With over twenty millimetres of rain having fallen on the Monza Park circuit by lunchtime Saturday it was always going to be a battle of attrition for junior riders participating in the final round of the Victorian State Junior MX Titles over the weekend. The Monza Park circuit located just outside of Ballarat is known to be one of the most treacherous wet weather tracks in all of Australia and it didn’t lose it’s reputation over the weekend as riders struggled to circulate around the hilly, clay based track.
BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team rider Madi Healey was undefeated in the girls class after the first three rounds, having qualified fastest at each round and won the previous nine races in a row. The wet weather didn’t dampen the Honda rider’s enthusiasm as she went out and once again qualified fastest in the sloppy conditions. As the gate dropped for race one Healey jumped off the line with a huge holeshot and never looked back. Continuing to stretch her lead each lap until the chequered flag was waved, with Healey crossing the line 22 seconds ahead of second place rider Olivia Kimball in a race that was shortened to just 6 minutes plus one lap.
While pit crew were frantically cleaning up bikes and gear in preparation for the second round of racing it was announced over the loud speaker that conditions were too bad to continue racing for the day. The one race held on the day for Madi Healey would be her 10th consecutive win of the season, completing the perfect series campaign for the girl from Shepparton in her first year riding for the factory Honda Junior squad as she was crowned state champion for 2019.
“I am so over the moon I can’t even begin to expain,” said Healey.
“I have to be honest, I had so much fun in the mud today. I was just having one of those days where everything was clicking! My Honda CRF250R has been amazing throughout the whole championship and even in today’s conditions it was floorless. By far the best bike I have ever had! I’d like to say a huge thank you to Lee (Hogan) for being with me every step of the way throughout the championship, both on race day and during training. And a big thank you to my parents, Steven Jones from Tunetech, and to all of our team sponsors that help us out so much.”
Team manager Lee Hogan is proud of his young rider’s achievement in her first year on the team.
“From the moment Madi joined the team late last year she has grown and matured as a rider and an athlete,” said Hogan.
“She works so hard on her riding and now takes her fitness and diet seriously also. Both Madi and her family put their heart and soul into racing and they’ve chased this success for many years now. She deserves this championship and the dominant way that she did it is a credit to her determination.”
With the new number one place on the mantelpiece there is no time for Madi Healey to relax as she aims to defend her ‘Hattah’ Desert race title from last year in the junior girls category this coming weekend.