News 2 Nov 2009

Oz SX: Moss continues dominance of Lites class in Perth round


Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki champion Matt Moss turned in another clinical performance to dominate the third round of the 2009 Australian Super X Pro Lites Championship at Perth’s Burswood Dome on Saturday.

After a nine year hiatus from the Perth indoor arena, Super X organisers delivered a demanding technical track that Moss exploited to full advantage on his all-new fuel injected RM-Z250.

Easily recording the fastest qualifying lap time, Moss went on to win his heat and immediately secure a finals berth.

US rival Kyle Cunningham won the remaining heat but missed the start in the Pro Lites final after the gates were held long after the five second board was displayed.

Moss, however, showed his class with another holeshot and by the end of the first of the eight lap final had established a four second lead. From there, Moss turned in a flawless ride on the fuel injected Rockstar Motul Suzuki RM-Z250, extending his lead throughout and was never challenged.

He continued to build a commanding lead and was able to cruise through the final lap to secure another dominant victory.

Team Shift Motul Suzuki Development Squad star Lawson Bopping found himself caught up in the carnage of the first lap, leaving him in second last position.

The hard charging Bopping worked his way through the field with a fearless display of riding to snatch second position – and his first podium of the season – on the final lap to secure a Suzuki 1-2 finish.

Moss’ win ensured his perfect season to date remains intact with three wins from three rounds. His maximum points haul at each event has allowed him to build up a substantial 15 point lead nearing the halfway point of the season and he looks determined to defend the red plate.

Bopping’s first podium and race consistency this year has moved him up to third place overall, while SP Motorsports/Byrner’s Suzuki rider Adam Monea had another strong round to move into fifth place in the championship standings overall.

The Australian Super X Championship heads to Canberra this weekend for round four.

“The new fuel injected Suzuki RM-Z250 is easily the best bike I’ve ever ridden. I’ve only had it for three rounds, but it just keeps getting better and better.

“Today was a great result. After I got the holeshot I built up a lead and then did what I had to do to win the race. It’s certainly easier when you’ve got the best bike out there underneath you.”

“That was another great effort by Matt. The bike ran superbly and Matt continues to go from strength to strength.

“We all know anything can happen in racing, so it makes this start so important to our championship defence. Those points in the bank could prove crucial in the end.

“For now, everything’s running smoothly and we’re looking forward to Canberra and another top performance by Matt and the new fuel-injected RM-Z250.”