Mat Fabry
Sam Stephen
Kai Stephen

Tough Day for WA YJR

6 May 2015

Stockton Park, Collie, hosted round two of the WA Junior Motocross Championships and the Wellard/BRM/Yamaha riders were looking to continue on from their good start to the season at round one last month in Esperance.

The circuit is set beside an old open cut mine which is full of water and as legend has it, bottomless. This provides the track with an abundance of water but Mother-nature was already doing her bit with intermittent rain keeping the track moist.

Mat Fabry (Five Star Yamaha) is doing double duties on his YZ125cc & YZ250F this season and as one of the younger riders in the field has moved up from the 85cc division and on a steep learning curve. Not getting the starts he needed all day meant he had to fight through the field in every moto but the hard charging rider from Serpentine never lost sight of the overall prize of gaining points.

“My starts let me down today so I put myself in a bad position straight away and I was getting a lot of roost on my goggles which did not help. I rode pretty well and had some good battles and even though I did not make the podium I had a lot of fun,” Fabry said.

Kai Stephen (Five Star Yamaha) also duel classes like his team mate. Stephen is a new addition to the team this season and has been coming to terms with his new Yamaha machines.

“Today was a good day for me, I have really been working on my corner speed to improve my riding and it was showing. My starts were good so it meant I could run up the front with the faster guys for a change.

“I got better as the day went on and my suspension worked so much better as the track got rougher. I’m looking forward to getting on the podium soon as I know I have the speed to do it,” Stephen commented.

Twelve year old Sam Stephen (Mandurah City Yamaha) put in three solid motos and showed a glimpse of his potential as he powered his YZ85cc around the sandy circuit. A few small issues kept his results from showing his true speed but as he becomes more comfortable within the team, results will follow.

“We are in a bit of rebuilding phase this year as we have brought Kai and Sam into the team this season. All three of our riders are still pretty new having all ridden smaller bikes last season.

“Mat still holds down second outright in the 13-u16 250F division and third in the 125cc which is a huge achievement, while Kai and Sam are 5th and 8th respectively in their classes. Kai had a break out day today and as the season progresses both he and Sam will get the opportunity to show their true ability,” Team Manager, Peter Strickland, added.

 

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