Australian Supercross 2018
Round One – Jimboomba
Justin Brayton leads home Penrite Honda 1-2
While a major crash for Aussie favourite Dean Ferris in an earlier heat race cast somewhat of a pall over main event proceedings at Jimboomba, the crowd still got to enjoy a spirited card of racing in what was the opening round of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship.
Defending Champion Justin Brayton kicked off his title defence in commanding fashion for Penrite Honda with a dominant victory at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship at Jimboomba Stadium.
Justin Brayton qualified fastest and went on to lap the field up to and including eighth place.
Second at the series opener was Brayton’s Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe, painting Jimboomba red with a Honda 1-2.
Metcalfe was in the lead early on before he faltered and stalled his CRF450R, allowing Brayton to sweep through and run away to the win.
Brayton was also the only rider to lap the circuit in 49-seconds during the main event.
After a turn one mistake left him at the back of the field, KTM’s Luke Clout showed great form to blast his way through the field and up on the podium.
Dan Reardon finished fourth, 30-seconds behind the victor at the end of the 20-lap encounter.
Kawasaki’s Jace Owen was further five-seconds behind in fifth place, besting Jesse Dobson by four-seconds. Dobson was the last man on the leading lap when the chequered flag came out.
SX1 Main Race Results
- Justin Brayton
- Brett Metcalfe +5.260
- Luke Clout +23.647
- Daniel Reardon +30.585
- Jace Owen +35.715
- Dylan Long +39.657
- Jesse Dobson +115.169
- Nick Sutherland +1 lap
- Jesse Madden +1 lap
- Robbie Marshall +1 lap
- Joel Wightman +1 lap
- Connor Tierney +2 laps
- Jamie Harvey +2 laps
- Zak Small +3 laps
- Josh Kilvington +3 laps
Jay Wilson and his Yamaha Yamalube Racing YZ250F stormed to the front in the SX2 main and ran away with the race, taking a five-second victory over 21-year-old American Bradley Taft.
Joshua Osby claimed third place ahead of DPH Husqvarna rider Hayden Mellross who took fourth place on his return to Australian soil after a busy year in America.
Serco Yamaha’s Jacob Hayes had a poor start which left him plenty of work to do in order to climb up through the field and finish fifth ahead of Dakota Alix and Wilson Todd.
Round two of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship will take place in Coolum on October 6th.
SX2 Main Race Results
- Jay Wilson
- Bradley Taft +4.981
- Joshua Osby +7.047
- Hayden Mellross +11.904
- Jacob Hayes +14.344
- Dakota Alix +15.289
- Wilson Todd +21.295
- Richard Evans +22.969
- Dylan Wills +29.220
- Jackson Richardson +35.191
- Ricky Latimer +38.005
- Tomas Ravenhorst +43.104
- Kyle Webster +45.388
- Hugh McKay +46.507
- Bailey Malkiewicz +49.621
- Rhys Budd +1 lap
- Cooper Pozniak +1 lap
- Gradie Featherstone +1 lap
2018 Australian Supercross Championship Calendar
- Round 1 – Jimboomba, Qld – September 15
- Round 2 – Coolum, Qld – October 6
- Round 3 – Geelong, Vic – October 13
- Round 4 – Port Adelaide, SA – October 20
- Round 5 – Sydney, NSW (AUS-X Open) – November 10