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.
“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.
“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.
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