Mat Fabry locked down a couple of podium finishes on the weekend
Sam Stephen working his YZ85
Kai Stephen shifting some sand

WA- YJR Snare Podium Finish in State Champ Opener

10 Apr 2015

While most enjoyed the four Day Easter break, the Wellard/BRM/Yamaha Motocross Teams made the 1600 Kilometre round trip to the picturesque Coastal town of Esperance in the south east corner of Western Australia for the first State Motocross Championship round.

Overcast but fine weather met the riders and the Shark Lake circuit was primed for battle with the junior racers taking to the track on Saturday while the Seniors raced on Sunday.

13 year old Mat Fabry (Five Star Yamaha) moved up to the big bikes this season and is duel classing in the 13-U15yrs 125cc and 13-U16yrs 250F divisions. With many championships under his belt he was ready for what the day had in store.

He had an awesome start to the year as he holeshot two of the 250 motos and collected a pair of third place podiums in the two classes. 

“This year some of the guys I am racing are a lot older and more experienced than me and the only ones who consistently beat me were really great riders so for my first event on the full size bikes I think I did really well,” Fabry said.

“The track had good traction and my Bridgestone tyres really hooked up. We did some mapping changes to the engine which suited my style and combined with the GYTR exhaust it allowed me get two holeshots on my YZ250F which really helped a lot by being up front straight away.

“I think the real secret was my suspension, Darren Thompson from Yamaha Australia does an awesome job and we were able to do some extra testing to really dial it in. The rougher the track got the better both my bikes handled. So I need to give a big shout out to Thommo for sure.”

Kai Stephen (Five Star Yamaha) and brother Sam (Mandurah City Yamaha) are new to the team this season and finding their feet within the program aboard their Yamaha machines. Like his team mate, Kai is duel classing on a YZ125cc and YZ250F and turned in some respectable results to finish well inside the top ten on each bike.

“Today was a real learning curve for me and now I know where I stand in the field. To be part of this team is pretty cool and the access to information regarding engines, suspension and stuff means my bikes were really good today. I’ll think about where I can pick up speed and come out next meeting and improve my riding,” Stephen added.

Younger brother Sam had three great rides and was just outside the top five at the end of the day. “I know I can do better once I get some corner speed as my YZ85 is great. Coming from Queensland we don’t have sand like here in W.A. and it’s all about readjusting your riding style to suit,” he finished.

Team Manager Peter Strickland had this to say about his junior riders. “Today was a good first hit out for the team. Mat showed why he is our number one rider and being one of the youngest in the field and still getting on the podium is more than I expected.

“Sam and Kai will settle in as time goes by and we will coax out the speed I know they have. So the team is looking good for the future and we will keep building from here.

“We move on to Collie for the next round which is a really exciting circuit and will prove to be a new challenge for the team but I know they will be up to it.”


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