News 21 Oct 2022

Savatgy, Oldenburg fastest in Friday WSX free practice

WSX Australian Grand Prix opens in Melbourne with AUSX series.

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A series of World Supercross Championship (WSX) free practice sessions on Friday night in Melbourne saw Rick Ware Racing’s Joey Savatgy on top of the WSX time-sheets, as Mitchell Oldenburg led the way in SX2.

The premier WSX class saw Savatgy post a flying 46.577s – the lone rider beneath the 47s mark – and that was 0.454s ahead of Ken Roczen (Honda Genuine Honda Racing).

Third position was Frenchman Cedric Soubeyras (Bud Racing Kawasaki) in an up-turn of form, ahead of Vince Friese (MotoConcepts Honda) from FP1 and Josh Hill (CDR Yamaha) overall.

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In SX2, a 48.176s lap-time set by Mitchell Oldenburg (MotoConcepts Honda) in the opening free practice was the benchmark, with Justin Bogle (MDK Motorsports KTM) leading the way in FP2.

On combined times, Oldenburg led the way ahead of MCR teammate Cole Seely – who was P2 in both sessions – and Bogle, courtesy of his time set later in the program tonight. Fourth on the charts was Carson Brown (GSM Yamaha), with points-leader Shane McElrath (Rick Ware Racing Yamaha) in fifth.

Saturday evening will see the WSX championship take center-stage, with an additional practice session due to take place ahead of qualifying, the heat races and triple main events across both the WSX and SX2 categories.

A number of WSX regulars weren’t on-track in the free practice sessions on Friday, instead lining up in round one of The Australian Supercross Championship (WSX) on double-duty.

It was a spectacular SX1 main event in the domestic series won by Justin Brayton (Honda Genuine Polyflor Honda Racing) ahead of Aaron Tanti (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) and Dean Wilson (Honda Racing), while SX2 saw Max Anstie (Honda Racing) take victory over Cole Thompson (Serco Yamaha) and Nathan Crawford (KTM Racing Team).

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