Jack Kukas made a great return to racing after injury to win five out of six races
Levi Rogers broke through for the win in the 13-14years 250 and made the podium on the 125

QLD YJR Duo Firing at SSMX Series Opener

27 Feb 2017

The Queensland GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing duo of Jack Kukas and Levi Rogers signalled their intentions for a strong 2017 season with an outstanding performance at the opening round of the Airoh Helmets, Sunshine State Motocross Series held at Coolum, over the weekend.

With an increase in rider numbers, particularly in the older junior divisions, the atmosphere at the opening round was improved over previous years with big fields in all classes.

After an eight- month layoff with knee surgery, Jack Kukas made a great start to his time with GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing with a dominant display in the 15 years 125cc class taking three wins from three starts and looking good on the YZ125.

Kukas was on track for the daily double after he won the opening moto of the 15 years 250cc but a small fall in race two and then taking some time to get going, Kukas could only manage a fifth place finish. That proved to be his only blemish for the day as he rebounded for a win in the final moto to finish second on the day but well placed heading into the second round.

“I was pretty nervous today as I hadn’t raced for a long time and it doesn’t matter how many laps of practice and training you do, it’s still different to racing,” Kukas explains. But it’s awesome to be back on the track again and to win five out the six races was pretty cool.

“My bikes were awesome all day and my starts were great. Hopefully I will shake off the nerves for round two and race a little more relaxed,” he ends.

Not to be outdone, Levi Rogers got among the podium action. Competing in the 13-14 years’, Rogers took the class victory in the 250cc with 5-1-1 results. Only a fall while passing for the lead in race one stopped a clean sweep for Rogers who has stepped up his speed considerably over the off season.

He then mounted the podium again when he took third in the 13-14 years 125cc. Rogers finished with 3-3-2 results in a very consistent day for the 13year old racer and a flying start to the 2017 season.

“My Dad and I worked pretty hard over the off season and I tried to ride as much as I could so it was good that I was able get a good result today,” Levi said. “My starts were much better than they have been in the past so that made my day go a little easier.

“We have a few weeks before round two so I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing and hopefully I can have another good day at Hervey Bay.”

Round two of the Airoh Helmets, Sunshine State Series takes place at the sandy Hervey Bay circuit on March 18 /19.

To follow the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing team on social media: www.facebook.com/YamahaJuniorAus or @yamaha_junior_racing_aus on Instagram.

For a full list of results, www.mylaps.com

Sunshine State MX – Rd 1
13-14 years 250cc
1st Levi Rogers (YJR)

2nd Jake Cuka
3rd Lance Cameron

15 years 250cc
1st Hayden Matterson
2nd Jack Kukas (YJR)
3rd Connor McNamara

13-14 years 125cc
1st Noah Ferguson
2nd Ryan Gaynor
3rd Levi Rogers (YJR)

15 years 125cc
1st Jack Kukas (YJR)

2nd Hayden Matterson
3rd Connor McNamara 


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