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Honda Dominates Sunshine State Series

21 April 2009 - Honda riders dominated the six round Sunshine State Series, Australia’s largest state based motocross series, walking away with three championship titles.

Dalby Moto supported Stephen Smith took out the premier Pro Open class on his Honda CRF450R.

“I’m pretty stoked, it all came down to the last race so it was a bit of a nail biter,” said Stephen.

“I came to the final round with an 11 point lead, after winning at both Hervey Bay and Toowoomba, and felt good as I usually race well at Coolum. During the first moto I got really tired and just couldn’t flow, and ended up coming fifth.”

“The last moto felt awesome. I knew that if Simon Thompson won the last race I had to come second to take the Championship. He did win in the end, and I followed him all the way through the pack!”

“I’m looking forward to the Queensland championship, which will be in Townsville in a few weeks. I learnt a lot through the Sunshine Series. I had to ride the last Coolum moto with an injured tailbone, so hopefully that heals up ok.”

Fully recovered from a 2005 career stalling injury, Toowoomba Honda’s new recruit Sam Southey took his third Sunshine State Championship, winning the Expert Open class also on board a CRF450R.

The 17 year old is also the four-time Queensland Junior Motocross Champion, and three-time Australian Junior Motocross Champion.

Honda’s rising star Jacob Wright - now on a CRF250R - took out the Sunshine State Championship for the fourth year running, winning the 13-14 Junior Lites class for the Thor Honda Smart Youth Development Team.

Honda would also like to congratulate Jaydon Robinson, who took out third place in the 12-13 year old Mini Lites class on his CRF150R for Toowoomba Honda, and Harley Maher who took second in the 14-15 year old Mini Lites on his CRF150R for Sunstate Racing.