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Brayton earns fourth straight Australian title

—Submitted photo Justin Brayton, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate shown here with his daughter, Parker, won his fourth straight Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday.

MELBOURNE, Aus. — It’s doesn’t come as a shock when Justin Brayton finds himself in the winner’s circle, but winning four straight Australian Supercross Championships isn’t an easy feat.

Brayton, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, became the first to claim four consecutive titles.

“It means a lot to win four championships in a row,” Brayton said in an exclusive interview with The Messenger. “It’s hard to win one, let alone four.

“It had never been done before so to put my name in the record books is pretty cool.”

Brayton earned the championship with a victory at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne on Saturday for Penrite Honda Racing.

Chad Reed made an aggressive pass on Jason Anderson for the lead on lap one and Luke Clout got caught up in the havoc. Anderson went down again while making a pass just before the finish line, as Brayton maintained second for much of the outing, finally passing Reed to clinch the victory.

Reed was second ahead of Josh Hill, who tried a pass on the final turn, while Brent metcalfe and Dan Reardon finished out the top five.

Riche Evans finished sixth ahead of Anderson, Dylan Long, Joel Wightman and Clout. Anderson raced to the hole-shot in the main event two with Clout behind. He was passed back by Anderson, while Brayton saw the opportunity with the shortcut lane to overcome both of them, earning and maintaining the top spot for most of the race.

The beginning of the third main event was rough, but Anderson had a smooth ride to win, while Hill was second and Brayton finished third.

Overall, Brayton won over Anderson and Hill, who earned his first podium across three appearances in Australia. Brayton was crowned champion over Clout and Reardon.

Now Brayton will continue to compete, heading to Switzerland.

“I head to Geneva Switzerland next weekend to try and win that for the sixth time,” Brayton said. “After that I will head back to the states.”