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

 

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Justin BRAYTONHonda15m22.936
2Luke CLOUTyYamaha+9.757
3Daniel REARDONYamaha+12.526
4Brett METCALFEHonda+27.480
5Richie EVANS Yamaha+37.911
6Joel WIGHTMAN Honda+1 Lap
7Jesse DOBSONHusqvarna+1 Lap
8Todd WATERSHusqvarna+1 Lap
9Jackson RICHARDSONHonda+1 Lap
10Dylan LONG Kawasaki+1 Lap
11Jayden RYKERSSuzuki+1 Lap
12Justin CARAFAHonda+1 Lap
13Caleb WARD KTM+1 Lap
14Gradie FEATHERSTONEYamaha+2 Laps
15Dylan WOODKTM+2 Laps
16Cody DYCE Suzuki+2 Laps
17Lochie LATIMER Yamaha+3 Laps
18Joel CIGLIANOKawasaki+4 Laps
DNFLawson BOPPING Kawasaki+12 Laps
DNFElijah WIESE Yamaha+14 Laps
PosNameBikeTime/Gap
1Daniel REARDON Yamaha44.336
2Justin BRAYTONHonda+0.054
3Luke CLOUT Yamaha+0.145
4Lawson BOPPING Kawasaki+1.162
5Brett METCALFE Honda+1.562
6Richie EVANSYamaha+3.486
PosNameMachineTime/Gap
1Justin BRAYTONHonda5m13.618
2Daniel REARDONYamaha+5.849
3Lawson BOPPING Kawasaki+14.583
4Dylan LONGKawasaki+16.264
5Gradie FEATHERSTONEYamaha+24.667
6Jesse DOBSON Husqvarna+27.584
7Dylan WOOD / KTM+32.923
8Justin CARAFAHonda+39.511
9Lochie LATIMER Yamaha+1 Lap
10Joel CIGLIANO Kawasaki+1 Lap
DNFJesse MADDENHonda+6 Laps
PosNameMachineTime/Gap
1Luke CLOUT Yamaha5m12.937
2Richie EVANS Yamaha+9.297
3Brett METCALFE Honda+18.966
4Todd WATERS Husqvarna+19.803
5Joel WIGHTMAN Honda+20.888
6Jayden RYKERSSuzuki+24.929
7Caleb WARDKTM+30.051
8Jackson RICHARDSONHonda+37.014
9Elijah WIESE Yamaha+37.869
10Cody DYCE Suzuki+41.092
PosNameBrisAdelTotal
1Justin BRAYTON252550
2Luke CLOUT202242
3Daniel REARDON222042
4Brett METCALFE181836
5Richie EVANS131629
6Todd WATERS151328
7Dylan LONG161127
8Joel WHIGHTMAN101525
9Jayden RYKERS121022
10Jesse DOBSON71421
11Gradie FEATHERSTONE11718
12Caleb WARD9817
13Dylan WOOD8614
14Lawson BOPPING14014
15Jackson RICHARDSON01212
16Cody DYCE5510
17Lochie LATIMER6410
18Justin CARAFA099
19Blake COBBIN404
20Joel CIGLIANO033

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

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Mitchell OLDENBURGHonda11m43.787
2Joshua OSBY KTM+6.555
3Aaron TANTIYamaha+8.607
4Jay WILSONYamaha+11.728
5Chris BLOSEHonda+24.314
6Regan DUFFY KTM+26.254
7Connor TIERNEY Yamaha+28.651
8Tomas RAVENHORSTKTM+39.936
9Bradley TAFTKawasaki+47.864
10Rhys BUDD Honda RacingHonda+1 Lap
11Dylan WILLS KTM+1 Lap
12Geran STAPLETONHonda+1 Lap
13Ricky LATIMER Yamaha+1 Lap
14Kaleb BARHAMHusqvarna+1 Lap
15Jayce COSFORD Yamaha+1 Lap
16Chandler BURNSKTM+2 Laps
17Jack KUKAS Yamaha+3 Laps
DNFMorgan FOGARTYKTM+7 Laps
DNFWilson TODD Husqvarna+13 Laps
DNFJacob HAYES Yamaha+13 Laps
PosNameMachineTime/Gap
1Jacob HAYESYamaha45.020
2Mitchell OLDENBURGHonda+0.504
3Joshua OSBY KTM+0.580
4Jay WILSONYamaha+1.497
5Aaron TANTIYamaha+2.479
6Wilson TODD Husqvarna+3.605
PosNameMachineTime/Gap
1Geran STAPLETONHonda3m06.886
2Morgan FOGARTY KTM+0.753
3Ricky LATIMERYamaha+1.493
4Jack KUKASYamaha+4.803
5Jayce COSFORD Yamaha+10.331
6Chandler BURNSKTM+10.592
7Cory WATTS Honda+17.508
8James BROWNYamaha+19.706
9Caleb GOULLETHonda+22.588
10Jaxon RAYNER Yamaha+23.293
11Riley STEPHENS Honda+28.474
DNFHugh MCKAYYamaha+2 Laps
DNFJosh BREWSTER Suzuki+2 Laps
PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Mitchell OLDENBURG Honda4m30.062
2Aaron TANTI Yamaha+1.332
3Jay WILSON Yamaha+5.445
4Connor TIERNEYYamaha+10.083
5Rhys BUDD Honda+11.669
6Dylan WILLSKTM+12.398
7Chris BLOSEHonda+17.032
8Ricky LATIMERYamaha+17.594
9Morgan FOGARTY KTM+18.313
10Hugh MCKAYYamaha+18.750
11Jayce COSFORD Yamaha+25.604
12Chandler BURNSKTM+36.823
13Jaxon RAYNERYamaha+1:32.788
14James BROWNYamaha+1 Lap
PosNameMachineTime/Gap
1Joshua OSBY / Raceline KTM ThorKTM4m24.739
2Jacob HAYES / Serco YamahaYamaha+1.718
3Wilson TODD / DPH Motorsport HusqvarnaHusqvarna+7.679
4Regan DUFFY / Raceline KTM ThorKTM+14.776
5Tomas RAVENHORST / AlpinestarsKTM+16.490
6Kaleb BARHAM / Mat Mladin – Mladin RacingHusqvarna+19.346
7Bradley TAFT / Empire KawasakiKawasaki+19.913
8Geran STAPLETONHonda+25.850
9Cory WATTS / Scrivens Racing HondaHonda+39.031
10Josh BREWSTER / Suzuki AustraliaSuzuki+39.852
11Caleb GOULLET / Snapes Project LogisticsHonda+48.815
12Jack KUKAS / WBR Yamaha Bulk NutrientsYamaha+1 Lap
13Riley STEPHENS / Pro-Moto SuspensionHonda+1 Lap
DNFJaxon HADLOWHonda+5 Laps
PosNameBrisAdeTotal
1Aaron TANTI222042
2Joshua OSBY182240
3Mitchell OLDENBURG132538
4Chris BLOSE201636
5Jay WILSON161834
6Bradley TAFT151227
7Jacob HAYES25025
8Dylan WILLS121022
9Ricky LATIMER8816
10Jayce COSFORD10616
11Regan DUFFY01515
12Connor TIERNEY01414
13Kaleb BARHAM7714
14Wilson TODD14014
15Tomas RAVENHORST01313
16Rhys BUDD01111
17Kyle WEBSTER11011
18Geran STAPLETON099
19Jack KUKAS549
20Morgan FOGARTY909
21Hugh McKAY606
22Chandler BURNS055