If Justin Brayton is to repeat his Australian Supercross Championship round one SX1 success in Jimboomba on November 18, he will have to contend with not only his opponents, but a brand new track.
Brayton won the 450cc SX1 class at Jimboomba X Stadium in the championship’s first round on September 23, beating Dean Ferris and Logan Village’s own Dan Reardon, but the final round on November 18 will have a new track for all of the riders to master according to organiser Scott Bannan.
“The last track was based on the track in Salt Lake City in Utah, but this one is built by Tom Moss, he is easily the best track builder in the country,” he said.
“It’s a totally different track, instead of racing in like a U shape, this time he has come across the track the other way, so the riders are coming back two or three times across the starting straight.
“It’s a harder track because it is the final round and the guys are pretty switched on by then.”
Bannan said each time he hosts the Supercross he looks for ways to improve the overall event experience and that included this year.
“This round we are adding a few little things, like more bins and a more toilets near the bar,” he said.
“We’ve got a different type of toilet now for blokes to just go use quicker, that will free the other ones up for the girls.”
“We have more racing too, we got one complaint from one person that there wasn’t enough racing but he actually just got there too late.
“That being said we are going to put a bit more into the night show, the 250cc guys, we will give them an extra race and we have got a little 50cc kids race as well.”
American rider Brayton won the main event the SX1 final on September 23, while the SX2 250cc final was won by US based Australian rider Hayden Mellross and both will be among numerous riders to watch on the new track Bannan said.
“All four championships should come down to Jimboomba, the Sydney round blows it open a bit because Chad Reed comes out for that, as well as Jason Anderson and a few other guys as well, so the points get spread around a bit more.”
“So all four classes should be decided on the night at Jimboomba.”
More than 7000 people flooded the grounds of Hills international College in Jimboomba for round one and Bannan said he is hopeful of a similar turnout.
“We can keep two rounds at Jimboomba if we get the crowds, we have to prove to motorcycling Australia that Jimboomba can handle two rounds,” he said.
“Hopefully we get another good crowd, having the final round and the four championship deciders will be really cool.”