Honda-mounted yanks dominated Round 2 of Aussie Supercross
The Penrite Honda duo of Justin Brayton and Gavin Faith both claimed wins at the second round of the Australian Supercross Championship held at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, on 14 October. The victories saw both Americans come away from the event in possession of the red plate.
For Brayton, it was business as usual in the SX1 class. His clinical riding ability shone brightly on the demanding track, as he easily negotiated the sections that otherwise claimed many casualties throughout the night.
Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha) was the best chance to challenge Brayton, after beating him in his heat, but the Aussie lost ground early in the final and was unable to reel him in. Todd Waters (Crankt Honda) stepped back onto the podium with a solid ride to claim third. Likewise Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha) was impressive after crashing out of the opening round while leading, returning to Bacchus Marsh to finish fourth ahead of former champion Daniel Reardon.
In the SX2 class heat races, Hayden Mellross (DPH Motorsport) took first blood, claiming the win while rival Gavin Faith went over the ’bars – he had to get through the last chance qualifier to make the final. He did it with ease but was left with a less-than-favourable gate pick.
As the gates dropped Mellross found the lead early with Faith near the front of the pack. Things looked to be going smoothly for the Aussie until a crash at the end of a rhythm section punted him headfirst into his handlebars, then off the track. Unfortunately, he was unable to return, and Faith capitalised on the mistake to run away with the win. He was closely followed by defending champion Jackson Richardson (Serco Yamaha), and Wilson Todd (DPH Yamaha), who claimed his first podium in the class.
By Marc Jones