Shelly Connor at work on her Yamaha YZ250F

WA Yamaha Riders Podium at King of the Cross Event

10 Aug 2012

Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha riders converged on the Goldfields town of Southern Cross, four hours east of Perth, to compete at the Kid of the Cross meeting on the weekend. Western Australia's Southern X "King and Kid of the Cross" is Australia's richest motocross event and was set to be a cracker with perfect weather and track conditions.

Mat Fabry (Five Star Yamaha) has been on a roll recently and was looking forward to keeping his momentum going in the small wheel 85cc class. At just 10years of age he is shaping up to be the perfect team member on an off the circuit.

Mat likes the hard pack Southern Cross circuit and after dominating last year he wanted to take back to back wins. He had his YZ on the stopper all day and as the track got rougher Fabry got faster winning all three Moto’s.

"Today I had a lot of fun. It’s my favourite event and it’s good to win again. My YZ 85cc is amazing and I felt really good on the track today,” Fabry added.

125cc mounted Liam Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) is also a hard pack rider who loves the fast flowing circuit and he also came out with all guns blazing. Liam ran second to a local rider by the narrowest of margins in all three moto’s to take the second step on the podium for the day. Whisler never put a foot wrong all day and was able to pull off an impressive fourth outright in the feature race at the end of the day against the 250’s.

“All in all I had a great day the conditions really suited me with a fast track and ruts something I enjoy riding. I didn’t make any major minimal mistakes in any race but just needed a little bit more power against the 150cc and 250F bikes,” Whisler had to say about his day.

After Saturdays Junior racing the seniors came out on Sunday to contest the King of the Cross and try to take home some of the huge money on offer. Shelley Connor (Five Star Yamaha) was also competing the second round of the Women’s Motocross Championship and trying to consolidate a podium position.

She had a mixed bag of results and was not entirely happy with the way she rode, carding a 4-5-4 result for the three motos to just miss the podium by two points.

“I could not find my rhythm today and never really felt comfortable. My YZ250F was working well and got me out of the gate quickly but I just could not get in the groove. I am now in fourth for the Championship just one point from third so my goal is to get on the podium in the next round,” Connor added.

Teen age sensation Kyle Webster (Cullys Yamaha) stamped his name in the 2012 record books alongside his team mate (Daniel Strickland 2011) after a dominating performance on his YZ450F claiming the three moto wins and  the “Prince of the Cross” title in the intermediates feature race.

With only a handful of rides on the 450 machine Kyle is fast becoming known and will be moved to the Pro class quickly with such outstanding results.

“It was good to go back to back and claim another “Prince of the Cross” title for the team and I really liked riding the 450 here at this circuit where you can really open it up,” Webster said.

“The team had a pretty good weekend and took home a fair bit of silverware over the weekend Mat and Liam did a great job on Saturday while Shelley and Kyle kept the senior team in the spotlight on Sunday.

“We have our next senior championship round next weekend so hopefully the good form everyone is in will carry over for a week or so,” Team Manager Peter Strickland said of the weekend.

The riders would like to thank Wellard, CLAAS, Yamaha, Bridgestone, GYTR, AXO, Yamalube, Shark, EKS goggles, PivotPegz, Unifilter, DID chains, Blackbird Racing, Pro Art, Five Star, Cully’s and Mandurah City Yamaha for their continued valuable support.

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