JDR Ready for Super X

October 20, 2011 9:10am
Australia’s largest factory supercross team, JDR Motorex KTM, will enter this weekend’s opening round of the Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship, with a mammoth six-rider line-up.

The Sydney-based operation will travel south to Melbourne for the opening stop of the five-round series, to be contested at Melbourne Knights Stadium on Saturday night, 22 October.

Three Pro Open riders will head the team’s effort, consisting of Tye Simmonds and Dan Reardon on the 450 SX-F, while Ryan Marmont will enter his rookie Open class season aboard the 350 SX-F.

Simmonds, 19, is fresh back from a full season in the United States, where he formed part of JDR Motorsports’ U.S. team, and he’s excited to show off his newfound speed on home soil.

“I only got back four weeks ago, but I’ve been riding the 450 for a week now and am really starting to like it,” Bourke-based Simmonds said. “Once that gate drops in Melbourne we should be ready to roll. My goal is always to win, but I haven’t won a 450 race yet. If I can do that then I’ll be looking to contend for the title.”

Queensland’s Reardon already has a national supercross title to his name, and coming off an injury-plagued year outdoors, he’s certain that Super X will be an opportunity to turn his year around.

“I love the 450 and the bike really suits me,” Reardon said. “My preparation has been really good, which is important with such a short series. Motocross was a bit of a disaster for me, but now I feel good and my health is back to 100 percent.”

Earlier this month, both Simmonds and Reardon attended the re-opening of the Maryborough and District Motorcycle Club’s Alma Race Track in Victoria alongside team manager Danny Ham.

Marmont is himself a former champion in the Lites class, however the 26-year-old from Wollongong will now step up to the premier Pro Open class. He’s confident that the 350 SX-F will be the perfect springboard to success.

“The 350 will be perfect to suit our conditions here in Australia,” Marmont said. “The bike has great power and I’ve been feeling really good throughout the pre-season, so now I can’t wait to get things underway this Saturday night.”

A three-man Pro Lites squad from JDR Motorex KTM will also enter the Super X series with momentum on their side, led by this year’s MX Nationals champion Matt Moss. Already signed to head to America next year, Moss wants to prove his might with a third Super X title at home.

“I’ve been feeling really good on my bike and everything has been going to plan,” 23-year-old Moss said. “I feel really, really good, so I’m looking forward to it. I just want to clinch that supercross championship and add it to the motocross title we won earlier this year.”

A real title challenge could come from within Moss’ team in 19-year-old Victorian Josh Cachia, who has recently spent time in the States preparing for the season ahead. Entering his second Super X season and first as a factory rider, he is anxious to get the ball rolling.

“I took a trip to America for a month with the team, just to see how it all works over there,” Cachia said. “It was a great experience and definitely came out of there with more speed. I’m coming into Super X confident with my team and bike, so I don’t see why we can’t score good results.”

Completing the team’s Pro Lites line-up is Queenslander Brenden Harrison, the 22-year-old continuing to gain form and experience following a strong outdoor campaign. A solid pre-season has set the platform for Harrison to battle up front throughout Super X in 2011.

“I’ve been working really hard and everything has been coming together really well,” Harrison said. “I can’t wait to see where I end up at the end of round five. I’m just going to focus on what I can do, prepare the best I can for each race, and I’m sure that will put me in a good position at the end of the series.”

Other KTM-supported riders to enter Super X this season include the Coastal KTM effort of Robbie Marshall (Pro Lites), Jay Wilson (Under 19s) and Tristen Cachia (Under 19s), plus Top Gear KTM’s Lewis Woods (Pro Open). GMR Motorex KTM’s Scott Mann will also be one to watch in the Junior Development category.

Round one of the Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship, will take place on Saturday, 22 October, at Melbourne Knights Stadium in Victoria. Round one will consist of the Double Header format in the main events, being 2 x 8-lap finals in the Pro Lites and 2 x 10-lap finals in the Pro Opens.

Visit www.ktm.com.au on the web for further information on KTM Australia, as well as KTM’s full model line-up of off-road and road motorcycles available for 2012.

For additional information on the JDR Motorex KTM team, visit www.jdrmotorsports.com.au or check the team out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jdrmotorsports.