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Tye Simmonds finds form in Dunedin

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JDR Motorex KTM young gun Tye Simmonds reveled in the sloppy conditions at Dunedin, NZ, last Saturday evening with the American bound rider snaring his first Monster Energy Super X podium for the season.

Simmonds gifted the team its first ever Open class podium on the 2011 model KTM 350 SX-F in what were treacherous conditions, the 18-year-old claiming 2-3 results to clinch third overall in the Double Header main event behind Jake Moss and series leader Josh Hansen.

"In the first moto off the start I had second pick of the gate and I was able to work my way into second behind Josh Hansen and stay there for the first final, which I was pretty pumped with," Simmonds beamed.

"In the second one I didn't get the best start but snuck up the inside into third. On the last lap I was running second and a lapped rider got in the way and Jake Moss passed me to take second in the race and overall, so I ended up third tied on points. It's a proud moment to put the 350 on the podium, so we need to try and keep the ball rolling from here."

The result maintained fourth in the series for Simmonds, still in the hunt for the top three overall after tying with main opponent Jake Moss at Dunedin. Also a highlight for Simmonds on the night was the opening heat race victory.

Simmonds will compete in the final two rounds at Paramatta and Brisbane before moving to America to ride for the JDR Motorex KTM's American arm.

Fellow JDR Motorex KTM rider Mike Alessi's horrid run in Australia continued with the Californian finishing with a 13th overall with 6-16 results, his second race spoiled after crashing in the early stages. Despite the disappointment, Alessi moved up to eighth in the standings.

JDR Motorex KTM team manager Jay Rynenberg said, "Tye has incorporated a little bit more football-style training into his regime now and I think it's really paying off."

"He seems to be having a lot more fun in racing and it showed straight away. As soon as he got out for practice we could tell he was in the zone, so to come away with JDR's first podium in the Open class was great. As for Mike, the mud race bit him. He had a strong first moto, but in the second one he got caught up with some guys after an average start and went down. All in all though, it's a great night for JDR Motorex KTM." Rynenberg concluded.

Main Photo: Tyes Simmonds (File) Credit: Aaryn Minerds

SUPER X ROUND FIVE RESULTS (DUNEDIN, NZ):

Open Class Results
1. Josh HANSEN
2. Jake MOSS
3. Tye SIMMONDS (JDR Motorex KTM)
4. Jay MARMONT
5. Cody COOPER
13. Mike ALESSI (JDR Motorex KTM)

Open Class Standings
1. Josh HANSEN 275
2. Jay MARMONT 229
3. Jake MOSS 194
4. Tye SIMMONDS (JDR Motorex KTM) 191
5. Daniel REARDON 162
8. Mike ALESSI (JDR Motorex KTM) 127

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