News 26 Oct 2009

Oz SX: KRT's Anderson on the charge at Geelong Super X


KRT riders Craig Anderson and Luke Arbon both improved their standing in the 2009 Australasian SuperX Championships after round 2 at Geelong on Saturday 24 October with both riders advancing up the Championship leaderboard.

Open rider Craig Anderson put on a spectacular show during the “Man on Man” qualifying to win the first two rounds and advance to the semi final. Craig exhibited a lot of speed to win his way through to the semis causing the commentators to remark that Craig was riding the fastest they’d seen him ride all year. The semis were going to be tough however with Craig coming up against his cousin, fellow Kawasaki rider and world Champion Chad Reed. After a great battle that saw both riders swapping for the lead, Chad came away with the win and Craig came away with 3rd place overall and a good gate pick for the 4 moto finals.

Craig rode well throughout the four 6 lap finals (6-5-9-17) and was on track for a podium finish for the round until a crash in the 4th and final moto relegated him to the rear of the field resulting in 8th place overall for the round. For his efforts Craig earned enough Championship points to advance himself to 7th place overall in the Championship.

Craig says, “I’m happy with the bike and happy with how I rode. I was really disappointed not to finish on the podium after crashing but overall I stepped it up from last round and really felt like I was in the mix the entire round. My goal is to get faster each round and I’m really looking forward to Perth. The Perth venue is an indoor venue and I really like racing indoors. I can’t wait.”

After an outstanding SuperX debut in Tasmania that saw him rocketing out of the gates and straight to the front of the pack in both Pro Lites motos, 17 year old KRT rider Luke Arbon was looking forward to a solid result at Geelong. His day of racing was to become a whole lot harder however after Luke crashed heavily in qualifying. Showing a lot of guts, the sore KX250F rider found the strength to line up for the main event and put in a good performance to hold on for an 11th place finish. Luke’s efforts advance him to 11th place overall in the Championship.

KRT Manager Brett Whale says, “A fantastic result this round for Kawasaki.”

“I was really happy with how Ando rode.  He put in a good performance to qualify in 3rd, also a big effort by Luke Arbon to even be out there after such a big crash in qualifying. We’re looking forward to Perth.”

KRT head to Perth, WA for the 3rd round of the 2009 Australasian SuperX at Burswood Dome on Saturday 31 October.