The AUS X Open Supercross is on its way to becoming the premier off-season Supercross race. It was streamed live on Spotnetwork.tv and while live streams are sometimes plagued by technical difficulties this broadcast worked relatively well. They did an amazing job with the show presentation which featured a celebrity pit bike race, freestyle show and USA vs Australia relay race. When I looked at the schedule of events I was taken back at how many different things they had lined up, but it worked perfectly.
The on-track racing was flat out insane! Both the 250 and 450 championships were up for grabs. In the 250 class Chris Blose overcame a four-point deficit to win over fellow American Josh Osby. In Australia they use a three-moto format much like our Triple Crown Events, but the big difference is the racing order. They run all three races back to back to back, with only about couple minutes of rest in between. The racers just reset grab a quick drink and line up again for another round of racing. As a fan it makes the racing easier to understand as we only focus on one class at a time.
American Chris Blose showed his years of experience in Arenacross and Supercross as he had ice water running through his veins. He battled rookie sensation Jett Lawrence and earned a much deserved Australian 250 National Supercross Championship. His championship rival Josh Osby had a night he would like to forget. Anything that could go wrong seemed to go wrong. This was Jett Lawrence’s professional Supercross debut and it looked like as much. The likeable Australian rider showed flashes of speed along with some sketchy moments. He looked to be on his way to winning the third moto until 250 veteran Mitchell Oldenburg snuck underneath him in the last turn. Oldenburg used 1-4-1 finishes to take the overall on the night.
In the 450 class Justin Brayton was one point behind the surging Luke Clout heading into the event. In addition this race had the infusion of non-series regulars acting as wild cards. Jason Anderson, Chad Reed and Joey Savatgy were all racing, but unfortunately Savatgy was injured in practice in what Jason Weigandt from RacerX is reporting as “may have suffered a broken heel and possibly other damage to his foot or ankle”. This is devastating news for Savatgy, hopefully all goes well in getting him home and healed.
Brayton rode solid and consistent as he took the nights overall win and locked down his 4th consecutive title. Clout on the other hand had a night much like Osby in the 250 class, seemed like anything that could go wrong did go wrong. The fastest rider throughout the event was Jason Anderson, but after Chad Reed cleaned him out in the first moto his chances for an overall win were gone. This was Reed’s farewell ride in Australia as he announced his retirement following the 2020 AMA/FIM Supercross series. Reed was fighting like he had something to prove, but his entire career has been based on his self-belief and proving others wrong. It was a special treat to see his emotions shine through.
It was fitting to have Chad Reed celebrating his final professional race in Australia, while 16-year old Jett Lawrence made his debut. Keep an eye on this kid, he is a big personality with a ton of talent. With the 2020 season only 5 weeks away, this was a nice appetizer.
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