Suzuki has continued its domination of the Australasian SuperX Championship with Chad Reed winning his fifth straight event aboard his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 in Wollongong, Australia at the weekend – and Matt Moss scoring his third round-victory of the season in the Pro Lites category for Team Shift Motul Suzuki.
Reed’s domination of this year’s SuperX comes as no surprise; his credentials as a World Champion are well known and his presence in the Australian series is going a long way towards establishing the series as a World Class Australian Championship.
But what has been so impressive about his 2008 campaign to date is such a smooth transition to the Suzuki fold and the RM-Z450 which he is yet to be beaten aboard after five rounds.
The only rider to lap the Wollongong course in less than 40 seconds with several lap times in 39 second bracket, Reed lapped the field up to second place in the final using all his experience on larger style Supercross tracks to completely dominate the Wollongong event.
Cameron Taylor was again a solid contributor and has been the surprise packet of this year’s Championship after just five rounds back with the team Shift Motul Suzuki crew.
Taking out fifth place overall for team Shift Motul Suzuki in the Open class, Taylor sits in sixth spot on the Open point’s board, just one point outside the top five.
Matt Moss was outstanding in more ways than one in front of his home crowd at Wollongong, showing steely resolve to overcome an early race fall and injury to take out the Pro Lites win.
Involved in a nasty incident with Ryan Marmount on the opening lap of the final, Moss was left to ride through the pain barrier of a dislocated shoulder, and remarkably fought through the discomfort to record another win and retain his spot atop the Lites Championship leader board.
With two rounds remaining in the Championship, Reed and Moss are well placed in the inaugural Australasian SuperX series in what has been a stellar first up season to date for Suzuki.
Filling in for the injured Lawson Bopping, guest rider Rickie Girdwood finished in eighth position riding for the Team Shift Motul Suzuki Development Squad and moves into the top 20 in the Pro Lites category.
The series moves to Queensland this weekend with Townsville to get their first look at SuperX action where Reed and Moss can wrap up their respective titles.
“It was another successful weekend aboard the RM-Z450 and I really feel comfortable with on the bike now, its performance has been outstanding and it’s just a pleasure to ride.
“This Australasian SuperX Championship has really taken off, the crowd numbers are fantastic, and the racing has been high quality and entertaining.
“We are in a very good position, but you never know what can happen in motorsport so we are fully focussed on winning in Townsville.”
“It’s been a solid Championship for us to date; I’m just concentrating on being as consistent as I can. It’s a highly-competitive field so I am quite pleased with my performance and I am happy with how things have progressed this season… It’s been a fantastic experience and great for our sport in Australia.”
“I was in quite a lot of pain after the incident with Ryan Marmount but it was really important for my Championship to soldier on and keep riding as I didn’t want it to have an impact on our Championship chances.
“I felt my shoulder pop out but it went back into place and I was able to continue with the race, and to come out on top was very pleasing. I’ll have things checked up on this weekend and make sure it’s right for Townsville where hopefully we get another win on the board.”
Jay Foreman – Team Shift Motul Suzuki Team Manager:
“Overall I couldn’t be happier with Suzuki’s results so far. Chad’s results speak for themselves and Matt has really shown his quality and maturity this weekend to ride through pain and still perform at such a high level. We go into Townsville with the lead in both classes and are under no illusions as to what we need to do to make sure it stays that way.”
2008 AUSTRALASIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER 5 ROUNDS):
1. Chad Reed (Suzuki RM-Z450) 125
2. Jay Marmont 106
3. Cheyne Boyd 87
4 Daniel McCoy 77
5 Troy Carroll 74
6 Cameron Taylor (Suzuki RM-Z450) 73
7 Daniel Reardon 70
8 Brett Landman 51
9 Nathan Crawford 48
10 Craig Anderson 41
1 Matt Moss (Suzuki RM-Z250)
2 Ryan Marmont 74
3 Jake Moss 72
4 Luke George 68
5 Tye Simmonds 54
6 Danny Anderson 53
7 Taylor Potter 46
8 Todd Waters 60
9 Ford Dale 47
10 Joshua Cachia 37