Team Suzuki Press Office – October 17.

Motul Pirelli Suzuki is shaping up for a competitive 2012 Australian Supercross Championship campaign after a promising opening round of the season at Dubbo’s Morris Park Speedway in New South Wales on Saturday.

British standout Steven Clarke (pictured) was the team’s top performer in the main events on the evening, claiming an inspired fourth in the SX-Lites final aboard the 2013 model fuel injected RM-Z250 despite a lengthy layoff through injury. Clarke was in form throughout the evening, winning the opening heat race of the season before battling his way to a fighting fourth in the Main Event.

Said Clarke: “Coming into Dubbo it had been 11 months since I did a race, so it had been a long time and I had butterflies on the gate for the heat race. It turned out good though; I won the heat race and then going into the Main I felt good and my wrist was nice and strong.

“I was second off the start in the Main, but I went down on lap three and dropped back to 10th or so before charging back up to fourth by the end. I felt good, got the fastest lap of the main, and fourth’s not too bad to start the season with solid points for the championship.”

Fresh back from competing for Australia in Belgium at the Motocross of Nations, 21-year-old Gold Coaster Todd Waters secured sixth in the premier SX-Open category on the 2013 model fuel-injected RM-Z450 despite limited time preparing for Supercross. Waters was content with his result to open the season, but intends to build on his form as the rounds progress.

“We’ve got a lot to build on and I’m grateful that we have a weekend off so I can do some hard training and get a bit of a flow happening in Supercross,” Waters said. “I just felt as though my intensity was lacking, so I’ll work on some sprints over the coming weeks and go from there. I was pretty happy with sixth for the night though, all things considered, so we’ll start from there and keep building.”

Multiple-time Australian champion Matt Moss returned to Motul Pirelli Suzuki at the season-opener, fresh back from a year in the United States, and lined up in the SX-Open class alongside Waters. After winning his heat in convincing fashion, Moss holeshotted the Main Event before he was taken down and out of the order with a shoulder dislocation.

“The weekend started great, I felt really good to be back with Motul Pirelli Suzuki and was able to win my heat race,” said Moss. “I felt good going into the final; got another holeshot and then I got landed on. It popped my shoulder out, so that cut my night short early and I wasn’t able to finish the race. We’ll find out soon whether I’ll be at the second round or not.”

Round two of the Australian Supercross Championships will be run alongside the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 27-28th.

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