Ben Townley will take the fight overseas in 2012 as he competes in the Australian Motocross Nationals aboard a Honda.
New Zealander Ben Townley has announced plans to compete in Australia full-time in 2012. Recently seen at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup where he finished 15th overall after posting second during the first moto, the 2007 East Coast Lites champion is expected to join current MX1 champ Brad Anderson at Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing next year.
“It has taken some time to reach this point,” said Townley. “I was intent on racing in the USA again but things didn’t work out there, and during that time I’d had on-going talks with Yarrive about racing for Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing if things didn’t work out in America.”
Since Townley’s breakout season in 2007, the 26-year-old has suffered a series of setbacks which included a broken foot, a busted shoulder and a perforated bowel in 2010. B-Town will now set his sights on the open class at the ’12 Aussie MX Nationals aboard a factory CRF450R.
“I’m excited about 2012, it will be a new chapter for me and this team has already started to make some big changes that will put us in a position to be Australian champions,” continued Townley. “Honda makes great motorcycles and with the equipment and structure they have here for me on both sides of the Tasman is great.”