As expected, Justin Brayton will return to Australia later this year to contest the Australian Supercross Championship. The two-time and defending Australian Supercross champion will return to the Penrite Honda Racing team in 2018.
After the most successful season of his career in Monster Energy Supercross, Brayton, who recently turned 34, signed a two-year extension to remain with Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda.
Earlier this year, Brayton captured his first career win in Daytona, in the process becoming the oldest winner in SX history. He finished the season fifth in 450SX points.
Brayton, the defending SX1 Australian Supercross champion, said he believes Australia helps him prepare for Monster Energy Supercross.
“I 100 percent believe that racing in Australia gave me the kick-start I needed to be ready for the world supercross championship in America,” he said. “We were able to prepare in race conditions—the emulation is priceless, and I am thankful that all parties came together to make it seamless.
“I look forward to coming back for the 2018 SX season,” he continued. “Australia feels like my second home, since 2016 I have spent nearly as much time in Australia as I have in my home in Charlotte as the American championship is relentless—we are travelling to 16 rounds across 17 weekends, so it’s quite full-on.”
The Australian Supercross Championship kicks off September 15 Jimboomba in Queensland.