Monthly Archives: October 2016

Wilson hot out of the gates for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 3

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson has wrapped up the third instalment of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship with yet another consistent top ten result, infront of a huge crowd of spectators at Wayville in South Australia over the weekend.

With the team’s fill in rider Chris Alldredge remaining sidelined at Round 3, Wilson flew the flag for Factory Honda in Adelaide, and despite initially starting the day with difficulties, turned things around when it mattered, finishing the evening’s events with valuable championship points.

Despite beginning the round with a disappointing 12th in SX1 qualifying, the team made significant improvements to the Honda CRF450R machine, and when Wilson headed into his first heat race, he was determined to turn things around. And turn things around he did – after taking an impressive holeshot, Wilson led for a good portion of the race, and eventually crossed the line in 5th. While in the main event, Wilson once again got to another flying start, and was third through the first turn battling with some of the fastest riders in the country, eventually finishing the 20 lap race in 9th position.

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“The weekend had its highs and lows. We started the morning off on the wrong foot, and really struggled with our set up all day, but when it mattered we managed to iron everything out and put together a solid heat race and main event,” Wilson shared.

“We tried something different with our starts last night and it really paid off. In the heat I got the holeshot and in the main I was third through the first turn, so now it’s just about getting used to that pace at the front – a lot of Supercross has to do with your start.

“At the moment I’m no where near where I know I can be, so these last two rounds are going to be about the whole team pulling together to finish off the year strong and show what we’re capable of.

“Next weekend is a home round for us, and with back to back weekends of racing it will be nice to have less time in airports and more time on the bike preparing – I’m excited to finish off this series with some good results.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round four of the Australian Supercross Championship being held in Melbourne, Victoria on November 5, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

 

Wilson bound for South Australia with Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson will race at Wayville in South Australia for Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship this weekend solo, with American fill in rider Chris Alldredge remaining sidelined due to an injury sustained at Toowoomba two weeks ago.

Despite Alldredge forced to sit out this weekend’s event, SX1 Honda rider Wilson has continued to make progress throughout the two weeks since Toowoomba, and will be heading to South Australia with the goal to reward Factory Honda with impressive results.

Wilson, who prior to Round 2 was suffering from an ankle injury, shared that since then he’s had consistent bike time and additional time to heal, placing him well for a top result when bikes hit the track again this Saturday night.

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“Before going to Toowoomba, I had a few issues with my ankle, but with some physio it’s all started to feel a lot better, and I’ve had a couple of great weeks on the bike,” Wilson shared.

“With Chris unable to ride, he’s actually been at the track with me every day just helping me out, which has been awesome. It makes a big difference having someone there who can see things exactly from a racers point of view, and hopefully that makes a difference to the results this weekend.

“The setting we have for the Honda has got me feeling really comfortable, so we’ve just been putting in a lot of time on the bike and getting in as many laps as we can each week.

“I’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries this year, so fingers crossed they’re all behind me now and I can finish off the last three rounds strong for the team.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Wayville in South Australia for round three of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Friday, October 29.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Wilson takes 8th overall for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Toowoomba

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson has solidified his position in the SX1 top ten class, on arguably the toughest track that Australia has seen in close to a decade, at Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championship in Toowoomba on Saturday night.

With most riders averaging a 55 second lap time on the highly technical circuit, riders had their work cut out for them in both their eight lap heat races and 20 lap main event, but Wilson rose to the occasion, ensuring Factory Honda was well represented inside the talent packed SX1 top ten.

Following qualifying, Wilson raced to an impressive fifth place in his heat, seeing him progress straight through to the evening’s main event. Once the night show kicked off, Wilson recovered from a tough start and fought his way from the rear of the pack to a healthy eighth position.

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“Last night was not too bad for me. Heading in to the round, I was actually carrying an ankle injury that I sustained while training, but I was able to push through it on a very technical track and the team all worked super hard throughout the night to make sure I was as comfortable as possible,” Wilson shared.

“Being a track with a number of on, off sections, and a really spread out whoops section, the main goal of the night was to hit everything perfectly and minimise mistakes, which we did, and my Honda felt the best it’s ever felt.

“Towards the end of the main event I was in quite a bit of pain which forced me to drop a couple of positions, but I’m confident that with two more weeks of training up our sleeves that we’ll be well and truly inside that top five by Adelaide.”

Despite American Chris Alldredge making his Australian Supercross and 450cc debut for the team at round two, a spectacular crash through the whoops section in his heat race while running in third position unfortunately ruled him out of the main event. However, Alldredge was able to remain at Toowoomba to support his teammate Wilson from the sidelines, and will return to Victoria for some tests on his shoulder this Monday.

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“I’m obviously disappointed. In my heat race I was feeling really comfortable in third, and especially with only a couple of days on the bike, and never having raced a 450 before, I was feeling confident that we were going to have a great main event,” Alldredge shared.

“Unfortunately the whoops section caught out a lot of people on Saturday night and I was one of them.

“At this stage, we aren’t entirely sure of what is happening with my shoulder, so I’ll go and get it all checked out on Monday, and if I’m able to, I’ll definitely be on the line in South Australia in two weeks.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round three of the Australian Supercross Championship being held in Adelaide in South Australia on October 29, 2016.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the Australian Supercross Championship, head to www.ma.org.au

Alldredge and Wilson prepared and ready for Round 2 of the Supercross

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s newest recruit Chris Alldredge will make his Australian Supercross debut, and Jay Wilson is all set for another positive hit out in the SX1 class, as the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship now makes its way to Toowoomba in Queensland this Friday October 14.

Both Alldredge and Wilson who are in their early twenties, have spent the week prior to round two training together and refining their Honda CRF450R setups, and are both optimistic of positive results when they hit the track in just a few day’s time.

Alldredge, who has made the trip from the U.S to take part in the remaining rounds of the Australian Supercross season, says he’s surprised with how quickly he’s settled in, and that he’s hoping to reward the team with some positive results at his first outing.

“It’s been a really great week for myself and the team here in Australia. From the minute I got on the bike I felt comfortable – we’ve just made a few small changes throughout testing, but other than that, I’m ready to go for this weekend,” Alldredge shared.

“From what I’ve seen on social media, the track for this weekend is bigger than what Australia usually has, which is good for me because back at home our tracks are huge!

“Obviously there’s a solid contingent of Americans and Australians in the SX1 class here, and I’m just excited to join them this weekend, and get some good results for Factory Honda here in Oz.”

Wilson, who had limited time on the bike prior to round one at Jimboomba due to poor Victorian weather, shared that he’s enjoyed having solid preparation for round two, and that he’s excited to climb aboard his CRF450R machine to go racing on Friday.

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“Before round one, the weather in Victoria was terrible, and the entire Supercross track was underwater so it made preparing difficult – but heading in to this weekend, we’ve had time to do more testing, and I’ve been able to put in a lot of laps which certainly helps with the confidence,” Wilson shared.

“Typically, Supercross has always been a discipline that I’ve done well in. I’m quite a technical rider so I’m looking forward to racing on a large spec track at Toowoomba this Friday.

“I’ve learnt a lot this year, and I’m loving the way that the Honda handles, especially the Supercross setting we’ve found. We’ve all put in a lot of hard work over the last few weeks, so I’m looking forward to putting that to good use this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Toowoomba in Queensland for round two of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Friday, October 14.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au

Alldredge to replace Long at Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team 

95540_chris_alldredgeThe Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are pleased to confirm that American Supercross and Motocross star Chris Alldredge will join the team for the remainder of the 2016 Australian Supercross season in the SX1 class, replacing injured Honda 450 rider Dylan Long.

With confirmation that Long will now remain sidelined for the entire Supercross season, American rider Alldredge has been drafted as the team’s replacement, and will make his first appearance alongside Jay Wilson at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship which takes place at Toowoomba next Friday, October 14th.

20-year-old Alldredge, who has had a highly successful amateur career, and has recorded numerous top five and top ten results in the 250 class in both Supercross and Motocross in America, shared his excitement in making his way to Australia to take on the talent packed SX1 category.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to head over to Australia and join the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team. It’s all happened so fast, and I’ll be flying out first thing tomorrow to be with the team.” Alldredge shared.

“I’ve heard great things about the Australian Supercross series, and obviously there are quite a few guys from the U.S. currently racing the championship, so I’m pumped to be lining up with them and all the Australians next weekend.

“At this stage, the plan is to get over and do some testing with the team and then we’ll be straight in to racing at round two.

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge, and I feel very fortunate to have been offered a seat with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team for the rest of the season.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free has also welcomed Alldredge to the factory team, and says that the American import will be a fantastic addition to the talent packed series.

“We are very pleased to be welcoming Chris to the team, and it’s great to have him on board from round two and then throughout the rest of the Supercross series,” Free shared.

“With Dylan out injured, we had been on the lookout for a suitable replacement.  Brendan Radford, the Director at Crankt Protein has been instrumental in the draft.  It was through his connections in the States that we were able to make contact with Chris’ manager and after speaking with Chris, it’s clear that he will be a great fit for the team.

“Chris will be based in Victoria, and will be spending time training with his teammate Jay, and this will also allow him to be nice and close to the team and our workshop in Melbourne.

“We are very excited to see what Chris can do in the SX1 class here in Australia. He’s obviously had a successful career so far in the U.S, and we’re sure that will also translate to some great results on our own soil.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are currently preparing to head to Toowoomba in Queensland for round two of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held on Friday, October 14.

You can follow Chris Alldredge on Twitter, via @chrisalldredge or on Instagram via @chrisalldredge35.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship head to www.ma.org.au