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Justin Brayton tops SX1 at ASX Round Two

Dean Ferris and Todd Waters round out podium

Gavin Faith extends his SX2 lead to 10-points

Words and Images by Marc Jones


The Australian Supercross Championship, Round 2, hit Bacchus Marsh this weekend
The Australian Supercross Championship, Round 2, hit Bacchus Marsh this weekend

Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Series headed south to Bacchus Marsh in Victoria, returning to the club for the first time in many years. Riders were greeted by a technical track that provided a plethora of line choices, as well as a challenge to see who could step it up to take the win.

There was a strong spectator turn-out despite poor ticket pre-sales
There was a strong spectator turn-out despite poor ticket pre-sales

With a dismal amount of pre-sale tickets sold to the event, there was a fear that the event may have been lackluster and dull. However, fans turned out in droves, filling the outskirts of the track trying to gain the best viewing point for racing.

The pits were alive with spectators lining up to meet their idols - Dean Ferris signing autographs here
The pits were alive with spectators lining up to meet their idols – Dean Ferris signing autographs here

The pit party had a vibrant atmosphere as fans flocked to the race trucks to grab a signature off their favorite riders. Although there was no seating area, the crowd made use of grassy knolls surrounding the track and laid back ready for a night of intense racing.

With no seating, the crowd made the most of the surrounding areas, vying for the best outlook
With no seating, the crowd made the most of the surrounding areas, vying for the best outlook

SX1

In the SX1 class, the battle between defending champion Justin Brayton and back to back Australian Motocross champion Dean Ferris raged on from their last outing at the opening round of the series at Jimboomba. The heat race had the duo paired up together, and the table was set for an exciting night.

Justin Brayton
Justin Brayton

Ferris took first blood in the opening heat after taking the lead early in the race and put on a charge to break from the pack. Brayton had a less than impressive start but laid down solid laps to work his way into second and begin the chase on Ferris.

Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris

Time was against Brayton, who managed to catch Ferris but not put himself in a position to make a pass. Nearly half a minute behind Todd Waters held onto third ahead of Mega Fuels Kawasaki teammates Nathan Crawford and Daniel Reardon.

Dylan Long
Dylan Long

The other heat was a tighter affair, with Dylan Long taking the win after Luke Clout made a mistake whilst leading, dropping through the pack into fifth place. Long was followed by Kade Mosig, who was seeking redemption after a first turn crash at Jimboomba ruined his chances of a good finish.

Nick Schmidt
Nick Schmidt

American Nick Schmidt crossed the line in third, finishing his first faultless race after a round to forget last time out.

Kade Mosig
Kade Mosig

As the gate dropped in the main event, all eyes were on Brayton and Ferris to see who would grab the all-important holeshot. Although Ferris crossed the line first, Brayton was well placed for the second corner where he was able to make a pass for the lead.

Dean Ferris challenged Brayton for the lead in the main event but couldn't make it stick
Dean Ferris challenged Brayton for the lead in the main event but couldn’t make it stick

Clean passing meant Ferris was ready to bite back and challenge for the lead but couldn’t make anything stick. Throughout the day, Brayton was able to jump rhythms that other riders were struggling with. In the main event, this proved vital for him, allowing to gap the field and give breathing space between himself and Ferris.

Smooth and consistent laps were the aim of the game, and no one does it better than Brayton. He rode away to a near eight-second lead over Ferris, lighting the candles once again for the race win.

Justin Brayton took the overall SX1 win
Justin Brayton took the overall SX1 win

Ferris remained unchallenged in second, and the result kept him within six points of the series lead.

Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris

Behind them, the field struggled to navigate the track, with many riders going down hard and dropping positions rapidly. Waters was the next best in line, rounding out the podium ahead of Dylan Long who recorded his best finish in the premier class.

Todd Waters
Todd Waters
Todd Waters – P3

“I’m stoked, this was one of the hardest days of racing for me. Unfortunately I hurt my knee during the week, I came in after qualifying and I was beside myself. Basically I was just over riding injured, but dad said to just go out there and ride my laps, and that’s really what I did. With the result, for what the day was, I’m stoked, but I’m not really impressed with my riding overall. But we’ll go back, get make sure we’re healthy and I’m looking forward to round three in Adelaide now where we can go in with a good position in the championship.”

Daniel Reardon salvaged points in fifth to keep him with distance of the title, while Schmidt found his groove to give his team the result they’re after finishing in sixth.

Dan Reardon
Dan Reardon

Unfortunately a pair of crashes would see Luke Clout fall out of the top spot in his heat race and out of podium contention in the 20-lap main event, where he would eventually cross the line in seventh and now sits tied for fifth in the standings.

Luke CloutLuke Clout – P7

“We had a really good day going and I was second fastest. We had some really good speed going and I was second behind Justin [Brayton] in qualifying. I was leading my heat race and that was really good to get out front, but I went down in the whoops and we finished fifth in that one. In the main event I got a good start and I was running in third before I put it down again. I think my speed and everything is there, but we’ve just got to fine-tune some little things and I think we’ll be on the podium in the coming rounds.”

SX1 Podium - ASX Round 2 - Bacchus Marsh -
SX1 Podium – ASX Round 2 – Bacchus Marsh – Justin Brayton took the overall win, Dean Ferris was second, and Waters took the remaining podium position

SX1 Results

  1. Justin Brayton
    2. Dean Ferris
    3. Todd Waters
    4. Dylan Long
    5. Daniel Reardon
    6. Nick Schmidt
    7. Luke Clout
    8. Nathan Crawford
    9. Kade Mosig
    10. Cheyne Boyd
    11. Daniel Herrlein
    12. Luke Wilson
    13. Joel Wightman
    14. Robbie Marshall
    15. Geran Stapleton
    16. Jamie Harvey
    Jesse Dobson (DNF)

SX1 Points Standings

  1. Justin Brayton 50
  2. Dean Ferris 44
  3. Todd Waters 36
  4. Daniel Reardon 36
  5. Dylan Long 32
  6. Luke Clout 32
  7. Nathan Crawford 28
  8. Cheyne Boyd 24
  9. Kade Mosig 23
  10. Nick Schmidt 22

SX2

At the start of the day, you couldn’t predict to drama that would unfold throughout the event in the SX2 class. It all began in the heat races, with former champion Gavin Faith going over the bars in a rhythm section while leading his heat.

SX2 Start - ASX Round 2 - Bacchus Marsh
SX2 Start – ASX Round 2 – Bacchus Marsh

The American for forced to retire from the race, opening up the door for defending champion Jackson Richardson to inherit the lead, and eventually the heat win. Aaron Tanti showed his pace once again finishing in second, ahead of Geran Stapleton.

Jachson Richardson
Jachson Richardson

The second heat went a lot smoother for points leader Hayden Mellross. After taking the holeshot, it was a case of catch me if you can. No one could match his pace, leaving Mellross to take the chequered flag unchallenged and secure the top gate pick for the main.

Hayden Mellross had a strong start to the event
Hayden Mellross had a strong start to the event

Kyle Webster continued his strong form finishing in second ahead of Mitch Evans. The heat provided action behind the leader, with notable riders Dylan Wills and Wilson Todd both going down and being sent to the LCQ along with Gavin Faith.

Dylan Wills
Dylan Wills

With only four spots left tensions were high among the field, as this was their last chance to qualify for the main event.

Wilson Todd
Wilson Todd

The LCQ however, went smoothly for Faith, Todd, and Wills, who took the top three spots in the race. Morgan Fogarty claimed the last spot, holding off a fast-finishing James Brown.

SX2 in the starting gates at Bacchus Marsh
SX2 in the starting gates at Bacchus Marsh

The stage was set, and the crowd sensed that the action was far from over. Hayden Mellross jumped out of the gates, quickest to lead the field into the first corner. Although having a near last gate pick, Gavin Faith managed to find his way into second place early, ahead of Jackson Richardson.

Faith leading the SX2 Start
Faith made his way into second early

Mellross laid down a charge early, pulling away from Faith and looked unstoppable out front. Just as the race seemed to be wrapped up, Mellross tucked the front end at the end of a rhythm section sending him over the bars and out of the race. The crowd was in awe as Faith rode on back to take the lead with no effort required.

Hayden Mellross was knocked out of the main event following going over the bars
Hayden Mellross was knocked out of the main event following going over the bars

But Faith also had Richardson breathing down his neck behind him. As the laps ticked away, Faith was unable to be caught and took his first win of the year, also taking home the red plate. Richardson made up valuable points in the series finishing second, with Wilson Todd riding his way onto the podium after coming through the LCQ.

Jackson Richardson
Jackson Richardson

Dylan Wills, who also came through the LCQ finished in fourth, ahead of Jay Wilson who’s return to racing in Australia continues to be a successful one.

Gavin Faith took the overall SX2 win
Gavin Faith took the overall SX2 win

The series now takes a weekend off before returning to Virginia, north of Adelaide on October 28.

SX1 Podium - ASX Round 2 - Bacchus Marsh -
SX1 Podium – ASX Round 2 – Bacchus Marsh – Faith topped SX2, with Richardson second, Wilson Todd third

SX2 Results

  1. Gavin Faith
    2. Jackson Richardson
    3. Wilson Todd
    4. Dylan Wills
    5. Jay Wilson
    6. Connor Tierney
    7. Egan Mastin
    8. Cooper Pozniak
    9. Jesse Madden
    10. Taylor Potter
    11. Callum Norton
    12. Morgan Fogarty
    13. Nick Sutherland
    14. Ricky Latimer
    15. Geran Stapleton
    16. John Prutti
    17. Aaron Tanti
    …Hayden Mellross (DNF)
    …Mitch Evans (DNF)
    …Kyle Webster (DNF)

SX2 Point Standings

  1. Gavin Faith 47
    2. Jackson Richardson 37
    3. Wilson Todd 36
    4. Jay Wilson 34
    5. Dylan Wills 32
    6. Hayden Mellross 25
    7. Cooper Pozniak 22
    8. Connor Tierney 21
    9. Callum Norton 21
    10. Mitchell Evans 20

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