Prized 250 position secured by emerging New Zealand talent for 2023.
New Zealand’s Brodie Connolly has secured a coveted MX2 seat at Honda Racing, signing with the championship-winning outfit for the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship.
For the first two rounds of the Australian motocross season last year, Connolly filled in for the injured Levi Rogers at WBR Yamaha, improving inside the top 10 on both occasions.
He gained international experience later in the year, representing New Zealand at the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) before competing in the final round of the Japanese Motocross Championship in the IA2 (250cc) class. Connolly was ultimately victorious in Sugo, ending Jay Wilson’s (Yamaha Factory Racing) winning streak with a 2-1 scorecard.
Before the latest announcement, Connolly was part of the Altherm JCR Yamaha team in New Zealand for the last 18 months. He is eager to make the most of this prized opportunity with the factory Honda team as he takes the next step in his career.
“To get an opportunity with a team as successful as this is truly an honour and something that I aim to make the most of,” Connolly explained. “I’m excited about the potential that the CRF250R has and truly cannot wait to hit the racetrack! I have watched the success this team has had with four 250 championships in a row across supercross and motocross. I want to thank everyone involved.”
Alongside Connolly, returning international Jed Beaton and Kyle Webster have already been confirmed at Honda Racing for 2023, both gearing up for an assault on the premier class title when gates drop to commence 2023 ProMX at Wonthaggi, Victoria, on 5 March. Wilson Todd will also return to Australia to defend his MX2 title with the outfit, as Emma Milesevic and Tahlia O’Hare will race in MXW.