News 24 Jun 2023

Honda Racing celebrates 20th anniversary on retro weekend

CRFs wearing some of the factory team's most iconic past liveries.

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Liveries of Honda Racing will be inspired by some of the team’s most iconic colours at this weekend’s Toowoomba retro round of the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship, in celebration of the 20th anniversary between Yarrive Konsky and the brand.

Konsky formed the team in 2003 and gained factory-level status in 2008, going on to establish it as one of the premier programs on a global scale.

Currently holding the red plate in both MX1 and MX2, the CRF450R of Jed Beaton will be based upon the famous flame-covered bikes, while Kyle Webster’s bike will pay tribute to the Woodstock colourway first introduced in 2008. In the 250 class, Wilson Todd’s CRF250R throws back to the team’s Carlton Dry era, with Brodie Connolly taking on a Shell appearance.

“It’s still a dream to work with Honda,” Konsky commented. “I recall telling my dad, who is a big MotoGP fan, and he could not believe it. In fact, he did not understand it at first. He looks forward to his fresh team merchandise each year and is proud to wear it – I’m just as proud to represent Honda.”

Tony Hinton, general manager of powersports and products, at Honda Australia added: “There are no secrets to long term relationships, it takes hard work, discipline and a relentless pursuit to being on top.

“Our 20-year relationship with Yarrive has yielded great success on and off the track. Honda would like to thank Yarrive, his team and the riders for their commitment to Honda and look forward to a great weekend of racing and our future together.”

The most recent success of Honda Racing domestically includes winning five-straight Australian SX1 championships with Justin Brayton (2016-2019/2022), who will target number six this year, as well as the past two national MX2 titles with Webster (2021) and Todd (2022).