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26 Jul 2012
Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha riders returned to the port city of Geraldton for round four of the WA junior and senior motocross championships held on the weekend. Cloudy skies but no rain greeted the riders who were keen to add to their championship points tallies.
10 year old Mat Fabry, (Five Star Yamaha) was looking for some good points to make up for a disastrous third round where he suffered a double DNF. Track conditions were perfect and suited Fabry’s riding style with high speeds, ruts, whoops and rhythm sections.
Unfortunately his day didn't start off to well coming together with another rider resulting in a fall at the start of Moto one. While on a huge charge through the pack from last to third place he went down a second time and could only manage sixth by the chequers.
Moto two was not much better as while making a pass for the lead his hand slipped off the bars in a rut and he put his bike down again, though remounting quickly he could only manage a third. Saving the best for last the final Moto went all Mats’ way with a commanding win sealing a third place podium for the day.
“I was really nervous and wanted to get some points back from the last round, but it didn't go my way. My YZ85 was awesome today but I took three races to settle down. I’m still happy to get on the podium and have moved up to second in the championship, so that is a good thing,” Fabry said.
125cc Mounted Liam Whisler, (Mandurah City Yamaha) had a hard day at the office in Geraldton. Moto one saw a great result with a second place but the remainder of his day was dogged by mistakes and falls. Moto two saw him cross the line in sixth and the final moto he salvaged a fourth after falling on the opening lap. His 2-6-4 results were good for fourth overall and just missing the round podium.
“I tried my hardest today but things always didn’t work out. Apart from the second race, I felt pretty good on the bike but I can’t make mistakes and expect to win races,” Whisler explains.
With Saturdays junior event concluded the Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha senior riders took to the red loamy dirt for the senior state round on Sunday.
Ash Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) was focussed on maintaining his podium position in the championship. The YZ250F rider has been rock solid so far this season and continued his good run on the day. Ash went 3-3-4 to claim third outright and maintain his podium place.
“I have been riding as calm as possible to not put too much pressure on myself and I just went about riding the track today and doing what I need to do to maintain my momentum which is working well,” Whisler added.
450 mounted team mates Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) and Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) had a mixed bag between them with Webster suffering from crashes all day which saw him well below his best results and Strickland chipping away in every moto and finally cracking into the top ten in the Championship chase after a sluggish start to his season.
With no female class today Shelley Connor was pitted against the men in the Lites division and showed the boys a thing or two about starts and produced good rides on the day.
“This weekend has been pretty good for us with Mat and Ash getting great results. Liam was a little unlucky with a couple of crashes but his last ride was truly a gutsy effort to nearly claim an outright podium.”
“Shelley’s starts were awesome today and though she had mid field finishes, racing with the guys means she is gaining the experience needed to be challenging for the Women’s title at the next round,” team manager Peter Strickland concluded.
The teams receive valuable support from Wellard, CLAAS, Yamaha, Bridgestone, GYTR, AXO, Yamalube, PivotPegz, Shark, EKS goggles, Blackbird racing, DID, Unifilter, Pro Art, Five Star, Cully’s and Mandurah City Yamaha for which they are grateful.