Monthly Archives: October 2017

Challenging Virginia AUS Supercross round for Waters and Clout

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

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Waters breaks through for Bacchus Marsh AUS Supercross podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters parked his CRF450R on the SX1 podium at Bacchus Marsh’s second round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship in Victoria.

Kicking off his day with 11th in qualifying, Waters rallied to turn his day around in his heat race by claiming a third-place transfer position through to the 20-lap main event.

Crossing the line in third at the conclusion of the final, after what was a challenging race on the technical circuit, Waters now heads into Adelaide’s third round in P3 for the championship.

“I’m stoked, this was one of the hardest days of racing for me,” said Waters. “Unfortunately I hurt my knee during the week, I came in after qualifying and I was beside myself. Basically I was just over riding injured, but dad said to just go out there and ride my laps, and that’s really what I did.

“With the result, for what the day was, I’m stoked, but I’m not really impressed with my riding overall. But we’ll go back, get make sure we’re healthy and I’m looking forward to round three in Adelaide now where we can go in with a good position in the championship.”

Teammate and premier class rookie Luke Clout showed brilliant speed throughout the day as he qualified in second position with a fast lap of 1m03.513s.

Unfortunately a pair of crashes would see Clout fall out of the top spot in his heat race and out of podium contention in the 20-lap main event, where he would eventually cross the line in seventh and now sits tied for fifth in the standings.

“We had a really good day going and I was second fastest,” said Clout. “We had some really good speed going and I was second behind Justin [Brayton] in qualifying. I was leading my heat race and that was really good to get out front, but I went down in the whoops and we finished fifth in that one.

“In the main event I got a good start and I was running in third before I put it down again. I think my speed and everything is there, but we’ve just got to fine-tune some little things and I think we’ll be on the podium in the coming rounds.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing team will take a brief break before returning to racing action at Virginia in South Australia for round three of the six-round series on 28 October.

2017 AUS Supercross Rd2 Bacchus Marsh results:
1. Justin Brayton
2. Dean Ferris
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
4. Dylan Long
5. Daniel Reardon
6. Nick Schmidt
7. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing)
8. Nathan Crawford
9. Kade Mosig
10. Cheyne Boyd

2017 AUS Supercross championship standings:
1. Justin Brayton 50
2. Dean Ferris 44
3. Todd Waters (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 36
4. Daniel Reardon 36
5. Dylan Long 32
6. Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 32
7. Nathan Crawford 28
8. Cheyne Boyd 24
9. Kade Mosig 23
10. Nick Schmidt 22

To stay up-to-date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.