After two huge debut Australian Supercross Championship events in 2015, Jimboomba in the Logan Shire of south-east Queensland is all set to roar into life once more when the high-flying two-wheel spectacle of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship clicks top gear on Saturday night, September 17.
Jimboomba X-Stadium has been bestowed the honour of hosting the opening round of this year’s six-event Australian Supercross Championship and organiser Scott Bannan is pulling out all the stops to deliver fans a world-class event, recently announcing American Supercross star Davi Millsaps will be jetting Down Under to face off against Australia’s best at the Jimboomba meet.
“I am really looking forward to heading Down Under to take on all of Australia’s best riders in the Australian Supercross Championship opener,” enthuses Millsaps, who previously raced in Australia in 2009, when he finished second to Aussie superstar Chad Reed in the Brisbane round of the Super-X series.
“There are a lot of fast Australian riders, including Dan Reardon, Matt Moss and Kirk Gibbs, and I’m really looking forward to racing them at Jimboomba, which will be the only round of the Aussie Championship I will compete in, so I hope plenty of fans get out now and get their tickets to the event – it’s shaping up to be an awesome race.”
Millsaps, 28, is one of the USA’s most decorated dirt bike racers, being a former nine-time AMA National Amateur champion who then turned Pro in 2005 and went on to win an AMA Supercross Lites East Coast Championship and capture numerous AMA Supercross and Motocross Championship race wins and podium placings during an extensive career that has seen him enjoy factory-backed rides with Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.
This year Millsaps has been racing the Canadian MX Nationals Championship for the factory-backed KTM Canada Thor Racing team, where he currently leads the MX1 Championship standings (ahead of Aussie Yamaha rider Brett Metcalfe) after posting a dominant 1-1 result at the most recent seventh round in Nova Scotia.
The appearance of Millsaps at the Jimboomba X-Stadium kick-off to the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship gives the event a huge dose of added horsepower, which is sure to help see the popular venue, which is just 30 minutes from both the centre of Brisbane and the Gold Coast strip, filled to capacity, just as it was twice during last year’s Championship chase.
Defending SX1 Australian Supercross Champion Dan Reardon (CDR Yamaha) is racing to return to fitness for the September 17 Jimboomba X-Stadium event after recent knee surgery, and is determined to be on the grid to defend his number one plate.
But the classy Queensland veteran Reardon, who made a stunning return to racing from retirement last year, will not only face the added pressure of the presence of Millsaps on the Jimboomba grid, but will also confront the in-form trio of top Aussie racers Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing), Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha) and Todd Waters (Wilson Cool Air Motul Factory Suzuki), who are right now locked in mortal combat for the MX Nationals Australian MX1 Championship, which has two rounds to run at the end of this month.
With the SX2 Australian Supercross Championship set deliver a similarly stacked line-up of riders, along with fields of young gun Junior Cup racers, all of whom will compete on a Jimboomba X-Stadium track that this year will again feature an elevated start line and huge sand pit section, the September 17 Australian Supercross Championship opener is sure to be a night to remember.
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