BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team rider Tanesha Harnett has started her Victorian Junior State Title defense in style over the weekend as she dominated proceedings in the junior girls category.
Having to come from behind in all three motos, the 15 year old from Nowra in NSW put on an amazing display of aggression as she made her way to the front of the field in all three races. Taking a solid nine point lead over her main rival Madi Healy going into Round 2 at the Outtrim MCC in four weeks time.
“We’re off to a great start to the season,” said Harnett after her win.
“I’m really happy with my pace, and I’m stoked with the bike. I just love this new model Honda CRF250R. It is so easy to throw around and with the electric start I don’t have to stress anymore about stalling the bike and struggling to start it.”
“I had a few dramas today getting off the concrete start pad, but I’ll go away and do my homework and we’ll have them sorted next time. Our next couple of races are on a dirt grid so I should be fine.”
Reigning National Junior Champion Dante Hyam had an impressive first round of the state championships, qualifying fastest while going on to win two of the three points scoring motos by a sizeable gap. The highlight of the day was a ‘come from behind’ charge from Hyam that saw the New South Welshman start out of the top 15 and make his way through the entire field to eventually win by over 15 seconds in Moto 2.
A forgettable Moto 1 for Dante Hyam saw a bad start turn into a huge coming together with another rider. An eventual 11th place in that opening moto, combined with two wins saw the number 92 machine finish in a solid second place on the day.
“We had a few issues in moto one that just snowballed, and it was all caused by a bad start and me just trying to do too much in those early laps,” said Hyam.
“I was really happy with that charge in moto 2, and it was great to battle with Liam (Andrews) for a while during that last moto. I feel great on the bike, Jobson Motorsports has got it handling awesome and going super fast. I know what I need to work on to keep improving.”
The third and final member of the BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team Kipp Adams did a terrific job on debut for the team. Competing against the older age group in the 250cc A grade category Kipp came out swinging in the first moto scoring a solid 4th place. A crash in moto 2 while attempting a pass for 3rd place put Adams on the ground and stuck under his bike, earning an eventual 14th place. A solid top 5 in the final moto of the day was another strong statement that Kipp Adams is right where he needs to be in younger 13 to under 15 years 250cc class.
“We had a bit of a hiccup in that second moto with a crash and getting stuck under the bike,” said Adams.
“But overall I’m really happy with everything. I’m wrapped with how I’m riding, the bike is sensational, and the team is working really well together. I can’t wait for round 2.”
The team will head next to Round 1 of the Rookies Cup at Appin, NSW on April 29th. The event will run in conjunction with the MX Nationals series, giving the young Rookies a chance to compete on the big stage on a world class circuit.
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