Wellard/CLAAS/Yamaha Junior Racing riders were met with a well-prepared circuit and perfect weather conditions for the second round of the West Australian Junior Motocross Championships held at Coastal Park in Henderson south of Fremantle on the weekend.
Liam Whisler (Mandurah City Yamaha) was not happy with his first round effort and was out to make up some points he lost. Back to full fitness after a preseason incident where he partially tore an ACL joint in his knee, Liam has been training hard to show why he was included in the team this season.
At thirteen he rides in the 125 to 150cc division aboard a YZ125 and is predominantly a hard pack rider but has been training in the sand as much as possible to help come to terms with the power sapping conditions Coastal’s would bring.
With good starts in all three moto’s, Liam had his YZ125 wound to the stops the whole day and with a few suspension changes he kept on top of the ever roughening track and for race one and two managed a third place in each.
The last moto was looking by far his best as the young charger was in second place holding off all challengers and with just one lap to go looked like it would secure him a podium position. But a lapse in concentration saw him put his bike down in a corner and get pushed back to fifth before getting going again.
3-3-5 results was still enough to tie for third outright on the day but on a count back he was relegated back to fourth narrowly missing the podium.
“Today was a tough day as I wanted to really make up some ground in the championship losing seven points in the last race really hurt. I tried to back off a little because I had some breathing room and made a silly mistake that cost me a lot,” Whisler said after the event.
85cc rider Mat Fabry (Five Star Yamaha) came into the day sitting in second for the title hunt and was also looking for good results. At ten years of age he is shaping up to be a true champion of the future and after three hard fought moto’s Mat managed to keep his YZ 85cc machine out near the front all day accumulating enough points to take second step on the podium.
“Sand has not always been my favourite surface as I have mainly ridden hard pack but I have been doing a lot of training in the sand and I am starting to like it a lot more now. Also my bike just got better all day as the track got rougher so I am pretty happy,” a delighted Fabry commented.
“Even with Liam’s little crash in the last race, today was a good day for the team. Mat has firmed up his second in the championship and Liam has moved up a couple of places to be six points of third with four rounds of racing to go so there is still plenty of time,” Team Manager Peter Strickland said about riders.
The team is proudly supported by Wellard, CLAAS, Yamaha, AXO, Bridgestone, GYTR, Yamalube, PivotPegz, Fox Racing Suspension, DID, EKS Goggles, Unifilter, Shark, Blackbird racing and Pro Art.
Round Two Results – Coastal Park 13 to U16 125/150cc 1st Jake Prutti - KTM 2nd Connor Tierney - Yamaha 3rd Jayden Fabry - Yamaha 4th Liam Whisler - Yamaha
9 to U12 85cc 1st Caleb Grothues – KTM 2nd Mat Fabry Yamaha 3rd Austin Ridley- Kawasaki