With three bikes in the mix, the DPH Husqvarna Factory Racing team was on track to see all three inside the top 10 if it weren’t for a flat tyre in race two of the inaugural S-X Open. Contesting the SX1 class, Hayden Mellross (2nd overall) switched to the FC350 while Dylan Wills (12th overall) stayed with his preferred FC250, to take on some of the best supercross racers in the world. AMA racer Dean Wilson (3rd overall) once again lined up at the gates, also aboard a DPH Husqvarna Factory Racing FC450. With rain throughout the day, event organizers in Auckland, New Zealand, worked tirelessly to give the racers and fans an awesome track, despite the early damp conditions.
Dale Hocking, DPH Husqvarna team owner: “It was awesome to see over 21,000 New Zealand racing fans come out to see us race. The team at AME did a great job to maintain the track through the day and the racing was great all night. Dylan did an awesome job, being the only 250 in the SX1 class, and if it wasn’t for a flat tyre, I’m sure he would’ve put the FC250 well inside the top ten. For Hayden, he only got a chance to ride the FC350 for the first time on the Friday press day and to see him race so consistently, against such a class field just further shows his true potential. Congratulations also to Dean Wilson on taking third overall on our FC450. He’s a talented racer and a genuinely nice guy, more than welcome under the DPH awning anytime.”
Hayden Mellross: “What a way to end my 2018 season. It honestly was a dream to be standing on the podium with Chad (Reed) and Dean (Wilson). With no pressure, I was looking to have some fun this weekend. I’d never ridden the FC350 until the Friday, and after making a number of changes I was feeling really comfortable on the bike. I knew I would be in the mix, but to take home second overall in my first SX1 race is unbelievable. I can’t thank all those around me – the Team, my mechanic, my family, girlfriend and of course my fans and supporters. I couldn’t have done it without all of you!”
Dylan Wills: “What a weekend! Being the only 250 in the field, it was always going to be a battle, but one I was prepared for, and I’m proud of the way I rode against a class field of riders. I was on track for 8th overall but a flat rear tyre in race two threw a spanner into the plan, so no points in the second race dropped me out of the top ten overall. To race a full size supercross track, in a stadium with 21,000 people was unreal, I can’t wait to did it all over again!”
Dean Wilson raced to third overall after overheating his clutch in the tough back-to-back race format
Hayden Mellross takes his first SX1 podium alongside Chad Reed and Dean Wilson in front of 21,000 fans
Three different DPH Husqvarna Factory Racing machines lined up on the gates at the S-X Open.
#5 – Dylan Wills – FC250 / #15 – Dean Wilson – FC450 / #45 – Hayden Mellross – FC350
IMAGE CREDITS: S-X Open
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