BCP Pro Circuit Honda Junior Development Team rider Rhys Budd has made the most of his recent trip to California where he contested the Mammoth Mountain MX Amateur National event in Northern California.
With help from local superpower MX team Geico Honda, Budd‰Ûªs team manager and mentor Lee Hogan was able to piece together the funding and support for the trip that would see the young NSW junior star and his family make the week long trip that would turn out to be an experience of a lifetime. Hogan was also there on hand for the week which saw some of the best amateur racers from around America go head to head for the once a year event.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve been to America many times over the years but I‰Ûªd never had the chance to go to Mammoth, and wow what a place it is. The event is run amazingly well and the location throws all kinds of curve balls to the promoter and riders alike," Hogan said, "The big RV vans need to start lining up around 3am in the morning every single day just so they can get a spot in the pits. It‰Ûªs crazy! But once you‰Ûªre up on top of the mountain it is an experience that you‰Ûªll never forget.
‰ÛÏRhys started off a bit on the reserved side at the start of the week with timed qualifying but once racing got under way he stepped it up quite a bit," Hogan explained, "His final race of the week saw him up against a 40 rider stacked field with some of the biggest stars of the future including factory Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Garrett Marchbanks, Geico Honda rider Joe Shimoda and KTM stars Derek Drake and Levi Newby just to mention a handful of them.
"Rhys‰Ûªs starts were on point all week and he nailed a great start in the final starting in third place and comfortably staying in third for the majority of the race. With only a handful of laps to go Budd started to suffer from the elevation and arm pump which dropped him back to 8th place,‰Û