Dante Hyam ready for Mammoth task in US

Nowra's Dante Hyam. Photo: MY ACTION IMAGES

Nowra's Dante Hyam. Photo: MY ACTION IMAGES

AFTER conquering all that has come before him in Australia, Nowra motocross star Dante Hyam will now test himself in the United States.

The 16-year-old Honda rider will compete at California’s Mammoth Mountain in two classes (250 school boys and the 250 B) from June 23.

“My team manger Lee Hogan organised me a wildcard entry for the event – normally you have to qualify through regionals over in the US,” Hyam said.

“While over there, I’m aiming to hopefully to get in the top five.

“This is definitely one of the toughest events I have ever been to – it’s quite prestigious and the top riders from all over the US will be there.”

The Nowra Anglican student will head abroad full of confidence, on the back of a number of strong results.

In a big weekend of racing, he competed at the Victorian State Titles in Wonthaggi on Saturday and then raced at the King of MX NSW State Titles in Port Macquarie on the Sunday and Monday.

At the Victorian State Titles, he had a good day, claiming the win in race one after getting a hole shot, while in the second race, after a top six start, worked his way up into second.

“I was catching up on first but crashed in a corner to finish second,” he said.

In the last race he got another top six start and again finished second to be second overall for the day.

After the final race, Hyam and his family then drove 14 hours from Wonthaggi to Port Macquarie.

“Sunday’s racing was tough, the conditions were very wet and muddy, making hard to get around the track,” Hyam said.

After an okay start in race one, he worked his way up to second by the third lap but a big mistake cost him, crashing and eventually finishing fifth.

In race two he secured second place by the end of the first lap and and stayed there for the rest of the race.

The next day, after a good start in the last race, where he was second around the first corner, he quickly made his way into the lead to claim the win and finish second overall.

Hyam thanks all his sponsors for their continued support.

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