Red Reign: RD1 of the Australian Motocross Championship in Wonthaggi!

The Factory Honda Team kicked off the season in impressive fashion, securing victories across three classes – MX1, MX2, and WMX. Kyle Webster, Brodie Connolly, and Charli Cannon emerged as the overall winners in their respective classes.


In the MX1 class, Boost Mobile Honda Racing rider Kyle Webster dominated with back-to-back 1-1 finishes, showcasing the power of the Honda CRF450R. Despite facing tough competition and challenging conditions, Webster emerged victorious, securing his *fourth consecutive moto win in a row *Last round of 2023. Reflecting on his performance, Webster acknowledged the difficulties faced but expressed satisfaction with the positive start to the season.

“RD1 was great, we made some notes on things we need to work on. It will be a tough season”, said Webster.

Wilson Todd, making his full-time MX1 debut aboard the Terrafirma Equipment Sales Honda Racing CRF450R, showed promise with a podium finish in race 1. Although unable to maintain consistency in race 2 due to a crash, Todd’s 3-5 finishes placed him in 4th overall, setting the stage for improvements in RD2.

“Overall, I am happy, you can’t make mistakes in this class and expect to be up front. I need to clean up my laps. We will be better in RD2”, said Todd.


In the MX2 class, Brodie Connolly piloted the Polyflor Honda to victory with 2-1 finishes, earning the red plate for the first time. Despite minor setbacks, Connolly remained upbeat about the season ahead, crediting the team and bike for his strong performance.

“I pumped up in race 1 and started making some small mistakes.  Its good to know we have gone in the right direction with the bike and training during the off-season”, said Connolly.

Noah Ferguson, on the Boost Mobile Honda, secured 2nd overall with a determined effort, including his first career race win, showcasing the team’s collaborative spirit and positive atmosphere.

“The whole team has been patient with me and accommodating. I feel very comfortable on the bike. I made the right decision coming here”, said Ferguson.
Regrettably, MX2 rider Alex Larwood’s day came to an unexpected halt due to an injury sustained from dabbing his foot, notably without crashing. Despite his determination to persevere and finish 6th in race 1, it was later revealed that he had sustained a broken leg, underscoring the rigorous physical demands of motocross. Consequently, he was unable to participate in race 2, leaving Alex understandably disappointed.

“This wasn’t the outcome I anticipated for today, especially considering I didn’t have a crash. Now, our focus shifts to recovery, and I can only look ahead,” remarked Larwood, reflecting on the turn of events.

Women’s Motocross Class

In the WMX class, Charli Cannon dominated aboard the SCT Logistics Honda CRF250R, impressing fans and competitors alike with her skill and sportsmanship. Her victory marked a promising start to her career with Honda.

“It was an incredible weekend filled with positives, notably the increasing number of women participating in competition and the tremendous support from fans cheering us girls on,” remarked Cannon, reflecting on her successful outing.


In the MX3 class, Jake Cannon faced challenges but remained determined to improve in future rounds. Despite setbacks from previous injuries, Cannon’s resilience and commitment to recovery shined through. He will now turn his attention to RD2.


Overall, Team HRC Honda Australia enjoyed a commendable start to the season. Looking ahead, they are gearing up to compete in the Sunshine State Series in Queensland this coming weekend, aiming to maintain their positive momentum. Team Direction Yarrive Konsky added, “We have a keen focus on continuous improvement as we pursue national championships, there are areas that need some improvements and the team remains optimistic and determined”, concluded Konsky.