Luke Styke on his way to a season best sixth place in the Pro Lites
Ross Beaton holds down second place in the Under 19 Championship

Quinlan On the Podium For GYTR / Rockstar Yamaha at Echo Valley

17 May 2010

GYTR / Rockstar Yamaha’s Harley Quinlan returned to form with a fine performance at round four of the Rockstar MX Nationals. Quinlan charged home in second place in the Under 19 class and he was ably backed up by Ross Beaton taking fifth.

Luke Styke also posted his best round finish for the year taking a very respectable sixth place overall in the Pro Lite class.

The rolling red clay hills of Echo Valley in Toowoomba hosted round four of the MX nationals and Yamaha’s young chargers handed in a credible showing. The track cuts up with bike swallowing ruts and massive undulation changes, but the riders stuck to the task well and showed plenty of fighting spirit.

For Quinlan it was the boost of confidence he needed. Coming off a broken wrist just prior to the season starting, Quinlan is only now getting back up to speed and his 3-2-4 moto finishes in the three points paying races was a well deserved reward for his hard work in recent months.

“I want to dedicate this one for my team. They have all been so supportive of me while I have been injured and so positive and encouraging. I’m still not riding at my 100% yet, but my wrist feels much better now than it did at previous rounds and things should only improve from here,” said Quinlan.

Ross Beaton continues to log consistent moto finishes and the weekend was no different. His 4-4-6 scores were good enough for fifth overall and had it not been for two small crashes in the final leg, he may well have been on the podium alongside his team mate. Beaton maintained his second place overall in the championship.

“I felt I rode pretty well today. My starts weren’t quite what I needed, but I just kept charging the entire moto. My speed was as good as anyone’s and that gives me a bit of confidence going into the next round,” Beaton states.

16 year old Shaun Redhead returned to racing after breaking his ribs just a month prior. Despite feeling tight and still hard to breath later in the races, Redhead fought on and rounded the day out in eleventh place, but extremely competitive with the front runners.

“I just wanted to get back in the swing of things and try and ride smart. I have only ridden once since injuring my ribs but now its full steam ahead for the rest of the championship.”

Luke Styke also returned to form with a sixth place finish in the ultra competitive Pro Lite class. His signature hole-shots returned and Style powered his CDR Performance YZ250F to two out of three hole-shots on the day. He returned with 7-9-5 finishes and was satisfied with his result.

“I struggled here a bit last year, so I was keen to ensure that didn’t happen again today. I met all the goals I set today and felt like a made a good step forward with my racing,” Styke offered.

Round Four Results- Toowoomba
Under 19

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st Luke Arbon

Kawasaki

2-1-3

67points

2nd Harley Quinlan

Yamaha

3-2-4

60points

3rd Matt Phillips

Honda

6-3-2

57points

4th Josh Cachia

KTM

5-7-1

55points

5th Ross Beaton

Yamaha

4-4-6

51points

6th Dylan Peterson

Honda

1-9-9

49points

7th John Phillips

Honda

8-5-8

42points

8th Hamish Dobbyn

Suzuki

10-8-5

40points

9th Ethan Martens

KTM

9-10-7

37points

10th Kieran Leigh

11th Shaun Redhead

Yamaha

Yamaha

11-6-11

12-12-10

35points

29points

 

Championship Standings – After Round Four
U19
1st Josh Cachia – 201
2nd Ross Beaton – 173
3rd Luke Arbon – 163
4th Dylan Peterson – 163
5th Matt Phillips – 160
6th Hamish Dobbyn – 137
7th Kieran Leigh – 124
8th John Phillips – 120
9th Harley Quinlan – 119
10th Cameron Dillon- 98
15th Shaun Redhead – 55

 Round Four Results- Toowoomba
Pro Lites

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st PJ Larsen

KTM

1-1-2

72points

2nd Cody Mackie

Kawasaki

4-4-6

51points

3rd Ford Dale

Yamaha

2-18-2

49points

4th Ryan Marmont

KTM

5-2-14

45points

5th Luke George

Kawasaki

8-3-11

43points

6th Luke Styke

Yamaha

7-9-5

42points

7th Kirk Gibbs

Yamaha

3-0-3

40points

8th Kade Mosig

Suzuki

10-6-7

40points

9th Cameron Taylor

Yamaha

9-7-16

31points

10th Brock Winston

KTM

12-12-8

30points

Championship Standings – After Round Four
1st PL Larsen – 201
2nd Kirk Gibbs - 183
3rd Cody Mackie - 164
4th Ryan Marmont - 163
5th Ford Dale - 149
6th Lawson Bopping - 139
7th Luke Styke - 125
8th Luke George- 120
9th Michael Phillips - 114
10th Kade Mosig - 106

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