It was the Chad Reed and Jeremy McGrath show at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.
A crowd of 12,200 at Parramatta Stadium witnessed a sensational night of supercross racing on Saturday night with dual world supercross champion Reed dominating the Open class final to take the win and seven-time world supercross champion McGrath, finishing a split second ahead of Jay Marmont to take second at this fifth round of seven in the Monster Energy Australasian Super X Championships.
Fans also got to enjoy great racing in the Pro Lites competition with Matt Moss winning the round and wrapping up the overall championship.
The incredibly exciting “Survival” format featured in the final of the Open class and once again had the Sydney fans at the edge of their seats as they cheered the supercross stars on.
The format pits 20 riders against each other in four, six lap sprints where the bottom five are eliminated after each race. The first six lap sprint saw young gun, Tye Simmonds, take the holeshot and lead the whole six laps with Reed getting closer after every lap.
He held on right until the last lap where he made a small mistake on the whoops just before the finish line, which allowed Reed to make the pass and take the first win.
Crowd favourite Marmont won the holeshot in the second race, but was taken out on the first corner, which forced him to put in another courageous effort to make his way through the pack to finish in the top ten and progress to the next final. Reed overtook race leader Daniel McCoy in the fourth lap to take the win. The unforgiving survival format meant that championship leader Daniel Reardon did not make it through due to his less than perfect race as well as top international rider Michael Byrne.
In the third six-lapper Chad Reed took the holeshot and rode on for a dominant win with the King of Supercross Jeremy McGrath coming in second. Cheyne Boyd and Cameron Taylor both crashed and did not finish the race.
The final five that lined up at the start gate were Chad Reed, Tye Simmonds, Daniel McCoy, Jay Marmont and Jeremy McGrath.
Reed took the holeshot and the win again with ‘The King’ holding off Jay Marmont to take second. Marmont’s third place gave him enough points to put him ahead in the championship one point ahead of Reed. Reardon is now in third.
“I felt great on the bike tonight and I was going for jumps that I haven’t been attempting at the other rounds. The atmosphere and crowd tonight were fantastic and it’s so good to have Jeremy out here racing. I idolised him when I was a kid so it is really special,” said Reed.
The Pro Lites riders competed in the Quad Challenge where they raced four, five-lap sprints.
There were some great battles and four different winners in each of the five lap races, but it was Matt Moss who rode consistently well to take out the round and the overall Pro Lites Championship. America’s Kyle Cunningham took second place and Brendan Harrison finished third.
“I am pumped and can’t wipe the smile off my face. I have a great team behind me and they have helped keep me stay focused and race smart. I now have three championships out of four and it feels awesome. Thanks for all the fans for coming out tonight and for cheering me on,” said Moss.
The Monster Energy Super X will now make its way across the Tasman for the first time for the penultimate round of the championship next weekend (on November 21) at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton.
Top Ten Results – Monster Energy Super X Survival Final:
1 Chad REED, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 25
2 Jeremy MCGRATH, Woodstock Honda Thor Racing, 22
3 Jay MARMONT, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 20
4 Tye SIMMONDS, Motorex KTM, 18
5 Daniel McCOY, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 16
6 Craig ANDERSON, Kawasaki Racing Team, 15
7 Cody MACKIE, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 14
8 Robbie MARSHALL, Northstar Yamaha, 13
9 Cheyne BOYD, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 12
10 Cameron TAYLOR, SP Motorsports Byrners Suzuki, 11
Top Ten Results – Lites Double Header Final:
1 Matt MOSS, Shift Motul Suzuki, 20-14-17-19, TOTAL 70
2 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Serco Yamaha, 17-18-15-18, TOTAL 68
3 Brendan HARRISON, North Star Yamaha, 8-20-18-14, TOTAL 60
4 Luke STYKE, Yamaha, 19-16-3-20, TOTAL 58
5 Lawson BOPPING, Shift Motul Suzuki, 1-19-20-16, TOTAL 56
6 Kirk GIBBS, Serco Yamaha, 14-17-13-11, TOTAL 55
7 Ryan MARMONT, JDR Motorsports / MX Rad, 15-2-19-17, TOTAL 53
8 Lewis WOODS, Red Devil Mobil Racing, 18-10-12-13, TOTAL 53
9 Adam MONEA, SP Motorsport / Byrners Suzuki, 13-15-16-4, TOTAL 48
10 Michael MENCHI, Troylee Maxima Byrners Suzuki / SP Motorsport, 11-12-11-9, TOTAL 43
Monster Energy Super X OPEN championship standings:
1 Jay MARMONT, CDR Rockstar Yamaha,108
2 Chad REED, Monster Energy Kawasaki, 107
3 Dan REARDON, Woodstock Honda Thor Racing, 98
4 Tye SIMMONDS, Motorex KTM, 86
5 Daniel McCOY, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 78
6 Cody MACKIE, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 68
7 Cheyne BOYD, CDR Rockstar Yamaha, 66
8 Craig ANDERSON, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 63
9 Cameron TAYLOR, SP Motorsports Byrners Suzuki, 58
10 Troy CARROLL, Cool Air Conditioning Kawasaki, 52
Monster Energy Super X 250cc championship standings:
1 Matt MOSS, Shift Motul Suzuki, 127
2 Kyle CUNNINGHAM, Yamaha, 97
3 Lawson BOPPING, Shift Motul Suzuki, 94
4 Ryan MARMONT, JDR Motorsports / MX Rad, 89
5 Brendan HARRISON, Titan Garages / North Star Yamaha, 79
6 Kirk GIBBS, Serco Yamaha, 71
7 Lewis WOODS, Red Devil Mobil Racing, 60
8 Adam MONEA, SP Motorsport / Byrners Suzuki, 58
9 Danny ANDERSON, Pacific Ink Coastal KTM High Roller Energy Team, 56
10 Taylor POTTER, Vision Motorsport, 44