The Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha Team was at Noble Falls in the hills north east of Perth for the penultimate round of the West Australian Motocross Championships over the weekend. It was also the final round of the Woman’s State title and the team had plenty riding on the days results.
Rain, Rain and more rain was the order of the day and the hard pack circuit set on a hillside at times resembled a water slide more than a race circuit. But the conditions were the same for all and our riders were set to do battle.
Shelley Connor (Five Star Yamaha) was poised to make her way onto the championship podium if she turned in another impressive performance. After 3-4 results in the opening two motos, only one point separated Shelley and her rival for the final spot on the podium.
A great start in the third and final moto was exactly what she needed and she went on the finish second in the moto and secured a well-earned third overall in the championship.
“I was on the line in the last Moto and thought if there is ever a time for a Hole shot it would be now, so I really focused on the gates and launched as hard as I could. From there I was able to ride my own race and get the result I needed, so I’m pretty happy.”
“I need to thank my whole Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha team for supporting me this year. I have been juggling year twelve studies with my racing which has been difficult but this makes up for all the challenging times so far,” Connor said about her year.
Pro Lites racer Ash Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) was in third for the Lites championship when the weekend started and he was hoping to make some points on second. Primarily a hard pack rider, the rain made conditions tough and levelled the playing field but that did not alter his goal.
With 5-3-2 results for the day, Whisler fought hard and improved all day in the trying conditions and never missed a beat to take third outright for the day and move to just eight points from second with one round to go.
“Today was a good day considering the horrible conditions. I was focussed on getting good starts so I did not have to work my way through the pack as many people ended up with no goggles on from all the mud and roost,” Whisler added.
“Today’s conditions were tough for the whole team but Shelley’s ride was by far her best for the year and showed how well she handled the pressure. Ash has just got better all year and with a good last round and a little luck could just steal second in the championship.”
“We move on to the deep sand of Wanneroo for the last round and it will be another hard day at the office for the team as AJS is without doubt the toughest circuit in Australia but I know the riders will perform well, ” Team Manager Peter Strickland said.
The valued support of Wellard, CLAAS, Yamaha Australia, Fox Racing Shox, GYTR, Bridgestone, Yamalube, AXO, Shark, EKS Goggles, Blackbird racing, DID, Unifilter, Pro Art, Five Star, Mandurah City and Cully’s Yamaha is much appreciated by the team.
Women’s Championship- Final 1st Jessica Moore 2nd Courtney Hurst 3rd Shelley Connor
Pro Lites – One Round Remaining 1st Dean Porter 354 2nd Josh Adams – 265 3rd Ash Whisler - 257