The NSW-YJR pit
Joel Wightmans 2012 YZ250F

NSW YJR Stakes State MX Title Claim

10 Apr 2012

The NSW Yamaha Junior Racing Team kicked off their official season with a win over the Easter long weekend, at round one of the NSW Motocross Championships.

The event was hosted by the Moree Motorcycle Club, on a track that is regarded as one of the most enjoyable in the country. Clear skies and a temperature of 32 degrees meant that rider conditioning was going to play a part and seemed to catch a few competitors off guard.

YJR NSW’s newest recruit, Joel Wightman, piloted his YZ 250F to a win in the 15yrs 250cc class at his first major event for the team. Joel finished with 1-3-1 results in the three moto format which gave him the overall for the round.

In the 15yrs 150cc 2T class Joel completed the round with two 2nd place finishes and a freak mechanical issue on the start line of the second moto, which lead to him being unable to start the race. Joel showed a level head and dealt with the disappointment well, riding his team mates practice bike to 2nd in the final moto.

“I’m pumped on the win. I’ve been working hard since joining the team and it’s great to have the hard work pay off. It motivates me to work even harder now I have felt the benefits and I’m looking forward to the next round, Wightman said about his 250 victory.”

“Obviously what happened in moto 2 on the 125 is disappointing but I felt good in the other two races and there are plenty of races left to make up points.”

Brendon Walther kicked off his third year on the team and the move up to the 12-u14yrs 85cc class by showing some great speed and plenty of grit. After qualifying 5th fastest, moto one didn’t quite go to plan after Brenno was caught up in a pile up in the first turn. After untangling the bikes he re-joined in last place, down by almost half a lap he charged back through the pack to 17th.

The next two races were less eventful, posting 3-5 results to finish off the day and take a hard earned seventh place for the round.

“In the first race I just had no where to go and got stuck in the pile up. I didn’t even fall over but some ones handle bar went through my wheel and we couldn’t get it untangled. The other two races went pretty good and getting a third helped my confidence.”

“It was a great start to the year for the team,” said team manager, Shane Booth. “It showed both the boy’s have put in some hard work over the off-season and I’m glad it has paid off for them.”

“The mechanical issue was disappointing but we’ll get to the bottom of it and ensure it doesn’t happen again. It’s great to get a win at round one and it’s a credit to Yamaha and all the people that support the team.”

NSW Yamaha Junior Racing would like to thank the following supporters:Yamaha Australia, Fox, Motul, Oakley, Pirelli, Unit, GYT-R, Vortex Handlebars, JT Sprockets, RK Chains, Y-AIM and Tee’n’Cee Grafix

Round 1 NSW State Motocross Championships
Moree, NSW

15yrs 250 4st
1st Joel Wightman (Yamaha)
Nickolas Scott
3rd Jarrod Kelly

15yrs 125/150cc 2st
1st Aaron Tanti
2nd Harrison Corbett
3rd Toby Stevens

6th Joel Wightman (Yamaha)

12/U14yrs 85cc
1st Jordan Hill

2nd Hunter Lawrence
3rd Lachlan Holroyd

7th Brendon Walther (Yamaha)

Shane Booth
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