Kyle Webster on his way to winning the opening round of the WAMX on his YZ450F
Shelley Connor claimed second in the Women's class

WA Yamaha off To Good Start in State Champs

9 Apr 2014

Henderson’s Coastal Motorcycle Club and their hard working members prepared a perfect circuit for racing over the weekend for the opening round of the WA Motocross Championships.

Those familiar with the deep sand of Coastal Park knew it would soon rough up and it would soon be obvious who had put the effort in over the off season.

Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) led the charge aboard his YZ450F machine. Having just returned from racing the first round of the MX Nationals on the East Coast, Webster was keen to get his WA championships off on the right foot in a very busy year for the young charger.

He set about proving that he had not been sitting idle over the summer by taking a third and two first place finishes from the three motos to claim outright victory in the premier Pro Open division.

“I started today off a bit tense but as the meeting wore on I loosened up a lot and focused on my riding. I have been working really hard on my fitness and I do lots of on bike training in the sand of Wanneroo, so I knew there would be no issues with my fitness.

“We had a discussion within the team after the first race and worked out if I was patient the races would come to me and that’s exactly what happened which was great,” Webster revealed after the meeting.

“It’s good to get the year off with a win, now I have to keep it up for the whole championship,” he ends.

Shelley Connor (Five Star Yamaha) also put in a good days racing to claim second outright and another podium for the team. She powered her YZ250F to three second place finishes in the Women’s class, battling hard in each race to show she will be a title contender this year.

“The 2014 YZ250F’s are just awesome and like usual Darren Thompson for Yamaha Australia has done a great job with my suspension,” Connor said. “I felt really weird today, like I was trying really hard but not getting anywhere but as the track got rougher my bike got better and to finish on the podium, I must have been ok.” she finished.

Ash Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) rounded out the day with solid rides in the Pro Open class after returning from a badly broken leg last season.

“I was pretty nervous coming in today,” Whisler said. “This is my first race back in a while and I wanted to do well. I achieved the goal the team set for me which was to be inside the top ten but I wanted to do better. I’m going to build on my results for the next round in Kalgoorlie.”

“Today was a great day for all three of our riders. The morning was pretty intense as they all wanted to start off well. But once each had the first race under their belt they settled and focussed on achieving the goals for the day.

“It is a long season and to set ourselves up so well in round one is exactly what we needed to show all our advertising partners we are a perfect platform for their products,” Team Manager Peter Strickland said about the day.

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