The Penrite Honda Racing team continue to build as Mitchell Oldenburg and
Luke Clout finished 6th and 10th respectively in round 4 of the Monster
Energy Supercross Championship at Glendale, Arizona.
Although a top ten finish for both riders is respectable team's director Yarrive
Konsky is not content with as he knows both riders are capable of more.
"There are many positives we can take from the first 4 rounds, both riders
have had decent starts and they have both shown great promise, however we
need to improve a little bit in most areas, and we have a plan to do that"
This is the team's first year racing in America and each race provides them
with an opportunity to learn, assess and progress.
"We are competing against teams that are better prepared, we are using each
and every round for testing and we are learning so much. The data we
collect helps the riders, engineers and management. We are confident we
will continue to improve" said Konsky.
One of the team's plans was to hire a rider development coach and they have. Buddy Antunez is no stranger to coaching. He has had great success with Eli
Tomac, Weston Pieck and Justin Brayton. Buddy retired from racing in 2004
after winning 5 Arenacross Championships, and achieving 2nd and 3rd outright
in the AMA Supercross Championship. Buddy is excited to be involved and
believes in the team's potential.
"You need to consider how quickly this has come together. The team has
already achieved two top three heat race finishes and six top 10 overalls.
There is some real potential in both rider's, and I am excited to get to
work" said Antunez.
The team now moves to 8th and 9th in the championship standings. Mitchell
moved to 8th following his 6th place finish in round 4 and isn't satisfied,
but understands it's a process.
"I got bad starts tonight and it hurt my overall chances. We have a lot of
work ahead of us, I am still not 100% following my crash at A1 but I am
feeling stronger and I can't wait to throw everything I have at it. I am
excited to work with Buddy" said Oldenburg.