The Fox Australian Supercross Championship just wrapped up with Friday racing at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, and Dean Wilson is the new champion of the SX1 class. Max Anstie successfully defended his SX2 title.
The FIM World Supercross Championship will now take place on Saturday inside the same stadium.
SX1: WILSON CROWNED, CLOUT WINS
Boost Mobile Honda’s Wilson, entered the SX1 final in Melbourne needing only two points to claim the championship, and knowing nothing was guaranteed, the pressure was palpable as gates dropped for the SX1 Main Event. Boost Mobile Honda’s Kyle Webster briefly took the lead, but it was CDR’s Luke Clout who asserted dominance. Despite Wilson’s impressive charge to second place, Clout held firm, securing victory followed by Wilson and the seasoned Justin Brayton. Clout’s triumph marks a remarkable comeback after injuries, with emotions spilling on the finish line.
A solid second position capped off Wilson’s exceptional year and earnt him the 2023 Australian Supercross Championship title on 122 points. Clout’s breakthrough secured him second place in the championship (95), just one point ahead of Monster Energy CDR Yamaha teammate Josh Hill in third (94).
“I really needed this, and the team deserved it. Everyone has put in so much hard work. I’ve had an incredible time in Australia, and I hope to be back here next year, reliving it all. Thanks to Honda Australia and everyone involved. Winning again feels fantastic,” expressed Wilson.
SX2: MAX ANSTIE PERFECT BACK-TO-BACK TITLE
Boost Mobile Honda’s Max Anstie came into the night with one hand already on the Australian Supercross SX2 trophy, after strong performances in the first two championship rounds. As the 250’s roared to life, the fiery number-one Honda swiftly surged into the lead, seamlessly continuing his dominance from the previous race in Newcastle. Trailing closely behind were teammate Wilson Todd and heat one race victor, Cole Thompson, marking the final race meeting for the Serco Yamaha Racing team after 22 years of triumphant racing in Australia.
At the forefront of the pack, the Brit showcased unwavering control, and relentlessly hammered out laps on his Honda CRF250R, hitting his marks and building a gap on Todd. As the candles lit on the finish-line jump, Anstie whipped his Honda in celebration of his second Australian Supercross Championship title. Todd secured a commendable second position, while Canadian Cole Thompson crossed the finish line in third place.