The combined ‘King of MX’ and NSW State Motocross Championships were held this long weekend over three days in spectacular conditions at the Nowra Motorcycle Complex.
BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Team rider Benny Novak kept his run of good results on board the Honda CRF150R on track with a solid 2nd place in the NSW State Championship. After winning the first of three motos, Novak would finish a close second place in the final two motos missing out by the slimmest of margins on the state title.
“It came down to the last lap of the last race,” said Novak.
“It is always good to have a battle like that. However, I would have liked the result to go the other way but I’m happy with my riding and the bike is going awesome. We’ll keep working hard and come out swinging at the next event.”
In the 250cc 15 years class Novak finished 5th place in moto one, then backed it up with a solid 4th place in moto two. The New South Welshman was looking at another championship podium when running up inside the top three in the final moto before a small issue relegated Novak back to 8th place in the race, giving him 6th place overall on the day.
Novak’s team mate Madi Healey made the trek north to NSW to contest the State MX Title in the girls category and earned herself a credible 2nd place overall, going 2-2-2.
“I had some struggles on day one trying to find momentum and just wasn’t riding myself,” said Healey.
“But the final day I started to find my groove and had some great battles with Taylor. I’m feeling good going into the final half of the season.”
New Honda Junior recruit Sam Simpson had his first race on board the Honda CRF250R over the weekend at Nowra and after only two practice sessions on the red machine surprised everyone with an impressive podium in the 250cc 13 to under 15 years, going 8-2-2 for 3rd overall.
“I just felt at home straight away on the Honda,” said Simpson.
“We came up here to Nowra having no idea what to expect, so to come away with a top 3 in the NSW Championship for 2019 is awesome. I actually holeshot the first moto and was leading for a few laps until I wrapped my gear lever around my footpeg in a tight rut, which dropped me back to eighth place. As the points worked out, I only would have needed a top four in that first moto and I would have taken the championship, which is crazy to think. I’m really looking forward to the final round of the Vic Titles in two weeks and then we start to prepare for the National Junior Championships.”
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