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10 Apr 2012
Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha riders travelled to the South Western town of Bunbury, two hours from Perth, for the opening round of the WA Junior Motocross Championship. Overcast skies and rain were the order for the day but the bottomless sand of Bunbury has always been able to absorb what Mother Nature throws down.
Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) has been in great form leading up to the championship opener after putting in plenty of pre-season training both on and off the bike and he was looking for a good result aboard his Yamaha YZ250F.
Bad starts and a crash in the final moto meant Kyle had to work hard for every point he made on the day. Race one and two saw the Wanneroo youngster mid pack around the first corner which made things tough as he fought his way through the field to the front.
A crash early in moto three put Kyle at the back of the field and after remounting he set about riding down nearly the whole field to get back to second place. With mixed results his accumulated points were good enough for second outright on the day.
“I could not buy a start today,” Webster said. “I don’t know what happened, I just rode tight and could not get any flow happening, nothing was going my way.”
“My YZ250F was handling awesome especially as the track roughed up but without a good start, I was not able to get the break I needed,” Webster commented.
125cc mounted Liam whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) was still recovering from an off season incident where he damaged ligaments in his knee. The team’s talented new recruit has been severely hampered in the lead up to the season with his injury and was just hoping to claim some good points until back to full fitness.
Moto one saw a respectable fourth place and after taking the holeshot in the second race Liam was looking good for another top finish when he had a crash in the second corner that took a little time to recover from. The tough Serpentine based racer gritted it out and by the chequered flag was back to ninth place.
The last moto was indeed his best when he managed another great start and held on for second place to top off his day. With a 5-9-2 scorecard there was no podium but he had achieved his goal of gathering valuable points.
“My first ride was pretty good and I was happy with it especially as I was not sure how my fitness was compared to the rest of the field. Unfortunately, the crash in race two meant I had to work pretty hard to get as many points as possible but it could have been worse.
“With nothing to lose in the last I just put my head down and gave it all I had and managed to salvage a reasonable result,” Whisler said while summing up his day.
85cc small wheel rider, Mat Fabry, (Five Star Yamaha) came into the Bunbury round with renewed vigour. Being mainly a hard pack rider he has been doing a lot of sand riding and without question the Shrubland Park circuit is one of the toughest in W.A.
If the pre season so far has been any indication, Mat has been showing why at only ten years of age he could be a contender for the championship crown this year.
Good starts had him battling for position in every moto as he had his YZ on the throttle stop in every turn and his 4-2-2 results were good enough to take the second step on the podium for the team.
“I have been practicing my sand riding as much as possible up to now and have really been improving a lot. Today was tough with the rain making the track really heavy but I enjoyed racing the sand today,” Fabry added.
“With the nerves and the first major event out of the way the Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha team is looking pretty solid at the moment and the boys will just need to work out where they can improve from here.”
“I think Liam’s ride was the best we could have expected being well under done in his preparation due to the pre season injury and he definitely showed some talent to be sitting in sixth especially when the fall in race two cost him valuable point for sure,” team manager Peter Strickland said about his charges.
Round 1 Results - Bunbury
1st Jayden Rykers (Honda)
2nd Kyle Webster (Yamaha)
3rd Brodie Cassidy (Honda)
1st Jake Prutti (KTM)
2nd Connor Tierney (Yamaha)
3rd Jayden Fabry (Yamaha)
6th Liam Whisler Yamaha
1st Caleb Grothues (KTM)
2nd Mat Fabry (Yamaha)
3rd Austin Ridley (Yamaha)