Harley Quinlan makes a sensational SuperX debut in seventh place
Luke Styke takes a ninth and looking for bigger and better things

Yamaha Young Guns Stand Tall at Super X

18 Oct 2010

The pairing of Harley Quinlan and Luke Styke led the Yamaha charge in the Pro Lites division on board their GYTR Rockstar Yamaha machines with both riders finishing inside the top 10 at the opening round of the 2010 Super X Championship.

In front of a capacity Energy Australia Stadium, in Newcastle, both riders turned in strong performances that have them well placed as the seven round series rolls on over the following eight weeks.

The Newcastle event was Harley Quinlan’s debut in supercross as a professional rider and his first supercross since 2004 when he was on a YZ85cc. The fact alone makes his seventh place finish on the night even more remarkable.

Quinlan got a great jump in the opening eight lap moto and slotted into fourth place in the early laps. He worked hard to bridge the gap to the top three and with a few laps to go was all over the back of Ryan Marmont and challenging for third when he tipped over and hit the deck. He quickly remounted and held onto his fourth place until the finish.

Moto two and Quinlan was in the middle of a 10 rider freight train that banged bars the entire race. He crossed the finish line in eighth place and his combined scores of 4-8 was good enough for equal sixth on the night, but seventh overall on a points count back.

“I am so happy. I had a goal tonight of doing every race inside the top 10 and I more than met that goal. I was able to race with the best riders in the country and I was having a great time out there that I didn’t even think about where I was coming or the points.”

“Racing Super X is so cool and I can’t wait for next week in Canberra,” said the elated Quinlan.

Teammate Luke Styke also kicked off his championship opener with a top 10 performance to round out the night in ninth place. Styke had to work hard for his results all night but in his usual never say die attitude he fought on until the final corner.

Despite the top 10 result, Styke wasn’t happy with how he raced and vowed to do better at the next event in Canberra.

“I just rode a bit tight tonight and didn’t flow they way I should. I was racing the guys behind me and not the track in front of me was tense on the bike. But the first round is out of the way and the nerves are gone, so next week I will just relax and race they way I should,” Styke commented.

Round 1 Results – Newcastle
Pro Lites

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st PJ Larsen

KTM

1-2

47points

2nd Matt Moss

Suzuki

5-1

40points

3rd Ryan Marmont

KTM

3-6

35points

4th Kade Mosig

Honda

5-4

34points

5th Lawson Bopping

Suzuki

2-9

34points

6th Cody Mackie

Kawasaki

10-3

31points

7th Harley Quinlan

Yamaha

4-8

31points

8th Luke George

Kawasaki

8-7

27points

9th Luke Styke

Yamaha

9-10

23points

10th Kirk Gibbs

Yamaha

14-5

22points

Credits: 
Damien Ashenhurst / Jeff Crow
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