NSWYJDT Before the rain came down
Ben George sloshing his way through to second on his YZ250F

NSW Yamaha Junior Development Team Triumph in Tough Conditions

7 Apr 2010

The New South Wales Yamaha Junior Development Team plowed through wet and soggy conditions for a strong start in the New South Wales Motocross Championship over Easter weekend.

The trio of Mackenzie Tricker, Ben George and Brendon Walther finished the rain-shortened event with first, second and sixth places overall in their respective classes.

The Mt. Kembla circuit, near Wollongong, was resurfaced for the event transforming it from the usual hard pack clay surface to a soft and heavy track drawing plenty of praise from the riders. After a clear and sunny start, the weather closed in and the rain began to fall. What started as a great track, slowly deteriorated to a battle of survival with some of the biggest ruts the juniors had ever faced. The event was declared after two of the three rounds of racing due to the track conditions.

Ben George (Chris Watson Motorcycles), new to NSWYJDT for 2010, kicked off his championship campaign with great starts and lightning speed in the mud on his YZ250F. He shared moto wins with Jay Wilson in the 15yrs 200 - 250cc 4st class leaving the two riders tied on points for the event but Jay winning on a count back.

“It was my first major race on the Yamaha and things went really well. The track was muddy, but turned out to not be so bad and the bike handled the conditions perfectly. I just wish they ran the last moto,” said a rain soaked George.

Mackenzie Tricker (Team Moto) showed that some determination and grit can go along way in the mud. Riding her YZ 250F to consistent finishes, Tricker took a well deserved 13/u15yrs 250cc 4stroke class victory in the tough conditions.

“The track was tough but fun at the same time. I didn’t get the best of starts in the first one but a holeshot in the second moto made life much easier in the muddy conditions. I just didn’t give up in the mud and it got me the win,” said the excited Tricker.

Brendon Walther (City Coast Motorcycles) also showed plenty of promise in his first major event as a member of the team. On a track that was almost unrideable for the smaller bikes, he piloted his YZ85 to the chequered flag in both finals of the 9/u12yrs 85cc class and finished a well earned sixth place on the day.

“The track was pretty hard and the ruts were up to my handlebars on the 85! I had heaps of crashes in the conditions but I kept getting up and trying to complete the races. It was actually heaps of fun in the mud, and I’m pretty happy with how things finished up,” said the new young charger.

Injured team member Jordan Bissaker (Bike and Power) was on hand all weekend to support his team mates in the tough conditions. He is on the mend from a fractured humorous and is hoping to be back for round two of the NSW MX Champs at Port Macquarie.

NSW YJDT would like to thank its supporters: Yamaha, GYTR, Fox, Motul, RK Chains, JT Sprockets, Pirelli, Tee ’n’ Cee Signs, Oakley, Unit Clothing, Ferodo, Acerbis, Ariete and Y-AIM

NSW MX Champs- Round One
Mt. Kembla

13 to U15 Years 250cc
1st Mackenzie Tricker – 40 (Yamaha)
2nd Cameron Taylor -36
3rd Meghan Rutledge -34
4th Bradley Bell – 33
5th Jesse Moore- 27

15 Years 250cc
1st Jay Wilson – 47
2nd Ben George – 47 (Yamaha)
3rd Jake Vella – 38
4th Jarred Davis – 38
5th Josh Gilbert – 32

9 to U12 years 85cc
1st Blake Parker - 45
2nd Joshua Strenger – 41
3rd Dylan Dukes – 36
4th Jordan Mellross -35
5th Bradley Elbourn -34
6th Brendan Walther – 29 (Yamaha)


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