Brayton, on his third visit to Bercy, was looking forward to an overall podium finish. “I have always enjoyed this race, especially because of the fans. They are crazy here and I have always wanted to finish on the podium to really witness them in action,” commented Brayton before the race.
Managing to earn 2nd overall in all but one race, Brayton garnered enough points to finish in the runner-up spot to the winner and new King of Bercy James Stewart. “My worse finish was 3rd. In the very first race I crashed in the third corner and had to work my way up through the pack,” reported Brayton. “After that first race, I picked up my pace and stayed on two wheels to finish 2nd in the remainder of the events to land my first overall Bercy podium.”
Following the event Brayton will return home to Murrieta, CA where he will jump back aboard his KTM 250 SX-F Lites bike to prepare for the West Supercross Lites Series. “The transition from the KTM 450 SX-F to the 250 SX-F is rather easy for me. In fact, I like riding the 450 for a while and then jumping back on my 250 because the bike feels a lot lighter and is easier to throw around.”
MDK/KTM Team Manager Danny Paladino is pleased with Brayton’s performance, stating, “Justin is riding phenomenally right now. He is absolutely flying on his 450 and we know that he will be even faster on the Lites bike. Look for Justin to be out front at the Supercross opener in Anaheim.”