BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team rider Dante Hyam turned a lot of heads over the weekend as he participated in the annual Mammoth Mountain MX event in California, USA.
Racing in the competitive 250cc B class against some of the best Amateurs in America Hyam qualified for the stacked 40 rider main event after finishing fifth in his qualifying heat race. When the gate dropped for the 250 B main event Hyam exited turn one in 6th place and made his way into 3rd place for the majority of the race. It was only in the last two laps that both of the factory Geico Honda Amateur Team riders Jo Shimoda and Carson Mumford made their way past with Hyam battling right the way to the chequered flag for an impressive 5th place.
“This has been such an amazing experience,” said Hyam after the event.
“I’m so grateful to get this opportunity. A huge thank you to Kibby from Geico Honda and to Michael Lindsay from Vital MX for helping to arrange the Honda CRF250R and prepare it for the event. And to Stephen from RaceSoCal for putting us up! A massive thank you to my dad for bringing me over here and everything he’s done for me. And to Lee Hogan for piecing this whole thing together and making it all possible. It felt so good to run the pace of these fast guys right the way to the finish line.”
Team manager Lee Hogan is blown away with his young star’s efforts in America.
“To finish inside the top 10 in this field is a good effort. But to finish top 5 is so impressive,” said Hogan.
“I’m so glad that Dante was able to showcase his talents on the international stage in front of a lot of important people.”
Dante will once again join his team-mates back here in Australia as they tackle the business end of the season.