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Chad Reed & PJ LARSON win opening round of the 2011 Monster Energy Super X Series.


TeamVodafone’s Chad Reed has taken out the first round of the Monster Energy Super X Championship in Newcastle Saturday night with a very dominate performance in front of a home crowd of over 12,500 at Energy Australia stadium.
US imports Josh Hansen and Justin Brayton claimed the remainder podium spots coming in second and third respectively.

The Double Header race format featured in the final, which pitted riders against each other in 2, 12 lap heats. Cougar Bourbon Honda’s Dan Reardon grabbed the first holeshot with Monster Energy / Pro Circuit’s Josh Hansen second and Reed third.
The racing was bar to bar for first, second and third place at the start of the race, but a small slip up by Hansen allowed Reed to pass him. Reed then sat on Reardon’s tail and eventually made the pass half way through the race. Hansen overtook Reardon and began to chase Reed, but the reigning champion was too fast and held on for the win.

Reardon held on for third and FOX/CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s
Jay Marmontfinished fourth. Second fastest qualifier also from the USA, Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX rider Justin Brayton, who was pushed over the berm on the first corner, made his way back through the pack to finish fifth.

Local rider Craig Anderson claimed the second holeshot in the second moto, but it was Reed who got out to an early lead with Brayton second and Reardon third. Hansen passed Reardon on the third lap and the three internationals held their position until the end with Reed throwing a huge whip to his home crowd fans once over the finish line.

Chad Reed
“First and foremost I want to thank all of the Newcastle fans for coming tonight. It has been a long term plan to have a race here and after three years it has finally happened. I felt right at home racing out there and it feels great to get the win. 2010 has been a tough year for me, but I had a blast riding tonight.”

Josh Hansen
“I rode really consistent tonight so I’m happy. I had great fun here tonight and I am really enjoying Australia. I’ve got to thank Monster for making this possible.”

Justin Brayton
“My first race didn’t go to plan, but I managed to get a good start in the second so it was a good result. Reed is racing great and it’s good for him to get the win in front of his hometown. I am really enjoying Australia and I am looking forward to the next two rounds.”

The always exciting Lites class was also decided with a Double Header final and it was US rider JDR Motorex KTM’s PJ Larsen who finished first with Rockstar Motul Suzuki rider Matt Moss second and JDR Motorex KTM’s Ryan Marmont third.

Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Lawson Bopping was leading until the second last lap on the first moto, but was pipped at the post by Larsen with Marmont third. Cody Mackie took an early lead in the second moto, but was overtaken by Larsen and Moss. Moss then overtook Larsen in a close shave and held on for the win.

OPEN Top Ten Results – Round 1
Chad REED - TeamVodafone: 50
2.  Josh HANSEN - Monster Energy Kawasaki: 42
3.  Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 38
4.  Daniel REARDON - Cougar Bourbon Honda Racing:38
Jay MARMONT - CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 34
6.  Tye SIMMONDS - JDR Motorex KTM: 27
7.  Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Honda:27
8.  Daniel McCOY - Coastal KTM Motorex Team:27
9.  Jake MOSS - Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki:27
10. Craig ANDERSON - Berry Sweet / Pro Grip / Talon / RHK / Forma:

LITES Top Ten Results – Round 1

1.  P J LARSEN - JDR Motorex KTM: 25
2.  Matt MOSS - Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 22
3.  Ryan MARMONT - JDR Motorex KTM: 20
4.  Kade MOSIG – Cougar Bourbon Honda : 18
5.  Lawson BOPPING - Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 16
6.  Cody MACKIE - Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning:15
7.  Harley QUINLAN – Yamaha: 14
8.  Luke GEORGE

9.  Luke STYKE -

10. Kirk GIBBS - Serco Yamaha