Honda Australia press release:
In 2018, Honda Racing in Australia launched a new off road racing program, geared around supporting privateer riders working towards a factory seat and becoming future Motocross and Supercross
This year, Honda have extended the program to incorporate three new female riders in a bid to support more of Australia’s up and coming talent in all areas of off road racing. Emma Milesevic, Tanesha Harnet and Alysha Goullet will spearhead Honda’s female RIDE RED campaign, with hopes to inspire other sportswomen to chase their respective dreams.
Honda’s Brand and Motorsport Manager, Glyn Griffiths is encouraged by their inclusion; “Over 1000 females compete across all disciplines of motorcycle racing each year and when these three talented riders contacted Honda for support we were thrilled to provide them with a RIDE RED contract.”
“Tanesha Harnett is no stranger to the Honda family, having raced as a very successful rider in Honda’s Junior program with Lee Hogan. Supporting female talent is something we are proud of and to offer a pathway for Tanesha to continue to grow her moto career was really important to us, along with the inclusion of 2 other talented riders, it’s going to be a great season.” Griffiths added.
Tanesha Harnett will race in the MXD of the MX Nationals and the Women’s Nationals as well as her State Championship.
“Honda supported me through juniors and their loyalty towards me as I head into seniors is sincerely appreciated. This program is fantastic and to be given the chance to continue my career with Honda is awesome. I look forward to another year of competition and learning.” Said Harnett.
Emma Milesevic will race selected Australian Off Road Championship events, including Hattah and the Women’s Nationals.
“Wow, this is an amazing opportunity. I have raced around the world and to come home and get an opportunity like this is a dream come true. My Auntie raced Honda and won many women’s motocross titles and I hope to do the same and make my family, Honda and our sponsors proud” Said Milesevic.
Alysha Goullett will race in selected MXD races, the Women’s Nationals and her respective State Championship.
“This is my first real sponsorship and I won’t take it for granted. Sometimes all we need is some encouragement and I will do my best to represent everyone and show all of the girls out there that all you need to do is try and not to give up on your goals.” Goullett said.
Honda’s RIDE RED program was developed to encourage senior competition participation by providing support to privateers. Penrite Honda Racing’s team owner Yarrive Konsky worked with Honda to get the program up and running.
“Growing up racing was difficult. The hardest part, aside from the expense was getting the right information. I didn’t know how to train, eat or set my bike up effectively. RIDE RED provides riders with what they need. Not all riders use our factory suspension and engine providers, but they can. They can also talk to our factory riders and capitalise on their wealth of experience.
We have an open door policy,” said Konsky.
Honda Genuine will continue to be the RIDE RED team’s title sponsor and the entire 2019 HONDA GENUINE RIDE RED Team includes:
Emma Milesevic – CRF250R – MXD, Women’s Nationals and selected Off Road Events
Tanesha Harnett – CRF250R – MXD and Women’s Nationals
Alysha Goullet – CRF250R – MXD and Women’s Nationals
Lachie Davis – CRF450R – MX1 and SX1
Joel Wightman – CRF450R – MX1 and SX1
Izak Maule – CRF450R – MX1 and SX1
Caleb Goullet – CRF250R – MXD and SX2
Jai Constantinou – CRF250R – MX2 and SX2
For more information on Honda’s MX range, visit: https://motorcycles.honda.com.au/Off_Road_Competition