After two action-packed rounds of the Australian Supercross Championship, round three presented by Yamaha promises to shift another gear as riders prepare to do battle in New South Wales for the first time in 2019, with Wollongong’s WIN Stadium set to be transformed into a full-sized supercross track.
After a dominant performance at both round one and two, Penrite Honda’s Justin Brayton will look to make it three from three in Wollongong, however, will face a new challenger in fellow countryman, Josh Hill, who will enter the series as part of the almighty CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team.
Hill enters Australian territory for the first time since 2013 when he saw the SX1 Championship disappear before his eyes in one of the most controversial rounds of Australian Supercross ever. For 2019, the Oregon native is stoked to be back on Australian shores and is prepared to do battle once again with the incoming American’s and the rich domestic talent.
“It’s super refreshing to be back in Australia – it’s been a while since I was here, and I’m stoked to be getting back behind the gates and battling with the boys,” commented Hill.
In the SX2 category, a surprise of sorts has emerged with another Serco Yamaha sporting the red plate, this time in the form of the #18 New South Welshman; Aaron Tanti. The 22-year-old has so far notched a 3-2 scorecard to amass 42 points, which sees him sit a slender two points clear of American Josh Osby.
Interestingly, the SX2 top ten is split, with Australian’s occupying five of the top ten positions, whereas the American imports claim the other five. With three rounds remaining, the fight between the home and away teams will no doubt gather momentum, with each country battling for supremacy come seasons end.
“Having the red plate in supercross is awesome, however, it matters the most when it comes to the final round. We’ll keep the cohesion within the team, keep our heads down and post good results, then the aim will be to claim that number one spot in Melbourne,” commented Tanti.
Wollongong will also feature the unique Speed & Style contest, which will see Josh Hill, Cam Sinclair and more combine insane stunts with pace, and be scored accordingly.
The depth of field that will take to the Wollongong course sees the largest number of competitors in 10 years, with 28 riders competing in the SX1 Class, another 28 for the SX2, 20 for the Yamaha YZ65 Cup and 16 in each junior class, which signifies the growing strength of the sport domestically.
Tickets for November 9 are selling FAST via Ticketmaster from as little as $30. Additionally, special VIP packages will also be available that include Supercross gift packs, special access to watch afternoon practice and qualifying, best seats in the venue and much more.
The event will also run side by side with the Australian Motorcycle Festival taking place next door at Lang Park Wollongong. 20,000sqm of trade display, live activations plus test rides for children and adults available.
Round 3 Yamaha Australian Supercross Championships presented by Dunlop, MotorEx, Destination Wollongong along with 100%, Fly Racing, Suzuki, WIN Television, I98FM, Kawasaki, M2R, FMF, Honda, UNI Filter.
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