BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team rider Benny Novak has secured back to back National Junior MX Titles in 2019 by wrapping up the 85cc to 150cc 13 to under 15 years Championship this weekend gone. And in doing so has won Honda its first 150 title against the 85cc two strokes since 2007. Novak didn’t finish outside of the top 2 all week in the six final format and stormed home to win the last three finals in a row.
“It feels really good to clinch this national title,” said Novak.
“But it feels extra special to make it two in a row and to do it on the CRF150R. There are so many people that have helped to get us to this point, but I’d really like to thank my parents for everything they do and a big thank you to Lee (Hogan) for everything he has done for me this year. We’ve worked so hard for this one and it all came together when it counted.”
Novak also participated in the premiere 250cc 15 years class where after five finals he held a strong third place overall. Unfortunately a huge pileup straight out of the start gates for the final moto took down the New South Welshman along with three other riders and forced him out of the race. Still finishing a credible 7th place overall with a DNF!
“Benny peaked at the right time of the year,” said team manager Lee Hogan.
“His riding on the 150 was incredible all week, but I honestly think I was more impressed with his form on the 250. It was such a shame to see him get caught up in a pileup in the final moto because a top 3 in that field would have been super impressive.”
We had some things fall into place for us during the lead up to the national championships which included us getting hold of some special motor parts from Geico Honda thanks to Kristian Kibby, and also the opportunity to run some pre production Michelin Starcross 5 mini tyres on the CRF150R that made a huge difference. But at the end of the day its the riders that have to keep it all together for six days straight under huge amounts of pressure that they put on themselves. I couldn’t be more proud,” continued Hogan.
Novak’s team mate Madi Healey participated in the girls 125cc to 250cc class and landed herself up on the podium in third place overall with a season best performance. Her score-card read 4-4-2-3-3-2 for the week as she improved each race and grew in confidence.
“I was so nervous coming into this week,” said Healey.
“But each race that went past I felt more and more confident. To battle with Charli Cannon for most of that last race and finish just five seconds behind her in second place meant the world to me when just 12 months ago I was seven seconds a lap of her pace and finishing three quarters of a lap behind. Lee Hogan and I have worked so hard on my technique this year and its made such a huge difference. I’ve got another year to my contract with BCP Honda for 2020 so I can’t wait to see what we can do next year. It really has been a dream season for me and I couldn’t be happier.”
Dominic Walker had some struggles with arm pump early in the week but managed to come good when it counted giving himself finishes of 11-14-14-13-10 and was finishing in a strong 7th place in the final race of the week before a flat front tyre relegated him back to 14th. Giving the Victorian 11th overall.
Sam Simpson unfortunately crashed out early in the week with a minor shoulder injury that would keep him off the bike for the remainder of the week.