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Phillips Invades Victorian Motocross Championships

3 August, 2009 - Thor Honda Smart Racing rider Matthew Phillips continued to dominate at the final round of the 2009 Victorian Motocross Championships held at Rosebud last weekend, securing a Championship title after solid results in every round.
The sixteen-year-old Tasmanian was the controlling force in the 250cc A Grade class, commencing with the first round held at Ararat where the youngster ruled his heats, winning three from three races.
The second round at Cobram in the state’s north saw Victorian Honda rider Kale Makeham victorious in the first race, however Phillips would recover with victory in the second race.
At the third and final round at Rosebud, Tasmanian based Phillips was beaten by another fellow Honda rider Dion Brillanti, however, Matthew came out the victor in the second moto, which put him in the Championship lead by three points.
“I knew I had to win the final race to clench the Championship,” said Phillips. “I had good people around me, settling me down. I knew I could do it, and with some great advice from my friend Dylan Long, I came out on top.”
Phillips won the final race and the series taking out the 2009 Victorian A Grade 250cc Motocross Championship by six points.
“My Thor Honda Smart Racing CRF is hauling. Without the help of Circular Head Motorcycles, Flow Force Motorcycling Performance and Choice Suspension this Championship would not have been possible,” said Phillips.
“it is also the final round of the Tasmanian Titles this weekend at Smithton, my home track. Luckily I have a decent lead, and I cannot be reeled in. It’s the last race meeting before I jet off to New Zealand for the Junior Motocross World Championship.”
2009 Victorian Motocross Championships A Grade 250cc Overall:
1st - Matthew Phillips HONDA 194 points
2nd - Dion Brillanti HONDA 188 points
3rd - Kale Makeham HONDA 149 points
Matthew will be representing Australia at the 2009 Roadcraft FIM Junior Motocross World Championship to be held at Taupo, New Zealand in August, followed by the 2009 Honda Junior Australian Motocross Championship at Maffra, Victoria in late September.