2019 Australian Supercross Championship

Round Two – Gillman Speedway

Words & Images by AM


Brayton Makes It Two From Two
Oldenburg Makes It A Honda Double

Penrite Honda’s American duo of Justin Brayton and Mitchell Oldenburg claimed maximum points at the second round of the 2019 Australian Supercross held at the Gilman Speedway in South Australia on Saturday the 19th of October.
 
One what was widely regarded as the biggest Supercross track built on Australian shores, Australia’s best and a handful of international stars tamed the U.S spec track and put on a show for the large crowd.

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Gillman

Brayton once again showed his class in SX1, making it two round wins in a row, as the CDR Monster Energy Yamaha team riders again completed the podium. However this round the results were reversed, with Luke Clout standing on the second step ahead of team-mate Daniel Reardon.
 
In SX2 Oldenburg proved to be the best 250F racer on the night, leading home fellow American Joshua Osby from the Raceline KTM team.  Aaron Tanti was the best of the Aussies rounding out the podium and in the process gaining the championship lead and red plate for his Serco Yamaha YZ250F.


SX1

SX1 QUALIFYING

With racing turning back to the more traditional 20-lap main event format, and even more importantly for riders a 20 gate start, there was a little less pressure on riders to make the night show straight from qualifying.

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Todd Waters

On a track that was close to twice the size of that seen at the Brisbane season opener (Link), Brayton topped the timesheets with a 45.012-second lap time but was closely followed by Clout on 45.226s. Reardon was only three one-thousandths of a second further back in third.

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Brett Metcalfe

Hometown hero Brett Metcalfe, racing for Penrite Honda, was the fourth fastest followed by the Empire Kawasaki’s of Lawson Bopping and Dylan Long.

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Dylan Long

While practice and qualifying was smooth for most, Davey Motorsports KTM and SB Motorsports ECSTAR Suzuki riders Caleb Ward and Cody Dyce both had big crashes that they were lucky to walk away from. Husqvarna MPE privateer Jesse Dobson, who was already suffering from an ankle injury and a cold, had a rear shock collapse on him early in the qualifying session. All three would return for racing later in the night.


SX1 HEAT 1

With only 21 riders entered in the SX1 class the top ten from both heats were guaranteed a spot in the nights main event, with no LCQ to be raced.
 
Metcalfe had the crowd on their feet when the gate dropped for heat one, leading the field through the first turn followed by Yamaha Yamaluabe’s Richie Evans and Ride Red Honda privateer Joel Wightman.

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Brett Metcalfe

Clout quickly made his way around both Wightman and Evans and worked his way onto the back of Metcalfe’s rear wheel, the duo then going head to head for a couple of laps until Metcalfe crashed heavily in the whoops.
 
With a clear track in front of him, Clout raced away to a comfortable race win ahead of SX1 rookie Evans. A resilient Metcalfe wa able to re-mount and finish the race in third.

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CDR Yamaha’s Luke Clout won the opening heat race at Gillman

DPH Huqvarana’s Todd Waters worked his way up to 4th place with Wightman holding on to 5th just head of SB ECSTAR Suzuki’s Jayden Rykers.


SX1 HEAT 2

Reardon jumped out of the gates with cat-like reflexes in heat two, leading Long and Brayton through the first turn.

Brayton then quickly moved his way into second spot and went to work on finding a way around Reardon. The Queenslander was able to hold off the American’s advance for the opening half of the race before Brayton took control and continued his unbeaten run in this year’s championship.

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Justin Brayton took out Heat Two at Gillman

Reardon crossed the finish line in second position as Bopping moved around his team-mate Long to claim third.

British racer Gradie Featherston aboard his KSF Yamaha rounded out the top five, finishing just ahead of Dobson who rebounded from his earlier qualifying troubles.


SX1 SUPERPOLE

For the first time this season, Brayton was beaten to top spot, Reardon able to lay down a faster time in the nights Superpole which set the gate pick for the nights’ main event.
 
With the sun down and the track lit up by the surrounding speedway lights, Reardon posted a lap time of 44.336s to better Brayton’s time of 44.390s. Clout had to settle for third with a time of 44.481s.

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Dan Reardon

SX1 FINAL

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SX1 Main

Reardon once again stole the lead when the nights’ main event started, sneaking up the inside of Long to grab the all-important holeshot.
 
By the end of the opening lap, three of the four favourites for the night we up front were they were expected to be, Brayton moving around Reardon for the lead while Clout held down third.

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Dan Reardon

 
Crowd favourite Metcalfe finished the opening lap down in 6th place but his night quickly hit a snag as he crashed two turns into lap two, seeing him slip well outside the top ten.
 
On lap two a rare mistake by Brayton allowed Reardon to regain the lead, luckily for Brayton; he was able to save what could have been a massive crash and quickly regain his composure. 

After another skirmish with Reardon on lap three, Brayton again took control of the race and set about building himself a handy lead.

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Luke Clout

On lap six Clout made a nice move on Reardon to take second position. Further behind the lead trio, Evans worked his way by Featherston for fourth and Bopping held down 5th, followed by Wightman and a fast-charging Metcalfe.

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Gradie Featherstone

By mid-race both Featherstone and Bopping hit a wall and fell back through the field. Bopping eventually pulling out the race on lap 12, allowing Metcalfe to work his way into 5th position, then with seven laps remaining the veteran moved into fourth.

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Justin Brayton won the SX1 Main by almost ten-seconds

Out front Brayton was never headed, running away to win by just under ten-seconds from Clout. Reardon just under three-seconds further back in third.

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Justin Brayton won the SX1 Main by almost ten-seconds

Metcalfe held on to salvage fourth position for the second round in a row, while both Evans and Wightman impressed with stand-out rides to finish 5th and 6th respectively.

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Jesse Dobson

Jesse Dobson had a disastrous opening round in Brisbane, and not much had gone his way earlier during the day in Adelaide, but managed to turn his season around with an excellent 7th place result, ahead of Todd Waters and Jackson Richardson who worked tirelessly after they both finished the opening lap near the rear of the field. Dylan Long held on after a great start to round out the top ten.

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The SX1 podium at Gillman

SX1 Results/Standings

 

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin BRAYTON Honda 15m22.936
2 Luke CLOUTy Yamaha +9.757
3 Daniel REARDON Yamaha +12.526
4 Brett METCALFE Honda +27.480
5 Richie EVANS  Yamaha +37.911
6 Joel WIGHTMAN  Honda +1 Lap
7 Jesse DOBSON Husqvarna +1 Lap
8 Todd WATERS Husqvarna +1 Lap
9 Jackson RICHARDSON Honda +1 Lap
10 Dylan LONG  Kawasaki +1 Lap
11 Jayden RYKERS Suzuki +1 Lap
12 Justin CARAFA Honda +1 Lap
13 Caleb WARD  KTM +1 Lap
14 Gradie FEATHERSTONE Yamaha +2 Laps
15 Dylan WOOD KTM +2 Laps
16 Cody DYCE  Suzuki +2 Laps
17 Lochie LATIMER  Yamaha +3 Laps
18 Joel CIGLIANO Kawasaki +4 Laps
DNF Lawson BOPPING  Kawasaki +12 Laps
DNF Elijah WIESE  Yamaha +14 Laps
Pos Name Bike Time/Gap
1 Daniel REARDON  Yamaha 44.336
2 Justin BRAYTON Honda +0.054
3 Luke CLOUT  Yamaha +0.145
4 Lawson BOPPING  Kawasaki +1.162
5 Brett METCALFE  Honda +1.562
6 Richie EVANS Yamaha +3.486
Pos Name Machine Time/Gap
1 Justin BRAYTON Honda 5m13.618
2 Daniel REARDON Yamaha +5.849
3 Lawson BOPPING  Kawasaki +14.583
4 Dylan LONG Kawasaki +16.264
5 Gradie FEATHERSTONE Yamaha +24.667
6 Jesse DOBSON  Husqvarna +27.584
7 Dylan WOOD /  KTM +32.923
8 Justin CARAFA Honda +39.511
9 Lochie LATIMER  Yamaha +1 Lap
10 Joel CIGLIANO  Kawasaki +1 Lap
DNF Jesse MADDEN Honda +6 Laps
Pos Name Machine Time/Gap
1 Luke CLOUT  Yamaha 5m12.937
2 Richie EVANS  Yamaha +9.297
3 Brett METCALFE  Honda +18.966
4 Todd WATERS  Husqvarna +19.803
5 Joel WIGHTMAN  Honda +20.888
6 Jayden RYKERS Suzuki +24.929
7 Caleb WARD KTM +30.051
8 Jackson RICHARDSON Honda +37.014
9 Elijah WIESE  Yamaha +37.869
10 Cody DYCE  Suzuki +41.092
Pos Name Bris Adel Total
1 Justin BRAYTON 25 25 50
2 Luke CLOUT 20 22 42
3 Daniel REARDON 22 20 42
4 Brett METCALFE 18 18 36
5 Richie EVANS 13 16 29
6 Todd WATERS 15 13 28
7 Dylan LONG 16 11 27
8 Joel WHIGHTMAN 10 15 25
9 Jayden RYKERS 12 10 22
10 Jesse DOBSON 7 14 21
11 Gradie FEATHERSTONE 11 7 18
12 Caleb WARD 9 8 17
13 Dylan WOOD 8 6 14
14 Lawson BOPPING 14 0 14
15 Jackson RICHARDSON 0 12 12
16 Cody DYCE 5 5 10
17 Lochie LATIMER 6 4 10
18 Justin CARAFA 0 9 9
19 Blake COBBIN 4 0 4
20 Joel CIGLIANO 0 3 3

SX2

SX2 QUALIFYING

Unlike the opening round where only the top twenty from qualifying from the SX2 class advanced to the nights’ racing, the round two format allowed all 31 riders to head to the heat races.

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Josh Osby

Qualifying was again dominated by the American racers, with the five imports posting the top five fastest times on the tough and technical track.

Round one winner Serco Yamaha’s Jacob Hayes lead the way with a lap time of 45.935s, edging out the Penrite Factory Honda pairing of Chirs Blose and Mitchell Oldenburg who both posted times in the low 46’s.

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Jacob Hayes

Raceline KTM’s Joshua Osby and Empire Kawasaki’s Bradley Taft continued the American onslaught. Serco Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti led the way for the Aussies in 6th position on 47.227-seconds, well over a half a second down on 5th fastest Taft.

Current SX2 champion Jay Wilson finished 7th fastest. Young gun, Kaleb Barham aboard his Mat Mladin Racing Husqvarna impressed with the 8th best time.

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Jay Wilson

SX2 HEAT 1

A revised racing format saw the top seven riders from each heat qualify directly to the 15-lap main event. The remaining riders from each heat then headed to the LCQ, where the top six would then advance to make a 20-rider field for the final.

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SX2

Osby, who won one of the two double-header finals in Brisbane last week, again showed he has race-winning pace, sneaking under DPH Husqvarna’s Wilson Todd in the first turn to take control of the race lead. Hayes soon followed up into second position.
 
The race up front emained unchanged all the way to the finish, with the prime action happening behind the leading three. 

Tomas Ravenhorst, who had a night to forget at round one, held down 4th for every lap bar the last when Raceline KTM’s Regan Duffy got the better of him. Qualifying standout Barham finished the race in 6th.
 
Taking the last direct qualifying spot for the nights main event was Taft who overcame a first-lap crash before dissecting his way through the field in order to bypass the LCQ.
 
Victorian privateer Geran Stapleton, who sat out the opening round, was the first rider through to the LCQ, finishing 8th.


SX2 HEAT 2

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Supercross hit Adelaide on the weekend

Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing’s Rhys Budd gave in insight to his potential when he led the field for the entire opening lap of the second heat. In stark contrast, Chris Blose, one of the pre-race favourites, found himself in last position after going down early on the opening lap.

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Chris Blose

Budd’s race lead was short-lived, Tanti and Oldenburg both passing the Honda racer before putting on a show for the crowd, a back and forth battle ensued that saw the two pass each other on numerous occasions.
 
In the end though Oldenburg proved too good, edging out Tanti for the win. Jay Wilson coming home in third.
 
Round one qualifying stand-out Connor Tierney again impressed aboard his GPH Recruitment Yamaha to finish 4th, ahead of Budd and Davey Motorsports KTM racer Dylan Wills.
 
If the show out front for the lead was good, the race for the final spot direct to the main was a barnstormer. Blose making an amazing three passes on the last lap to cross the line in 7th spot, just over a half-a-second ahead of TLR Yamaha’s Ricky Latimer. 


SX2 LCQ

Both Geran Stapleton and Ricky Latimer made up for missing a direct qualifying spot from the heats into the main event by one plac by making the most of the LCQ. Stapleton taking the win and Latimer in third, joining second-placed Morgan Fogarty of the Davey Motorsports KTM team in advancing to the nights big show.
 
WBR Yamaha’s Jack Kukas and Top Gun Motorcycles backed Jayce Gosford finished 4th and 5th respectively. Davey Motorsports KTM’s Chandler Burns finished 6th to take the last spot on the gate.


SX2 SUPERPOLE

For round two, the top three SX2 racers from each heat also made an appearance in the nights Superpole competition to decide the first six gate picks for the main event.

Hayes topped the timesheet with a blistering 45.020s lap time, half-a-second ahead of Oldenburg and Osby as American riders filled the top three spots, followed by the Australian trio of Wilson, Tanti and Todd.


SX2 FINAL

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SX2

Wilson Todd jumped out to an early lead when the SX2 main event got underway, leading Joshua Osby and Mitchell Oldenburg through the opening two laps. Round one winner Jacob Hayes had his work cut out from 7th position.

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SX2 FINAL

Two other riders who also had some work to do were American’s Blose and Taft, as happened in each of their heat races they both suffered early race separate crashes again in the main event, leaving them at the back of the field. Blose crossing the finish line at the end of lap two dead last.

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SX2 FINAL

On lap three the race was turned on its head as both race leader Todd, and Hayes who was battling for 5th, both crashed at nearly the same time on the same straight, though in different spots and separate incidents. 
 
The crashes were big enough to put both riders out of the event, Hayes eventually walking from the track, while Todd was left in the care of the Racesafe medics.
 
Out front Oldenburg took advantage of Todd’s misfortune, running away with the lead and quickly setting up an unassailable gap back to second position.
 
The fight for the final podium positions was where all the action unfolded, as Osby held down second place from Jay Wilson with Tanti in 4th.

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Aaron Tanti

Tanti first caught and passed Wilson on lap six, then with just five laps remaining made his way through on Osby to take over second position.

Osby was not done though, and on the final lap closed the gap to second placed Tanti.
 
Out front, Oldenburg was near faultless walking away from the field to win by six-and-a-half seconds, elevating himself to third positions in the championship standings.

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Oldenburg takes the win

Behind him, Osby not only passed Tanti on the final lap but found a way to gap the leading Australian by two-seconds to finish on the second step of the podium, moving into second position in the championship.
 
Tanti may have been relegated to third for the round, but it was still enough for him to take over the points lead. Tanti will now take hold of the red plate when the third round of the series heads to Wollongong on Saturday the 9th of November.

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Aaron Tanti will take the championship lead to round three

Jay Wilson finished 4th, 12-seconds ahead of Blose who put in a remarkable ride to keep his championship hopes alive, passing 15 riders in just 13 laps to finish 5th. 

Regan Duffy continued his impressive foray into Supercross racing, building speed as the night went on to finish in a very respectable 6th position, ahead of Tierney in 7th and Ravenhorst in 8th, the leading two privateers. 

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Connor Tierney

Taft rebounded from his crash to finish 9th, while Rhys Budd continued his excellent form to round out the top ten.

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The SX2 podium at Gillman

SX2 Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Mitchell OLDENBURG Honda 11m43.787
2 Joshua OSBY  KTM +6.555
3 Aaron TANTI Yamaha +8.607
4 Jay WILSON Yamaha +11.728
5 Chris BLOSE Honda +24.314
6 Regan DUFFY  KTM +26.254
7 Connor TIERNEY  Yamaha +28.651
8 Tomas RAVENHORST KTM +39.936
9 Bradley TAFT Kawasaki +47.864
10 Rhys BUDD Honda Racing Honda +1 Lap
11 Dylan WILLS  KTM +1 Lap
12 Geran STAPLETON Honda +1 Lap
13 Ricky LATIMER  Yamaha +1 Lap
14 Kaleb BARHAM Husqvarna +1 Lap
15 Jayce COSFORD  Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Chandler BURNS KTM +2 Laps
17 Jack KUKAS  Yamaha +3 Laps
DNF Morgan FOGARTY KTM +7 Laps
DNF Wilson TODD  Husqvarna +13 Laps
DNF Jacob HAYES  Yamaha +13 Laps
Pos Name Machine Time/Gap
1 Jacob HAYES Yamaha 45.020
2 Mitchell OLDENBURG Honda +0.504
3 Joshua OSBY  KTM +0.580
4 Jay WILSON Yamaha +1.497
5 Aaron TANTI Yamaha +2.479
6 Wilson TODD  Husqvarna +3.605
Pos Name Machine Time/Gap
1 Geran STAPLETON Honda 3m06.886
2 Morgan FOGARTY  KTM +0.753
3 Ricky LATIMER Yamaha +1.493
4 Jack KUKAS Yamaha +4.803
5 Jayce COSFORD  Yamaha +10.331
6 Chandler BURNS KTM +10.592
7 Cory WATTS  Honda +17.508
8 James BROWN Yamaha +19.706
9 Caleb GOULLET Honda +22.588
10 Jaxon RAYNER  Yamaha +23.293
11 Riley STEPHENS  Honda +28.474
DNF Hugh MCKAY Yamaha +2 Laps
DNF Josh BREWSTER  Suzuki +2 Laps
Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Mitchell OLDENBURG  Honda 4m30.062
2 Aaron TANTI  Yamaha +1.332
3 Jay WILSON  Yamaha +5.445
4 Connor TIERNEY Yamaha +10.083
5 Rhys BUDD  Honda +11.669
6 Dylan WILLS KTM +12.398
7 Chris BLOSE Honda +17.032
8 Ricky LATIMER Yamaha +17.594
9 Morgan FOGARTY  KTM +18.313
10 Hugh MCKAY Yamaha +18.750
11 Jayce COSFORD  Yamaha +25.604
12 Chandler BURNS KTM +36.823
13 Jaxon RAYNER Yamaha +1:32.788
14 James BROWN Yamaha +1 Lap
Pos Name Machine Time/Gap
1 Joshua OSBY / Raceline KTM Thor KTM 4m24.739
2 Jacob HAYES / Serco Yamaha Yamaha +1.718
3 Wilson TODD / DPH Motorsport Husqvarna Husqvarna +7.679
4 Regan DUFFY / Raceline KTM Thor KTM +14.776
5 Tomas RAVENHORST / Alpinestars KTM +16.490
6 Kaleb BARHAM / Mat Mladin – Mladin Racing Husqvarna +19.346
7 Bradley TAFT / Empire Kawasaki Kawasaki +19.913
8 Geran STAPLETON Honda +25.850
9 Cory WATTS / Scrivens Racing Honda Honda +39.031
10 Josh BREWSTER / Suzuki Australia Suzuki +39.852
11 Caleb GOULLET / Snapes Project Logistics Honda +48.815
12 Jack KUKAS / WBR Yamaha Bulk Nutrients Yamaha +1 Lap
13 Riley STEPHENS / Pro-Moto Suspension Honda +1 Lap
DNF Jaxon HADLOW Honda +5 Laps
Pos Name Bris Ade Total
1 Aaron TANTI 22 20 42
2 Joshua OSBY 18 22 40
3 Mitchell OLDENBURG 13 25 38
4 Chris BLOSE 20 16 36
5 Jay WILSON 16 18 34
6 Bradley TAFT 15 12 27
7 Jacob HAYES 25 0 25
8 Dylan WILLS 12 10 22
9 Ricky LATIMER 8 8 16
10 Jayce COSFORD 10 6 16
11 Regan DUFFY 0 15 15
12 Connor TIERNEY 0 14 14
13 Kaleb BARHAM 7 7 14
14 Wilson TODD 14 0 14
15 Tomas RAVENHORST 0 13 13
16 Rhys BUDD 0 11 11
17 Kyle WEBSTER 11 0 11
18 Geran STAPLETON 0 9 9
19 Jack KUKAS 5 4 9
20 Morgan FOGARTY 9 0 9
21 Hugh McKAY 6 0 6
22 Chandler BURNS 0 5 5