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Defending champions Dan Fitter and Callum Scotson produced one of the best performances in Bendigo International Madison history on Sunday night.

It was touted as the best field in modern times and the race didn’t disappoint.

GUTSY RIDE: Dan Fitter and Callum Scotson on their way to victory in the Bendigo International Madison. Picture: NONI HYETT

GUTSY RIDE: Dan Fitter and Callum Scotson on their way to victory in the Bendigo International Madison. Picture: NONI HYETT

International raiders Christian Grassman and Nick Stopler gained a lap three times in the first 150 laps of the 200-lap event.

They looked set for an easy win with 50 laps to go, but Fitter and Scotson mounted a brave comeback.

Down one lap and 20 points, Fitter and Scotson produced a stunning surge in a bid to get back on level terms.

With the big crowd cheering on, Fitter and Scotson chased down Grassman and Stopler and in the process earned a swag of points.

They took the lead on points and reeled in Grassman and Stopler with just six laps to go.

They went on to win with 77 points, 17 ahead of Grassman and Stopler.

Young guns Kelland O’Brien and Matt Ross were third on 61 points, but two laps down.

Local hero Glenn O’Shea and partner Alex Edmondson started brilliantly, but eventually finished fourth on 28 points and two laps down. 

Fitter and Scotson were the first back-to-back winners since O’Shea and Leigh Howard in 2008-09. 

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