Monthly Archives: November 2016

Wilson secures 7th in the SX1 Championship, Alldredge finishes top ten at AUS-X Open

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Chris Alldredge and Jay Wilson have wrapped up the final two rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship over the weekend, with Wilson securing 7th in the SX1 Championship, and Alldredge rounding out the season with another top ten finish at the AUS-X Open in Sydney.

With some of the biggest names in Supercross history making their way to Australia to compete over the weekend, Wilson and Alldredge performed for a sold out crowd on Saturday night, and finished the Supercross season on Sunday in the presence of close to 28,000 fans at Qudos Bank Arena over the two days.

Despite tough competition, Alldredge managed to gain entry into the night show on both Saturday and Sunday, finishing 11th in the main event on night one, before bettering his result on day two, finishing the second SX1 final in 9th.

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“I had a lot of fun at the AUS-X Open, with such a talented field of riders it really brought out the fans, and as a rider I always enjoy competing in front of big crowds like that,” Alldredge shared.

“Being such a tight stadium there was a lot of bar to bar racing which really makes the atmosphere of the event, and I’m stoked to have been a part of that.

“I’d like to thank Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team for giving me the opportunity to come over and race, I’ve had a blast, and I’m definitely a big fan of Australian Supercross.”

Despite narrowly missing out on entry in to the SX1 final on both Saturday and Sunday at the AUS-X Open, Wilson’s consistency paid dividends at the conclusion of yesterday’s championship count, placing Factory Honda in 7th in the overall championship standings after six hard fought rounds of racing.

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“It feels great to wrap up the Supercross championship with a 7th in my rookie year. It wasn’t exactly what I pictured for myself going in to the season, but I probably picked the most difficult year to step up to the MX1 and SX1 class – I’ve proud of what I’ve managed to achieve,” Wilson said.

“I had never raced an indoor before AUS-X Open on the weekend, but I’ve only just turned 22, so it feels good to know that I have my whole career in front of me, and to be able to carry the lessons from this year into 2017 and beyond.

“I’d like to thank Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team for having me on board this season – I’ve been lucky enough to have a few key people in my corner, and I’m excited to continue those relationships in the future.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team would like to extend their sincere thanks to the team’s sponsors, partners and supporters who contributed to making all six rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship a success.

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

 

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team set to go racing indoors

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson and Chris Alldredge are preparing to head indoors for the final two rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, with the AUS-X Open set to be held at Qudos Bank Arena this Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13.

With confirmation that night one (Round 5) will be witnessed by a sold out crowd, both Wilson and Alldredge are preparing to head north to Sydney to put on a show, and with this weekend marking the final outing for the team this year, both riders will be aiming for impressive results.

Wilson who has raced to consistent top ten finishes in SX1 class aboard his factory CRF450R throughout the last four rounds, says that this weekend it will be more important than ever to make that hard fought main event.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend – last year I had a broken wrist and I watched from the stands, and honestly it was one of the hardest weekends of my life (laughs),” Wilson shared.

“At this round we have some seriously fast guys who have come over to race, so the goal for me is to get a good start and stay up the front so we can make sure we’re in that main event.

“Being the last two rounds for the year there’s a lot of excitement, and fans from all over the country come to support this event, so I’m looking forward to lining up indoors for a change and doing my very best for the final time this year.”

American import Alldredge has also shared his excitement in heading to Australia’s biggest Supercross event the AUS-X Open, and with his shoulder feeling healthy, says that he’ll be leaving nothing on the track this weekend.

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“When I originally was asked to come over, the AUS-X Open was one of the races I had heard a lot about and was really looking forward to,” Alldredge said.

“We’ve done a lot of work since Toowoomba to ensure that I was ready for this weekend, and the shoulder is feeling good, and I’m ready for two big days of racing.

“Obviously a lot of Americans have made the journey over to race this weekend which is really cool, so I’m looking forward to lining up with both the Aussies and the guys from the U.S, and giving this weekend our best shot.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the final two rounds of of the Australian Supercross Championship, the AUS-X Open, being held at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on November 12 and 13, 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 moves in to 7th in the SX1 Championship after Round 4 of Aus SX

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson made his way to another consistent top ten result in the talent packed SX1 class, at a jam packed Avalon stadium at round four of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship over the weekend.

Wilson who entered the round with solid preparation, showed renewed speed from the minute he hit the track on Saturday, clocking in the sixth fastest time in free practice and then qualifying in ninth position.

In the heat race, Wilson went up against the fastest riders in the country and finished in a consistent 6th place, but unfortunately when the 20 lap main event kicked off late on Saturday night, the Honda CRF450R rider was shoved off the track in the first turn after another rider went down, however recovered from dead last, back to 10th position by the conclusion of the event.

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“The beginning of Saturday went really well. From the minute we headed out I felt really comfortable and confident on the bike, and my speed was there,” Wilson shared.

“We were watching the lap times all day, and improving on my raw speed was something that I knew we needed to do at this round, so it was encouraging to see that my times were down and we were making progress.

“Unfortunately I had quite a tough heat race and that caused my gate pick for the main to not be so good. I didn’t get the best jump out and I had to come back from last which is always tough at this level with the speed that we’re all doing.

“We’re now sitting in seventh in the championship with two rounds left, so we’ll just look ahead to Sydney and hope to finish my season on a high.”

Unfortunately for Wilson’s teammate Alldredge, the American rider had a night to forget at Avalon. Entering the round fresh off a shoulder injury, Alldredge did his best to place his Honda CRF450R inside the SX1 top ten, but two separate crashes hindered his charge. In the heat race, Alldredge went down but crossed the line in 7th position, while in the main event it was a similar story, however the 20-year-old recovered to finish just outside the top ten in 12th place.

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“The main goal of the weekend was to test the shoulder out and make sure that we will be ready for Sydney,” Alldredge shared.

“Thankfully the shoulder actually held up really well and I just suffered a bit of bad luck with my position on the track when I went down those couple of times.

“I know now that if I can stay out of trouble on the track that my speed is there, so we’ll just put this round behind us and refocus for the last two rounds in Sydney next weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for the final two rounds of of the Australian Supercross Championship the AUS-X Open being held at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on November 12 and 13, 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 to return for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 4

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will return to a two rider line up just in time for Factory Honda’s home round, when the fourth instalment of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship is held at Avalon on the outskirts of Melbourne, this Saturday night.

Both SX1 riders Chris Alldredge and team regular Jay Wilson will line up with the support of the locals this weekend, and after Alldredge missed the third outing of the series due to injury, both riders will be heading into Avalon hoping to leave their mark on the 2016 championship.

Wilson, who currently sits in a consistent 8th place in the overall SX1 championship standings with two rounds remaining, says that he’ll be aiming for more holeshots, and improved results in the heat and main event this Saturday night.

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“Last weekend at Wayville we managed to start up the front, which was the first time I’d done that since stepping up to the SX1 class. Now that I know I can run the pace of the front guys, and lead a race, I’ll be looking to do that for 20 laps this weekend,” Wilson shared.

“Although last weekend it took a while for us to settle in and get our setup right, it means that heading in to Melbourne we’re a lot more prepared which is awesome.

“Chris has been back on the bike this week, so it’s been good to have him to train with again, so hopefully everything goes well on Saturday night and we can both capitalise on a bit of the home crowd support.”

Alldredge who suffered a shoulder injury at his first outing for the team at Toowoomba, will make his Australian Supercross comeback this Saturday, and shared that he’s surprised at how comfortable he’s feeling being back on the bike so soon.

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“After Toowoomba, we made the call to sit out the next round and it was definitely the right decision. I’ve managed to ride this week and my shoulder is actually feeling pretty strong, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do,” Alldredge shared.

“I’ve been working with a physio for the past few weeks and even he was surprised with how much progress we’ve made, so we just have to get it to hold up for 20 laps and we’ll be good.

“I obviously want to finish the job that I was sent over here to do, so these next two rounds are really important. I’d love to be able to reward the team with some results before I leave, especially after all the hard work they’ve put in to have me here.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Avalon in Melbourne for round four of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, being held this Saturday, November 5.

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