Wellard Yamaha riders arrived at the penultimate round of the W.A. Motocross Championship hosted by the Coastal Motorcycle Club with intentions of taking as many points towards the title as possible.
YZ250F mounted Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) was by far the quickest rider on the circuit. Coming from the home club of Wanneroo the sandy Coastal Park track made him feel right at home.
After a holeshot in moto one he began opening up a good lead and weather it was nerves or the desire to do well Kyle made two separate mistakes which had him hit the deck on each occasion and only able to post a fourth by the checkers.
Race two was a solid win for Webster after another holeshot. But his day’s work was not finished and in the last race with competitors nipping at his back wheel Kyle began to check out in the lead. He looked like taking out the moto and in doing so the overall victory for the day, when during the second last lap he stalled his bike in a corner which cost him dearly.
Within no time at all he had lost the lead and was relegated to second place before refiring his YZ machine. With dwindling laps Kyle could only cross in second place by race end, definitely not the result he wanted or deserved. Being in the toughest class a 4-1-2 was only good enough to claim third on the podium.
“I wanted to win so bad today and to make some silly mistakes in the first race was terrible. Even though I was two seconds a lap quicker when you are on the ground it does not help. My second ride was good and my YZ250F was spot on especially as the track roughened up a little.
“The last one I threw it away when I stalled my bike in the back section of the track. I should have made a quick clutch adjustment on the fly which would have helped but I was so focussed on riding hard I missed it,” Webster lamented.
Newest recruit Liam Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) is still on his sharp learning curve in the 125cc class. Having just turned 13 Liam mixed it up with the 13-U16 year old riders and is showing why he will be a front runner in time. With results of 6-5-5, for equal fourth on the day, this was a pretty good testament to his ability at riding in the sand.
“I’m pretty happy with how I am riding at the moment and considering I came into the team half way through the season due to my late birthday I think I’m doing a good job mixing it up with the older guys,” Whisler went on to say.
Nine year old Matt Fabry (Causeway Yamaha) is still powering on in his debut year aboard the 85cc machine. The Serpentine youngster does not particularly like deep sand circuits being a hardpack rider but put his head down and rode the wheels off his Yamaha in each moto.
Matt posted 4-4-3 finishes to claim the third step on the podium and move to within nine points of a championship podium position.
“I was just consistent today which helped me get on the podium. Next round is Collie where I have ridden a bit before so hopefully I can close the gap a little on the front runners,” Fabry said after the meeting.
“Once again our Wellard Yamaha riders have posted excellent results and shown why they are the top team in W.A. Motocross. Kyle really deserved to win today as he was the fastest rider here , but he understands all good things come to those who wait.”
“What can I say about Liam and Matt? Both of these guys are riding extremely well considering they are the youngest riders in their respective classes. I can see a big future for both of them for sure” team manager Peter Strickland said about his riders.