AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS OPENER: MATT MOSS WINS BOTH DAYS IN DARWIN

September 13, 2013
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Matt Moss (center), Jay Marmont (left) and Jake Moss (right) on the 450 podium. Photo: Shayne Rice

SATURDAY: ROUND ONE

The opening round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championship at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway was won by current Australian National Motocross Champion Matt Moss (450) and American Gavin Faith (250). On a hot day in the South Pacific the Moss brothers, Matt and Jake, both won their heat races, but in the main it was all Matt as he pulled a couple seconds on his brother and held it to the finish line.

Matt Moss said, “We didn’t get the preparation we wanted, but it was a good win and I was happy with it. We will go from here and try and win again. The track was a bit gnarly and a little bit dry, but I have the red plate now so I need to keep the momentum.

Jake Moss was not happy with his performance and struggled with arm pump throughout the race. Jake said, “My actual riding was really terrible tonight and I got arm pump pretty bad. The track was hard and the sun played a big factor. I played it smart today and that has left me in a good position for the championship.”      

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jay Marmont filled out the podium. Jay said, “The result felt good, as I haven’t run up the front since last year in Supercross. It has been a long time coming for the team, so to be on the podium is a big step forward. I know I am going to get stronger as the series goes on, so I want to try and be in the hunt for that championship.”

Americans Josh Hill and Weston Peick finished fourth and seventh. Hill got a bad start, but worked his his way past Lawson Bopping, Daniel McCoy and Weston Peick.

SATURDAY 250 CLASS

Gavin Faith won the opening 250 round, but this year he will have a battle on his hands with Luke Styke. Photo: Shayne Rice

In the 250 class, defending champion and Carlton Dry Honda rider, Gavin Faith picked up where he left off at the end of the 2012 Supercross season. He once again proved too strong for his local counterparts and after pouncing on an early error by Luke Styke, he was never really headed. Gavin Faith said, “I got a decent start and worked my way into second. Styke was a little way ahead of me, so I just tried to reel him in. He ended up going down and I got into the lead. At one point I almost stalled and he caught back up to me. Other than that it was pretty smooth.”

Luke Styke, who will race in Europe next year, said, “The race was good. I had a bit of a crash while I was leading, so I was pretty bummed about that. I ended up catching back up to Faith, but the track was a little one-lined and it was tough.”

Dylan Long rounded out the top three with a solid performance. The Darwin round has two back-toback races before heading south.


Weston Peick on his Carlton Dry Honda. Photo: Shayne Rice

450 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS RESULTS: DARWIN
1. Matt Moss
2. Jake Moss
3. Jay Marmont
4. Josh Hill
5. Lawson Bopping
6. Daniel McCoy
7. Weston Peick
8. Kirk Gibbs
9. Kade Mosig
10.Sam Martin

250 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS RESULTS: DARWIN
1. Gavin Faith
2. Luke Styke
3. Dylan Long
4. Ryan Marmont
5. Luke Arbon
6. Kale Makeham
7. Nickolas Sutherland
8. Kayne Lamont
9. Taylor Potter
10. Luke Wilson 

SUNDAY: ROUND TWO

Luke Styk holeshot and won the 250 clas son day two.
Photo: Shayne Rice

On Sunday Matt Moss completed the clean sweep of the 450 class at the double-header round of the Australian Supercross Championship at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway. Moss took Sunday’s win ahead of Carlton Dry Honda Racing’s Weston Peick and Campbell Mining Racing’s Jake Moss, but had to work for the lead in the early stages of the 15-lap race. KTM rider Kirk Gibbs claimed the holeshot ahead of Peick and the two battled for the race lead with Peick moving into the lead on Lap 5 when Gibbs succumbed to the pressure and went down. Moss was smooth and calculated as he meticulously picked off the front-runners and eventually passed Peick for the race lead on Lap 10.

Moss said, “It was a perfect weekend. Every single session we qualified first so I couldn’t ask for anything better. I felt really good, I wasn’t as fit as I wanted to be with only a week and a half to get ready but all in all it went really well considering the heat.

Weston Peick said, “We had a lot better day today. We made a lot of changes to the bike for today and everything seemed to come together better.I got a good start and it helped to not be fighting from the back. The team is coming together I am starting to get more comfortable on the new bike.”

SUNDAY 250 CLASS

Sunday’s 250 podium? Faith (left), Styke (center) and Marmont (right).
Photo: Shayne Rice

In a reversal of yesterday’s results, Serco Yamaha’s Luke Styke took the 250 win ahead of Carlton Gavin Faith with Ryan Marmont third. Styke got the holeshot and lead the race from start to finish. Styke said, “Today was good. My starts were awesome and definitely helped me a lot in the tough conditions with the heat. Overall I had a good final. I got the holeshot and minimized the mistakes I made the day before.”

Styke and Faith will leave Darwin tied on 250 championship points at the top of the standings. The next round of the Terex Australian Supercross series will be held at Mt. Gambier on October 12

450 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS RESULTS: DARWIN #2
1. Matt Moss
2. Weston Peick
3. Jake Moss
4. Kirk Gibbs
5. Daniel McCoy
6. Jay Marmont
7. Kade Mosig
8. Josh Hill
9. Lawson Bopping
10. Tim Vare

250 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS RESULTS: DARWIN #2
1. Luke Styke
2. Gavin Faith
3. Ryan Marmont
4. Luke Arbon
5. Kale Makeham
6. Dylan Long
7. Kayne Lamont
8. Nickolas Sutherland
9. Taylor Potter
10. Daniel McInnes

AUSTRALIAN 450 SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(after 2 of 6 races)
1. Matt Moss……………….50
2. Jake Moss………………42
3. Weston Peick………….36
4. Jay Marmont……………35
5. Kirk Gibbs………………..31
6. Daniel McCoy…………..31
7. Josh Hill…………………..31
8. Lawson Bopping………28
9. Kade Mosig……………..26
10. Tim Vare……………….20

AUSTRALIAN 250 SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(after 2 of 6 races)
1. Luke Styke…………………47
2. Gavin Faith…………………47
3. Ryan Marmont…………..38
4. Dylan Long…………………35
5. Luke Arbon………………..34
6. Kale Makeham……………31
7. Kayne Lamont…………….27
8. Nickolas Sutherland…….27
9. Taylor Potter………………24
10. Luke Wilson……………..21

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