BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team riders Dante Hyam and Kipp Adams have earned themselves a spot on the podium in their respective classes at the National Junior Motocross Championships held in Penguin, Tasmania over the last week.
Reigning 250cc National Champion Dante Hyam on board his BCP CRF250R Honda Racing machine had to fight for his podium spot after fracturing a bone in his hand mid week. The New South Welshman toughed it out and with consistent results managed to find himself in a credible third place on the podium in the 15 years 250cc class once the points were tallied following the final race of the week.
“It was a struggle for us this week,” said Hyam.
“I just couldn’t find my groove earlier in the week, and once I didn’t find it I unfortunately broke a bone in my hand which made it almost impossible to hang on. None-the-less I’m happy to be able to salvage a podium position from riding smart, where in the past I would have usually tried to ride through it and had a huge crash that would end my week. I’d like to say a huge thank you to my dad, the team and Simon Jobson for everything they do.”
Kipp Adams was the surprise package of the week, managing to finish third place overall in the 250cc 13 to under 15 years title after a consistent week of good starts and good finishes.
“I’ve been in this position before where I’ve been in a good spot for a potential top three in an Australian title but something always seems to go wrong,” said Adams.
“I’m so happy to have had a consistent run and to end up with a third place in the country. I’d like to thank Lee (Hogan) for his help during the week, with line selection and keeping me calm for the races. And a huge thanks to my family, the team, SPMX and everyone that has helped me.”
The third member of the team Tanesha Harnett had herself a consistent week on both the 250 and 150 machines, ending up just off the podium in both classes finishing fourth on both bikes.
“It was a real struggle this week,” said Harnett.
“I couldn’t come to terms with the high speed, rutty track and just couldn’t find my rhythm. I really wanted to finish my junior career with a National Title but it just wasn’t to be. I’d like to say a huge thank you to my family and to Lee Hogan and the whole BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior MX Team who have supported me and stuck by me for the last two years.”
Team manager Lee Hogan is proud of the team’s efforts in the biggest event of the year.
“We had a bit of a roller coaster week in Tasmania, but that is what the Aussie Juniors are all about! You can’t give in and sometimes you just have to dig your heels in and keep pushing forward. It’s not over until that seventh day and it can seem like an eternity when things aren’t going your way. I’m so proud of the whole team, for never giving up, even when the chips were down. It was so good to see Kipp find that consistency and speed on the big stage to score his first National podium! And to Dante who could have easily pulled the pin after fracturing his hand. Tanesha has had such an incredible year and can still hold her head high with fourth place in the country.”
The National Junior MX Titles will be held at the Gillman Motocross Club just out of Adelaide in SA for 2019.