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AUS X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship SX Chad Reed
Chad Reed claims inaugural FIM Oceania Championship in Auckland

Australian Chad Reed has won the inaugural Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship in front of a huge crowd at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

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Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship

Reed left the entire field in his wake to win all three feature races at the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, to make a remarkable run to victory on the night, and of the overall Oceania championship.

AUS X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship SX Chad Reed
Chad Reed claims inaugural FIM Oceania Championship in Auckland

Chad Reed

“Oh man, I’m so stoked to become the first ever FIM Oceania Supercross Champion! Coming back to NZ is always awesome, this crowd was amazing and for me, I’d love to be back and defend my title and supporting this championship. We had some epic battles in Sydney and tonight in Auckland and with that bit of rain in the morning I just rubbed my hands together and everything just came together today.”

AUS X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship SX Chad Reed
Chad Reed

SX1 Results – S-X Open
  1. Chad REED  25-25-25 | 75
  2. Hayden MELLROSS 20-18-20 | 58
  3. Dean WILSON 22-22-14 | 58
  4. Christian CRAIG 12-20-18 | 51
  5. Justin BRAYTON 14-14-22 | 50
  6. Luke CLOUT 18-16-16 | 50
  7. Jackson RICHARDSON 16-13-12 | 41
  8. Jay WILSON 10-15-15 | 40
  9. Lawson BOPPING 15-11-10 | 36
  10. Dylan LONG 11-10-13 | 34
Monster Energy S-X Open
International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship
  1. Chad REED (AUS) 122
  2. Dean WILSON (SCO) 120
  3. Justin BRAYTON (USA) 103
  4. Luke CLOUT (AUS) 92
  5. Jason ANDERSON (USA) 75
  6. Dylan LONG (AUS) 74
  7. Lawson BOPPING (AUS) 71
  8. Daniel REARDON (AUS) 60
  9. Hayden MELLROSS (AUS) 58
  10. Christian CRAIG (USA) 51

Ben Townley – Kiwi Favourite

Kiwi ace Ben Townley put in a sweet show for his home crowd, going bar-to-bar with rival Ronnie Mac to win the Boost Mobile International Showdown.

The pair traded blows on the track before literally trading blows off it to cap off a huge win for the ANZACs over the Internationals.

Ben Townley

“The showdown went to plan, Ronnie jumped the gun as I expected so I had to trail him all the way to the last corner, and was able to sneak up the inside and just pile drive him into the dirt and yeah that was it, he was on the floor and I was able to get the victory for the ANZACs. This event just goes to show that motorsport as a whole, there’s appeal for events of this calibre and I know there were Kiwi kids in the stands tonight dreaming of being the next Chad Reed in the future so the sport is bright for us, we just need to capitalise on the success of this event.”

AUS X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship SX Atmosphre
Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship

SX2

In the SX2 class, it was American ace Dakota Alix who took the spoils form Aussie Ryan Marmont, with local kiwi Josiah Natzke claiming the final podium spot.

With no Supercross series in New Zealand, it was a huge challenge for Natzke on the world-class track but the youngster was up to the challenge to finish as the fastest Kiwi for the event.


Josiah Natzke

“Us Kiwi’s don’t have Supercross so this event means a lot really. I think there were lots of people here tonight who don’t have anything to do with moto so it’s just good for the whole thing, it’s good for the riders, the young people coming here, there are heaps of young kids out here tonight, so it’s just mint for everyone.”


SX2 Results – S-X Open

  1. Dakota ALIX (USA)
  2. Ryan MARMONT (AUS) +4.236
  3. Josiah NATZKE (NZ) +11.990
  4. Ethan MARTENS (NZ) +34.239
  5. Logan BLACKBURN (NZ) +43.097
  6. Brad GROOMBRIDGE (NZ) +1 lap
  7. Madison LATTA (NZ) +1 lap
  8. Maximus PURVIS (NZ) +1 lap
  9. Kyle HARTLEY (NZ) +1 lap
  10. Ryan GWYNN (NZ) +2 laps
  11. Liam HUTTON (NZ) +2 laps

Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland

The 2018 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland was supported by Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development (ATEED) and Monster Energy. 

The Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship consists of two rounds at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney (November 9-10) and Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland (November 24) events and is sanctioned by FIM Oceania (FIMO).

The Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland was hailed a huge success with 21,126 screaming fans on hand to witness the inaugural running of the event.


Images by Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland