Justin Brayton Clinches Second Straight Australian Supercross Championship - Australian MX
Despite finishing two laps down to eventual winner, and fellow American, Nick Schmidt, Penrite Honda Racing’s Justin Brayton clinched a second straight SX1 title in the Australian Supercross Championship under challenging conditions.
A mud-soaked final round took place at Jimboomba X Stadium in Queensland. Nathan Crawford crossed the finish line first in the SX1 final, just 0.903 seconds ahead of Schmidt. But according to MotoOnline.com.au, the win was protested by the factory Suzuki team after on off-track excursion on the last lap for Crawford was deemed to be an advantage. He was docked two positions, which gave Schmidt his first career SX1 win, and moved Kade Mosig to third despite finishing a full lap down in third. Crawford rounded out the podium.
Brayton finished two laps down, but his fifth place finish was enough for a second straight title. He will now return to the U.S. to begin preparations for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross opener in Anaheim, where he will return to MotoConcepts Racing Honda for a second year.
In the SX2 Class, Jackson Richardson, who raced in the U.S. as a privateer from 2012-2016 before returning to Australia, captured his second consecutive championship behind a fourth place finish. Jay Wilson won the main event ahead of American Chris Blose and Dylan Wills.
1. Nick Schmidt2. Kade Mosig3. Nathan Crawford4. Dan Reardon5. Justin Brayton6. Dean Ferris7. Joel Wightman8. Dylan Long
9. Daniel Herrlein