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Big trophy haul for Honda team at junior nationals

The Thor Honda Junior Development Team wrapped up the 2010 Honda Junior National Motocross Championships with three hard earned title wins, one 2nd and two 3rds after numerous tough battles on the hard packed Lake Macquarie circuit.

"I was very proud of the boys as they received their awards on Saturday night," said Team Manager and multiple Australian Champion, Glen Bell. "They all finished on the podium with a total of six trophies between the four of them; what a great effort!"

The young Honda riders faced plenty of pressure at Friday's finals with very few points between the top competitors. Hayden Mellross entered the finals tied for 1st in his age group, with Jacob Wright just three points off the lead, Wayde Carter lead by just a few points whilst team mate Nicklas Scott sat just behind in third, ready to pounce if the leaders had a hiccup.

Nick and Hayden's 125cc race saw both riders come out on top from the first corner, however a coming together with another rider saw Nick come off and remount down the back of the pack, clawing his way back to 8th spot at the finish. Up front a great battle raged on between Scott Mann and Hayden who finished in a strong second. The boys clocked in with one of the fastest laps of the meeting including the older age group.

Wayde Carter dominated his class on the CRF150F, hole shotting from the outside start gate and riding off into the distance with a convincing win. Wayde only had a couple of races to rest before his final 85cc race where cemented another great start rounding the first turn in second. Wayde was putting the pressure on the leader before unfortunately dropping his bike on a slippery watered patch, but the Victorian rider remounted and fought hard to finish 5th by the flag - still good enough to win his class and another championship.

The pressure for the 250cc race title was on for the three eldest Honda team riders with very few points between the leaders. Hayden and Wade rounded the first turn as the leaders with Hayden pulling away for an easy win and his first Australian championship.

Jacob got a good jump off the start in the 250cc over 15yrs final working hard to catch up to American Joey Savatgy He squeezed passed a couple of riders with some late braking manoeuvres down the steep hills, was riding fantastic and in the last two laps set the fastest lap times of the meeting. The championship went to Savatgy, with Jackson Richardson 2nd and Jacob in 3rd.

Wayde was the only rider in the Honda team to race on the final day. He got off to a fabulous start and held the lead to almost the end until arm pump set in, still able claiming the class title on points, making it a pair of 1st place trophies for the young rider.

"Well done to all of the Honda Junior Team Riders," said Tony Hinton, General Manager, Honda Motorcycles. "They put in a lot of effort and commitment, as do their families, and we're very happy to see that hard work come to fruition."


Wayde Carter 85cc 2 stroke 12-u14yrs 1st
Wayde Carter 150cc 4 stroke 12-u14yrs 1st
Niklas Scott 200-250cc 4 stroke 13-u15yrs 3rd
Hayden Mellross 100-150cc 2 stroke 13-u15yrs 2nd
Hayden Mellross 200-250cc 4 stroke 13-u15yrs 1st
Jacob Wright 200-250cc 4 stroke 15yrs 3rd

Glenn and his Team would like to thank all their sponsors including Honda, Thor, Michelin, Tag Bars, Braking, AFAM sprockets, Ringmaster Images, Honda Oils, TCX pro boots, DID chains, and Mountain Shades