Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed won the seventh and final round of the Monster Energy Super X championship in front of 24,500 animated fans at the QSAC stadium in Brisbane last night.
The win also gave him the overall championship finishing 21 points ahead of his closest competitor, Daniel Reardon, and 23 points ahead of Jay Marmont who finished third overall.
The event will go down as the biggest Australian supercross event in history with the largest track ever built that spanned over one kilometre in length using 7,500 tonnes of dirt as well as the best rider line up assembled down under.
The final took place in treacherous conditions as the heavens opened half way through the Lites final with heavy rain setting in that made the track wet and slippery. The violent storm did not deter the fans who braved the weather to witness the Monster Energy Super X champion being crowned.
With the heavy rain slowing the track organisers were forced to cut the Triple Challenge race format back to three, five lap races. CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont took the holeshot in the first moto, but Reed quickly shot in to first place and held on to take the win. There were some great battles for the minor places and it was Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Matt Moss who took second and Woodstock Honda Thor Racing’s Daniel Reardon finishing third.
Reed won the second holeshot, but Marmont shot out to an early lead and was riding neck and neck with Reed in the first two laps. Reed eventually took the lead leaving Marmont and USA rider Davi Millsaps, who flew to Australia during the week for the finale, to battle for second and third. Millsaps ended up taking second with Marmont third. Unfortunately, Matt Moss had a terrible crash on the whoops and had to get carried off the track.
Reardon grabbed the holeshot in the third moto, but Reed who was in his best form of the series took the lead in the first lap and held off a fast and determined Millsaps to make it three from three wins – pumping his fists in the air as he took the victory. Millsaps finished second and Reardon finished third.
Round honours went to Reed with Millsaps in second and Marmont third.
“I just want to say a huge thanks to Kawasaki and Monster Energy and I am so excited for the new year. We have had a few ups and downs this series, but that’s racing and it’s great to finish on top. We really stepped up the series this year and I am proud to be a part of it. I like the direction the series is going and want to thank everyone involved. I know next year is going to be even bigger and better,” said Reed post race.
Moss already had the Lites championship wrapped up, but the competition was intense for the round win and minor places in the championship. America’s Kyle Cunningham riding for the Serco Yamaha took the first of the three motos, local privateer, Brendan Harrison took the second and Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Lawson Bopping won the third as the rain set in.
Cunningham won the round overall which gave him second in the overall Lites championship, Bopping finished second in the round and third overall in the championship and Brendan Harrison finished the round third.
“I just want to thank my team and all my sponsors. It’s been a great series and it’s been a great preparation for the US next year,” said Moss.
Monster Energy Super X will return to Australia and New Zealand in 2010 with the series calendar to be released early next year.
Top Ten Results – Monster Energy Super X Triple Challenge
1 Chad REED, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 20-20-20 TOTAL 60
2 Davi MILLSAPS, Red Bull Honda USA, 17-19-19 TOTAL 55
3 Jay MARMONT, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 16-18-17 TOTAL 51
4 Dan REARDON, Woodstock Honda Thor Racing, 18-14-18 TOTAL 50
5 Daniel McCOY, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy, 14-16-14 TOTAL 44
6 PJ LARSEN, JDR Motorsports / MX Rad, 13-13-16 TOTAL 42
7 Tye SIMMONDS, Motorex KTM, 11-17-11 TOTAL 39
8 Michael BYRNE, Rockstar Maxima Honda Racing, 10-12-15 TOTAL 37
9 Cameron TAYLOR, SP Motorsports Byrners Suzuki, 15-4-13 TOTAL 32
10 Michael ADDISON, 07 Axis Motorsports, 12-15-4 TOTAL 31
Top Ten Results – 250cc Triple Challenge final
1 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 20-19-19-TOTAL 58
2 Lawson BOPPING, Shift Motul Suzuki, 19-17-20 TOTAL 56
3 Brendan HARRISON, Titan Garages / North Star Yamaha 16-20-18 TOTAL 54
4 Luke STYKE, Yamaha 17-15-17 TOTAL 49
5 Luke ARBON, Kawasaki Racing Team 14-18-16 TOTAL 48
6 Kade MOSIG, Motorex KTM, 7-16-15 TOTAL 38
7 Ryan MARMONT, JDR Motorsports / MX Rad, 18-13-5 TOTAL 37
8 Taylor POTTER, Vision Motorsport, 15-12-9 TOTAL 36
9 Danny ANDERSON, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 13-11-11 TOTAL 35
10 Lewis WOODS, Red Devil Mobil Racing, 8-13-13 TOTAL 34
Monster Energy Super X OPEN championship standings
1 Chad REED, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 157
2 Dan REARDON, Woodstock Honda Thor Racing, 136
3 Jay MARMONT, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 134
4 Tye SIMMONDS, Motorex KTM, 122
5 Daniel McCOY, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team,110
6 Cody MACKIE, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 88
7 Craig ANDERSON, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 82
8 Cameron TAYLOR, SP Motorsports Byrners Suzuki, 81
9 Michael BYRNE, Rockstar Maxima Honda Racing, 80
10 Robbie MARSHALL, Titan Garages / Northstar Yamaha, 69
Monster Energy Super X 250cc championship standings
1 Matt MOSS, Rockstar Motul Suzuki, 125
2 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Serco Yamaha, 122
3 Lawson BOPPING, Rockstar Motul Suzuki, 116
4 Ryan MARMONT, JDR Motorsports / MX Rad, 103
5 Brendan HARRISON, Titan Garages / North Star Yamaha, 99
6 Lewis WOODS, Red Devil Mobil Racing, 71
7 Kirk GIBBS, Serco Yamaha, 71
8 Danny ANDERSON, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 68
9 Adam MONEA, SP Motorsport / Byrners Suzuki, 66
10 Luke ARBON, Kawasaki Racing Team, 57
Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com