News 16 Nov 2009

Oz SX: Kawasaki's Anderson strong with sixth at Parramatta


Kawasaki Racing Team’s Craig Anderson narrowly missed finishing inside the top five at the fifth round of the Monster Energy SuperX Championship at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday 14 November. Craig rode well on his KX450F to finish in 6th place in front of more than 12,000 fans and retain his 8th place position in the series. Lites rider Luke Arbon had a round he’s quickly putting behind him, missing out on the top ten due to crashes in the final motos.

Craig Anderson’s day of racing got off to a brilliant start with the multiple Australian Champion clocking the 5th fastest qualifying time on board his Kawasaki KX450F to secure a good gate pick in the finals.

Racing was gruelling throughout the final four motos with the last 5 riders across the line in each moto unable to progress to the next race. Knowing he couldn’t afford to make any mistakes, Craig finished his first race in 10th place to progress easily to the second moto. A 6th place finish in the second moto and Craig was easily through to the third moto. Craig raced well in the third race taking 6th place however with only the first five finishers progressing to the final moto, Craig had to settle for 6th place for the day.

Craig says, “I’m fairly happy with the result. I felt I was riding as good as the top five guys. The KX450F continues to get better and better as the series goes on so I’m looking forward to New Zealand.”

With the speed and flair that Lites rider Luke Arbon was showing on his KX250F throughout practise at Parramatta, KRT was confident of a strong result from the 17 year old. Luke finished inside the top ten in his first moto taking 9th place however first lap crashes in the next two races quickly ended his chances of a top ten finish for the round. Luke had to settle for 16th place for the round and sits in 11th place in the Championship.

Luke says, “I felt really good and felt confident on the bike but it didn’t go my way tonight. I’m looking forward to Brisbane. I’ve got to have some luck in one of these rounds surely! I’ll be training solidly for the next three weeks and come out strong.”

KRT Manager Brett Whale says, “I’m happy with Ando’s performance. He rode well to finish in 6th place. An unfortunate result for Luke. He looked good tonight however he was over-trying and that cost him.”

With only the top fifteen Open riders heading over to New Zealand for round 6 of the Monster Energy SuperX Championship, Lites rider Luke Arbon will stay in Australia and train while his teammate Craig Anderson battles it out for even more Championship points at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday 21 November.