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Peter Broxholme off to the Australian MX Nationals

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Peter Broxholme
Race team owner Dave Leary has announced that 26 year old Castrol Honda Red Rider, Peter Broxholme, will step into the gap created by the injured Blake Gillard in the Dave Leary Racing (DLR) team to the Australian MX Nationals. He will ride a DLR Honda CRF450R and will join Australian Nathan Brochtrup in the same class who runs in Australia as a privateer - Brochtrup runs in NZ under DLR. Second member of the team is Jayden Jessup who is in the Lites Class on a DLR Honda CRF250R. Both Kiwis will be running RG3 suspension. MX Management who manages Jessup and Gillard has also confirmed that the injured Gillard will join Broxy and Jessup once he is back to full fitness. Broxy showed continued improvement in the 2007 500 Nationals and finished the season a creditable 2nd at the final round at New Plymouth. In fact he was only 4 points off winning what was one of the most exciting final rounds in memory. Going into that final round Cody Cooper (Honda Racing) was on 216 points - a 24 point buffer over Daryl Hurley (Shift Elf Suzuki) on 192. In 3rd was Broxy (Honda Racing) on 172. Cooper injured his back whilst qualifying in the 125 Class and was out. In Race 2 at lap 2 Shayne King (Honda Racing) was leading Hurley and Broxy. Lap 3 and Broxy was through to 1st and at lap 5 it was Broxy, Hurley, King. Next thing there was a commotion over on the top of the hill and yellow flags galore. The race was red flagged because two riders collided mid air and both are hurt. The race is 'declared' and now the overall 500 points close up. Hurley has 236, Broxy 217, Cooper 216. Race 3 and a ll was looking good for the Championship to Hurley but this is motocross. King leads out Hurley and Broxy and at Lap 3 Hurley has gone !!!!!! He's travelling slow and pulls up at the start straight and his mechanics attend to his front brake. It's later revealed that he has bent the front disc and it keeps locking up. They loosen it up and he rejoins in 22nd. Right now the Championship is Broxy's - astonishing !! 6 minutes left and Hurley is up to 16th so he has 5 points. Next lap he's up to 15th so it's now a tie on points. Corrie Sargent (Honda) is also on the gas and catching Broxy. King gets the team pit board and lets Broxy go past so Broxy picks up another 3 points and has the maximum 25 - will he do it ? Second to last lap and Hurley comes around in 13th and it's back to a tie. One to go and it seemed like an eternity waiting for Hurley to come from the back of the track. Hurley has picked up two more places and gets home in 11th so wins it by 4 points. Hurley 246 and Broxy 242 - an astonishing end to 12 races. Broxy wins the round - his first in 6 years. I spoke to Broxy last night after his Australian entry was confirmed. "I am really excited. It will help my motocross career and I will be able to put last year's speed into practice. I have no high expectations at the start and the plan is to build. My goal is to get through injury free so we will see how we go at the end of the season. I am looking forward to working with Dave Leary and Richard Ebbett from Moto SR (RG3). I know the quality of the work on the engines by Jimmy at Performance Factory. In fact I'm stoked !" Broxy's release from Honda Racing commitments was supported by Clive Cooper-Smith, CEO of Blue Wing Honda. "After a strong performance from Brox last year we are keen to see work on his speed. The opportunity for him to race in Oz with our latest satillite racing team partner, Dave Leary, is just what he needs. The last time Brox raced in the Ozzie series he was sensational so we are looking forward to some great performances from him over the ditch this year" said an enthused Cooper-Smith.

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