Mat Fabry dealing with the rain on his way to victory in WA
Liam Whislter landed on the podium

Fabry and Whisler Thrive in the Rain

30 Jul 2014

As the rain poured down, the Wellard/BRM/Yamaha riders proved even the harshest conditions won’t deter them. Eric Walter Park in the foothills of Chidlow, east of Perth, was the scene of round four in the State Junior Motocross Championships.

The usually hard pack circuit was wet, slippery and treacherous as continual rain storms persisted throughout the day.

Mat fabry (Five Star Yamaha) and his YZ85cc machine showed the rest of the field a clean pair of heals as he powered his way to 1-1-3 results, to not only win the day, but move into the Championship lead as well.

The Serpentine youngster quickly came to grips with the extreme conditions and great starts saw him take the lead quickly in every race.

“The Bridgestone tyres on my YZ85 were awesome today. They hooked up out of the gate which was really important because if you were in the back of the pack, your goggles quickly were covered in mud and not much good,” Fabry explains.

“In the last moto with just one corner to go and within sight of the chequered flag, I hit neutral and went down in the mud dropping back to third which really made me mad as I wanted to clean sweep the day but winning the day outright and moving into the championship lead is still pretty good,” he finished.

YZ250F mounted, Liam Whisler, (Mandurah City Yamaha) also had to contend with the driving rain and slippery conditions but still managed to make the podium with a third overall, just two points from second.

“Today was really hard as choosing good lines and getting traction was important with the rain that fell in each of my races. I was being a little too aggressive and not getting the best out of my bike in the first two moto’s and to top it off my starts were not super good which meant I had a little work to do getting to the front.

“I changed tried to smooth it out a lot in the final race which made it a lot easier to keep at the front and I should have realised the issue a little earlier to get the most advantage from it. The competition was tough today as well as the weather but I’m pleased with how things turned out in the end,” Whisler commented.

“Chidlow really proved to be a difficult circuit to ride today, but Mat and Liam did a terrific job returning two podiums in these conditions,” said team manager, Peter Strickland. “We came away with a solid second in the 250cc championship and with the lead in the 85cc class so it shows the talent these guys have in being able to adapt to conditions quickly.

“With two sand rounds to go, we will now move our training away from the hard pack as Coastal and Wanneroo are two of the toughest tracks and mistakes can prove costly.”

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