Daniel Strickland returned to racign with three great starts

WAYJDT Sandblasting at Wanneroo

29 Jul 2010

Round five of the West Australian Junior Motocross Championships were held in the power robbing, rider sapping sand of Pinjar Park Wanneroo. The Wellard Yamaha Junior Development Team has had a turnstile of riders on and off the injured list this season which has seen what could have been a great year of results watered down to not reflect the team’s talented members.

The latest rider out is satellite 85cc pilot Liam Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) who ruptured a kidney after being run over in a crash at the very same circuit the weekend before. Liam spent a few days in hospital and is now recovering at home. However all was not bad news as the teams number one plated rider Daniel Strickland made his return for Wanneroo.  

After spending the last six weeks on the side lines through injury 250F mounted Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) was eager to get back some of the points he had lost through missing the last Championship round at Chidlow. With three massive holeshots he showed the rest of the pack he was not messing around and exactly why his YZ carries the number one plate.

The only down fall to this fairytale return was the bottomless sand itself. The young charger was in no way bike fit and quickly found the going tough, ploughing through the toughest sand circuit in Australia. After a tough day at the office Daniel had amassed enough points to take second step on the podium.

“My Bridgestone tyres hooked up awesome today allowing me to get the holeshot in every race, it was just my bike fitness that let me down. I made up a bunch of Championship points today and with a good ride in the last one at Coastal Park I could just make the 250 Championship podium even after missing a round,” an exhausted Strickland said.   

Kyle Webster (North City Yamaha) is also ready to return from his broken hand but a technical issue saw him once again there supporting his team mates on the side lines. “I really wish I was out there as this is my home track but the boys are doing well today,” commented an eager Kyle.

Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City Yamaha) put on another dominant display of sand riding on his screaming YZ125cc machine. This season the young gun has not put a wheel wrong and Wanneroo would be no exception. Jayden gated well in every moto and managed to go 1-1-2 for the three races which saw him take the top step of the podium for the fourth championship round in a row. This now puts him thirteen points into the lead for the title with just the one round left to contest.

“The track was as rough as I have seen for a while. But my PivotPegz helped out a lot. When the track whoops out like this they allow the bike to move under you which makes you steadier and conserve a little energy,” Jayden went on to say.

Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha) had a mixed day at Wanneroo, by far the fastest 85cc rider in the class Justin’s inconsistency saw him not reap the full benefit of his speed. After a dominant display and race win in the first moto, crashes in the second and third saw him having to settle for third spot on the podium.

“I knew what I had to do today but I could not make it happen. The frustration made me crash a couple of times so I need to learn from today,” Justin offered.

“Considering what has happened to the team so far this season we have managed pretty well and are still looking pretty solid in each class that we represent. The boys should be proud of what they have done so far and with a good effort in the last round at Coastal Park The YJDT will show why they are the most dominant team here in W.A,” Team Manager Peter Strickland had to say about his riders.

85cc 9-U12 Years
1st    Connor Tierney - KTM
2nd   Max Vlasich - Honda
3rd      Justin Hart - Yamaha
4th    Liam Whisler- Yamaha

125cc 13-U15 Years
1st    Jayden Rykers - Yamaha
2nd   Mitchell Taylor - Yamaha
3rd    Joseph Murphy - Yamaha

250F 15yrs
1st     Dylan Sexton - KTM
2nd    Reece Colgan - KTM
3rd    Jonty Thomas -Honda
4th    Daniel Strickland - Yamaha

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