News 23 Nov 2009

Oz SX: Simmonds impresses for KTM with podium finish in NZ


Event:    Monster Energy Super X Championship
Round:    Six
Location:    Waikato Stadium, Hamilton NZ
Event date:    Saturday 21 November, 2009


Rider     Class    Bike    Home Town    State    Round result

Tye Simmonds
Pro Open
KTM 450 SX-F


Rider     Class
Micheal Phillips    Pro Lites
Chad Reed    Pro Open


Long start straight with a wide variety of obstacles including two triples, three rhythm sections as well as a sand section
Soft loamy soil on remainder of circuit which formed ruts and gave plenty of grip


GLENN MACDONALD – Race Team Coordinator

On Tye Simmonds

“I am so pumped for Tye, it was a tough night for him, and he dug deep and stands on the podium once again at Super X in his debut series on the KTM 450 SX-F,” said Macdonald.

“All was going well heading into the Man-on-Man Challenge, but in an unfortunate blow, Tye wrenched his injured knee during a battle with Dan Reardon.   Tye wasn’t able to finish the hot lap, and you could see the pain he was in from his body language as he rode from the circuit.

“With some serious strapping on his knee, which is already carrying a torn ACL, Tye confidently walked up to the line in the first of his four-six lap finals. With a fourth gate pick secured, Tye was able to take advantage of a top qualifying position, and blasted from the gates – we knew then it was going to be on!

“Tye rode hard for second place in final one behind Chad Reed, and after a five minute break he was back on the gate, and did it again replicating final one for another second place.

“In final three he had a little more of a battle going and was challenge a lot more – this time he placed third.  As race four came around, Tye was sitting in second position overall for the night, with a four point buffer over third place.  After another solid start, Tye stayed consistently with the front runners to secure a fourth position for the final race, which locked him in for second overall on the night with Reed in first, and Dan Reardon in third.

“Tye retains fourth in the Championship, just six points off Jay Marmont who is in third.  Tye is one tough battler, and just when you think he is down and out, he comes out swinging  – taking it to some of the best riders in the world.

“The team did a great job here in NZ, and we would like to thank KTM New Zealand, as well as those involved in their racing program for all of the support and assistance while we have been here.”

TYE SIMMONDS – Pro Open Racer

“I am so pumped to be on the podium again after my third at the Geelong round, and this time I was in second, which is awesome,” said Simmonds.  “It’s such a good feeling, given the riders I am up against have so much more experience.

“Practice went well for me, but in timed qualifying it just wasn’t clicking. I qualified sixth fastest, and that put me into the Man-on-Man Challenge which gives you another chance to improve your gate pick.

“I drew Matt Moss, and he took the win for the hot lap.  I then drew Dan Reardon, and was riding really well, but then I injured my knee in that race.   At first I thought it was all over for me, but once it was strapped up by Race Safe,  I just blocked out the pain, and wanted to get back out on the track.

“I had my starts dialed and got awesome drive.  Getting up the front, and in the mix early meant I didn’t have to battle so hard with my knee the way it was, I was able just to focus on my riding, and bring home a solid result.

“I want to thank my family and the Motorex KTM Racing Team plus all of my sponsors as well as Race Safe for strapping my knee, so I could get back out on the track.  It’s a collective effort to get a podium result, and without all these people around supporting me I wouldn’t be able to concentrate 100 percent on my racing.  I have one more round in two weeks time at Brisbane’s QSAC Stadium, that’s going to be a big event, and my preparation leading up to that round will be pretty much the same as every other round, and that’s as much bike time as possible.”



Saturday 5 December, QSAC Stadium, Brisbane


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