Motocross

Kiwi’s get a new Honda Satelite Race Team

Author: Alan Henderson

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New Zealand's Dave Leary Racing is now an official Honda Satelite Race Team and will be backed by Cyclespot Honda of Takapuna.
Brochtrup at the Fox Supercross.. Photo: Shayne Rice
Their MX1 riders are Blake Gillard and Australian Nathan Brochtrup. In MX2 it is Jayden Jessup and Daniel Marshall. CEO of Blue Wing Honda, Clive Cooper-Smith said: "Dave Leary Racing is an officially appointed satellite team of Blue Wing Honda and we are supplying them with Honda race bikes and parts. Whilst Jayden Jessup‰Ûªs arrival had already been announced the news of Blake Gillard is most pleasing." Dave Leary backed that up with the comment: "It is very good news indeed that we have been able to secure Blake on a CRF450. I am more than impressed with his speed in testing and we look forward to some podiums both here and in Australia. Paul Williams has done an excellent job with Blake and Jayden in such a short time. Our team debut is at the Auckland Champs next month." MX Management has signed Gillard to a 2 year contract to race Dave Leary Racing. The long time KTM rider was reluctant to leave KTM after a number of successful seasons with them. Gillard said "KTM have been very good to me over the year‰Ûªs. I like their bikes and I would be willing to ride for them again any time in the future. However I feel that the time has come to inject some new blood and Dave Leary Racing has really impressed me with their professionalism and bike preparation."
Jayden Jessup looks forward to be back on a bike real soon.
"Having a new team mate in Jayden Jessup I can train with, along with our Manager, was also a factor. With Jayden riding MX2 and myself in MX1 we can discuss training, tracks, lines and race preparation. There is a great team spirit here and I am really pumped about the coming season." Gillard has raced overseas the last couple of seasons after his 4th place in the World Junior Champs in 2005 - the best place a NZ rider has ever achieved. In 2006 he rode in the Australian Lites for Russell Burling on a Suzuki but withdrew after a serious injury at the Wonthaggi round. In 2007 he was based in Germany with Greiner KTM and rode in the ADAC Youngster Cup and was 3rd going into the last round. With a chance of 2nd or even 1st it all turned to nothing when they had technical difficulties. Gillard continued "I did have a ride arranged in Europe but my ultimate goal is to race in the USA. I have just turned 20 and both my Manager and I feel that racing in Australia and NZ this season will give me a better chance at breaking into the USA scene with many Australian and NZ riders now racing there we seem to be gaining a good reputation." Paul Ottaway from KTM NZ said: "I see it as the next step for Blake. KTM has had a long association with Blake and I am pleased that through our European connections we have been able to support him along the way. I wish him all the best."
Daniel Marshall at the Whakatane SummerX.
Gillard will race the MX1/Open class in both the Australian and NZ National series and Jessup in MX2/Lites Class. Both will also look at doing selected USA races next year. Dave Leary Racing will supply both riders with two Honda race bikes and a practice bike. Brochtrup will only race for Dave Leary Racing in NZ. Dave Leary Racing has several new sponsors coming onboard and the first of those is Reece Jones from Vehicles Direct in Kumeu with the sponsorship of a new team race truck as seen at the Fox Supercross. It has full accommodation, kitchen, showers, toilet and of course a workshop and bike storeage. The team will have the services of a full time mechanic at all major motocross events. Main Photo: Blake Gillard testing Nathan Brochtrup's CRF450.
Credit: MX Management

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