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October 19, 2014

Matt Moss takes Round 3 for Suzuki at Phillip Island

A capacity crowd flocked to watch Motul Suzuki rider Matt Moss and Penrite Oil Honda Racing’s Gavin Faith dominate Round 3 of the Penrite Australian Supercross Championship at the Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix today.

Moss won both his heat races before leading the SX1 ‘Main Event’ from-start-to finish, greeting the chequered ahead of teammate Lawson Bopping and Penrite Oil Honda Racing’s Jay Marmont.

While Moss steadily increased his lead, the action played out behind him. Bopping made his move before the halfway mark in the race while Marmont remained consistent, biding his time and capitilising on his rival’s mistakes.

Despite taking a convincing win in the SX1 ‘Main Event’ Moss said he didn’t feel that he rode his best tonight.

“I am happy that I won, but I don’t feel I rode well at all,” Moss explained. “I rode tight and got arm pump.

“The track was really technical and tough. It’s one of those tracks you just can’t push on. 

“We are in a good position, I am looking forward to tomorrow,” Moss continued. 

Bopping echoed his teammate, admitting he was pleased to be on the podium following a tough ‘Main Event’.

“It was a night tough tonight, ” Bopping said. “It was a really hard 20-lapper.

“I am stoked with my result and the team is awesome. I will go home and rest so I am ready to come back and do it all again tomorrow.

“Coming back from where I was last year,  I am thankful for the opportunity. It has been a long time since I have been on the podium so I am looking forward to the rest of the season,” Bopping added. 

In the SX2 class KTM rider Kale Makeham grabbed the holeshot but it wasn’t long before championship leader Gavin Faith moved into the lead.

Faith won the 15-lap ‘Main Event’ by 11 seconds ahead of fellow American, Wilsons Jetpilot Honda pilot Kyle Peters and Makeham.

“I am feeling really good,” Faith admitted. “I just needed to put all the pieces together.

“The track is pretty slick but my Pirelli tyres are working really well for me so hopefully we can do it all again tomorrow.”

Contesting his first supercross event in over 10 years, X-Games gold medallist Cam Sinclair impressed in the SX1 State Cup. The FMX star set the fastest time in qualifying and claimed second overall with three, second place race finishes.

Round 4 of the Penrite Australian Supercross Championship Racing continues tomorrow at the Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.  

Top Ten Penrite Oil Australian Supercross Championship SX1 Round 3 Results

1. Matt MOSS
2. Lawson BOPPING
4. Adam MONEA
5. Kirk GIBBS
6. Jesse DOBSON
8. Josh CACHIA
10.Kieren TISDALE

Top Ten Penrite Australian Supercross Championship SX1 championship standings (after Rd 3 of 5) 

1. Matt MOSS 105
2. Adam MONEA 92
3. Lawson BOPPING 90
4. Kirk GIBBS 84
5. Sam MARTIN 74
6. Jay MARMONT 72
7. Jake MOSS 68
8. Josh CACHIA 66
9. Kade MOSIG 65
10. Justin CARAFA 59

Top Ten Penrite Australian Supercross SX2 Round 3 results

1. Gavin FAITH
2. Kyle PETERS
4. Hayden MELLROSS
5. Brendan HARRISON
7. Luke ARBON
9. Dylan LONG
10. Taylor POTTER

Top Ten Penrite Australian Supercross Championship SX2 championship standings (after Rd 3 of 5)

1. Gavin FAITH 100
2. Kyle PETERS 89
3. Brendan HARRISON 89
4. Kale MAKEHAM 79
5. Hayden MELLROSS 77
6. Taylor POTTER 77
7. Jackson RICHARDSON 74
8. Ryan MARMONT 69
9. Luke ARBON 69
10. Geran STAPLETON 59

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