Kyle Webster has moved up to the 250cc class and showing good speed

WAYJDT On The Podium In State Championship Opener

15 Apr 2010

The 2010 State Motocross series kicked off over the weekend for the Wellard Yamaha Junior Development Team. After a seven hour drive to Esperance in W.A’s south east, the Sharklake circuit was in good condition for the days racing.

 A thunder and lightning storm along with a bucket load of rain on Friday night had many thinking round one would be a mud fest. With the ground being sandy and parched from little rain this year, everyone’s concerns were not justified as the water soaked into the track leaving a near perfect circuit to race on.

15 year old Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) spearheaded the team’s 250F attack with three good rides on the technical circuit. Though riding with a hand injury from a training incident earlier in the week, the young gun toughed it out to go 2- 2- 6, accumulating enough points to capture second place outright.

“I could not get a good start today and was mid pack in every race. Though not ideal, I worked hard to get to the front but in the last race when I crashed in a corner while pushing as hard as I could. My hand did not really help, but it was no excuse as I need to get out of the gate cleaner,” commented Daniel.

In the younger age 250F class 13 year old Kyle Webster (North City Yamaha) had his first real taste of racing it with the big boys. He had mixed results as he comes to grips with his new 250F ride. With good starts, Kyle was in the mix after race one before an overenthusiastic overtaking attempt put him on the ground in race two. Wanting to make up for his mistake Kyle finished in second for the last race letting everyone know he will be in contention once he hits his straps.

“Today was a good learning curve for me I’m looking forward to getting into the sand tracks like Wanneroo and Coastal Park where I can really feel at home. If not for my crash I would have been further up the points ladder but sixth will do for now,” relayed Webster.

Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City Yamaha) piloted his YZ 125cc to some impressive results at Sharklake. The only blemish being a miss firing bike due to a dodgy spark plug in race one which saw Jayden score a bad result. With points to make up in the Championship chase he set about showing why he has six titles to his name.

A second and a first in the last two races were exactly what he needed to keep him in touch with the leaders.

“I suppose fifth outright was not as bad as it could have been and if not for the spark plug playing up I would have been right there,” Jayden had to say after the meeting.

Wellard Yamaha’s newest recruit, 10 year old Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha) has slotted straight into the team and stepped right up to the plate. Justin wound up his Small Wheel YZ85cc lackey band tight in each moto to post the team’s second podium position for the day going 2- 2- 2 for second overall.

“I am so happy to be able to return something to the team straight away as they have been great to me since joining this season. With riders like Daniel, Kyle and Jayden to draw experience from is awesome. I can’t wait to get to the next meeting,” an excited Hart had to say.

85cc Small Wheel Satellite rider Liam Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) narrowly missed the podium after being on the bottom of a 10bike pile up in race one. With two good rides in the next two motos sees him fourth in the championship.

“Once again we have kicked off our Championship chase well with all riders in the top six of their respective classes. Considering the issues we were faced with today, I think the results were good.
“The team are really making an impact in W.A. and are being recognised for our marketing potential. We have just had Bridgestone tyres come onboard as well as The Mosh Pit Collective one of W.A’s hottest clothing stores. It is pretty tough to showcase yourself to the right people and being on the West coast means we have put in more effort than anyone else. So it’s great to have people like Bridgestone and the Mosh Pit recognise what the boys do and lend support,” Team Manager Peter Strickland said about his team.

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

250F 13 to U15
1. Scott Kramer           Honda
2. Carson Bascombe   KTM
3. Issac Jones Honda

6. Kyle Webster          Yamaha

125cc 13 to U15
1. Jake Fleay   Yamaha
2. Mitchell Taylor  Yamaha
3. Joseph Murphy        Yamaha

5. Jayden Rykers         Yamaha

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


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