BCP Yoshimura Honda Junior Development Team rider Darci Whalleyhas landed herself on the podium at the National Junior Motocross Championships in the competitive Junior Girls category! The event was held in Rockhampton, Central Queensland over a 5 day period with Australia’s best junior MX racers congregating from all corners of the country!
The girl from Gladstone in Central Queensland started the week with a fourth place in final one aboard her Honda CRF250R after leading the first half of the moto in extremely muddy conditions. Two small tip-overs would drop Whalley back to fourth place by the time the chequered flag was waved!
Sunny skies and perfect track conditions were had for the remainder of the week and Whalley came out swinging on day two with two strong second place finishes. In the final two races Whalley put herself in a position to capitalise on any mistakes and finished with two third placings in the final two motos. Her total points were enough for 3rd overall in the National Championship.
“It was a tough week out there battling the weather, track conditions and some serious nerves,” said Whalley.
“On one hand I’m happy because previously my best finish at a national championship was a 6th place. But on the other hand I really wanted to be up there battling with Danielle and Madi for the win! I let the nerves get the better of me and didn’t ride close to my potential unfortunately! But we’ll take the podium and I’m excited to start working towards 2023.”
With another year left in the junior girls category Darci Whalley will compete in the 2023 National Junior MX Titles scheduled for Alice Springs in the NT.
“It’s always such a big, long, stressful week at the National Junior Titles,” said team manager Lee Hogan.
“The kids and their families work so hard all year and put so much pressure on themselves to perform at the biggest junior event in the country. Darci has come such a long way in such a short time and while she may have let her nerves get the better off her this week, she’s such a determined athlete and knows what she needs to work on for 2023. And she should be super proud of a state title and national podium for 2022!”