By Adam Duckworth
The Australian Supercross Open may not be the biggest event in the world but it turned into one of the most controversial and exciting winter supercross rounds ever, with Cooper Webb just beating home hero Chad Reed to the title.
With the controversy surrounding the on-off-on announcement of whether James Stewart would ride – finally scuppered when he got hurt in Lille - organisers dreamed up a fantastic replacement which was a Chad Reed versus Ricky Carmichael head-to-head race over both nights in the Sydney arena.
The pair, who clashed many times over the years in frantic race action, got to it once more – even though RC has been retired for several years and Reed is still racing. The crowd went wild as the pair stayed close together, with Reed holding on to take the win both times. In the main race action, Yamaha-mounted Reed had the crowd going wild on the opening night as he took victory from Gavin Faith and Dan Reardon while Webb took fourth.
But it was Sunday night's race that was the official race for the Open title, and Yamaha's Cooper Webb just managed to hold off Reed to take the race win and the crown. Lawson Bopping took third from Daniel McCoy.
In the SX2 class, former GP rider Jimmy Decotis took back-to-back victories with clear margins. The American former Monster Kawasaki CLS GP rider will ride for Geico Honda in 2016.
RESULTS: SX1 Saturday main:
1. Chad REED, 2. Gavin FAITH, 3. Daniel REARDON, 4. Cooper WEBB
5. Daniel McCOY, 6. Lawson BOPPING, 7. Kade MOSIG, 8. Kale MAKEHAM, 9. Cheyne BOYD, 10. Luke STYKE 11. Robbie MARSHALL
Sunday: 1. Cooper WEBB, 2. Chad REED, 3. Lawson BOPPING, 4. Daniel McCOY, 5. Daniel REARDON, 6. Cheyne BOYD, 7. Robbie MARSHALL, 8. Aaron TANTI, 9. Jono KRUSIC, 10. Josh SPANOS
SX2 Saturday main: 1. Jimmy DECOTIS, 2. Wade HUNTER, 3. Jackson RICHARDSON, 4. Geran STAPLETON, 5. Lewis WOODS, 6. Jack SIMPSON, 7. Joel WIGHTMAN, 8. Luke WILSON, 9. Luke CLOUT, 10. Tomas RAVENHORST, 11. Dylan WILLS, 12. Kyle WEBSTER.
Sunday: 1. Jimmy DECOTIS, 2. Jackson RICHARDSON, 3. Geran STAPLETON, 4. Joel WIGHTMAN, 5. Tomas RAVENHORST, 6. Jesse MADDEN, 7. Jake VELLA, 8. Lewis WOODS, 9. Jack SIMPSON, 10. Jake WILLIAMS, 11. Luke WILSON, 12. Kyle WEBSTER.