Current Australian Junior Off Road Championship outright points leader, Lyndon Snodgrass, is a serious Junior title contender at Hattah in 2014 on board his Hands-On Kawasaki prepared KX250F. Lyndon has enjoyed success at Hattah before winning the 85 big wheel class in 2012 however it is Outright Junior honours he's chasing in 2014.
Carrying a lot of confidence due to good form and recent AORC successes, Lyndon's battle plan is just to keep his KX250F upright. Lyndon say's, "I'm looking forward to racing but I'm just hoping to stay on two wheels. Last year I had 2nd place in the bag but then I had a big crash so this year if I can keep it on two wheels, I'll hopefully get it on the podium".
Going into his 4th year competing at Hattah, 13 year old Mitch Brierley will race in the 85cc Big Wheel class on his KX85. Mitch finished 2nd in the small wheel class last year, but will have a tough job ahead of him in 2014. Having only just turned 13, he will be one of the youngest in his 12-U16 class.
Mitch say's, "We've put a lot of work in and I'm just going to try my hardest and see what happens. I'm going into the race with no expectations. I just want to ride my best."
Lining up alongside Mitch will be his twin brother Josh Brierley who finished 4th in class last year. Although, like his brother, he will be one of the youngest in his class, Josh's previous Hattah racing experience and current form will serve him well this weekend.
Josh say's, "It's going to be a tough job. I'm going to have to push hard for the whole 2 hours but hopefully I can finish on the podium. The KX85 is running great and I can't wait to race."
A Junior Victorian MX champion in 2012, 14 year old Morgan Fogarty will also compete on a KX85 in the 12-U16 big wheel class.
Morgan say's, "I feel pretty good. I've been doing a lot of riding lately and the bike's going good. Hopefully I can get a top 5 or better."
The Hattah Desert Race is the largest national junior and senior motorbike race in Australia. The race is fought out over eight laps with each lap 38 kilometres in length.