Round three of the Australian Supercross championship has seen Dean Reardon and Jimmy Decotis enjoy the spoils of a second straight round victory.
By Hayden Gregory
In the SX1 field Dan Reardon was all class as he took out both heats and the dash for cash. Looking the form rider of the division, Reardon was the hot favourite for the final and he did not disappoint.
NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Monea took the holeshot and the initial lead before Reardon made his way around to first place. The lead was short-lived as Reardon stalled his bike on a corner allowing both Monea and Matt Moss to make the pass.
A three way battle for the lead ensued with Reardon and Moss once again banging bars just as we have seen over previous weeks.
As Reardon reclaimed his lead, focus shifted to hometown hero Brett Metcalfe who was making a serious late charge through the pack. The SD3 Husqvarna rider was set for a fairytale finish as he passed second placed Moss and edged closer to the race lead.
Unfortunately for Metcalfe, Reardon was able to hold on for his second straight round win; extending his points lead on Moss who rounded out the podium.
“That was an awesome race,” Reardon exclaimed. “But it was tough, with so much pressure all the way through the whole race, so I was just rapt I could charge all the way to the finish, as that made all the difference in the end.
“Now we’ve got a couple of weeks break in the Championship and then we head back to Jimboomba for the next round, which is back in Queensland where I’m from and I just can’t wait for it.”
Runner up Metcalfe was ecstatic with his performance and loved that he was able to return in front of his home crowd.
“What a homecoming! The last time I raced here at Adelaide Showground was 1999, so I’m
showing my age a little.
“But wow, that main event tonight was something special. I could hear the crowd yelling all the way though and the atmosphere was just awesome.
“The fans have been so good all week here in Adelaide and I so much want to be back again next year, it’s just been a great event.”
Despite falling further behind Reardon in championship points, Moss is still confident of defending his SX1 title.
“There’s no doubt the other boys have got some good speed going and it’s a really tough contest this year,” Moss said.
“But all this close racing is really good for the sport and for me it means I’ve just got to work harder now and come out swinging at the next round of the Championship.”
In the SX2 division, American sensation Jimmy Decotis was once again pick of the bunch. Collecting his third overall victory in as many rounds, Decotis has truly made a mark on the Australian competition.
“That was a really good race” explained Decotis.
“My fitness really came into play tonight and I felt really strong at the end of the event, which helped to make a difference.
“To win three in a row is just awesome and I have to pay thanks to all the crew in the Penrite Honda Racing team for all the support they have given me, it’s just been awesome.”
SD3 Husqvarna rider Luke Arbon scored the holeshot in the SX2 final before Serco Yamaha’s Luke Clout took the lead for the first half of the race. Sitting comfortably behind Clout, Decotis waited to make his move which would come during the latter stages of the race, securing his third straight victory. Clout hung onto second place while Penrite Honda Wilson MX rider Jackson Richardson took out third.
In the under 19’s SXD class Brock McLeary secured the round win ahead of Mitch Evans and Trent Wheatley.
The 2015 Australian Supercross Championship now sits at the halfway mark; with three rounds remaining. Racing will take a few weeks off before returning to Jimboomba for round four on November 21.