They haven‰Ûªt all had textbook winter breaks, but as Australia's most important motocross series, the Monster Energy MX Nationals resumes this weekend, the young men of Husqvarna‰Ûªs Factory Support squad all have one thing in common ‰ÛÒ they are coming ‰Û_ready or not.
Raymond Terrace north of Newcastle is the location for this weekend's round six of the ten-round national championship series, and the squad‰Ûªs two MX1 category contenders, Husqvarna FC 450 rider Jesse Dobson and Husqvarna FC 350 pilot Aaron Tanti are performing well in the premier class.
Last time out, 18-year-old Dobson moved a step closer to his season goal of a top five championship finish when he elevated himself to sixth in the premier category, while Craig Anderson Racing‰Ûªs Tanti is determined to establish himself as a regular top-10 performer.
‰ÛÏEveryone says their mid-season break has been awesome and gone to plan - mine really hasn't for various reasons, but if everything goes to plan there‰Ûªs no reason why I can't be inside the top five." Dobson said.
"If I'm not on the ground I'm inside the top five and the speed is there every time, so the pieces are all laying there. If I can put them together on the day there‰Ûªs no reason why I can't podium. We were close at Coolum."
‰ÛÏThe winter break has been pretty crazy ‰ÛÒ riding, training, working." Tanti explained. "I've pretty much ridden every single chance I've gotten through the break to try to improve on the little things I needed to improve on.
"This round is a local round for me, and I like Raymond Terrace too. The goal for me this weekend is to get into the top 10, and then to stay there throughout the last few rounds of the season.‰Û