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MX2 Championship Victory priority for Boyd in 2012

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MX2 Championship Victory  priority for Boyd in 2012
At the end of the 2011 season Cheyne Boyd was injured due to a wired accident during the SuperX series, being off the track and out of the public eye Boyd was not receiving the deals he has been used to over the course of his career.

Not done with racing and looking for a challenge that would see him beyond his racing days, the ex factory rider received a phone call from Dale Hocking and after a few discussions a deal was put in place for Boyd to help set up and ride for Hockings DPH Motorsports team aboard a CR250F for the 2012 season.

"Dale Hocking approached me and said you can pretty much do what you want to do, he already had a great set up with a truck and a workshop which was a good base to start from". Said Boyd. "Hocking is the team owner, he has two sons that race , one of them will be joining me racing the MX Nationals, Dale's team DPH Motorsport has a huge background in motocross, and he loves the sport.

"I have been pretty much working out this whole team thing, the last 6 to 7 weeks a lot of things have changed, all for the better, and we are starting to get is all organised for round one." Boyd Added
MX2 Championship Victory  priority for Boyd in 2012
Boyd spent the weekend at the Victorian state titles ironing out his new ride. - Photo Credit: John Smith
Knowing how competitive the newly named MX2 class is going to be at the Monster Energy MX Nationals in 2012, one of Boyd's first missions was to search out a mechanic that would be able to provide the services needed to be at the top in the class. He was lucky enough to be able to sign his first choice in an experienced Brad McAlpine, who has spent time being the spanner man for riders such as Daniel Reardon and Michael Byrne as well as also being a former Honda race team manager.

"We needed a full time mechanic when I signed up, so I started thinking off people I wanted to work with, I went searching for someone and the first person on the top of my list was Brad McAlpine, We set out to get him, it took a little bit but we got him across the line. The Victorian based rider explained.

"Brad has now been working with us full time for over five weeks now and is doing an amazing job, everything is starting to full into place. Between mine and Brad's knowledge and the contacts we have made in the industry over the years, everything is starting to come together really well." Boyd Continued.
MX2 Championship Victory  priority for Boyd in 2012
The Switch down to the 250F is never easy, though Boyd looks to have it under control. - Photo Credit: John Smith
The Drop to MX2 Decision

The decision to ride the 250F was an interesting one considering the relative success Boyd has had over the years being one of the country's fastest 450 pilots showing exceptional speed on many occasions. At the end of the day the choice was left in the hands of the experience rider and he chose to take the path of the small bore bike for this year.

"I had the choice of riding the 250 or the 450, Dale was not fussed, when we first starting talking he thought I would be going with the 450, but that was not the case."

"Towards the end of last year I didn't really have many 450 deals on the table, and the offers I did have in front of me that I was considering were to ride a 250F, that got me thinking a little. With the offers to ride a 450 not really what I was looking for, I seriously considered the 250F and ended up with this ride and a deal through Honda who are supporting myself and the team and it all came together." the 29 year old explained, before adding,

"I have always practiced on a 250F over the past four or five years, when I was with Yamaha part of my contract was to have a 250F to practice on and same when I first signed with Honda, I have always felt fast on them, usually I was nearly as fast as I was on my 450, I knew I would be able to run the pace and have the speed."

It is never easy adjusting to a new bike, and the change from riding a 450 for years on end then changing down to the smaller 250F is a big difference that a lot of riders struggle with, It has taken Boyd a little time to re adjust but going by the results at the first round of the Victorian State titles where he beat some of the favourites for this year's MX2 title, he looks to have made the jump as seamless as possible.

"It has taken a little bit to re adjust to the smaller bike, there are things you can do on a 450 that you just can't do on the 250F, I had to get on top of a few bad habits to be able to ride the new bike, but it is all starting together which we seen at the first round of the Vic titles on the weekend." Commented Boyd

"The weekend went really well and gave us a good indication of where we are at. It still wasn't a perfect weekend for us and we are still a bit behind on the development of the motor and a few other things, so to go there and win was awesome knowing we still have more up our sleave."
MX2 Championship Victory  priority for Boyd in 2012
Boyd will use the win on the weekend as a stepping stone to National success in 2012. - Photo Credit: John Smith
With his ride for 2012 sealed and a good preseason of training firstly off the bike and now on the bike underneath him and a very successful start to this season on the past weekend, Boyd will turn his attention to his number one priority for the year, holding the points lead come the end of August in the MX2 class.

"Priority number one for the year is to win the Lites championship at the Nationals, it is going to be different and not any easier in the Lites class. I'll be racing a bunch of kids that I have never raced before. My aim is to be there every weekend and to win as many moto's as I can." he stated.

This deal with the DPH Motorsport team is not a short term one year plan, with Boyd looking at this project long term, with an eye on being as successful team manager in the future, though he has no plans on giving up on racing any time soon.

The Long term goal is to build this team and turn it into something bigger" said Boyd. This will mean that for next year myself Brad and Dale can go bigger again, continue to build on the support the team has this year and in time become one of the bigger teams in the pits, and If we could get a championship behind us in our first year that would be great."

"I still see myself racing for many more years to come, but I want to build this team and see it grow as well." Boyd Concluded.

Main Photo: Cheyne Boyd

Photo Credit: Garry Morrow (File)

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