Junior Rookie Constantinou continues to impress on the BCP Pro Circuit Honda 250
Round 2 of the Victorian Junior MX Championships were held on the weekend at the Colac Motocross Club about an hour west of Geelong with perfect track conditions. The BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team consisting of Taj Marshall and Jai Constantinou had an up and down day but some major positives were to be taken away from the weekend.
250cc class rookie Jai Constantinou continued to impress finishing a solid fourth place overall as he did in round one at Outtrim. Constantinou showed he had the pace to run with the top three but a couple of small crashes kept him away from that first podium.
“I really like the sandy conditions of Colac and I was wrapped with my overall speed,” said Jai.
“My bike was working awesome but I just need to minimise the mistakes and those little tip overs that cost you a few positions.”
Taj Marshall came into the event being one of the hot favourites to win on the day and after holeshotting moto 1 and leading right up until the second last turn where he finished a close second place it was looking like he was a real chance to challenge for the overall. However a coming together with a lapped rider combine with a few small mistakes in motos two and three put Marshall back in fifth place overall for the day while being a little bit battered and bruised from a hard fall in the final moto.
“You have to take the good with the bad sometimes and unfortunately we had a bit of both today,” said Marshall.
“I have been working really closely with Lee (Hogan) on my concentration during the motos and also our concrete starts and I believe we are really making some progress. I got two out of the three holeshots today and I was really happy with our close battles in moto one. I’ll keep working hard and come back fighting for the win come round three.”
Tim Vare from Eight11 Racing and Team Manager Lee Hogan were on hand to help with the boys and walk them to the start line prior to each moto.
“The day may not have gone exactly to plan for us but a lot of lessons were learned,” said Lee Hogan.
“I’m really happy with Jai’s progress on the 250 and Taj is working on balancing out his amazing sprint speed with a little bit more consistency. We will continue to work hard mid week and improve where needed.”
The next round of the Vic Junior Titles will be held at the Cobram MCC on the 13th and 14th June.