter just two weeks prior to the race.

Boyd crossed the line in fourth position followed by Mosig in fifth and Maitland Motorcycles Danny Ham in 6th securing his best main event result of the season.
Dan Reardon is your 2015 Australian Supercross Champion - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The man of the moment however was Daniel Reardon with his seventh place finish being more than enough to clinch his second Australian Supercross title, some eight years after winning his first.

‰ÛÏWhat a way to win a Championship ‰ÛÒ with a dislocated shoulder,‰Û
Kade Mosig finished second in this years SX1 title backing up his second place finish in the MX1 title - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Mosig's 5th place finish was enough to secure second in the championship standings to give CDR Yamaha a perfect 1-2 series result and also rounded out an amazing year for Mosig himself who also finished second in the 2015 MX Nationals MX1 class.

Another team left to celebrate a championship podium was the DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha team with Bopping's win giving him enough points to leap frog himself into third position in the final standings and in the process gave Yamaha a clean sweep of this years championship podium.

‰ÛÏThat‰Ûªs the best I‰Ûªve felt on the bike in months,‰Û
Veteran Cheyne Boyd impressed in front of his home state crowd finishing fourth in the nights main event - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
SX1 Round 6 Main Event Results:
1. Lawson Bopping
2. Daniel McCoy
3. Taylor Potter
4. Cheyne Boyd
5. Kade Mosig
6. Danny Ham
7. Daniel Reardon
8. Aaron Tanti
9. Matt Van Slooten
10. Joel Newton
11. Joshua Spanos
12. Jono Krusic
13. James Lambie
14. Thomas Hill
15. Jack Zahra

SX1 Championship Standings After Round 5 of 6
1. Dan Reardon - 191 Pts
2. Kade Mosig - 162 Pts
3. Matt Moss - 127 Pts
4. Lawson Bopping - 159 Pts
5. Daniel McCoy - 150 Pts
6. Gavin Faith - 109 Pts
7. Adam Monea - 107 Pts
9. Danny Ham - 103 Pts
8. Luke Styke - 93 Pts
10. Joel Newton 59 Pts
11. Thomas Hill 55 Pts

Top Image: Dan Reardon celebrates his 2015 Championship win

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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