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Serco’s Tanti takes SX2 Championship lead as team-mate Hayes crashes out

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A podium at round two at Gillman, SA, on Saturday night sees Serco Yamaha's Aaron Tanti take the SX2 Championship lead. Photo: Aaryn Minerds
Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Aaron Tanti is the new points leader in the SX2 division after round two of the Australian Supercross Championship, held in Adelaide over the weekend.

After posting a second place finish at the first round just a week ago, Tanti has again landed on the podium at round two with a hard fought third place finish and his consistent 2-3 results now see him on top of the SX2 championship table, two points clear of his nearest rival.

Tanti had to work hard for his podium result in Adelaide and after overcoming an average start he clawed his way past the carnage, and his competitors, to move into third place during the middle stages of the race.

With five laps to go, Tanti capitalised on a mistake by US based racer, Josh Osby, and was able to move into second place. Osby remounted quickly and set off after Tanti again and on the final lap was able to make a bold pass in the final few turns.

But it was still a spirited performance by Tanti and his consistency in the opening two rounds has been rewarded has he will carry the points leaders‰Ûª red plate into round three at Wollongong on November 9.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm pretty stoked to be on the box again this weekend and to leave here with the red plate,‰Û
Jacob Hayes went into the second round as championship leader but a crash in the main event saw the American sidelined for the remainder of the final. Photo: Aaryn Minerds
Unfortunately, it wasn‰Ûªt the finish to the night that teammate, Jacob Hayes was looking for. Carrying the championship lead into the round, Hayes looked in great form throughout the afternoon as well as the Superpole event. He posted the fastest lap in Superpole and was confident of a big showing in the 15 lap final.

Hayes started just outside the top five in the main event and was looking to move forward quickly. He squared up the turn before the big combination section and tried to make the first three jumps in only to land short and fall awkwardly.

The impact left him sore and dazed and out for the remainder of the race. He was helped form the circuit but uninjured. The DNF (did not finish) has seen Hayes drop to seventh in the championship but with three rounds and plenty of races remaining, there is still time to mount a championship charge.

‰ÛÏI was probably a bit impatient,‰Û

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