THE 2014 motorcross season kicked-off on January 11 with a stadium cross being held at Coffs Harbour.
Shoalhaven rider Dante Hyam competed in his first ever event of this kind, which draws competitors from NSW, QLD and VIC and is a popular spectator event.
Dante competed in the nine to 11 year-old 85cc class on Saturday, January 11 against a full grid of 25 riders on a short, but technical track.
With only a short practice session of two minutes, Dante was forced to quickly familiarise himself with the track, and to establish good lines and rhythm through the various sections.
This was emphasised by his dominating performance in race one.
The drop of the gate saw Dante off to a great start, exiting corner one in first place and gapping the rest of the field and finishing with a commanding lead. In race two, Dante made a small error off the line, and was forced make some quick decisions on the entry into the first corner, which paid dividends and saw him exit corner one in fifth position.
He made quick work of the riders ahead of him, leading the race by the end of the first lap.
Dante was able to maintain this, winning race two.
For the final race Dante was keen to consolidate the day’s performance on a rough and rutted out track.
He finished the day with another convincing win.
Dante said he was happy with the weekend’s results.
“It was great to start the season on a high, but I still have lots of things that I need to work on,” he said.
“It was an awesome event and great to watch the pro-lites and pro-opens competing on the same track.”
Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Club annually co-ordinate this event at the Coffs Harbour Showground.
This year it attracted over 360 entrants from the 50cc class right through to the pro open class including KTM Factory junior development teams and Yamaha factory riders.