Morgan Fogarty impresses on return from injury
A deep and rutted Cobram circuit in Northern Victoria was the site of round 3 of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships on the weekend. BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development rider Morgan Fogarty came out all guns blazing for race one of the A grade 85cc/150cc on board his Honda CRF150R and after a top five start made his way through to the lead and hold on to take his first win back from injury.
Things took a turn for the worse when Fogarty was caught up in a race 2 pileup, forcing the young charger back to dead last before re-mounting a charge all the way back to fifth place. Feeling a bit bruised and battered Fogarty fought his way through the final moto of the day in a consistent third placing that would see him finish in fourth on the day.
“It was good to be back racing state level once again,” said Fogarty.
“I had a lot of time off the bike and lost all the momentum that we had going earlier on in the year. The bike is working great and if I wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time in moto two I was in with a good chance of getting the overall. I’m normally not too bad on the concrete starts but I really struggled today so I’ll head back and do my homework going into the final round at Blue Rock.”
Taj Marshall started off his weekend in fine form on board his CRF250R logging super fast lap times during practice of the A grade 250class. Race one of the day got underway with a top three start for Marshall before he made a solid pass moving into second. A hard charge from the BCP Pro Circuit Honda rider saw the lead gap close in the latter stages of the race with Marshall finishing a close second.
Race two proved again to be the downfall for the team as Marshall tangled with another rider in the first turn action. A charge all the way through to sixth place once the chequered flag came out saw Marshall go into the final moto of the day wanting to make amends.
A solid third place in the final moto saw the Honda junior rider miss out on the final step of the podium by just a handful of points.
“I was happy with my speed this weekend,” said Marshall.
“Especially in that second moto coming from last place after the first turn pileup. But you can’t win races lying on the ground so I’ll go away and keep working on my consistency. The team is working really well together and the bikes are awesome. We just need to keep working hard to achieve our goals.”
Taj Marshall sits in fourth place in the A grade 250cc title chase and is well poised to move up into the top three with a good finish at the fourth and final round of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships to be held at Blue Rock August 1st and 2nd.