Jack Kukas took two Sunshine State Series wins in the 15 years 125 and 250cc classes
Levi Rogers finished the series second on his 250 and third on the 125

Kukas and Rogers Rack up SSMX Success

5 Jun 2017

Two class wins, a second and a third place is the final series tally for the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing Queensland duo of Jack Kukas and Levi Rogers after the sixth and final round of the Sunshine State Motocross Series wrapped up at Toowoomba’s Echo Valley Circuit, on the weekend.

Both riders acquitted themselves well across the series and were rewarded by standing on the podium in each class they contested.

Jack Kukas finished the series the same way he started, winning the day on his YZ125 in the 15 years 125 class and backing them up with another round victory on his YZ250F in the 15 years 250cc. Kukas claimed 2-1-1 results on his 125 and won all three motos on the 250cc to win five out of six motos on the day and stamp his authority in the series.

“It’s good to get the series win on both bikes and tick that goal off the list for 2017,” Kukas explains. “It’s been a long road back from my knee surgery last year and things are starting to come around now and my riding is getting back to where it needs to be.

“Today I wanted to get some more intensity in my riding and after the first 125 race, I was able to make that happen and get the race wins.

“Thank you to everyone in the Yamaha Junior Racing team for all the support and also the series sponsors and organisers of the Sunshine State series as it has been fun and well ran this year,” Kukas ends.

Team mate Levi Rogers also grabbed his fair share of the podium rounding out the championship in second place in the 13-14 years 250cc and then third in the 13-14 years 125cc in a consistent showing throughout the six rounds.

Rogers entered the final round just six points out of the series lead on his YZ250F but a crash in moto two severely damaged his series aspirations. He finished the day in fourth place with 4-8-2 results and missed the series win by 11points.

Points were just as tight in the 125cc class with three riders fighting over the minor podium positions. Rogers took third on the day with 4-3-3 results and as a result finished equal second in the series but dropped to third on a count back.

But the series proved to be a fruitful one for Rogers who continued to show improvement through the six rounds and on all racing surfaces.

“It’s a little disappointing not to win on the 250 but when I look back over the six rounds, it was probably round two that cost me the most when I crashed a couple of times while leading races. I improved my consistently after that as it showed me that every race matters.

“Overall it’s been a good series for me and things have gone pretty well. Echo Valley isn’t my favourite track and I have struggled here in the past but I got better as the day went on today so hopefully next time I come here, I will be a little more confident on this track.

“I want to thank my family for a huge effort as we drive down from Blackwater for each round and also our Yamaha Junior Racing Team and sponsors,” Rogers said.

The boys now have a small break in the racing calendar before the start of the Queensland Motocross Championships held at Townsville and Tivoli.

For a full list of results:   https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1403225

To follow Yamaha Junior Racing on social media: www.facebook.com/YamahaJuniorRacingAus or @yamaha_junior_racing_aus on Instagram.

Round Six Results -Echo Valley
15 years 250cc
1st Jack Kukas – GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing

2nd Connor McNamara
3rd Josh Zorbas

15 years 125cc
1st Jack Kukas – GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing

2nd Jayce Cosford – Yamaha
3rd Mason Rowe

13-14 years 250cc
1st Jai Walker – Yamaha
2nd Ryan Gaylor
3rd Jake Cuka – Yamaha
4th Levi Rogers – GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing

13-14 years 125cc
1st Jai Walker – Yamaha
2nd Ryan Gaylor
3rd Levi Rogers – GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing

Final Series Standings
15 years 250cc
1st Jack Kukas – 583

2nd Connor McNamara – 542
3rd Navrin Grothues – 504

15 years 125cc
1st Jack Kukas – 616

2nd Jayce Cosford – 548
3rd Connor McNamara – 536

13-14 years 250cc
1st Jake Cuka – 580
2nd Levi Rogers – 569
3rd Jai Walker – 528

13 -14 years 125cc
1st Noah Ferguson – 527
2nd Jai Walker – 489
3rd Levi Rogers - 489  

 

Credits: 
Zhane Dunlop
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