Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki is well placed to challenge for both the Pro Open and Pro Lites Australasian Supercross Championships after a solid night of racing at Campbelltown at the weekend saw the team collect good points in both classes.
Round three of the Championship ran the "Triple Challenge" format with the Pro Open class competing over three seven-lap races, with five minutes in between, whilst the Lites class ran three six-lap races. The non-traditional format meant that good starts were the difference between win and lose.
In the premier Pro Open class, Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki's Daniel McCoy (pictured) was running the red plate in front of his home crowd after his debut victory at the previous round. The Suzuki pilot carded an 8-2-5 result but was hampered by poor starts in the first and third finals. Finishing fourth on the night, McCoy collected 18 points and now sits second in the Championship just one point off the lead.
Pro Open rookie Lawson Bopping put in an outstanding performance for Suzuki's satellite race team, Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki. Bopping claimed the win in the first final before rounding out the night with 5-2 finishes. Bopping placed second overall for the round and he now sits sixth in the Championship.
In the Pro Lites class, UK import Steven Clarke again showed plenty of speed despite only limited time on his RM-Z250. In the first final, Clarke got as high as second on the final lap before sliding out while protecting his line. It was a costly mistake that saw him relegated to eighth. Clarke then went 6-6 to finish fifth on the night. His 16 point haul has him fourth in the Championship, five points off third.
Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki Team Manager Jay Foreman was upbeat about the weekend's results. "It would have been nice to be on the podium for both classes, but we are still in a good position for both Championships. Both riders rode well so I am happy. The team is looking forward to Maitland which is our home race. We are hoping for good weather so we can push for a Championship."
Round four of the Australasian Supercross Championship will take place at Maitland Oval next Saturday November 12, before the team heads north for the final round at Ipswich the following week.
2011 Monster Energy Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship Round Three - Campbelltown, NSW:
Pro Open Results:
1. Jay Marmont 72 2. Lawson Bopping (Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 62 3. Tye Simmonds 56 4. Daniel McCoy (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 51 5. Cody Mackie 40 6. Billy Mackenzie 39 7. Craig Anderson 38 8. Jake Moss 38 9. Chris Blose 37 10. Ryan Marmont 36
Pro Open Standings:
1. Tye Simmonds 60 2. Daniel McCoy (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 59 3. Jay Marmont 58 4. Billy Mackenzie 49 5. Ryan Marmont 41 6. Lawson Bopping (Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 40 7. Dan Reardon 39 8. Todd Waters 38 9. Jake Moss 35 10. Michael Phillips 29
Pro Lites Results:
1. Brenden Harrison 63 2. Gavin Faith 60 3. Luke Styke 58 4. Matt Moss 55 5. Steven Clarke (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 43 6. Robbie Marshall 43 7. Dean Ferris 42 8. Adam Monea 40 9. Luke Arbon 38 10. Nicholas Sutherland 36
Pro Lites Standings:
1. Matt Moss 68 2. Brenden Harrison 65 3. Luke Styke 58 4. Steven Clarke (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 53 5. Gavin Faith 49 6. Adam Monea 41 7. Robbie Marshall 33 8. Casey Turner (Suzuki) 33 9. Luke Arbon 32 10. Dean Ferris 30