Quarter-litre title goes down to the wire in Triple Crown thriller.
Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Jay Wilson is the 2018 Australian SX2 champion after American debutant Cameron McAdoo won the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Triple Crown round overall.
With the title going down to the wire, just 13 points separated the top four in the points entering tonight’s fifth and final round.
In final one, Jy Roberts (Husqvarna) kick-started the Triple Crown by securing the early lead, as Dylan Wills (DPH Husqvarna) and McAdoo soon followed. Wilson was caught up in an incident on lap two, but quickly recovered unscathed.
The battle for second heated up between Wills and McAdoo as they traded positions on multiple occasions, however the American import eventually held the upper hand on Wills. Roberts clinched the win over McAdoo, Wills, Jacob Hayes (Serco Yamaha) and title-challenger Hayden Mellross (DPH Husqvarna). Wilson returned to P8.
Richardson escaped opening turn mayhem in main event two, which ultimately claimed race one winner Roberts along with Hayes and Kyle Webster (Penrite CRF Honda Racing).
Mellross utilised the shortcut lane to place himself ahead of championship rival Wilson, the manoeuvre replicated by Wills on the following lap. In the end it was Richardson, McAdoo, Mellross, Wills and Wilson.
A seventh-place finish was enough for Wilson to secure an emotion-charged 2018 SX2 crown in, while it was former champion Jackson Richardson (Penrite CRF Honda Racing) who once again positioned himself out front in the final encounter with Mellross and McAdoo in tow.
Wilson used the shortcut lane in the opening stages along with Josh Osby (Raceline Pirelli KTM), as did McAdoo the following lap to secure the lead briefly. Richardson hung on for the win ahead of McAdoo, Mellross, Osby and Hayes.
Overall on the podium it was McAdoo with the victory in his first Australian appearance, as second and third were credited to Richardson and Mellross. Sixth for the round was enough for Wilson to clinch the title, six points over Mellross with Osby in third.
In the 2-Stroke Cup it was Ryan Marmont who reigned supreme for KTM Motocross Racing Team, taking out all three finals with ease across the weekend including tonight’s final from Justin Carafa (Yamaha) and Taylor Potter (Honda).