Joel Dinsdale works it in the air at Hervey Bay.
Wilson Todd on tha gas, as always.

QYJR Carve Up The Sands of Hervey Bay

16 May 2011

Round four of the 2011 Shell Advance Sunshine State Series hit the sandy whoops of Hervey Bay and the Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing Team logged another successful round to continue their great start to the 2011 season.

Joel Dinsdale and Wilson Todd adapted to the sandy conditions and proved they have the skill to race competitively on any surface at any time.

Dinsdale continued his domination of the series, winning both the 13 to 15 years 125cc and also the 13 to 14 years 250cc. But he had to fight for it. On his Yamaha YZ125, Dinsdale took the top spot of the podium with 2-1-2 positions, each moto featuring a late race surge that swept him towards the front. His biggest enemy was time and the two second place finishes were often the result of leaving his charge too late to hit the top spot, but his consistency saw him take the class win. He now leads the series in this category.

The 13 to 14 years 250 class saw a great duel out front with Dinsdale and close mate, Nick Scott. A crash in race one saw him cross the line in second and he then went on to dominate the last two legs to take a 2-1-1 finish for the round win and extend his lead in the series.

“It seemed to take me a few laps to really get going today. Riding sand like this isn’t something I do a lot, but I will need to get into my race pace a little quicker in these conditions in the future,” Dinsdale offered after the final race.

Wilson Todd again proved what a warrior he is on the track as he laid down six gutsy rides throughout the day. Todd took third for the day in the 12 to 15 years 85cc class in an eventful day. He won the opening moto despite running out of fuel within sight of the checkered flag and having to push it over the finish line. He crashed twice in moto two and still clawed his way to fourth then the final moto saw him at the bottom of a second turn pileup and the last one to get away. He again charged back to fourth.

His racing on the 125cc was a revelation. Todd had modest goals at the start of the season to run inside the top 10 in his first year on the 125. At Hervey Bay he took fifth overall with 5-6-5 finishes and proved he had the speed to run with the lead pack. He maintains fifth in the series and is improving with every race.

“With each round I feel I’m riding a little better and getting fitter,” Todd explains. “I had some bad luck on the 85 but that’s the way it goes sometimes. The 125 was pretty good and I really like racing it.”

The Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing Team now head for Kingaroy for round five of the series in two weeks time.

And, just to make it an all Yamaha weekend, GYTR Rockstar Yamaha’s Luke Arbon won the Pro Lites, his team mate Shaun Redhead won the Pro Opens and Tamara Gray won the girls class in the senior competition held on Sunday.

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For a full list of results,

13 to 14 years 250
1st Joel Dinsdale -72 (Yamaha)
2nd Nick Scott - 69 (Honda)
3rd Jonah Tumata - 54 (KTM)

13 to 15 years 125cc
1st Joel Dinsdale – 69 (Yamaha)
2nd Dakota Court – 66 (Ktm)
3rd James Anderson – 58 (Ktm)
4th Nick Scott – 54 (Honda)
5th Wilson Todd - 50 (Yamaha)

12 to 15 years 85cc
st Blake Colleton – 67 (Kaw)
2nd Mitch Evans – 64 (Ktm)
3rd Wilson Todd – 62 (Yamaha)

Series Standings After Round Four
13 to 14 years 250cc
1st Joel Dinsdale - 283

2nd Nick Scott – 235
3rd Jonah Tumata – 172

13 to 15 years 125cc
1st Joel Dinsdale – 250
2nd Dakota Court – 241
3rd Jesse Dobson – 197

5th Wilson Todd - 159

12 to 15 years 85cc
1st Wilson Todd – 260

2nd Mitch Evans – 235
3rd Zak Small - 195

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