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"Dirt", December 1, 2012

REIGNITED

THE 2012 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS INTO LIFE

STORY BY MATT BERNARD

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT BERNARD

The 2012 Australian Supercross Championship was for the most part still an unknown entity heading into the opening round in Dubbo, NSW. Supercross in Australia has struggled for the last couple of years, culminating in Global Action Sports’ withdrawal from the sport. Yarrive Konsky and the International Entertainment Group stepped up and took on the promotion of the series, vowing to take it back to the people and rebuild the sport that simply went too big too quickly at the hands of GAS. Four rounds would complete the 2012 series, starting in Dubbo.

So — was it a success?

OLD IS NEW

Let’s start with one of the biggest gripes from the past couple of years: ticket prices. Taking the series to a smaller venue for 2012 helped allow early bird tickets to start at $15 for kids and $25 for adults.

A family of four could witness five hours of entertainment by the best riders in the world for $55. At the gate, tickets were also still very reasonable, a family of four checking out the racing for $70 — adults $30 and kids $20. That’s pretty darn good for a night out with the family.

While I’m not really a fan of monster trucks myself, the crowd at Dubbo seemed to love it. Combine a night of intense supercross racing, an epic freestyle display, the crazy dude in the monster truck, the Pirelli pussycat dancing girls and even a fireworks display — plus throw in the junior racing for good measure — and you have a full night’s entertainment. The commentary team of Jerry Bernardo, Lee Hogan and Kam Williams also did a terrific job and created a good atmosphere.

The show had taken a leaf out of the book of past Supercross Masters but with impressive new-school flair.

READY TO RACE

Jay Marmont and Dan McCoy put on an impressive display in the SX Open main event. Matt Moss blew out to an early start before he and Billy Mackenzie came together, taking Moss out of the race. Moss displayed his displeasure with Mackenzie after the incident and the rancour continued after the race — a less than desirable display in the early days of his new contract with Suzuki.

Out front, it was all business as McCoy led solidly for 13 laps. Marmont chased McCoy and would eventually capitalise on a couple of mistakes by McCoy to storm home for the win. McCoy finished second in his debut ride for CDR Yamaha while privateer Jake Moss rounded out the podium ahead of CDR Yamaha’s Lawson Bopping, who charged from dead last to fourth. Tye Simmonds finished fifth.

LITE ’EM UP

Gavin Faith returned from the USA to dominate the Lites class. He took the lead on lap four after Geran Stapleton pulled a boomer holeshot and sat at the front of the pack early in the race. Faith would lead every lap from there on and take the victory on his Carlton Dry Honda.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Kade Mosig rode to a strong second after a fourth-place start while Serco Metal Mulisha Yamaha’s Luke Styke fought back from his eighth-place start to round out the podium. Steven Clarke showed the pace to win but an early crash saw him finish fourth. JDR Motorsports KTM rider Ryan Marmont spent three laps behind Stapleton confused that he was a lapper and becoming frustrated before making the move to finish fifth. Marmont was still displeased with Stapleton, not realising he was in fact fighting for position.

Aaron Tanti took home the Junior Lites class in a stacked field. Blake Sola left the crowd very impressed in the 85cc class, battling it out with teammate Elias Dukes.

Read on for some more in-depth analysis of the night’s racing.

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