Round 3 of the Pro MX series held at Wodonga, Victoria over the weekend saw some of the toughest riding conditions in the history of Australian motocross with over 30mm of rain turning the track into a quagmire!
Young gun BCP Honda Junior Team racer Seth Shackletonimpressed greatly in the treacherous conditions qualifying 5th fastest in MX3 G1 time qualifying and then rocketed out of the gate in moto 1 to earn himself his first ever Pro MX MX3 holeshot! Shackleton opened up a sizeable gap in the first lap before a mistake sent him off the side of the track and down into a gully!
“I guess I got a little bit too excited with my first Pro MX holeshot,” said Shackleton.
“It was fun out there at the head of the pack and I love the muddy conditions. But wow, I really wish I could do my time again in that race!”
“My starts felt great all day and my bike is flying thanks to Honda and Jarrod Pine! Now that we’ve got that one out of the way I’m so looking forward to Maitland in a few weeks.”
After leading moto 1 early Shackleton would have a few small tip overs throughout the moto and end up with a 9th place and his first top 10 moto score for the series so far. In a crazy series of events early in moto 2 Seth would find himself stuck under his bike in the mud and re-enter the race from the back of the pack. Finishing a credible 16th for moto 2 while landing himself in 13th overall for the day.
“What an absolutely chaotic day for everyone at the circuit,” said Team Principal Lee Hogan.
“I’m so proud of what Seth has achieved today and its a tough apprenticeship to have to fast-track at such a young age. But he’s a fast learner and a hard worker so we will be hearing a lot more of this kid I promise you.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Brad Matheson who has taken on the role of acting Team Manager at the Pro MX events while I’m doing telecast duties.”
Round 4 of the Pro MX Series will be held at Maitland, NSW on May 7th.
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