It’s Monday; your football team lost yesterday, the boss is on a rampage, your teacher just assigned another essay, and there are four more full days until you can even think about getting to the track. It’s time you decompress a bit. Read up on Justin Brayton’s win in Australia, as well as PJ Larsen’s personal recap of the series thus far. Also, check out FMF’s video congratulating Kurt Caselli on his 2010 WORCS Championship. And don’t even think about missing the video of Erin Normoyle’s cover shoot for the November Buyers Guide issue of TransWorld Motocross. Click on the photo below to peek inside the TWMX photo studio…
Justin Brayton wins at Launceston Super X
Saturday October 30, 2010; US supercross riders Justin Brayton, Josh Hansen and Kevin Windham once again claimed all podium positions in round three of the Monster Energy Super X in Launceston tonight in the always exciting Survival final format.
The Survival format was raced over four, seven lap sprints with the bottom five riders eliminated after each race. It created incredibly exciting racing because series front runners knew the smallest incident could have caused them to be eliminated early and therefore miss out on valuable championship points.
Eventual race winner Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX's Justin Brayton made it clear he wanted to leave Australia with a win and raced with determination all day entering the finals with the fastest qualifying time. He won three of the four finals with Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Josh Hansen the only rider to take a win off him in the third race. Hansen once again claimed second place overall and Geico Powersports Cougar Honda's Kevin Windham came third.
CDR Rockstar Yamaha's Jay Marmont and Rockstar Motul Suzuki's Jake Moss joined the US contingent in the final sprint. Moss hit his best form of the series and had the fastest lap time of the night, but had an unfortunate fall on the first corner, which put him out of contention and fifth overall. The always consistent Marmont finished fourth.
Hansen still leads the overall points standing with the departing Brayton in second and Marmont third.
It was a battle between the JDR Motorex KTM and Rockstar Motul Suzuki team riders in the Lites Double Header final, which was raced over 2, 12 lap races with Lawson Bopping taking the overall win, PJ Larsen second and Matt Moss, who had a big crash in qualifying and injured his knee, in third.
JDR Motorex KTM's Ryan Marmont took the first holeshot with team mate Larsen hot on his heels and taking over on lap four to lead for the whole race. Marmont went down on a berm leaving Rockstar Motul Suzuki team mates, Bopping and Moss, in a close challenge for second and third, but Bopping held on for second.
Marmont grabbed the second holeshot too and sped out to a good lead, but Bopping was closing on him and the pressure eventually caused Marmont to crash on the last turn allowing Bopping to pass for the win.
Moss still maintains the championship lead ahead of Larsen in second and Marmont third.
In the exhibition races Windham won the Super X Eliminator Challenge taking home the $1,000 cash prize and the USA team won the first ever Super X International Relay Challenge. Team USA was made up of Windham, Hansen, Brayton, Alessi and Larsen and Team Australia was Jay Marmont, Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda's Daniel Reardon, JDR Motorex KTM's Tye Simmonds and the Moss twins.
Matt Moss got the Aussies off to a great lead in the first race over Larsen then tapped in Simmonds who maintained the lead by holding off Alessi. Brayton and Marmont were up next with Brayton unable to gain enough ground. Hansen and Jake Moss followed with Moss maintaining the lead. Reardon and Windham finished off the race changing the lead numerous times, but after a small slip up from Reardon on the rhythm section, Windham passed him and took the win for the US.
Dylan Long was the dominant winner once again in the Michelin Development Series. Jacob Wright was second and Jake Emanuelli third.
The series now has a week off before round four in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday November 13.
OPEN top ten results – Round 3
1. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 25
2. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 22
3. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 20
4. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 18
5. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 16
6. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 15
7. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 14
8. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 13
9. Mike ALESSI – JDR Motorex KTM: 12
10. Craig ANDERSON – Berry Sweet / Pro Grip / Talon / RHK / Forma: 11
OPEN top ten results – Top ten championship standings
1. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 130
2. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 121
3. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 106
4. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 95
5. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 92
6. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 82
7. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 78
8. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 71
9. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 66
10. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 66
LITES top ten results – Round 3
1. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 22, 25 TOTAL 47
2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 25, 18 TOTAL 43
3. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 20, 22 TOTAL 42
4. Robbie MARSHALL – Yamaha: 13, 20 TOTAL 33
5. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 15, 16, TOTAL 31
6. Josh CACHIA – Coastal KTM MX Rad: 16, 14 TOTAL 30
7. Harley QUINLAN – Yamaha: 14, 15 TOTAL 29
8. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 18, 16 TOTAL 24
9. Geran STAPLETON – Honda: 10, 8 TOTAL 18
10. Luke ARBON – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 5, 12 TOTAL 17
LITES – Top ten championship standings
1. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 157
2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 140
3. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 118
4. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 105
5. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning:98
6. Harley QUINLAN – Yamaha: 87
7. Josh CACHIA – Coastal KTM MX Rad: 81
8. Steven CLARKE – Raceline Pirelli Suzuki: 79
9. Robbie MARSHALL – Yamaha: 73
10. Ford DALE – Serco Yamaha: 64
JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM rider PJ Larsen Recaps the First Three Australian Super X Races
JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM rider and the 2010 Australian Pro Lites Motocross Champion, PJ Larsen, wrote in with an update on the first three weeks of the Australian Super X Series:
I missed reporting back after the first two races so I will begin with a brief write up of the first two rounds and then go into the third round that just took place this past weekend.
The first round of the series was held in Newcastle, NSW. I had the quickest qualifying time going into the main event. For this round the main was what the Aussies call a "double header" meaning we have two 10 lap finals with a 5 minute break in between each one.
I had a good showing at that race taking a win in moto one and 2nd overall in moto two. My 1-2 finish was good enough for the overall win at the first round.
The second round of the series was held in Canberra, the countries capital city. I had a great qualifying time, setting the fastest lap for the second weekend in a row. I took an early win in my heat and began to prepare for the final "triple challenge." The "triple challenge" meant we had to compete in three 8 lap finals. Each final had a 5 minute break in between the next race. I went 2-2 in the first two races after struggling to come up through the pack after two bad starts. In the third and final race I was running inside the top five when I took a big crash into the sand and recovered in the back of the pack. I finished a disappointing 15th overall in that race. My 2-2-15 scores earned me 4th overall for the night and I left Canberra 2nd in the championship point standings.
Round three was in Launceston, Tasmania. Tasmania is an island directly below the east coast of Australia. All three rounds we have had threats of rain and it looked like we were going to get hammered by it on this weekend. Luckily the rain held off until after practice. I qualified second fastest in overall practice times. After practice we had a quick rain shower that cleared up right before the night program was set to begin.
In my heat, I grabbed the holeshot and went on to take the win. This weekend's final was another double header. In moto one, I got a good start rounding the first turn in 2nd place. I made a pass on my teammate for the lead early in the race and took the lead. I had a few close calls with lappers in that race but managed to stay safe and take the moto win.
In the second moto, I had another 2nd place start but had a problem in the rhythm section after I hit a rut wrong and ran off into the tuff blocks. When I hit the tuff blocks it spun me around and one block ended up getting caught on my brake pedal. I had to actually stop to get it off. By the time I recovered I was in 9th position and half the race was over. I worked my way back to 5th place and took 2nd overall for the night.
Overall I am happy with the way things have started but I know I need to quit making little mistakes so I can be on top of the podium each week and hopefully bring home a championship at the end of the series. I would like to thank everyone at JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM, MxRad, Shift, Scott, Pirelli and FMF for their support this season.
Kurt Caselli Championship Video
Check out this video FMF put together to help congratulate Kurt Caselli on his 2010 WORCS Racing Championship…