Coming into the round blazing, Ben qualified 6th. He was caught up in an incident early on in the first race however managed to salvage a 14th place finish. 9th place in moto two resulted in 12th position overall for the day which slotted Broad into 7th overall on the championship leader board at this stage of the championship.
“We qualified well, in a similar position to the first round so I thought that was a good start in the right direction,” said Benjamin.
“In race one I had a terrible start because I was stuck behind a crash so I was way back from the beginning. I was planning to chip away but I made a mistake and fell over because of pushing hard on the track which was really flat with not many ruts, so it was quite skatey out there.”
“Going into the second race I wanted a safe finish and to ride my own race. I got a good jump from the gate and was able to cut through a few corners to get into the top ten and I then settled into a groove so I was pushing hard but it was dry and difficult by that stage of the day.”
The experience was valuable for Benjamin who said, “The main purpose of coming here was because of the gap in the NZ season. I had a bit to prove after some bad luck in our last New Zealand season so I was looking forward to doing some senior rounds over here and mixing it up to see where I stack up. Mostly I had a lot of fun and it’s been a great experience.”
Ben will set his sights on competing in the upcoming NZ motocross season while he resumes his part time workshop role and contributing to a major New Zealand off-road motorcycle magazine before he kicks off his pilot school training this year.
Benjamin’s father, Ray Broad was hopeful that podium results at round three would justify the continuation of their Australian campaign, saying, “We had hopes to compete in an entire series but originally the plan was to see how Ben would go in the first two or three rounds. Ben was getting reasonably good results but more favourable results probably would have seen us compete in the entire series.”
“We want to thank Kawasaki Motors Australia for the massive support, especially Darren Holmes, the Victoria Sales Manager who helped out a lot in the first round. Also the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team who helped transport our race machine amongst other things which was invaluable.”