Luke Styke took fifth at round two and holds down third in the championship
Gibbs overcame a fall on lap one to claw his way back to 12th
Luke Arbon posted an impressive sixth on the night

Styke Maintains Top Three In SuperX Pro Lites

31 Oct 2011

Serco Yoshimura Yamaha’s Luke Styke logged another top five result at round two of the Monster Energy SuperX taking fifth on the night and holding down third in the championship with three rounds remaining.

Despite the wet and trying conditions, Styke rode a well constructed race to take fifth on the night where circulating the track was difficult. A thunderstorm hit Win Stadium just after the qualifying heats and had riders, teams and officials scrambling to deal with the drastically changed conditions.

The officials decided to revert back to a single 15 lap final for the Pro Lites riders instead of the originally planned Triple Challenge format as rain continued to lash the venue and turned the well groomed and circuit into a mine field of mud and standing water.

The Nowra local kicked off his night in fine style taking a heat race victory when the track was dry and conditions were perfect. But that meant little as the field gridded up for the main event later that evening.

Styke got the start he needed in the main event, survived the on-going chaos in atrocious conditions and slotted nicely into fifth where he maintained the position to the end.

“My goal for SuperX was to be in the top five of every race and so far, so good. I can’t say that I really enjoy riding in the mud and two weeks in a row makes it hard on the bikes and the team but I happy with our things are going the Serco team has been great.”

Despite a fall in the opening lap of the final, Serco’s Kirk Gibbs still maintains a top 10 position in the championship after finishing 12th on the weekend. Gibbs was tagged by another rider who had lost control of his bike and then had to work hard to salvage any points he could.

Just behind Styke was GYTR Rockstar Yamaha rider Luke Arbon in sixth place. Arbon bounced back strongly after a disappointing opening round and now sits inside the top 10 in the championship standings and looking to build on the momentum gained at Wollongong.

“The team had my bike running awesome this weekend,” Arbon states. “I didn’t get a great jump from the gates but I made some passes and got towards the front as fast as I could. By mid race I was onto the pack in front of me and battling for the podium but I made a few mistakes and dropped back a little at the end. Still, happy with the result and the way I raced and can’t wait for the next round.”

Both Under 19 and Junior finals were cancelled due to the weather conditions.

Round Results – Pro Lites
Wollongong

1st Matt Moss – JDR Motorex KTM: 25
2nd Steven Clarke – Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki 22
3rd Brendan Harrison – JDR Motorex KTM: 20
4th Gavin Faith – Carlton Dry THOR Honda 18
5th Luke Styke – Serco Yamaha: 16
6th Luke Arbon – GYTR Rockstar Yamaha - 15

7th Adam Monea – Team 07 Axis Motorsport: 14
8th Casey Turner – Mega Motorcycles - 13
9th Matt Ryan – Scrivens Racing: 12
10th Keiron Hall – Axis 07 Motorsports:

Championship standings – Pro Lites
1st Matt MOSS – JDR Motorex KTM: 50
2nd Brendan HARRISON – JDR Motorex KTM: 40
3rd Luke STYKE – Serco Yamaha: 38
4th Steven CLARKE – Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki: 37
5th Adam MONEA – Team 07 Axis Motorsport: 28
6th Gavin FAITH – Carlton Dry THOR Honda: 27
7th Casey TURNER - Suzuki: 25
8th Kirk GIBBS – Serco Yamaha: 22
9th Luke Arbon – GYTR Rockstar Yamaha: 20

10thMatt RYAN – Scrivens Racing: 20

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Shayne Rice
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