Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki rising stars Lawson Bopping and Errol Willis took double victories in the Maitland round of the Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship at the weekend.
At 21, Pro Open rookie Bopping (pictured) took a popular victory in just his fourth premier class appearance, racing the Suzuki Fuel-Injected RM-Z450 to 2-2-2 results for the overall win in the Australian Hunter Valley during the Triple Header main event.
The result boosted Bopping up to fourth in the standings with one round remaining, 15 points off the series lead despite a non-finish in the mud at Melbourne’s season opener last month.
“I’m so pumped for the team to win both of our classes between Errol and me,” said Bopping, who also won his heat race in Maitland. “My starts were pretty good all night and I stayed in second. I was riding a bit tight in that last one, but I knew what I had to do to get the overall and it feels great.
“Supercross is more up my alley, compared to motocross, and every round is getting better and better. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t finish round one, but I look forward to next weekend – I just wish the series went for longer!”
Motocross champion Willis won his third main event of the year in the Under 19s category, continuing his perfect season to date and extending his series lead to 25 points with that same amount up for grabs next weekend.
“It’s been a perfect season so far and I really want to keep that going next weekend,” Willis said. “I’m really happy for Lawson and the team to win in the Open class as well, so we are all excited to finish the year on a strong note in Queensland.”
Team manager Chris Woods was proud of his riders and a rewarding result for the team. With one race remaining this season, it’s been a breakthrough year for the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki squad.
“Wow, what a night! To walk away with two overalls for the night was not just an awesome result for the boys, but fantastic for the whole team, as we’ve really been pushing hard for good results in the Super X,” Woods commented. “It’s great to be able to reward Suzuki, all of our sponsors and all the people that help us.
“Errol had a bit of a rough start to the day, but dug deep to get it done and took the win in both the heat and the final, which now puts him one point shy of wrapping up the championship.
“Lawson showed an extreme amount of patience tonight and didn’t rush anything. He put down consistently fast lap times to take out his first, and the team’s first Open overall. This is our first year competing in the premier class and we’ve learnt a lot. Hopefully the team can get back on the podium at the final round in Ipswich.”
Chris Tisdale, General Manager of Team Raceline Pirelli Suzuki echoed similar sentiments. “It was a fantastic result this weekend for both Errol and Lawson. Errol recovered from a heavy crash in qualifying to again prove he is the number one rider in the U19s class. I was surprised that he got up from that crash. When he went down I honestly thought the championship was gone. Not only did he get up and come back for the heat, but he dominated. The kid is extremely tough and determined. Very impressive performance by Errol.
“Lawson’s first Pro Open win was a very rewarding experience for the team. There are milestones in our lives that are always remembered and Saturday night was a milestone for Lawson. It comes as no surprise to us that he was on the top step of the podium. He is extremely fast and only needed strong starts in all three finals to achieve his maiden Pro Open win. His confidence will give him what he needs to repeat the result at the final round in Ipswich, so watch for him up there.
“Congratulations to Chris Woods and the rest of the team for all their hard work.”
2011 Monster Energy Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship
Round Four – Maitland, NSW:
Pro Open Results:
1. Lawson Bopping (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki)
2. Jay Marmont
3. Chris Blose
4. Todd Waters
5. Dan Reardon
6. Tye Simmonds
7. Cody Mackie
8. Daniel McCoy (Motul Pirelli Suzuki)
9. Billy Mackenzie
10. Ryan Marmont
Pro Open Standings:
1. Jay Marmont 80
2. Tye Simmonds 75
3. Daniel McCoy (Motul Pirelli Suzuki) 72
4. Lawson Bopping (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 65
5. Billy Mackenzie 61
6. Todd Waters 56
7. Dan Reardon 55
8. Ryan Marmont 52
9. Chris Blose 47
10. Michael Phillips 39
Under 19s Results:
1. Errol Willis (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki)
2. Sam Martin (Suzuki)
3. Thomas Larsen-Moss
4. Sam Duncanson
5. Geran Stapleton
6. Brayden Constable
7. Jarrad Davis
8. Tristen Cachia
9. Luke Reardon
10. Jack McNeice
Under 19s Standings:
1. Errol Willis (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) 75
2. Geran Stapleton 50
3. Corey Lucas (Suzuki) 48
4. Sam Duncanson 43
5. Thomas Larsen-Moss 38
6. Tristen Cachia 38
7. Mitch Norris 37
8. Brayden Constable 32
9. Jarrad Davis 30
10. Jake Williams (Suzuki) 29