Suzuki wrapped up its second SuperX Championship at the weekend with Chad Reed securing the inaugural Australasian SuperX Pro Open Championship a week after Team Shift Motul Suzuki rider Matt Moss won the Pro Lites category.
Reed was a dominant force throughout the series aboard his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450, winning six of seven rounds including the final round at Brisbane in Australia.
Having missed out on the final last week in Townsville, Reed was back to his brilliant best in Brisbane, clean-sweeping the event with four race wins in the Quadruple Sprint format to give him six round wins and a 19-point Championship victory over Jay Marmont.
With a month to prepare for the American Supercross season, Reed has given himself a terrific platform to launch into the American season: He has showcased his quality in Australia this year, and, after his overwhelmingly-successful and smooth transition to the Suzuki camp will head to the US full of confidence.
Cameron Taylor was eighth overall in Brisbane, securing seventh in the Championship; a strong result in his first season with team Shift Motul Suzuki.
Matt Moss - having wrapped up the championship in Townsville last weekend - headed to the Queensland Capital under no pressure to perform, but with hopes to finish off the year with a round victory. But it wasn't to be as he failed to finish the final. He had, however, had an unbelievable season and was a beneficiary of the new Australian SuperX program, experiencing larger tracks and some fantastic competition on home soil.
"What a way to round out the season! It means so much to win this title in the first year of SuperX in Australia so I am obviously very happy with tonight's performance. It just goes to show how good this new Suzuki RM-Z450 is; it was such a terrific bike the entire series and I want to thank everyone at Suzuki for welcoming me back with open arms and this is the perfect way to repay them with a Championship.
"To have a Championship like SuperX up and running in Australia is very important to developing Australia's talent and I'm thrilled to have won it in its first year. Now I will turn my attention to the American season."
"It was a little disappointing not to finish the final and the season off well, but all in all it was just such a fantastic experience to be involved in SuperX. To win the title is a dream come true for me and it really lays the foundation for some future success with Suzuki on the RM-Z250. I'm really looking forward to 2009 and coming back to defend this crown next year."
Perry Morison - Suzuki Australia Manager:
"Both Chad and Matt are to be congratulated on their outstanding seasons; it's an honour to have them riding for Suzuki and their performances this year have been nothing short of brilliant.
"Motorcycle racing is very much a team effort, so both team Shift Motul Suzuki and Rockstar Makita Suzuki should be commended for preparing the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 each week for Chad and Matt. It's the perfect start for Suzuki in this new Australasian SuperX Championship and we look forward to continued success."
Jay Foreman - Shift Motul Team Manager:
"Leading into the season we knew we were very capable of being in the mix to win the Championship, but to secure both the Pro open and Pro Lites titles is just a perfect performance. It's been a very busy schedule and season, and SuperX has provided a world-class series on Australian shores and we at Suzuki are over the moon to be so successful in the inaugural year."
Australasian SuperX Final Standings:
PRO OPEN: 1 Chad Reed (Suzuki RM-Z450) 170, 2 Jay Marmont 151, 3 Chayne Boyd 115, 4 Daniel McCoy 112, 5 Troy Carroll 103, 7 Cameron Taylor (Suzuki RM-Z450) 98.
PRO LITES: 1 Matt Moss (Suzuki RM-Z250) 141, 2 Tye Simmons 121, 3 Ryan Marmont 119, 4 Danny Anderson 100, 5 Todd Waters 92.