Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki's Errol Willis has added the Under 19s class Super X Australasian Supercross Championship to the outdoor motocross title he won earlier this year.
The talented 17-year-old clinched the crown with a seventh position at Ipswich's season finale in Queensland at the weekend, again proving that he is one of Australia's greatest rising stars aboard Suzuki's fuel injected RM-Z250.
Willis led the field early in Ipswich; however a crash in the mid-stages of the race relegated him down the order. He did what he had to do to seal the title and is excited to do the double for the team in 2011.
"I was nervous coming into the night because I wanted to do my best for the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki team to win the championship," Willis said. "It wouldn't have been possible to win both titles without the help of all my supporters, so I really need to thank them and appreciate their help so much. I can't wait to get started next year!"
Team mate Lawson Bopping experienced a difficult night in the Pro Open ranks, crashing early on and then racing to 12th position. Bopping completed his rookie premier class season in fifth overall; a credible result that was highlighted by a victory at the penultimate round on his 2012 RM-Z450.
"The night started off okay, but a crash in my heat race hurt my back," Bopping reflected. "In the final I was feeling good at the start, but had a small crash in the whoops and that hurt my back so bad again. It wasn't the best night for me, but I had a good year to finish fifth overall. I learnt a lot, so hopefully next year I can keep improving."
Team manager Chris Woods is proud of both Willis and Bopping following a breakthrough season, congratulating the entire team on their efforts put forward during the year. He's now looking to carry the momentum into 2012, with Willis planning to step up to the Pro Lites.
"I'm so proud of both Errol and Lawson's performances this year," Woods said. "To walk away from Super X with the Under 19s title and fifth in our first ever year in the Pro Open class is a great result and a reflection of how much work the staff here at Raceline Pirelli Suzuki have put in.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, Raceline, Pirelli, Suzuki, One Industries, Pro Circuit, Factory Connection, Axis Motorsports, Colbeze, Motul, Uni Filter, Braking, SPP and Go Pro for all their support throughout our 2011 motocross/ supercross season.
"Without these guys, we don't go racing. We are looking forward to seeing Errol stepping up to the Pro Lites next season with us and continuing our U19s program. Hopefully we can have a repeat of 2011."
Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki will now take a short break before commencing work on next season during the summer months.
2011 Monster Energy Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship Round Five - Ipswich:
Pro Open Results:
1. Jay Marmont 2. Tye Simmonds 3. Chris Blose 4. Billy Mackenzie 5. Todd Waters 6. Daniel McCoy (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 7. Craig Anderson 8. Lewis Woods 9. Ryan Marmont 10. Michael Phillips 12. Lawson Bopping (Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki)
Pro Open Standings:
1. Jay Marmont 105 2. Tye Simmonds 97 3. Daniel McCoy (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 87 4. Billy Mackenzie 79 5. Lawson Bopping (Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 74 6. Todd Waters 72 7. Chris Blose 67 8. Ryan Marmont 64 9. Dan Reardon 55 10. Michael Phillips 50
Under 19s Results:
1. Geran Stapleton 2. Jarrad Davis 3. Sam Martin 4. Mitch Norris 5. Tristen Cachia 6. Sam Duncanson 7. Errol Willis (Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 8. Lincoln Nicol 9. Ben Parrington 10. Corey Lucas (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki)
Under 19s Standings:
1. Errol Willis (Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 89 2. Geran Stapleton 75 3. Corey Lucas (Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 59 4. Sam Duncanson 58 5. Mitch Norris 55 6. Tristen Cachia 54 7. Jarrad Davis 52 8. Thomas Larsen-Moss 48 9. Sam Martin (Suzuki) 47 10. Jake Williams (Suzuki) 34