BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team take aim at 2016
After a steller debut year in 2015 with Taj Marshall taking the honours at the National Junior MX Championships while team mate Trent Collins finished runner up on board their CRF250R’s, the BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team have kept the ball rolling throughout the Christmas break to ensure no stone is left unturned with both bike and rider development for the new season.
Reigning National Junior Champion Taj Marshall will once again ride for the team under the watchful eye of Team owner Lee Hogan where the 15 year old will defend his number one plate against the fastest juniors in the country.
“We really had a fairy tale year last year, but I believe we have the potential to do it all again with just a bit of luck on our side,” said Taj Marshall.
“My race bike is a huge improvement over last year, so really it’s up to me to keep doing the hard work and make sure that I’m right up there on the podium even with a bad weekend if possible.”
Trent Collins is a young New Zealander who scored himself a guest ride with the BCP Pro Circuit Honda squad at the 2015 National Junior Championships in Bunbury, WA. Trent impressed everyone at the event by not only finishing runner up to his team mate Taj Marshall in the 13 to under 15 years 250cc class but also by winning the final race of the week when the track was at it’s roughest. His strength of character and determination impressed Team owner Lee Hogan that much that within weeks of the event Collins was signed by the team to contest all major Australian events in 2016 for the team.
“The opportunity to head to Australia and race for such a professional junior team was just awesome. It was a bit daunting at the start of the week because the bike I was riding was so much faster than what I had at home, but once I got into the swing of things we just improved each day and finished off with a win. I couldn’t be happier getting the opportunity to ride under the BCP Honda banner for 2016 once I finish my NZ commitments come March.”
Since Trent Collins’ impressive second placing at Bunbury last year, he returned to New Zealing where he is currently undefeated with a 6 event win streak. He will carry huge momentum into his Australian campaign for 2016.
Tom Bell is a new recruit for the BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team and for 2016 will mainly concentrate on the CRF150R while also making up a three rider squad on the bigger CRF250R alongside his two team mates. Tom is a young gun with all the potential in the world and has been setting Ride Park’s alight throughout Victoria in recent weeks on his pocket rocket CRF150R.
“Over the past few years we have been trying to race three classes with little to no support at all,” said Tom.
“To be able to mainly focus on the 150 now while also finding time to train on the 250 has been so much easier with all this support. Having Lee (Hogan) and Tim (Vare) training us on a weekly basis means we don’t have any time to development any bad habits and the bike development has been a real eye opener for me. I can’t believe how much fun I’m having on the little 150R. I’m looking forward to a good, solid season.”
The BCP Pro Circuit Honda Team will once again see Tim Vare from Eight11 racing preparing bikes while weaving his magic on suspension and engine settings. The team for the first time have access to engine parts via iconic American MX2 team Geico Honda. You can keep track of the BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team and their results throughout the year by logging onto www.buildingchampionsprogram.com.au or following the boys Instagram accounts
BCP Pro Circuit Honda will utilise the services of:
Fuchs Silkolene Oils
ETS Racing Fuels
ODI Handlebars and Grips
Eastern Designs Graphics
Motostuff Braking Systems
Pro Carbon Racing
POD Knee Braces
Mountain Shade Tents