It was a mixed night of results for Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters and Luke Clout at Virginia’s third round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship in South Australia on Saturday.
After qualifying sixth and then charging to second in the opening SX1 heat race of the night, Waters transferred directly through to the main event with confidence on his side.
Waters jumped out of the gates second in the 20-lap final, however the Queenslander unfortunately took a small fall and rounded out the race in an eventual seventh position.
“I finished second in my heat, which gave us a good gate pick and I got myself in second position in the main,” said Waters. “I came into the sand section and just rode it to the ground and crashed. I picked it up in 10th and then only made my way back to seventh.”
Remaining positive after missing out on a possible second-consecutive round podium, Waters will continue to work on key areas as the series moves to Sydney for rounds four and five.
“I’m looking forward to AUS-X Open, we’re definitely building, which is good,” he commented. “We’ve just got to keep on pushing and get some good starts – that’s what we need to do. “
Replicating his teammate’s performance, premier class rookie Clout showed promise during the day by qualifying fifth and went through to the main event after claiming the runner-up spot in his respective SX1 heat race.
“We qualified fifth in the afternoon session, which was good,” Clout said. “I got a good start in the heat and then qualified through to the main in second, so we turned things around a bit at that stage.”
After rocketing out of the gate to first position aboard his CRF450R, Clout also unfortunately found himself on the ground and out of podium contention following a substantial incident on lap one. He went on to cross the line in P13.
“Everything was positive going into the main and we ripped a really good start actually,” he explained. “Unfortunately I had a really big crash after that. I’m okay and I’m showing some promise.
“We just have to put it all together. It’ll turn around and I’m looking forward to that. It’s a bit of a shame for me at the moment, but we’ve got the AUS-X Open coming up next and I’m looking forward to that.”
The 2017 Australian Supercross Championship will return for rounds four and five at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on 11-12 November.
2017 Australian Supercross Championship Rd3 Virginia results:
1. Justin Brayton
2. Dylan Long
3. Kade Mosig
4. Dean Ferris
5. Daniel Reardon
6. Nathan Crawford
7. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
8. Jesse Dobson
9. Daniel Herrlein
10. Nick Schmidt
13. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
2017 Australian Supercross Championship SX1 standings:
1. Justin Brayton 75
2. Dean Ferris 62
3. Dylan Long 54
4. Daniel Reardon 52
5. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 50
6. Kade Mosig 43
7. Nathan Crawford 43
8. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 40
9. Nick Schmidt 33
10. Daniel Herrlein 32
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