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Moss Tops Practice at Opening Round

Courtesy Alex Gobert / MotoOnline.com.au

Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Matt Moss has topped the opening day of practice during Hidden Valley Raceway’s opening round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championships in Darwin.

Moss’ fastest lap of 1m13.198 came in session two on a hot and humid day of practice, which featured two 15-minute sessions before a 10-minute session concluded Friday’s on-track action.

“My bike feels good and the track’s pretty good – they’re just trying to get more water into it,” Moss explained. “All in all though it was good.”

American Weston Peick (Carlton Dry Honda Racing) jumped up to second fastest late in proceedings, topping the third session with his 1m13.314. Completing the top three was Campbell Mining Suzuki’s Jake Moss, just over a second off the pace of twin brother Matt.

CDR Yamaha’s Lawson Bopping debuted the 2014 YZ450F on top in practice session one, a time that would cement him fourth place overall. Open class rookie Kirk Gibbs (Motorex KTM) rounded out the top five ahead of Jay Marmont (Monster Energy Kawasaki and Josh Hill (InsureMyRide/Hart and Huntington/Suzuki).

In the SX-Lites it was another new MX Nationals champion who proved fastest as Luke Styke (Serco Yamaha) led the way with a 1m17.207 lap, half a second ahead of returning Queenslander Brenden Harrison (Choice Motorsport KTM).

Last year’s Under 19s champion Kale Makeham (Tune Tech Racing KTM) was a solid third fastest, from Taylor Potter (Honda) and Luke Arbon (Serco Yamaha).

2013 Terex Australian Supercross Championship
Rounds one and two – Hidden Valley Raceway, NT

SX-Open practice results:
1. Matt MOSS 1m13.198
2. Weston PEICK 1m13.314
3. Jake MOSS 1m14.204
4. Lawson BOPPING 1m14.512
5. Kirk GIBBS 1m14.785
6. Jay MARMONT 1m14.905
7. Josh HILL 1m14.997
8. Daniel McCOY 1m17.043
9. Sam MARTIN 1m18.067
10. Hayden MELLROSS 1m19.031
11. Kade MOSIG 1m20.339
12. Lewis WOODS 1m23.621
13. Mat HAWORTH 1m25.420
14. Tim VARE 1m25.483
15. Chris CAMILLERI 1m28.200
16. Phillip BODEY 1m30.858

SX-Lites practice results:
1. Luke STYKE 1m17.207
2. Brenden HARRISON 1m17.757
3. Kale MAKEHAM 1m18.007
4. Taylor POTTER 1m18.947
5. Luke ARBON 1m19.147
6. Ryan MARMONT 1m19.554
7. Dylan LONG 1m19.738
8. Gavin FAITH 1m20.424
9. Kayne LAMONT 1m22.223
10. Nickolas SUTHERLAND 1m23.411
11. Luke WILSON 1m24.009
12. Tristen CACHIA 1m26.052
13. Boyd HOCKING 1m27.441
14. Daniel McINNES 1m27.954
15. Nicholas GECK 1m31.708
16. Daniel CHALLEN 1m44.800

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