Zero Seven Motorsports have today announced changes to their rider line up, that will see fully-fledged MXD, MX2 and MX1 class representation for this weekend’s Australian Motocross Championship round in Hervey Bay, Queensland.
Completely revamped for the 2012 season, Zero Seven has regularly exceeded expectations in the Australian Motocross Championship, particularly thanks to regular podiums by MX2 class competitor Adam Monea. Monea also dominated the final moto at round four in Wanneroo (WA), by approximately 17 seconds – his first win since semi retirement two years earlier. Monea currently sits seventh overall in the series.
With the injured Ross Beaton out prior to the series opener – the team has been represented by Monea in the MX2 class and 16 year old Dion Picard in the MXD class. Picard is a multi time New Zealand Junior National Champion and currently sits 13th in his first ever MXD class assault.
In a bold move, team owner Mark Haughton has decided to move Picard from the MXD (formerly Under 19’s) class and into the premier MX1 (450cc) division. The decision Haughton says, was a difficult one, but is aimed at developing Picard as a future champion of the sport and aiding his progression.
“Dion (Picard) is a big kid for his age and we really have felt he is up against it racing the MXD class, where there are 60 kg kids racing machines with over 40 horsepower – especially off the starts. We totally believe in his ability and he has an immense amount of talent. We feel that his riding style and strength will be better suited to the 450cc machine and him riding against the best in the business, is only going to help his learning process!”
Picard is realistic in his expectations against such globally successful competition, yet is determined to make his own mark throughout the remainder of the season.
“I’ve raced some of the top MX1 riders in New Zealand previously, so I know how fast and consistent they are. Racing 30 minute moto’s is definitely going to take time to get used to – but so far I feel really good on the RM-Z450, so I’ll do my best!”
A totally new addition to the team is young Victorian Tyson Cherry. Cherry recently placed fourth overall in the Victorian Under 19’s Championship – proving his speed against some of the countries best up and comers. He will fill the void left by Picard in the MXD class aboard an RM-Z250 machine.
“I’m so pumped with the opportunity to race with Zero Seven Motorsports this weekend. I’ve been training really hard and will do everything I can to make the most of it and get some solid results in Hervey Bay!” Cherry said.
Round six of the ten round MX Nationals series, will return to the Hervey Bay circuit in Queensland this Sunday July 1.
For more information go to www.mxnationals.com.au.
Series Calendar:Rd1 – 1 April – Conondale, QLDRd2 – 14-15 April – Coonabarabran, NSWRd3 – 28-29 April – Wonthaggi, VICRd4 – 12-13 May – Wanneroo, WARd5 – 20 May – Murray Bridge, SARd6 – 1 July – Hervey Bay, QLDRd7 – 15 July – Horsham, VICRd8 – 29 July – Appin, NSWRd9 – 19 August – Moree, NSWRd10 – 25-26 August – Coolum, QLD