The Factory Honda team heads into round six of the Australian Motocross Championship in first place in both the MX1 and MX2 classes. Excitingly, they will also celebrate company director Yarrive Konsky’s twentieth year in ‘red’ with Honda.
Yarrive commenced his relationship with Honda at the end of 2002. The team finished second in the premier class in supercross and second in the 125cc motocross championship in the teams’ first term.
The team has been successful with Honda on so many levels since 2002. They have won five back-to-back supercross championships with Justin Brayton in the SX1 class and four 250 titles in a row, two in motocross and two in supercross. Most recently, the team won the inaugural World Supercross Championship and Paris Supercross.
“It’s still a dream to work with Honda,” Konsky commented with pride. “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 appreciates Yarrive’s and the teams continued commitment to the brand and performances on off the track.
“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”, said Hinton.
The team has worked with many greats, young and old. One chance encounter gave Yarrive the opportunity to work with two athletes who he admired the most.
“I remember Tony ‘Plugger’ Lockett ringing me out of the blue to ask about purchasing Jeremy McGrath’s bike that we prepared for him to race on in Australia in 2009. I did not even know he liked the sport of supercross. The two of them met in our race trailer and it was a surreal experience. We ended up working with Tony on other projects and I even got to race with him at Finke in 2017,” continued Konsky.
The team will run graphic kits from different eras in Konsky’s Honda career this weekend at the retro round of the ProMX series. They have their eyes firmly set on retaining the points lead and are focused on maintaining their form. Beaton has continued his testing in his first year with Honda and feels confident everyone is moving in the right direction.
“The team has not stopped testing and improving the bike to suit me. I cannot thank them enough. Everyone is fully committed to winning and I, along with all of the riders on the team, appreciate it,” said Beaton.
The sixth stop of the Australian Motocross Championship will be run in Toowoomba, Queensland this weekend.
Jed Beaton is running the famous flame kit that started everything for the team in 2003, Wilson Todd is running the replica Carlton Dry graphics, Kyle Webster is running the Woodstock Bourbon graphics and Brodie Connolly is running the Shell Honda replica graphics. All riders will maintain their primary sponsor branding.