Mat Fabry claiming second in the junior class at Manjimup
Liam Whisler in top form on his YZ450F

Pain and Podiums for WA Yamaha Teams

11 Jun 2015

Both Wellard/BRM/Yamaha teams rolled into Cosy Creek circuit in Manjimup which is one of the most picturesque tracks in Australia. It has been home for many years to the Manjimup 15000 a long time favourite on the W.A. Motocross Calendar.

However it has also been a track that has taken its toll on the team and unfortunately claimed number one plate holder Kyle Webster, who received an injury to his ankle which has put his title defense of the Premier 450 division in jeopardy after a heavy fall in race two. 

Webster was treated at the nearby Bunbury hospital and the full extent of his injury will be known in the next few days. 

Liam Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) in his first senior ride at Manjimup took the option of racing in the Pro class rather than the All Stars, which paid off well with the youngster posting results of 5-1-1-1 to take overall win. Four holeshots helped Whisler and the only blemish was a small tip over in race one after a minor incident in a rut. 

“I felt good coming into the day feeling fit and ready. I had a minor put down in the first race but bounced back from that with three more good starts and wins. My YZ450F had all the power I needed and handled the track with ease, the day couldn't have got any better," Whisler finished.

Mat Fabry (Five Star Yamaha) on board his YZ 125 was on a mission to make the podium and went 2-22-2 to take second overall for the day in the 13-16yrs class.

Fabry said, "It was an awesome weekend, the track was fast and flowing and the jumps were really fun especially going up Rock and Roll Hill. My Bridgestone tyres got me top three to the first corner all day which helped me a lot!"

Kai Stephen (Five Star Yamaha) chose to race just his YZ250F due to the four race format and demanding nature of the Cosy Creek circuit. This proved to be a good decision as it got him out of the gate with four strong starts including two holeshots. The rougher the track got the better his bike handled and lap times were evidence of this.

Stephen went 3-4-3-2 for third Overall.

“Third overall in the Manjimup 15000 Junior event is definitely a great achievement for me and will give me a lot of confidence going into the next state round at Byford in a couple of weeks. I love racing my YZ125 however I believe the power of my YZ250F suits the Cosy Creek circuit perfectly and every time I race it I feel more and more comfortable,” he said.

Sam Stephen (Mandurah City Yamaha) had a day he would rather forget as the hard charging YZ85cc rider could not buy a start and suffered from crashes in each moto.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get the best starts in the races and a couple of crashes meant that my overall result wasn’t what I had hoped for,” he lamented. “My YZ85 was going great and suspension was working well too. Manjimup is an awesome track however I have only raced on it once before today and believe that with a bit more track time a lot better result will come."

Team Manager Peter Strickland commented, “Today was bitter and sweet all in one. Losing Kyle is unfortunate and has implications for his east coast riding as well as defending his number one plate however the rest of the team stepped up and showed our depth, so all we can do is regroup from here. Only time will tell how bad Kyle’s injury is and we will provide him the support he needs to be back as soon as possible.”


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