Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen Leads Monster Energy SuperX
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Josh Hansen’s second Australasian Monster Energy SuperX podium in as many rounds has handed the Californian racer the lead in the Championship. Hansen’s finely honed skills shone through as he battled the wet and slippery Canberra track on Saturday 23 October to take 2nd for the round and the series red plate.
Hansen was kept busy on the morning of race day with an appearance with the Kawasaki Racing Team riders at a newly opened Kawasaki dealership in Canberra. Posing for photographs and signing autographs for the crowd of more than a thousand fans, Hansen got to meet and chat with the fans who would, only hours later, watch him race to the Championship lead at the 2nd round of the Monster Energy SuperX Championship.
Backing up an impressive 2nd place finish at the series opener in Newcastle last weekend, Hansen negotiated the less than perfect track conditions at Canberra in brilliant fashion to take 2-2-2 in the Triple Challenge (3 x 8 lap) format to take 2nd overall for the round.
Josh Hansen was pleased with his performance at Canberra, saying, “I’m very happy. It’s all about staying consistent and I think I did a good job of staying consistent tonight. I just want to keep upping my intensity each weekend. I think Kevin (Windham) just rode better than me tonight and that’s the way it ended. I’d like to win but the Championship is the bigger picture in the end. ”
When asked about the level of racing in Australia compared to the AMA series in the USA, Hansen says, “A lot of these guys I’m racing against are guys that I race against back home. A lot of these Australian guys have raced back in America and do good and with the short races you really can’t count anybody out. Being American or being Australian, whoever, the shorter format keeps the racing tight and people on their toes so I’m not one to count anybody out. Each race I just need to go out and attack for the win.”
Josh Hansen will be out to extend his series lead on board his red plate adorned Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX450F at Launceston, Tasmania this Saturday 30 October for the 3rd round of the 2010 Monster Energy Australasian Super X Championship.