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Anderson’s fitting farewell at Newcastle Supercross

Anderson’s fitting farewell at Newcastle Supercross

Anderson's fitting farewell at Newcastle Supercross

2012 Australian Supercross Championship Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride, with Chad Reed and Lee Hogan - By Col Nelson
2012 Australian Supercross Championship Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride - Action shot - By Col Nelson

Photos:  [Left] Craig Anderson with cousin Chad Reed (left) and  Lee Hogan at his final ride in Newcastle; and [Right]  in action on the night (By Col Nelson).

FINAL ROUND, AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS - newcastle, SYDNEY (NSW), 17 NOV 2012

Craig Anderson ends his illustrious motocross career in Newcastle, where it all started

On 17 November 2012, Australian motocross legend Craig Anderson retired from professional racing in the same town that it all started for him.  He had his last professional ride at the final round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championships at the Newcastle Showgrounds in Sydney, New South Wales.

Throughout his 26 year racing career, Anderson won 13 Australian motocross, supercross and junior titles and a successful international career in Europe and the United States.

After top performances in the German International Supercross Championship (2nd 1999, 4th 2000 and 3rd 2002) “Ando” earned an invitation to race in the United States.

In 2003 he rode for Yamaha of Troy in the 250cc class, winning the Southwick round of the series and finishing seventh overall in his first year.  The following year he moved to the highly competitive Open class where he went head-to-head against his cousin, multiple AMA and FIM World Champion Chad Reed, finishing the season in 15th before returning home to Australia.

The Newcastle race was a fitting finish for Anderson.  It was the place where he had his first race at the age of 14 and it enabled the home crowd to send him off in style and see him battle for the last time against cousin Reed, who also grew up in Newcastle before his family moved to a farm in Kurri Kurri.

Reed won the Open Class at the Newcastle Supercross ahead of Jay Marmont (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Daniel McCoy (Craig Dack Racing Yamaha), with Anderson finishing in fifteenth in the 20-lap final aboard a Yamaha.

Marmont won the 2012 series ahead of McCoy, with Reed in third after winning rounds 2 to 4, having missing the opening round in Dubbo (NSW).

Photo gallery

2012 Australian Supercross Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride with wife, Katrina, kids and Chad Reed - By Col Nelson
2012 Australian Supercross Championship Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride - By Col Nelson
2012 Australian Supercross Championship Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride, with Lee Hogan - By Col Nelson

Photos: [Left] Craig Anderson celebrating his final ride with cousin Chad Reed, wife Katrina and his children at Newcastle; [centre] Ando in action on the night; and [right]  Past motocross champion and commentator Lee Hogan  congratulates Ando (By Col Nelson)

Craig Anderson montage photo - career highlights and final ride in Newcastle in 2012
2003 YOT Craig Anderson leads Michael Byrne at Southwick - with insert

Photos:  [Left] Craig Anderson  in action at Coastal Park (WA), By Peter Kitchingman [6], his final ride in Newcastle, and earlier times with cousin Chad Reed  in the US;  and [Right] winning the Southwick round  of the 250 AMA Championship in 2003.

2012 Newcastle Supercross Results and Final Australian Supercross Championship Points

2012 Australian Supercross Championship Newcastle - Craig Anderson's final ride - By Col Nelson

Final SX-Open Class Results
Newcastle (17 November 2012)

1. Chad Reed (NSW/USA, Honda)
2. Jay Marmont (NSW, Kawasaki)
3. Daniel McCoy (NSW, Yamaha)
4. Jake Moss (QLD, Honda)
5. Lawson Bopping (NSW, Yamaha)
6. Cheyne Boyd (VIC, Honda)
7. Tye Simmonds (NSW, Honda)
8. Ben Townley (NZ, Honda)
9. Todd Waters (QLD, Suzuki)
10. Billy Mackenzie (QLD, Kawasaki)

Photo:  Craig Anderson lining up at the start  at his farewell  ride in Newcastle.

2012 Australian SX-Open
Final Standings

1. Jay Marmont (NSW, Kawasaki), 87 pts
2. Daniel McCoy (NSW, Yamaha), 78
3. Chad Reed (NSW/USA, Honda), 75
4. Jake Moss (QLD, Honda), 67
5. Lawson Bopping (NSW, Yamaha), 66
6. Todd Waters (QLD, Suzuki), 62
7. Cheyne Boyd (VIC, Honda), 55
8. Tye Simmonds (NSW, Honda), 55
9. Ben Townley (NZ, Honda), 48
10. Billy Mackenzie (QLD, Kawasaki), 46

Video gallery

Newcastle Herald – Ando hangs up the boots

Reed wins Newcastle Supercross round

Marmont wins 2012 Australian Open SX series

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