Features 19 Mar 2024

Debrief: 2024 ProMX Rd1 Wonthaggi

Overall winners Webster and Connolly recall first round in Victoria.

Boost Mobile Honda’s Kyle Webster kicked off his quest for the MX1 crown in convincing fashion at Wonthaggi, opening the 2024 Penrite ProMX Championship with a 1-1 scorecard and maximum points in the premier class. Making it a double for the red riders was Polyflor Honda’s Brodie Connolly, who won the MX2 overall via 2-1 in Sunday’s motos. MotoOnline caught up with both riders after the races for this Debrief interview.


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Kyle, you looked incredible all day long. Fastest in qualifying and 1-1 moto scores from there. Congratulations on a great day.

Yeah, I can’t ask for much more from round one. The first race was really good, Jed [Beaton] and I had a solid battle going there. Moto two I just didn’t have it in the first few laps. I took a bit too long to get going and I made a few mistakes. Jed got by me, and once he did it just kickstarted me to get going again. I ran into a group of lapped riders, that really cost me. I lost a lot of time. So it was that sucked. But, Jed made that mistake and got up right in front of me. At that point, I knew it was now or never, [laughs]. So I put everything into those last couple of laps. I had a few moments but managed to stay on two wheels. So it was good.

There were definitely a few moments. The red plate on the Honda is going to look sweet. It’s one of those things that you do all of that work for, so this must feel good.

Yeah, the red plate is nice. But we have a long championship ahead of us. It’s just good to see it all pay off after a long off-season. It’s a really long time away from racing, we try to sneak as much club racing in as we can. But it’s nice to give back to all of these guys on the team who really put in from January until now. It’s a good feeling.

New mechanic for you too. He looked like he did alright. He’s working now while we’re standing here doing this interview.

Yeah, he’s not too bad, [laughs]. Nah, it was a good day for us, a really good way to kick off the season.

Well, awesome way to start the championship. We look forward to seeing how it goes in Horsham in a few weeks.

Yeah. Thank you!


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Brodie, a win here in Wonthaggi to kick off the 2024 season. Take us through your day.

Yeah, an awesome way to start the season. It was a good day. I’m super happy. 2-1 in the motos, I had a little tipover in the first moto, but I can’t complain. I’m stoked.

With Wilson Todd moving up to MX1, most people have picked you as the favourite for the MX2 title in 2024. Do you see that stuff, and do you feel that pressure at all?

I see bits and pieces. I put enough pressure on myself, so honestly, I can block it out pretty well I feel. I just concentrate on myself. I know what I can do. I can do it, it’s just a matter of going and doing it.

You got to experience racing Wilson last year and see him win a championship. As a teammate, to see him do what he did on the same machinery that you’re riding, does that give you a clear-cut goal that you want to chase… to follow in his footsteps?

Yeah, 100 percent. The goal this year is a championship.

I feel like this year has changed from your original plans. Initially, you were meant to race Monster Energy Supercross in the U.S. I believe? How did this all come together if the intention was to race over there?

Yeah, there were a few different ideas. I was meant to go do supercross in America. That was the plan after Coolum. Then I got hurt and was off for a little while. At that time I had the chance to think about it and I just thought it would benefit me more to stay here and try to set up a good life for myself. I want to try and go to America with some money in the bank and give it a crack then.

Congratulations on the result today mate. We’ll see you in Horsham in a few weeks.

Sweet! Cheers mate.