SUZUKI MEN DOMINATE SYDNEY SUPERCROSS
Chad Reed and Matt Moss put Suzuki firmly on top in round four of the Australasian Supercross Championship at Sydney's Parramatta Stadium in Australia on Saturday, storming to victory in the Pro Open and Pro Lites classes.
Emerging victorious in a new survival format in front of 15,000 fans, Reed maintains an unbeaten record and further extends his championship lead, while Moss' second Pro Lites round win of the year moves him into top spot on the ladder.
After topping practice and qualifying, Reed took his Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to a 23-second victory in his heat race. He then cruised through the new survival format, in which 20 riders started and the lowest five were eliminated after each five-lap race, going on to win the fourth and final race by five seconds.
The win is Reed's fourth in as many rounds, with the Suzuki rider holding a 16-point championship advantage entering the final three rounds.
Picking up where he left off in Geelong a fortnight earlier, Team Shift Motul Suzuki's Cameron Taylor turned in another promising performance.
Following fifth in his heat and fourth-place finishes in the opening two sprints of the survival format - including a $1,000 prize for getting the holeshot and leading the first race into Turn One - the Victorian looked set to book a start in the final on his RM-Z450.
However after a slow start in the third race, Taylor could only recover to seventh and was eliminated, retaining sixth in the championship.
Team Shift Motul Suzuki rising star Matt Moss surged into the lead of the Pro Lites class with a dominant performance. Moss won his heat and set up victory in the final with the holeshot to lead into Turn One, earning himself a $500 bonus.
From there, he was never headed, taking victory by five seconds and claiming a 20-point series lead.
The result came after a tough week, with twin brother Jake - who co-led the standings with Matt - suffering spinal injuries in a crash while testing.
Representing Team Shift Motul Suzuki Development in Lawson Bopping's absence, Rickie Girdwood was fourth in his Pro Lites heat, his first race on the Suzuki RM-Z250. Girdwood went on to qualify and finished 21st, while team-mate Kieran Tisdale made inroads throughout the weekend, ultimately falling just short of a start in the final.
Suzuki's Australasian Supercross Championship riders will be back in action this Saturday, November 15th at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, New South Wales.
"I had a lot of fun out there. The track was really tight so each start was really important to make sure I didn't get stuck back in the pack. I felt good out there though and it is so good to see such an awesome crowd that got right behind the racing.
"I'm pleased with how things are going with the Suzuki RM-Z450; it's a great package and I'm feeling more and more comfortable every time I ride it."
"We'd been getting away from the start well, unfortunately just not in the third race. That put us down the order and in the short race we couldn't get back into the top five, so our day was done.
"I'm pleased with how competitive we were in the lead-up to that, though, we were mixing it up at the front again as we were in Geelong. We're continuing to move in the right direction and I'm excited about the rest of the season."
"I was determined to win for Jake and the rest of my family. Everything went well on the Suzuki RM-Z250; we had plenty of pace and I was feeling great out there. My starts were good and from the front I was able to control the races.
"It's obviously not the circumstances I'd like to be leading the championship, but we're looking forward to the last three rounds and will be giving it everything to win the title, starting at my home round this weekend."
Jay Foreman - Team Shift Motul Suzuki Manager:
"The weekend went really well, we're pleased with Suzuki's results across the board.
"Chad continues to handle whatever they throw at him+ he adapted to the new format really quickly and looked good, as he has all year. The format caught Cameron out in the end, unfortunately. He was getting good starts and running up at the front, but he was slow away in the third survival race, couldn't get back up into the Top Five and was eliminated.
"Matt had a perfect weekend+ he's back on top of the championship and he's only going to get stronger. It's a really hectic part of the season but the guys are handling it well.
"There's three rounds left in the next three weeks and we'll be working hard to end the year with Suzuki on top in Pro Open and Pro Lites."
2008 AUSTRALASIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
PRO OPEN: 1 Chad Reed (Suzuki RM-Z450) 100, 2 Jay Marmont 84, 3 Daniel Reardon 70, 4 Cheyne Boyd 67, 5 Daniel McCoy 62, 6 Cameron Taylor (Suzuki RM-Z450) 57, 7 Troy Carroll 56, 8 Brett Landman 46, 9 Nathan Crawford 44, 10 Craig Anderson 41.
PRO LITES: 1 Matt Moss (Suzuki RM-Z250) 94, 2 Ryan Marmont 74, 3 Jake Moss 72, 4 Luke George 68, 5 Tye Simmonds 54, 6 Danny Anderson 53, 7 Taylor Potter 46, 8 Todd Waters 42, 9 Shaun Williamson 36, 10 Adam Monea 34.