Connor Tierney made a solid fist of his supercross debut, the Husqvarna FC250 rider qualifying for the main event just two weeks after hitting a set of whoops for the first time.
Tierney belied his lack of experience with a fourth-place finish in the last chance qualifier granting him passage to the main event.
Unfortunately however the determined Western Australian ran into misfortune when a rider he was following baulked at a jump, causing Tierney to go sailing over the handlebars.
Despite being hit by several following riders, he remounted to salvage 13th place, and gained valuable experience to build on in his first Supercross season.
‰ÛÏIt was an experience. It was pretty crazy, just mayhem, there was so much carnage. But it was an awesome thing, and I really enjoyed it. In qualifying I had a very good start, but I came into the second turn and I came down, and started a bit of a pileup. I went to get going and went down again so I ended up 10th qualifier.
"That meant I had to go in through the LCQ, where I pulled a holeshot, and made it through to the main. I had a really bad gate pick from that, but I actually pulled top-five start from there! But then, at the Dragon‰Ûªs Back, one of the guys in front of me committed to it, but then pulled out at the last minute and I just couldn't stop so I went over the bars. I got landed on a few times and just got back up and finished the race in 13th.
"But I'm happy just to walk away and get a top 15 in my first Supercross - that's good, and I've got something to build on.‰Û