Brayton seals victory in Italy

TORINO, Italy — Justin Brayton capped off the Supercross offseason with a victory here Saturday.

Brayton, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate and veteran of the racing world, won the SX1 King of Torino title. He finished the 16-lap event just ahead of Cole Seely.

“This whole day was awesome,” Brayton said. “It’s been great being here. I love coming to Italy.”

Brayton finished second to Seely in the Open Final 1 and was the winner of the Open Final 2 ahead of Seely. He also scored the top qualifying time and had the best timed practice posting.

“It was a great last race,” Brayton said. “Cole is a great friend of mine so it was fun to compete against him.”

The event featured the likes of Malcolm Stewart and Ricky Carmichael along with Brayton and Seely.

“It was a great event,” Brayton said. “Being able to be crowned the King of Torino is super cool.

“I’m happy to get a win going into our season.”

This was the first event held in Torino organized by SX Pro. It was the final race ahead of the start of the 2019 Supercross season, which kicks off Jan. 5 in Anaheim at Angel Stadium.

Brayton, who finished fifth last year in the season point standings, is expected to be in action on Feb. 9 when the series comes to Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium for an event.