With only a handful of days before the 2016 Australian Junior Motocross Championships kick off in Renmark, South Australia, the BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development team will be turning up with a strong four rider team.
After a successful inaugural year for the team in 2015 which saw Taj Marshall secure the National number 1 plate on his BCP Honda CRF250R and his team-mate Trent Collins finish with the number two plate in the same class, the duo are hoping to repeat their effort and go ‘one-two’ once again for 2016. This year both Marshall and Collins are joined by teammate Tom Bell on board the CRF250R and will provide a three-pronged Honda attack in the 15 year old 250cc premiere class.
“Everything we have been doing throughout the season has been leading up to this one week in September,” said team manager Lee Hogan.
“I’m happy to say that all four riders are in the best form that we have seen all season long. And all of our riders are fit and healthy with no niggling little injuries. The National Junior Titles are quite unique in the fact that it is our only Australian Motocross race in both juniors and seniors where the event lasts for a whole week. There are so many elements to consider when preparing for this event, however we have ticked all our boxes and managed to peak at the right time.”
16 year old reigning National Champion Taj Marshall will once again lead the rider list and heads into the Junior Titles with terrific momentum after winning his last three events on the trot.
“I had a tough start to the year trying to juggle a full time job and racing at the highest level,” said Marshall.
“The last three months have come together exactly how we planned. I’ve been able to put work on hold and give my riding and training 100% attention and it’s made a huge difference. Our build up has been almost identical to last year’s National Junior Titles and I know I’ve given myself the best shot at defending the title.”
Trent Collins has been trecking back and forward from his hometown in New Zealand throughout the 2016 season to participate here in Australia and has shown that on his day he is the fastest rider in his class. A superb buildup to the Aussie Junior Titles back home in NZ has the kiwi very confident.
“We’ve had a really successful run of results over the past 12 months, both here in Australia and New Zealand on the Honda machines,” said Collins.
“I’ve had a lot of second place finishes here in Australia including last year’s Nationals in Bunbury to my team mate Taj Marshall. I really want to go that one better this year and cap off my junior career with an Aussie title.”
The third 250cc rider on the team is Victorian Rosebud rocket Tom Bell. Tom has gone from struggling in the early part of the year to now being on pace with the fastest riders in his class.
“I’m really happy with my change of form in the last few months,” said Bell.
“Every time I hop on the bike I’m feeling faster and more confident. I know I let it all hang out and ride on the ragged edge a bit, but that’s just me. I’ll give it my best shot this week and if my starts are on point I’ll be right there in the mix.”
New recruit on the CRF150R small wheel Honda Anthony Atanasovski has taken to his new ride very quickly. Over the last three months Atanasovski has won five events including two solid clean sweeps.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that Lee Hogan has given me to represent the team and while we have had some success in the last few months I know it is going to be a huge challenge next week,” said Anthony.
“I’ll always give it my best shot and try my best to get the 150 up on the box where I know it deserves to be.”
The Australian Junior National Motocross Championships kick off this Sunday 25th September as official practice gets underway. The championships will be wrapped up and presented by Friday night the 30th September.