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Motul Pirelli Suzuki remain in Supercross title contention following Phillip Island
24 October 2013
Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Matt Moss will enter next month’s Australian Supercross Championship finale in contention for the premier SX-Open title, following a mixed weekend of results at last weekend’s Phillip Island round alongside the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
The double-header weekend was a challenging one for new national motocross champion Moss aboard the Suzuki RM-Z450, hampered by a major multi-bike start crash during Saturday’s round four main event – costing him vital championship points in the process.
Moss was again in fine form throughout qualifying and went on to win his heat race in the fourth round, however the first lap incident put him three laps down after he pitted to repair damage sustained in the fall. In typical Moss fashion, the 25-year-old soldiered on to score points with an 11th place finish at the conclusion of the 20-lap affair.
Sunday saw Moss top qualifying and win his heat race convincingly once again, before he went on to finish second in the main event behind American Josh Hill. The podium trio including Hill, Moss and teenage rookie Sam Martin were all Suzuki-mounted in a remarkable result for the RM-Z450 on the biggest stage of the year.
“The weekend started really good on Saturday, until the final when I was really unlucky off the start,” Moss reflected. “The bike was pretty badly damaged in the fall so I had to pull in and get it fixed, so I ended up three laps down. We got some points though, which is important in such a short series.
“Sunday was better, I was able to qualify first and then won my heat again, but I didn’t get the best of starts in the main. I struggled for much of the moto, couldn’t find my groove to be honest, but second was good and it keeps us in the hunt for the championship. It was also obviously really good to see the three Suzuki’s on the podium.”
The result now sees Moss enter Toowoomba’s final round on 16 November with a five-point deficit in the title race behind Hill, while the ever-consistent Jake Moss currently makes it three RM-Z450’s in the championship standings top three overall.
2013 Australian Supercross Championship
Round four SX-Open main event results:
1. Weston PEICK
Round five SX-Open main event results:
SX-Open championship standings (after five of six rounds):
1. Josh HILL (Suzuki) 103
Race report prepared by:
Suzuki Australia - Motorcycles