Kyle Webster in top form in WA
Matt Fabry ready to explode from the gate

Big Finish to 2011 for Yamaha WA Riders

22 Nov 2011

Wellard and CLAAS Yamaha riders took four podiums at the Lightweight Motorcycle Clubs $10 000 Arenacross season finale. The big prize money on offer attracted W.A’s best racers to the Hendley Park circuit, Byford.

10year old Young gun Matt Fabry (Causeway Yamaha) put the Wellard Yamaha Junior Racing name on the top step of the podium in the 85cc class with three good rides. The hardpack Byford Arenacross circuit is a favourite of Fabry’s. He had his Small Wheel YZ 85 on the throttle stop all night and after battling for wins he had the crowd on their feet when he pulled off a passing manoeuvre on the last lap of the third moto that a seasoned Pro would have been proud of, to seal his overall victory.

“I just wanted to win tonight and tried to get good starts and ride consistently,” Matt offered up at the end of the event.

125cc rider Liam Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) produced the team’s next podium with a third outright in the 13-u16 age group. Matt likes the circuit which is his home club and one he has done many laps around.

“My starts were pretty good and I was able to keep at the front of the pack. Considering I stepped up from an 85cc bike not so long ago and have just joined the team, this has been a bit of a learning curve for me and I am looking forward to next season already,” Whisler said.

Wellard Yamaha’s Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) is definitely on form at the moment after returning from the Australian Junior Nationals in South Australia where he picked up a third place in the 250F Championship. He completely dominated winning all three moto’s in the 13-u16 fourstroke class whilst setting some of the fastest laps for the event.

After a couple of seasons with injuries the Wanneroo youngster has got back to where he was when he took out the Australian 85cc Championship in 2008.

CLAAS Yamaha rider Ash Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) was also on a mission to claim a top spot and lion’s share of the prize money on offer in the Pro Lites. With just a few laps to go in the last race he was looking good for the teams third outright for the night when an overzealous block pass was put on him, punting his YZ250F straight off the track. Once he had remounted and fired up his bike Ash had to put his head down and salvage as many points as he could. He finally managed to take third on the podium.

“I’m a little unhappy about the move put on me, usually the guy who did it would come up and talk after the race but this time he stayed away, I suppose he had an idea I was not happy,” Ash lamented.

CLAAS Yamaha open rider Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) came up one point short of a podium in his first Pro Open race, the Wellard/CLAAS Team fairy tale of all riders on the podium was ever so close but just not to be.

”I was really nervous in the first race and got arm pump straight away which did not help and then in the last race I was on target to take out third outright, when battling for position I went down ending any chance of getting on the box. I have to race these guys next season so it was good to see I can sort of stick with them,” Strickland added.

“It was a great night of action packed racing that the Lightweight Club put on and the decent prize money was a bonus for the riders. I am extremely proud of both the Wellard/Yamaha juniors and our CLAAS/Yamaha senior guys who tonight showed why they are WA’s top riders. The teams will now get a little time off and prepare for season 2012,” Team Manager Peter Strickland said.

The riders appreciate the support they get from Wellard, CLAAS, Yamaha, Bridgestone, AXO, PivotPegz, GYTR, Endura, Shark, Yamalube, EKS, Unifilter, DID, Pro Art and all the West Aussie Yamaha dealers.

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