Jayden Rylers the last man standing for the WAYJDT

Down But Not Out for WAYJDT

18 Jun 2010

With two riders now on the long term injured list the Wellard Yamaha Junior Development Team need to regroup and try to salvage something from what was shaping up to be a great 2010 season.

The team lost Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) to a broken collarbone after a training crash, Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha) to a mild case of concussion on Saturday and Kyle Webster (North City Yamaha) who broke his hand in a freak crash on Sunday.

With the usual winter rain not yet here, the hardpack circuit of Eric Walter Park in Chidlow hosted the W.A. Junior Motocross Club’s Two Day Challenge. The weekend provided some fast and exciting racing, with the highlight being the 125/250 Shootout. It also was the final saga of the teams unlucky run.

With his older YZ250F mounted team mate nursing a broken collarbone, it was up to Kyle Webster to keep up the charge at Chidlow. With three from three wins in the younger age 250F division on Saturday he set about repeating the result on Sunday, but thanks to some overzealous track watering Kyle tucked the front end in the first race injuring his hand. A trip to hospital confirmed it to be the worst case scenario, a broken bone and the possibility of a lengthy recovery.

YZ 85cc mounted Justin Hart started the day off strong with a second in the first race. Unfortunately the next outing would see Justin’s weekend end with a spectacular crash that left him with a mild concussion and unable to continue. After being checked out by the medical staff they confirmed he was okay and some rest will ensure he is back in form before the next State Round in two weeks.

With all his team mates having a difficult weekend it was up to the hard charging Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City Yamaha) to carry the flag for his team, which he did in spectacular style. The young gun rode the wheels off his YZ 125cc machine posting six wins from six starts for the weekend to take the overall in the 125cc class.

He then set about hunting down the big boys on their 250’s in the feature Shootout race of the weekend. With Chidlow being a high speed hardpack circuit and Jayden getting good starts on his YZ machine he was able to match the speed of the 250 riders posting an impressive third outright after the three by three lap sprints.

“All in all it was a tough weekend for the team with so many injuries. Daniel and Kyle could be out for a while and will certainly miss the next State Championship round here in two weeks. It makes this weekend’s result worse considering they both were in second for their respective title hunts.”

“It has also overshadowed Jayden’s awesome achievement a little which is disappointing as he deserved Chidlow to be remembered for his great racing and not all the injuries.”

“I was disappointed for my counterparts Metty and Rosco from S.A. and Victoria to hear they had injured riders from the weekend as well. They will know how I feel at the moment” Team Manager Peter Strickland had to say.

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