-- Terex Australian Supercross - Round Two
Australia’s best riders will share the stage with the might of the MotoGP at round two of the Terex Australian Supercross Championships at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday.
A new and exciting venture for the sport will see Supercross held on a dirt course built from scratch at the iconic Lukey Heights section of the track.
Adding to the spectacle will be the return of multiple AMA/World Supercross Champion and Aussie favourite, Chad Reed.
Reed’s contribution to the sport is immeasurable. He is a role model to a new generation of riders and continues to inspire after well over a decade as one of the world’s best.
Touching down in Australia with his family today, the decision to race the Phillip Island event and remaining rounds of the Championship is one that Reed feels will help his preparation for the 2013 AMA season.
“There is no better test of where you’re at in terms of speed and fitness than getting out and racing guys you know are quick,” said Reed.
“In the US it’s their off-season – they’ve been at it all year and are having a break. I’m fit and recovered and really need to begin building up my race pace and I know the Australian riders are extremely fast and competitive.
“It will be amazing to race at the Grand Prix – the atmosphere is going to be something else.
“It’s Casey’s (Stoner) farewell race and there are going to be hundreds of thousands coming down to Phillip Island for it – hopefully they get a chance to check out the Supercross as well.”
Reed will make his first appearance as a team owner/rider on Australian soil, debuting the 2013 Honda CRF450R in the process.
Dubbo surprise packet Daniel McCoy is eager to keep his run of results going this weekend.
The CDR Yamaha rider showed good pace and a steady race rhythm to finish a close second to Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jay Marmont a fortnight ago.
McCoy feels his preparation for the series will have him in good stead again this weekend.
“It’s a great feeling to be back with the team and really riding as well as I know I can,” said McCoy.
“My preparation for Supercross was awesome – I did as many laps as I ever have and it meant I was really comfortable come Dubbo.”
McCoy is no stranger to the Phillip Island track, either.
“I actually did some road racing back there in the early 2000’s so I’m pretty familiar with the track,” he continued.
“It’s going to be a great place to hold a Supercross and really show what we can do in front of a big crowd.”
The talent-laden class promises close and relentless racing, and, with names like Townley and Dale determined to bounce back after round 1, fans are set to witness a world-class battle.
The stacked Pro Open field will contest a 20-lap Main Event to round out Saturday’s proceedings including practice, qualifying and heats.
The Pro Lites battle is set to be hotly-contested once more as riders try to topple current points leader, Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Gavin Faith.
The US import rode flawlessly at the opening round, but his main rivals, including Serco Yamaha’s Luke Styke, feel they can counter-punch this weekend.
“I feel lots better about this weekend, it wasn’t as if I was unprepared for Dubbo however I had been focusing so much on Motocross with the des Nations and it only left me a week or so to get into Supercross mode,” said Styke.
“It’s a short Championship and you’re going to need to be hanging it out every weekend, minimising mistakes and just giving it 100%.
“I’m pretty confident I can take those steps forward I need to be one or two places higher on the podium.”
Styke and fellow Pro Lites competitors will face off in a 15-lap Main Event.
In the Under 19s class, Victorian rider Kale Makeham is hoping he can reel in Hayden Mellross after the Honda rider ran away with their 12-lap final in Dubbo.
The KTM-mounted Makeham will face tough opposition from Suzuki rider, third-placed Jay Wilson and a number of other standouts in amongst the 27-strong field.
Rounding out the complement of classes is the Junior Lites field, led by KTM’s Aaron Tanti.
As well as the on-track action, fans will have the chance to meet the riders and walk the pits to see the race bikes and transporters up close.
Entry to the Terex Australian Supercross Championship event at the AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is open to all General Admission and higher-level ticket holders.
-- Kawasaki Preview - Defending Champ Jay Marmont Ready for Showdown with Reed
Fresh from his Australian SX round one win at Dubbo, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jay Marmont is relishing the chance to once again go head to head with decorated Australian and now US based rider, Chad Reed, at Phillip Island this weekend.
Defending Champion Jay Marmont, who showed outstanding speed and form to take the victory at Dubbo, has prepared extremely well for this series and on current form, looks set to challenge for the win again at the second round alongside Reed and Australia’s finest.
Jay Marmont is the only rider to beat Reed on an Australian Supercross track in recent years (Canberra Super X 2009) and believes he has what it takes to do it again this year.
Jay Marmont say’s, “I’m really excited about Phillip Island. I think it’s the pinnacle race of the season being at MotoGP and there’s a lot of hype around it. I’m feeling really confident on my KX450F at the moment. I feel that my fitness is exactly where I want it to be, I’m 100% healthy and I’m honestly looking forward to taking the red plate to the battle with Chad. We’re going to need a little bit of luck because Chad is an awesome rider but I’ve beaten him before and I know that things can sometimes go your way on the night so therefore he’s a beatable guy and I’m looking forward to racing him.”
Jay Marmont’s win at Dubbo was not only his first win with Monster Energy Kawasaki but also his first win on board the new 2013 KX450F. Considering Jay’s speed at Dubbo and the form of Ryan Villopoto on board the new KX at the recent Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, the 2013 Kawasaki KX450F looks set to be another race and championship winner for Kawasaki.
Jay Marmont currently holds the red plate in the 450 class. 250 rider Kade Mosig currently sits in 2nd place in the Lites class and Billy Mackenzie is 7th in the 450 class. Monster Energy Kawasaki now head to the 2nd round of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship at Phillip Island, Victoria this weekend 27-28 October.
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