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Phillips Hungry For Junior Motocross Success In Newry

7 September 2009 - Since returning from New Zealand where he represented Australia at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship, Tasmanian rider Matthew Phillips is now focusing his attention toward the 2009 Honda Australian Junior Motocross Championships.

The Championships are being hosted by the Maffra Sale Motorcycle Club and are taking place at the Newry Motocross Complex from 26 September – 3 October.

Phillips finished second behind Sam Duncanson in the 13-15 years 250cc class at the 2008 Championship in Wanneroo, and will be competing in the 15 years 250cc class at the 2009 event where is confident of finishing one better aboard his Honda.

“I think I should go pretty well...I’m hoping to win it this year, but so is everybody else I suppose!” a relaxed Phillips said.

“I’m really looking forward to everyone coming together to race it out against one another - the atmosphere is always huge so I’m looking forward to that again as well.

Phillips will be riding on familiar ground having competed in Newry on at least five previous occasions, but expects some stiff competition for the Championship.

“The competition will be fierce – especially from guys like Kale Makeham and Shaun Redhead - but it’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Phillips said.

The Wynyard local also feels his New Zealand experience, coupled with his physical preparation, will hold him in good stead.

“We went over to New Zealand and that was a pretty big experience, and I think it’s taken the pressure right off.

“The World Championships were something I’ve been hyped up about all year, so now I don’t feel I’ve got any pressure on me at all.

“Since coming back from that I’ve trained even harder – a lot more riding, cycling as well as going to the gym.

“The rain down here in Tassie has somewhat affected my ability to get out there and train – every time I go riding it’s been raining, so it’s a bit hard to try and work on your speed when you’re sliding about.”

For more information about the 2009 Honda Australian Junior Motocross Championships, visit the club website at, contact Karen Morris between the hours of 10am and 6pm on (03) 5127 6365 or 0427 594 361 or by emailing

Motorcycling Australia’s dedicated page for the 2009 Honda Australian Junior Motocross Championship is located at