AUS-X Supercross Open 2015
Date Posted:30 November 2015
AUS-X Open Night 1
International megastar Chad Reed has claimed a stunning victory in the inaugural AUS-X Open ahead of a sell-out Allphones Arena crowd at Sydney Olympic Park.
The SX1 main event was all Yamaha-mounted Reed in a popular victory upon return home for the first time in three years, using the fly by lane early on to sprint away, but he didn’t have it all his own way.
US Arenacross number three Gavin Faith (Penrite Honda) kept him in check, crossing the line six seconds in arrears, while third for Dan Reardon (CDR Yamaha) saw him extend his lead to 31 points in the championship.
That came after Matt Moss (Team Motul Suzuki) crashed out – he went down in the early stages, then again more heavily and was carted out of the arena by RACESAFE.
Cooper Webb (Star Racing Yamaha) sliced his way to fourth from second last on lap one, overcoming Daniel McCoy (SFC Racing Yamaha) and Lawson Bopping (DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha), while Kade Mosig (CDR Yamaha) rebounded from an opening lap crash for seventh.
The field was rounded out by Kale Makeham (Team Motul Suzuki), Cheyne Boyd (Park4MX Yamaha), Luke Styke (KTM Motocross Racing Team) and Robbie Marshall (Honda), who amazed onlookers with a back-flip over the finish line mid-race.
American ace Jimmy Decotis (Penrite Honda) took the inaugural AUS-X Open SX2 victory in Sydney, crossing the line five seconds ahead of Wade Hunter (DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha) and Jackson Richardson (Penrite Honda Wilson MX) following a frantic main event.
Luke Clout (Serco Yamaha) led out of the blocks, then Hunter passed using the fly by shortcut, before Clout went back by the next lap, however pressure from Hunter saw Clout eject through the first rhythm straight afterwards.
Decotis then soon used the shortcut to take the lead and was never headed. He won over Hunter, Richardson, Geran Stapleton (Penrite Honda Wilson MX), Lewis Woods (Davey Motorsports KTM), Jack Simpson (Davey Motorsports KTM), Joel Wightman (CRF Honda Racing), Luke Wilson (Davey Motorsports KTM), Clout and Tomas Ravenhorst (KTM).
An appreciative crowd soaked up the Reed vs. Ricky Carmichael head-to-head battle and while they probably weren’t going at full race pace, Carmichael managed to keep the 22 honest.
Reed led out of the gates, RC took a look at him in turn one, then they ran in formation for much of the three laps. A late surge from the 4 did allow him to challenge Reed to the end, but in the end that was the way they finished.
It was New South Wales wildman Jackson Strong who stomped a one-handed front-flip to score a perfect 10 from judges in the FMX Best Trick, taking home $20,000 for his efforts.
Strong won ahead of Taka Hagashino (rock solid flip) and Rob Adelberg (California roll to no-hander). Fourth was Ryan Brown (ruler backflip) and fifth Tom Pages after he crashed his first attempt at a alley-oop flair. The second one he did land didn’t count.
AUS-X Open Night 2
Special American guest Cooper Webb (Star Racing Yamaha) has won the second night of the AUS-X Open at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, holding off all the pressure in the world put upon him by Australia’s international hero Chad Reed (Yamaha).
The pair crossed the line separated by just 0.268s after 20 gruelling laps, as the raced beam live on free-to-air television via 7mate across the nation.
The race started with excitement as Reed was toward the rear of the pack due to a reported gate-drop malfunction, but things really heated up when then leader Dan Reardon (CDR Yamaha) went down on lap 13 in the first corner.
Reed went down with him and Webb was caught up in it as well, allowing initial leader Lawson Bopping (DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha) to sneak back through for another turn at the front.
But Webb got going quickly and he moved into the lead on that same lap, with Reed remounting in third. From there Reed went by Bopping on lap 14 and quickly set after Webb.
A gritty attack on the final lap was close, but not close enough, and it was Webb who took the chequered flag first. With his night two win, being crowned AUS-X Open champion was a solid way for Webb to wrap up a gruelling end to 2015, while Reed’s 2016 preparations continue to build in the lead-up to Anaheim 1.
“I’m stoked to be crowned the AUS-X Open champion in Sydney, It was a crazy race to say the least!” Webb said. “I knew it was going be a tough race to win, you know Chad’s the fastest guy here and I knew he was going to be extremely hard to beat but I just put my head down and tried to be smart and I held him off, barely.”
Reed said: “Win or lose it’s a win for me this weekend and thanks so much to the fans out here for making the AUS-X Open such an awesome event. This event is a real boost for supercross in Australia and I just want to thank Ricky and Cooper for coming out and most importantly the fans who came down to Sydney or watched the broadcast on 7mate, it’s been an awesome weekend back home.”
Behind them was Bopping, Daniel McCoy (SFC Yamaha), Reardon, Cheyne Boyd (Park4MX Yamaha), Robbie Marshall (Honda), Aaron Tanti (Yamaha), Jono Krusic (Yamaha) and Josh Spanos (Honda).
A frantic SX2 final belonged to Jimmy Decotis (Penrite Honda), making it back-to-back wins at AUS-X Open by a comfortable five-second margin over Penrite Honda Wilson MX teammates Jackson Richardson and Geran Stapleton.
Richardson went down early on while in a podium placing, but eventually clawed his way back to the runner-up in an aggressive pass by Stapleton in the final turn on the final lap.
Making it a 1-2-3-4 for Honda was CRF Honda Racing’s Joel Wightman in fourth, while Tomas Ravenhorst completed the top five. Completing the top 10 was Jesse Madden (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki), Jake Vella (Yamaha), Lewis Woods (Davey Motorsports KTM), Jack Simpson (Davey Motorsports KTM), who also went down during the main, and Jake Williams (Wilson MX Penrite Honda).
Once again Reed and the GOAT, Ricky Carmichael, put on a spectacular show for the fans in their head-to-head showdown. With Carmichael on the inside today, he exited the first turn in front and withstood the immense pressure of Reed over two and a half laps.
But Reed eventually blitzed by through the whoops on the final lap. An attempt by RC to counter in the final turn was close, however Reed got the run and lit the candles – the duo once again receiving loud applause by the appreciative crowd on hand.
Carmichael’s speed was once again the talk of the pit, lapping amongst the SX1 regulars in timed practice and qualifying sessions. He was also in the single-lap Superpole shootout, slotting into fourth with a 30.788s lap (Reed’s pole was 29.995s) and even one place ahead of Webb (30.790s).
“It was an exciting weekend and you couldn’t have asked it to turn out any better than the way it did, especially considering the circumstances and the whirlwind the AUS-X Open went through with people dropping out at the last minute, so it was a really fantastic event,” said Carmichael. “The fans were fabulous and personally they gave me an incredible welcoming and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
The Monster Energy FMX Best Trick contest was once again won by Australian fan favourite Jackson Strong, this time with a front-flip (without the one-hander today) to beat out Frenchman Tom Pages’ alley-oop flair and Japanese ace Taka Higashino’s rock solid flip.
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