Ash Whisler moved to second in the Pro Lites championship

CLAAS/Yamaha Edge Closer to Championship Victory

21 Jul 2011

Round four of the West Australian Motocross Championships was a mixed one for the CLAAS Yamaha Motocross Team. The sand circuit of Shrubland Park in Bunbury two hours south of Perth was the venue and the Bunbury Motorcycle Club had done a nice job of preparing the tough racing surface.

Intermediate Open championship leader and YZ450F pilot Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) opted not to race on the weekend having another commitment which clashed with the round. With a massive lead in the championship he still came out of the weekend in the points lead, though thinned considerably.

“It was a bit of a gamble to not race at Bunbury but it still worked in my favour which was cool. I have one round to go before I move up to the Pro class so I want to wrap up this championship at the next round and finish off the year in the Pro ranks to get a taste of what it will be like next season,” Strickland had to say.

Pro Lites rider Ashley Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) has been steadily progressing this season. Over the last couple of years he has not been able to show his true potential due to injury. Ash went into the Bunbury round sitting in fourth place just a handful of points away from the leaders.

Race one was an awesome ride where after gating well he managed to place second by the checkers. With his new found confidence he set about trying to copy his first ride. But as it turned out it things were a little tougher than expected when he did not gate as well which meant battling hard to achieve a fifth place.

With just the one race to go Ash put his head down and wound the wick up on his YZ250F. By the end of the day the sandiest part of the circuit that is referred to as the feral section had whoops that could nearly swallow a bike whole but with plenty of determination Ash managed to keep his bike upright and again posted a second place finish.

His 2-5-2 results were good enough to put him on the second step of the podium for the round but more importantly move him into second in the championship.

“Today was a pretty good day all round. We had talked about keeping on two wheels and watching everyone else crash around me and that is how it turned out. My YZ was just perfect today and I am stoked to now be in second for the title. With two more rounds to go you just never know what can happen,” an excited Whisler offered.

“To have two riders first and second in their respective classes is pretty good for this new CLAAS/Yamaha Team. These guys have put a lot into being at the front of the pack each race meeting and are showing our advertising partners they made the right decision in coming on board,” a very pleased Team Manager Peter Strickland commented.

Championship Standings
1st Daniel Strickland -Yamaha
Hayden Vermeer - KTM
3rd Damon Gibbons –Honda

Pro Lites Championship
David Birch - Honda
2nd Ashley Whisler - Yamaha
Sean Robertson - Honda

Daniel and Ashley would like to thank CLAAS, Yamaha, Five Star & Cully’s Yamaha, PivotPegz, Incite graphics, GYTR, Shark, AXO, Yamalube, Wellard, Bridgestone, Endura, Unifilter DID, EKS goggles and Pro Art for all their support.

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