Sporting the number one plate comes as a blessing and a curse for Justin Brayton.
The three-time defending Australian Supercross champion knows his rivals are chasing him but he also thrives on the challenge.
Brayton has also won the first two races of this year's championship and he hopes to put on a good show for Illawarra fans when round three is held at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.
"There's always pressure with having the number one on your bike. But I like that type of pressure," Brayton said.
"It's obviously tough but I'm up for the challenge and I'm excited to get things rolling here [in Wollongong].
"Today was our first chance to ride here in WIN Stadium - this place is amazing. The track builders are going to build us an amazing track with lots of big jumps.
"I've raced all around the world and this track is first class. I can't wait to see a big crowd on Saturday night."
Right in Brayton's rear view mirror is Australian Luke Clout who sits in second place on the championship standings.
"I know what it's like to be on my home turf, it brings you extra motivation," the American rider said.
"Clout's the one I know is gunning for me. I've ridden in front of my home crowd and I know there's no better feeling than winning in front of them. I'm ready for him to be on his game.
"There is a little bit rivalry for sure [between Australia and the US]. I just have so much respect for the Australians and they've welcomed me with open arms. I've made a lot of friends here, my wife and I call it our second home. I really enjoy the fan interaction and have enjoyed my time in Australia."
Troy Bayliss Events, in conjunction with Yamaha, organised the Wollongong round. The Australian Motorcycle Festival is also being held at Lang Park this weekend.
Bayliss, a three-time Superbike World champion, said he was thrilled to bring the supercross competition to a regional venue.
The final touches were placed on Friday to convert the stadium into a full-sized dirt track.
"It's great for us to get outside of the heart of Sydney and Melbourne where we usually have something like this," Bayliss said.
"With the Australian Motorcycle Festival right next door, it brings the two events together and really adds to the atmosphere.
"WIN Stadium is a great venue and I think the people are going to love it. There has been a big effort to build a big track for everyone.
"This track is going to be very fast and I'm hoping the Aussie boys can get up."
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