American Kawasaki rider Josh Hansen has won the 2010 Monster Energy Super X Championship in treacherous racing conditions at QSAC Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night with Australian Suzuki rider Matt Moss claiming the overall Lites Championship after a down to the wire battle with American PJ Larsen.
Heavy rain during the day completely soaked the track creating extraordinary racing conditions for the riders, which forced the organisers to cancel practice and qualifying.
Hansen shot out to an early lead in the first of the three, six-lappers in the Triple Challenge final and held on for the win. Albury privateer Luke Davis was right behind Hansen and almost overtook him, but went down trying to make the pass which allowed Jay Marmont to overtake him and finish second with Tye Simmonds third.
Simmonds claimed the second holeshot of the night, but Hansen passed him for another early lead. Scotsman Billy Mackenzie then passed Hansen when he chose the wrong line and got stuck behind another rider caught up in the thick mud. Mackenzie won the moto with Simmonds second and Hansen third.
The final moto of the series went to Hansen with Mackenzie second and Simmonds third.
Hansen claimed the overall championship with Jay Marmont second and Jake Moss holding on for third after a tough night of racing.
“I am really stoked Monster brought me out here for this series and I really want to thank my mechanic Eric Johnson for being with me the whole time. Our goal was to win and that’s what we did so it’s going to be good returning home to the Kawasaki team in the US with this result. I have loved my time here in Australia and can’t wait to come back again next year,” Hansen said.
Jay Marmont was happy with his championship result and his effort in the shocking conditions, “It was really tough conditions out there tonight. I got some good starts but couldn’t make it happen and just missed out on the podium. I am pumped to get second overall in the championship though,” Marmont said.
Jake Moss had a tough night, “Tonight really didn’t go my way. I crashed in the first race and only just made it back to the start gate in time for the second race and crashed in that too. I was really stressing about losing my overall podium, but I managed to do well in the final race and beat Tye to maintain my podium, so that’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Moss said.
The Lites championship went right down to the wire with Matt Moss leading America’s PJ Larsen by only five points going into the round.
In the first five-lapper Moss and Larsen both went down in the start straight. Larsen was unable to rejoin the race with a huge fall and Moss was unable to restart his bike for most of the race, only rejoining on the last lap. UK’s Steven Clarke came in first with Lawson Bopping second and Joel Roelants third.
In the second moto Kade Mosig had his first win of the series with Larsen second and Clarke third. Moss crashed in the first lap and finished tenth meaning Moss and Larsen went into the final race tied on 290 points.
Steven Clarke was victor in the final moto for the Lites, but all eyes were on Moss and Larsen in second and third respectively. Larsen was unable to catch Moss who claimed the Lites championship for the third year in a row. Ryan Marmont finished third overall for his final year in the Lites championship.
“That was really hard out there tonight, but I am so stoked right now. Rockstar Motul Suzuki we got the hat trick!” Matt Moss said.
PJ Larsen said, “It was a really tough night, but I have had a great time racing in the series. I went down pretty hard in the first moto and was worried I broke my wrist after someone ran over it, but managed to come back and race well in the other two. It’s disappointing to come so close to the championship. It was a very close battle.”
Ryan Marmont said, “It has been a bit of an up down series for me, but I put in some solid performances and I am stoked to get third overall.”
Jacob Wright won the final round of the Michelin Development Series preventing Dylan Long from finishing with a perfect season. Long finished second with Jackson Richardson third.
Dylan Long claimed the overall series honours. Jacob Wright finished second overall and Jake Emanuelli was third.
OPEN top ten results – Round 7
1. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 25,20,25 TOTAL 70
2. Billy MACKENZIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 18,25,22 TOTAL 65
3. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 20,22,14 TOTAL 56
4. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 22,15,18 TOTAL 55
5. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 15,18,20 TOTAL 53
6. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 14,14,15 TOTAL 43
7. Toby PRICE – Motorex KTM: 16,16,10 TOTAL 42
8. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 10,10,16 TOTAL 36
9. Matthew PHILLIPS – Craig Anderson Racing: 11,13,12 TOTAL36
10. Beau RALSTON – Coastal KTM MX Rad: 13,12,9 TOTAL 34
OPEN top ten results – Top ten championship standings
1. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 421
2. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 362
3. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 311
4. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 296
5. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 285
6. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 251
7. Mike ALESSI – JDR Motorex KTM: 159
8. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 155
9. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 150
10. Billy MACKENZIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 146
LITES top ten results – Round 7
1. Steven CLARKE – Raceline Pirelli Suzuki: 25,20,25 TOTAL 70
2. Kade MOSIG – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 14,25,18 TOTAL 57
3. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 22,16,15 TOTAL 53
4. Joel ROELANTS – Coastal KTM MX Rad: 20,15,16 TOTAL 51
5. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 0,22,20 TOTAL 42
6. Ford DALE – Serco Yamaha: 16,13,13 TOTAL 42
7. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 18,12,11 TOTAL 41
8. Matt MOSS – Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 6,1,,22 TOTAL 39
9. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 13,10,12 TOTAL 35
10. Josh CACHIA – Coastal KTM MX Rad: 0,18,14 TOTAL 32
LITES – Top ten championship standings
1. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 312
2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 310
3. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 244
4. Steven CLARKE – Raceline Pirelli Suzuki: 226
5. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 225
6. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 217
7. Ford DALE – Serco Yamaha: 188
8. Josh CACHIA – Coastal KTM MX Rad: 177
9. Kade MOSIG – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 167
10. Luke STYKE – GTYR Rockstar Yamaha: 158
Michelin Development Series top ten results – Round 5
1. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 25
2. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 22
3. Jackson RICHARDSON – Mongrel Motors / XPR Racing: 20
4. Lincoln NICOL – Prorider Motorcycles / Factory Spec MCD / Comac: 18
5. Dane THOMPSON – Marc Thompson Graphics: 16
6. Luke CLOUT – SS Racing / MX Rad / Pirelli / Fox / Link / Rockstar: 15
7. Mitchell NICHOLS – Hotomdo Homes / KTM Bairnsdale: 14
8. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 13
9. Lenny MAGYAR – Canberra Motorcycle Centre: 12
10. Jordan BIRD – Mighty Motors Suzuki: 11
Michelin Development Series – Top ten championship standings
1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 122
2. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 96
3. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 89
4. Luke CLOUT – SS Racing / MX Rad / Pirelli / Fox / Link / Rockstar: 82
5. Kurt WATERMAN – Spot On Racing / Bell / Troy Lee Designs / Dragon: 68
6. Jarrad DAVIS – Davis Bikeworx / Motul / Fox / Alpinestar / Dunlop: 61
7. Lincoln NICOL – Prorider Motorcycles / Factory Spec MCD / Comac: 59
8. Lenny MAGYAR – Canberra Motorcycle Centre: 59
9. James BOOTH-ELLIOTT – Loose Kid Industries / Ringmaster Images: 53
10. Dane THOMPSON – Marc Thompson Graphics: 50
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