2017 Australian Supercross Championship Reaches Halfway Mark
At the halfway stage of the Australian Supercross Championship, the premier event on the 2017 calendar will take place with the AUS-X Open. This is arguably the deepest field of riders in Australian Supercross Championship history, so there will be plenty of interest to see who comes out on top. Before Supercross heats up for Rounds 4 & 5, now marks a great time to look back on the season so far.
So far, the SX1 championship has been dominated by reigning champion, Justin Brayton who won the first three rounds of the season. As it currently stands, the Penrite Honda Racing Team rider, Brayton leads by 13 points ahead of CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris and Dylan Long in third. Brayton has lead nearly every lap so far to decimate the competition.
A number of international riders such as Husqvana’s Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson and Honda’s RJ Hampshire will add an extra layer of depth from overseas. Brayton will adopt the same approach that he always does and will look to bring himself closer to a championship title this weekend with more victories.
One of the stories of the season has been the rise of Honda’s Luke Clout and Yamaha’s Long. This new breed of talent has certainly turned heads and stirred up a lot of interest and its clear the future of this class is in strong hands.
SX1 Championship Points
1. Justin Brayton 75 Points
2. Dean Ferris 62 Points
3. Dylan Long 54 Points
4. Daniel Reardon 52 Points
5. Todd Waters 50 Points
6. Kade Mosig 43 Points
7. Nathan Crawford 43 Points
8. Luke Clout 40 Points
9. Nick Schmidt 33 Points
10. Daniel Herrlein 32 Points
Penrite Honda’s Gavin Faith had enjoyed a great season until now, winning the first two rounds of the season. However, a fractured wrist sustained in round two has not improved and has worsened considerably, now leaving the American rider out of contention for the rest of the season. DPH Motorsport’s Hayden Mellross has also been sidelined with injury.
This now puts DPH Motorsport’s Wilson Todd in prime position to have a crack at the title after taking a win at South Australia to now reside second in the standings. Last year’s SX2 champion, Jackson Richardson and Dyson Motorsports’s Dylan Wills are not far behind however and will look to eye off first in the standings after this weekend’s racing.
With three rounds now remaining in the calendar, the SX2 Category is truly up for grabs with up to six riders being within a shot for the championship.
SX2 Championship Points
1. Gavin Faith 63 Points
2. Wilson Todd 61 Points
3. Jackson Richardson 59 Points
4. Dylan Wills 52 Points
5. Jay Wilson 47 Points
6. Mitchell Evans 38 Points
7. Connor Tierney 35 Points
8. Geran Stapleton 33 Points
9. Taylor Potter 30 Points
10. Aaron Tanti 29 Points
To find out more about the AUSX-OPEN head to https://ausxopen.com/about/
2017 Australian Supercross Championship calendar:
|Round 4 Qudos Bank Arena, NSW||11 November|
|Round 5 Qudos Bank Arena, NSW||12 November|
|Round 6 Jimboomba, QLD||18 November|
Photo 1: Jay Marmont duels with Jesse Dobson in the SX1 Class at the 2016 Melbourne Round. Credit Aaryn Minerds Media.
Photo 2: AUS-X Open 2016 – courtesy of AME