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Billy Van Eerde takes a hat-trick at NSW Junior Dirt Track championships

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Husqvarna Factory Support rider Billy Van Eerde claimed a spectacular hat-trick of NSW Junior Dirt Track championships as the titles were decided at Gosford over the weekend.

The exciting Singleton-based 14-year-old won state titles on both his FC250 and TC125 Husqvarnas, clinching the Combined, 250cc and 125cc categories.

The result was made all the more impressive by the fact that Van Eerde, who qualified at the top of all three classes, found himself struggling with starts on the day and was forced to pass to earn the lead in each case.

Van Eerde‰Ûªs biggest margin came in the combined 100-150 2T & 250 4T 13-U16 Division, when he defeated Jack Hyde by 1.064 with Max Whale third.

Hopping aboard his two-stroke TC125, Van Eerde won the 150cc 2T class from Cyshan Weale by 0.726, with Bailey Spencer third.

Van Eerde‰Ûªs last-corner victory in the 250cc 4st class was the tightest result of the day for the Husqvarna pilot, with a margin of 0.432 over Max Whale, with Jack Hyde third.
Billy Van Eerde
‰ÛÏIt's definitely been my best meeting all year," Van Eerde reflected. "My bikes felt the best they have yet, getting drive where I needed to ‰ÛÒ I loved them. I had to come from behind in all my races, so I feel pretty good about that. I was getting pretty bad starts all weekend - some weekends I get good starts and others not. Sometimes I‰Ûªd be like eighth into the corner or if I was lucky I might be as high as second,"

Husqvarna Dirt Track Team Manager Paul Caslick, added, ‰ÛÏTo win one state title on the day is a big effort, to win three - the kid‰Ûªs talent is just incredible. Somersby‰Ûªs not a difficult track to pass on, but when you've got other kids in the field that are as quick as what they are, he just found something above them.

"His racecraft is exceptional, the things that the kid sees, and having the ability that he has got to put it all together and come through from bad gates. Most riders when they get a bad gate, drop their bundle, but he‰Ûªs just lifted. He is also maturing in his strength, he still little, but he‰Ûªs not tiny anymore. And I think that's helping him to muscle the bike around.‰Û

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