Seth Crump (KTM), the son of three-time world speedway champion Jason Crump, has won a dramatic third and final Supersport 300 race to kick off proceedings on race day at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017.
A crash off the start line bought out the race’s first red flag, and it was Oli Bayliss (Kawasaki) who got the early lead in the restart, bringing 2015 Australian Moto3™ champion Tom Bramich (Yamaha), Zach Levy (Yamaha) and Max Croker (KTM) with him.
Bayliss, who had lucked out with backmarkers in the previous two races to deny him the win, suffered a fast crash at the ultra-fast turn one on lap three, narrowly escaping injury when two other bikes followed him into the gravel at speed.
Crump made the most of the opportunity and battled for the lead with an equally determined Bramich for the remainder of the shortened six-lap race, as Levy stuck to the back of the pair ready to take advantage of any mistakes.
But it was Crump who would use the slipstream to pip Bramich at the line to take his maiden win in the Supersport 300 class.
Levy picked up third, race two winner Croker finished a further two seconds back in fourth, almost 10 seconds clear of Ty Lynch (Yamaha) in fifth place.
Layla Relph (Yamaha) was once again the best performer of the five female entrants, scoring her best finish of the weekend when she crossed the line in seventh place.
Croker ended the weekend on top with 62 points, ahead of Crump’s 54 and Levy’s 49. In fourth place was Bramich, also on 49 points, while Jack Mahaffy (Yamaha) rounded out the top five on 45 points.