Jake Williams in good form at the opening round of the QLD MX Champs
Levi Rogers has stepped up his speed on the YZ125

QLD YJR Make Moves in Mackay

15 Aug 2016

The Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing team started their state motocross championships off in good fashion at round one of the series held at the Mackay circuit over the weekend.

On a perfect winter weekend, the duo of Jake Williams and Levi Rogers rode well and put their Yamaha’s up front in the majority of the races and kicked off their championship aspirations with some spirited racing.

Jake Williams dominated the 15 years 250cc class taking the perfect three wins from three starts to take control of the class in the series. Williams showed good speed and maturity as he worked his way around the jump laden Mackay track.

He was also a contender in the 13-15 years 125cc class and narrowly missed taking the double victory by just two points. Williams racked up 3-3-1 results to finish second for the round and only a late race fall in the second moto prevented him from another class win.

“The weekend went pretty well and a side from a couple of small things, I’m happy with the way I rode. I changed a few things in my training in the last week or so and hopefully I can keep improving n those areas.

“Thank you to my parents for their hard work over the weekend as well as the Mackay club and event sponsors for putting on a good event,” Williams ends.

Levi Rogers produced his best weekend of the year and showed he is continuing to improve on the bigger machines. Rogers has experienced a huge growth spurt in recent months and while he rides his YZ85 with heart, he is simply too big for it now but has adjusted extremely well to his YZ125 and had a break out ride over the weekend.

Rogers finished sixth on his 85cc but the sixth on his 125 in the 13-15 years group was noteworthy with the young gun charging his way past older and more experienced rivals in his way to 8-5-5 results.

“I had a great time racing the 125 and I felt I rode it better each time I went on the track. It was awesome to be up near the front and racing with the fast guys and I was able to pick up on what they do and learn some things.

“The 85 is tough for me now as I’m getting too big for it. I try as hard as I can but my weight and size make it hard. I will ride it at the final round of the championships then it might be time to hop off it and get onto a YZ250F,” Rogers explains.

Yamaha supported riders also did well in other classes conducted through the weekend. Jack Kukas claimed the win in the 13-14 years 250cc with the perfect three from three, while there was plenty of Yamaha blue near the front in the 125cc class with Williams, Dark and Kukas sitting second third and fourth respectively.

In the senior divisions, Yamaha did well with Richie Evans, Luke Weaver, Ryan Eden, Ricky Latimer and Bailey Coxon all inside the top seven, while Weaver did well in the MX1 class taking second place for the round.

The second and final round of the Yamaha Queensland Motocross Championships takes place at the Hervey Bay circuit on September 3 and 4.

Yamaha QLD MX Champs – Round 1 Results
15 years 250cc
1st Jake Williams (YJR)

2nd Mitchell Dark
3rd Cohn Evans

13-15 years 125cc
1st Bailey Malkiewicz
2nd Jake Williams (YJR)
3rd Mitchell Dark (Yamaha)
4th Jack Kukas (Yamaha
6th Levi Rogers (Yamaha)

12 – 13 years 85cc
1st Tye Jones
2nd Jai Walker
3rd Noah Ferguson
4th Jack Cuka
5th Adam Smerdon
6th Levi Rogers (YJR)

13-14years 250cc
1st Jack Kukas (Yamaha)

MX2
1st Nathan Crawford
2nd Richie Evans (Yamaha)
3rd Luke Weaver (Yamaha)
4th Ryan Eden (Yamaha)
5th Ricky Latimer (Yamaha)
6th Zak Small
7th Bailey Coxon (Yamaha)

MX1
1st Zak Small
2nd Luke Weaver (Yamaha)
3rd Robbie Marshall

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