Daniel Strickland on his way to victory in the Intermediate Open class at Coastal Park
Ash Whistler sits in sixth place after two rounds in the Pro Lites division

Claas Yamaha in Class Win at Coastal Park

3 Jun 2011

CLAAS Yamaha riders Daniel Strickland and Ashley Whisler rolled into the sand circuit of Coastal Park with high expectations to contest the second round of the West Australian Motocross Championships. After positive results in Kalgoorlie both riders were looking forward to the challenging Coastal track.

With a slender f five point lead in the Intermediate Open title chase YZF 450 mounted Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) was determined to again stamp his authority on the field showing the win in Kalgoorlie was no fluke. Though not his home track he has done many laps of Coastal Park in his career and is just as relaxed in the sand as he is on the hardpack.

Explosive starts in each moto gave Daniel the opportunity to take an early lead and break away from the field securing three wins and the overall top step of the podium for the day. In doing so he took the maximum 75 points available to extend his championship lead further.

“My Bridgestone tyres really hooked up well today and got me the starts I needed. I must give a big shout out to Darren Thompson from Yamaha for the awesome suspension on my bike. It just gives you the confidence you need to ride fast,” Strickland offered up.

For 250F rider Ashley Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) it was a day of mixed fortune. Unfortunately the young chargers starts eluded him, meaning Ash had to fight his way through the pack in every moto.

Whilst making his way through the field he had a few minor crashes losing valuable places that had just been gained.  Going 9-4-10 for eighth on the day was not a true indication of his real ability.

“It was very frustrating not being up the front challenging for the big points. I just could not get out of the gate cleanly and get my momentum and flow going,” a disappointed Whisler lamented.

Combined in the event was a round of the women’s MX title and Wellard Yamaha rider Dimity Duke (Bunbury Yamaha) maintained her third place in the championship with three solid rides for the day getting her on the podium.

“I don’t think I rode that well today but I’m still in third for the Championship so I suppose I should be happy,” Duke commented.    

“Today was a mixed bag for the CLAAS Yamaha Team we extended our championship lead in the 450 class and though not his finest day Ash is still in sixth for the 250’s. There are still plenty of races to go in the season and you never know what can happen.

“It was good to see Dimity Keep the Yamaha flag flying in the Women’s Championship as well,” Team Manager Peter Strickland said after the meeting.

CLAAS Yamaha riders would like to thank the following advertising partners,  CLAAS, Yamaha, Wellard, Yamalube, PivotPegz, GYTR, AXO, EKS, Shark, Unifilter, DID, Pro Art, Five Star Yamaha, Cully’s Yamaha, Incite graphics, Bridgestone, Endura.

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