Anderson Shines During AUS-X Open

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Jason Anderson (center) won the AUS-X Open Saturday in Australia.

SYDNEY – Defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross champion Jason Anderson won the fourth edition of the Monster Energy AUS-X Open on Saturday inside Qudos Bank Arena.

The American dominated the first two races and eventually won the third and final race after Aussie hero Chad Reed was stripped of his win due to a late race penalty

“To get the win down here in Sydney means a lot – last season we weren’t in the shape we are this year, so it’s a good place to be. This event is so rad with a really cool vibe and super chill, so I definitely hope I’m invited back in years to come,” said Anderson.

Scotland’s Dean Wilson made a successful return to racing in second, with Gold Coaster Dan Reardon putting in a solid ride for third to finalize the podium at the 2018 Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney.

The Australian Supercross Championship was also decided in Sydney, with American Justin Brayton wrapping up his third consecutive championship. Brayton was followed home in second by teammate Brett Metcalfe, with third place going to Reardon.

“I’m stoked to win this championship,” commented Brayton. “I was sick for the majority of the event, so to wrap up the championship really feels unbelievable. I’m wrapped for the Penrite Honda Team too, with my teammate Brett Metcalfe finishing second.”

Yamaha’s Jay Wilson completed the ultimate comeback, with the New South Welshman coming back from the brink of retirement just one year ago, to claim the SX2 Championship.

Wilson secured the title in dramatic fashion, as he only just qualified for the main event in the final transfer position. The chaos continued to unfold, with Wilson’s poor qualifying position giving him the very last gate pick, and subsequently, he didn’t get off the line well in any of the three races.

Despite the drama, tears flowed at the conclusion of main event three, as Wilson was crowned champion.

Championship aside, the race for the AUS-X Open Overall in SX2 was one to remember, with America’s Cameron McAdoo finishing the night on the top step of the podium due to an incredible pace. In second was 2017 champion Jackson Richardson with DPH Motorsports’ Hayden Mellross in third.

The two-stroke cup class was taken by KTM’s Ryan Marmont, as the age-old rivalry between Craig Anderson and Danny Ham added another chapter in Sydney. The two spent most of the race dueling with each other for the final place before Ham crashed into a wall in a desperate pass attempt on the final lap.

Victorian Ace Cheyne Boy claimed the Best Whip competition, finishing ahead of 2017 champion Corey Creed and Honda rider Steve Mini. In Best Trick, Blake Williams took gold, with Harry Bink getting the silver and Rob Adelberg earning bronze.

In the Boost Mobile International Showdown Reed lead team Australia to the win over the Americans.

Finally, in the Monster Energy Best Trick competition Blake Williams took the spoils with a 360 split and a cliffhanger backflip to claim the trophy.