Kyle Webster on the charge
Justin Hart airs in out in WA

WA-YJDT Podiums at State MX Champs- Round Two

30 Apr 2010

The Wellard WA Yamaha Junior Development Team headed to the Jindong circuit in the southwest wine region of Busselton for the second round of the State MX Championships. The event was hosted by the Southern Capes Motorcycle Club who did an excellent job of preparing the track that would provide fast and exciting racing across the day.

250F mounted Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) hit the fast flowing circuit with his smooth riding style to post a 3- 3 -2 result for the day which was enough to grab second step on the podium.

“I had an issue with my rear brake dragging in race one which had me puzzled for a while I was riding as fast as I could but my bike just did not have its usual speed. Even after we worked it out I lost a few points today but still retain second outright for the championship” Daniel stated.

While most kids usually relax and chill on their birthday Kyle Webster (North City Yamaha) was in his office behind the bars trying to rack up points towards the younger age 250F championship. Though not the best birthday present he could have had, Kyle came back from a crash in race one to record an 8th place. He knew he had his work cut out for him and set about to make an improvement. A fifth in race two was another step in the right direction just leaving race three where he finished the day well crossing the line in third.

“I was disappointed with my first two races but I knew what I had to do to finish the day off. I’m just four points from third in the title which is good” said the birthday boy.

The hard charging 125cc mounted Jayden Rykers (Mandurah city Yamaha) showed everyone he is the man to beat. In race one after a slight mistake which put him towards the back of the field he mounted a charge through the pack to record an impressive second place by the chequers. This was followed up with two wins in moto’s two and three.

“My YZ 125 was perfect today and I knew I needed a good result today after the first round at Esperance. I’ve moved into second for the title and that is what counts” Rykers had to say.

Lightning fast Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha) started the day of well leading race one until a spectacular crash over a table top brought his race to an end. With a poor effort by a flag marshal, Justin landed on a fallen rider bringing him and his bike to a dead stop and a DNF. Though a little dazed the determined pilot rode on to place fourth in the second race, which he was still not happy about. After some words of encouragement from his team mates and a chat with the team manager Justin was fired up again. Though his bike was still sporting damage he went out and showed the rest of the field that he can never be written off by posting an impressive win. 

“This is not quite the day I was expecting my bike is bent and my gear has a lot of damage but it proves all the protective stuff did its job. I can’t wait for next round to try and make up some of the points I lost today," a bruised Justin commented.

Satellite rider Liam Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) just keeps getting faster and faster and is testament to the team’s depth. With finishes of 3-2-4 for a third place podium, Liam stepped up to cover his team mate’s bad luck. Being a hard pack rider helped get his YZ 85cc bike around the fast Jindong circuit.

“It was a hard day racing but I’m really happy with the result. It’s so good to have other team riders to get advice and assistance for lines. I’m now third in the championship which is great for all those who support the team,” Liam added.

“Today posed some real challenges for the boys however with three riders on the podium, once again the depth and talent of this year’s Development riders has shone through. Yamaha’s program is unrivalled for producing talent and giving the riders a career path if they are good enough.  All five of our boys are in podium contention for the championship and I could not be more proud of them,” commented Team Manager Peter Strickland.

Championship Standings
15yrs 250F
1. Dylan Sexton          KTM
2. Daniel Strickland    Yamaha
3. Reece Colgan          KTM

13 to U15 250F
1. Izaac Jones              Honda
2. Scott Cramer           Honda
3. Mitchell Taylor        Yamaha

6. Kyle Webster          Yamaha

1. Mitchell Taylor        Yamaha
2. Jayden Rykers         Yamaha
3. Joseph Murphy        Yamaha

9 to U12 85cc
1. Connor Tierney       KTM
2. Max Vlasich            Honda
3. Liam Whisler           Yamaha
4. Justin Hart               Yamaha



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