RD2 Sunshine State MX Championship – Factory Honda

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Factory Honda had a strong performance in the Sunshine State Motocross Championship over the weekend (23-24th of March). The team’s commitment to participating in more events this season aimed at better preparation for the Pro Motocross Championship led them to Gympie. They also sought to support one of the country’s biggest state championships, proudly sponsored by Honda Australia. Despite weather challenges leading up to round 2, the track crew worked tirelessly to prepare the muddied MX Farm motocross track.

On Saturday, Charli Cannon, riding her SCT Logistics CRF250R, dominated the women’s races, remaining undefeated in the Sunshine State Championship across six races. Cannon, the reigning and current points leader of the Australian Motocross Championship, expressed her enjoyment of the series, which often sees over 400 competitors across two days.

“Its a great championship and I see a lot of benefit in racing,” said Cannon.

In the MX2 class, Polyflor Honda’s Brodie Connolly, the current Australian MX2 points leader, clinched victory, viewing the weekend as beneficial preparation for his Pro Motocross campaign.

“Racing more is really helping me be better prepared for the nationals,” said Connolly.

Boost Mobile Honda’s MX2 rider Noah Ferguson faced ups and downs but took positives from the weekend, acknowledging his strong pace and identifying areas for improvement.

“I won the opening moto and felt my pace was strong, but bad starts and some crashes in the other moto’s hurt my overall,” said Ferguson.

Charli Cannon also challenged herself in the MX2 class on Sunday against male competitors, finishing 18th out of 29. Her tenacity and participation against men are expected to enhance her performance when she ventures overseas later in the year.

In the MX1 class, Boost Mobile Honda’s Kyle Webster showcased his versatility by securing second place overall, including a convincing win in moto 2. Currently leading the Sunshine State Championship, Webster demonstrated great skill and speed in tricky hardpack conditions.

“I really feel these races will help me, I felt more prepared going into round 1 of the MX Nationals and this weekend will hopefully prove positive going into round 2,” said Webster.

Factory Honda’s other MX1 rider, Terrafirma Honda’s Wilson Todd, had a challenging day, struggling with the conditions. Despite this, Todd remains determined to address his shortcomings and improve his performance.

The team’s focus now shifts to round 2 of the Australian Pro Motocross Championship in Horsham on April 7th.