Round 1 of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships are set to take place this coming weekend at the Cobram Border Motocross club. Riders from all over the country will converge on the small country town as the first of many title events gets underway for 2017.
Last year’s Victorian Junior Women’s State Champion Tanesha Harnett will defend her title on board her BCP Pro Circuit Honda CRF250R.
“I’m really looking forward to having my first women’s race of the year this weekend on board the Honda,” said Tanesha.
“Over the last couple of months I’ve been having a ball racing against the boys in my home state of NSW but this is my first real opportunity to test myself against the girls on my new ride, and of course try to defend my state title down in Victoria.”
Along with her Victorian State Title, Tanesha also wrapped up her home state title in NSW, while winning the Queensland ‘Go Girls’ series and earned herself second place in the National Junior Championships for 2016. Her move to the factory Honda Junior Team for 2017 under the wing of team manager and mentor Lee Hogan has proved a positive one with the young 14 year old rising to a new level of confidence and speed on the track since making the move.
“When Tanesha first hopped on the CRF250R four stroke she struggled a little bit keeping the bike in the right gear, like most people when they first get off a two stroke,” said Team Manager Lee Hogan.
“But that lasted about two days when she started to figure out where the bike makes its power. She’s come so far in a short period of time and I’m really looking forward to being there for her first big race this Sunday with the team.”
Star rider for the junior Honda squad Rhys Budd will be sidelined for Round 1 of the Vic State Titles with a wrist injury that will see him off the bike for two more weeks.
“I’m gutted to miss Round 1 of the Vic titles but I’m happy that I’ll get a few weeks of riding and training under my belt before Round 1 of the National Championships at Appin, my home track on April 23rd,” said Rhys Budd.
“l’ll be there at Cobram this weekend to help the team out and keep an eye on how everyone is going.”
Current South Australian State Champion Travis Edwards and hometown boy, Victorian Royce Anell will aim to kick off their season this weekend in the A grade 250cc class with a good result for themselves and the team as they have their first race under the BCP Pro Circuit Honda Team banner.
Round 2 of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships will be held at Colac April 29th 30th.