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Thor Honda Smart Rider Matt Philips Dominates Rookies - World Junior Qualifiers

21 April 2009 - At the final round of the World Junior Qualifiers, Thor Honda Smart Youth Development rider Matt Philips dominated the entire proceedings with two 1st places and a 2nd in the respective three race format.

“The 2nd place in race 2 was disappointing as I had the win, which would have given me three from three. I dropped it with only a few laps to go and couldn’t make the time up," said Philips.

Matt was up against a start studded line up that included current national champion Shaun Redhead.

The event was the end leg of the world qualifiers and was held in conjunction with the Australian Motocross Championships at Canberra's Fairburn Park last weekend.

Factory Honda Team representatives watched both the under 19 races and Rookies races and were impressed with the talent coming through.

“Matt and both of the Dylans rode well. The future talent coming through looks strong and determined and I am excited about working with them throughout the year," said Honda’s Senior Team Manager Brad McAlpine.

In the Under 19 class, Dylan Peterson and Dylan Gosling competed with mixed results. Dylan Gosling in only his second senior race showed blistering speed against his peers by leading race 1 in its opening stages, and backing it up with a strong performance in moto 2 to net a respectable 5th overall.

“It was intense; I didn’t expect to be up there so early. Dad and I have changed a lot of things in my routine since the 1st round and it’s definitely working. I now have another 4 weeks to the next round to work on my speed and fitness as well as my routine. I know I can improve and am looking forward to working on improving on my 5th overall,” said Gosling.

Peterson, on the other hand, had a weekend he would rahther leave behind after finishing 8th overall.

The young rider was on the receiving end of bad starts and a monumental crash that he was happy to walk away uninjured from. “In the first moto I made the mistake of not preparing properly and it showed with a poor start and small mistakes," he said.

"Going into moto 2 I felt strong and was riding well before I went over the bars over a fast downhill table top. It was a scary crash which I am happy to have been able to get up after and continue. After I resumed the race, I went all out to make up as many positions as I could. I will definitely put this race behind me and focus on the up and coming round in my home state of Queensland where I hope to make up some valuable points on the leaders."