CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Luke Clout was quickest in opening SX1 practice at the 2019 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, as Mitchell Oldenburg (Penrite Honda Racing) led the way in SX2.
Clout’s 47.528s lap-time edged American Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) for position by 0.095s, with Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) third.
Another US guest in Joey Savatgy (JGR Suzuki) was fourth, followed by Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing) in fifth. Chad Reed (Penrite Racing Mountain Motorsport Honda) was 16th, still recovering from rib injuries sustained in Paris.
The SX2 practice saw Oldenburg comfortably quickest, recording a 48.632s to lead Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) by 0.896s with Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing) third.
Filling the top five was Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) and Dylan Wills (Davey Motorsports KTM) respectively. Qualifying is scheduled to take place from 3:26pm NZDT.