News 2 Nov 2009

Oz SX: Tough weekend for Kawasaki in Perth round of Super X


After a promising start to the third round of the Australasian SuperX at Perth on Sat 31 October, bad luck befell KRT riders Craig Anderson and Luke Arbon with both factory riders having to settle with finishes just outside the top ten.

Open rider Craig Anderson showed good speed throughout his three round robin heat races going 3-3-3 to set himself up with a good gate pick for the 10 lap final. Craig was able to get off to a good start in the final however a first lap crash on the whoops sent Craig to the ground. Uninjured, the multiple Australian Champion was able to remount his KX450F and rejoin the race however the lost time was too great in a 10 lap race of world class riders and Craig had to settle for an 11th place finish.

Craig says, “Another rider came right across the whoops in front of me on the first lap and in trying to get out of the way I came off. It definitely wasn’t the result I was looking for this weekend but I’m now focusing on Canberra and I’m confident of a good result there.”

Lites rider Luke Arbon came out firing at Perth showing very good speed on his KX250F. The unseeded rider was quick enough to qualify in 6th position and looked to be on track for his best SuperX result to date.

Luke got off to a typically good start in his heat race and quickly found 4th place. While he was on the move for 3rd, a two rider crash in front of Luke sent the KRT rider crashing to the ground. Luke was able to rejoin the race albeit in last place. Determined to finish in the best possible place Luke fought hard, passing many riders to finish in 7th place. Unfortunately, with only the top 6 finishers progressing to the A final, Luke was relegated to the B final with no LCQ and no chance of a top 12 finish.

Luke easily won the B final to finish the round in 13th place overall.

In regards to the weekend, an obviously disappointed Brett Whale (Team Manager) says, “The weather was great in Perth and the restaurants were sensational!”

Craig Anderson currently sits inside the top ten in the SuperX Championship in 9th place and Lites rider Luke Arbon is currently in 11th place. Both riders will be out to regain valuable Championship points and finish on the podium at the fourth round of the Australasian SuperX Championship at Canberra this Saturday 7 November.