WA YJR In Top Form At State Champs

18 May 2016

Wellard/BRM/Yamaha riders converged on the seaside port of Geraldton, five hours north of Perth for the first round of the Western Australian Motocross Championships. Perfect weather conditions greeted the team and the loamy surf ace was prepared just right for the epic battle that was about to occur.

With support from new associate partners Wormall Civil and Power on Cabling the team was able to debut its dedicated race transporter which attracted plenty of attention as it rolled into the pits.

Saturday was Junior day and 14 year old Mat Fabry (Five Star Yamaha) showed exactly why he is the current Australian 125cc Champion. With a flawless three moto’s he piloted his YZ125 to three race wins, claiming the overall and the early championship lead in the 13-U16 age group.

He also made a statement in the 13-16yrs 250F class with 2-2-4 finishes netting him another podium claiming equal second for the day but being relegated to third on a countback.

Fabry handled the high speed Geraldton circuit like a true professional saying, “It’s always a great way to start the year with a podium in both classes. I’m feeling really good on my bikes and was keen to see where I was compared to the competition as it’s really stacked this year. I was a little nervous coming in but as soon as the gate dropped it was just business as usual, he ends.”

Kai Stephen, (Mandurah City Yamaha) now into his second year in the program also started off with a bang handing the team its third podium of the day in the 125cc 15yrs division and narrowly missing another in the 250F class with a fourth outright.

“The track was high speed in some sections and got really rough but my YZ125 was fast today and the Fox Shock handled the conditions perfectly. This is my first podium for the team and I’m really happy to be able to return something to them,” Stephen added.

Sam Stephen (Five Star Yamaha) was a little under the weather with a cold affecting him energy wise. But the plucky young gun still managed to put in three solid rides and landed him well inside the top ten.

“I had been fighting a cold for a few days but it just got worse so I could not ride the way I wanted today. It knocked me around a little but I will be good for the next round,” he finished.

Today was a really good day for the team. New seasons usually bring a lot of nerves and uncertainty but the riders really stood up and stamped some authority on the meeting. I’m really proud of the guys and we are looking forward to the next round in Beverly,” stated team manager Peter Strickland.  

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