Daniel Strickland makes it two from two at WA's richest race
Jayden Rykers on the gas aboard is YZ125
Justin Hart improves with every race.

WAYJDT Strike Gold at Southern Cross

12 Aug 2010

With three major title crowns up for grabs, Yamaha riders made a clean sweep of Western Australia’s richest race weekend in the goldfields town of Southern Cross. With ten thousand dollars first prize up for grabs Jay Marmont made the trip across the big paddock and took on a star studded field to win the cash and title of King of the Cross.

2007 Yamaha Junior Development rider Josh Herbert claimed the second Crown winning the Prince of the Cross, closely followed by another graduate from the 2009 Development program in Craig Bolton.

The last crown was taken out in dominant form by current State 250 Champion and YJDT rider Daniel Strickland when he won the Kid of the Cross feature race. In doing so creating a bit of history as the only rider to ever win the prestigious race back to back. To complete the Yamaha dominance Jayden Rykers backed up his team mate with a solid second to produce another one two on the podium for Wellard and Yamaha.

Perfect racing weather saw the southern Cross Motorcycle Club provide an awesome circuit for the 25th silver anniversary of the King of the Cross weekend. Saturday’s racing saw the Wellard Yamaha Junior Development Team set the tone for the weekend by taking five podiums including the prized Kid of the Cross Crown.

Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) was on a mission after making a good return from injury. He set about familiarising himself with the new layout hard pack track in practice before unleashing three great moto’s  leading up to the feature race. Daniel went 1, 2, 1 to claim top spot on the podium before producing the best ride of the day taking out the Kid of the Cross title for the second year.

 “I really wanted to be the first to win this event twice and did a lot of fitness training leading up to the event so I felt great on the bike. We were also lucky enough to have had Darren Thompson from Yamaha over during the week and he did me a trick shock that worked perfectly so I owe this one to Thommo,” a very happy Strickland had to say.

Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City Yamaha) usual good starts eluded him for the weekend and the young hotshot had to make some passes before getting to the front of the pack in each race. It has not mattered where he has ridden this season Jayden has been on the pace everywhere.

He had his YZ125 wound up on the fast flowing track and his will to win was evident as he mastered the track going 1-1-1 to take the top step of the 125cc podium.

In the feature race Jayden came out swinging with nothing to lose and again the forty rider start gate was not kind to him leaving him with plenty of work to do. He picked riders off one by one to make it into second place before the laps ran out, even so a second place to his team mate was still a great result.

“Today has been good, everything went pretty well except for in the second race when my throttle was sticking which made it very interesting. I am looking to come back next year and win the Crown like Daniel has done,” Rykers added.

Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha) nearly missed the event after being ill during the week, but the plucky 85cc rider still made the trip and showed little signs of slowing out on the track. Justin put in a big effort for each ride on a circuit which really suits his fast big jumping style. He strung together three seconds for the day that saw him post the team’s fifth podium for the three riders who made the four hour journey east.

“I need to work on my corner speed a little and stop worrying about other things. I’m on the best team there is and in time I will learn from the other guys how to put it all together,” Hart commented.

“Today was icing on the cake for everyone, Yamaha took all three Crowns and our team made history by backing up last year’s win. Having two former Development riders in Josh and Craig as part of the results was a pretty big statement for the program as it shows we produce some of the best riders for sure” Team Manager Peter Strickland offered.

85cc 9-U12 Years
1st    Connor Tierney       KTM
2nd   Justin Hart            Yamaha
3rd   Thomas Samson       Yamaha

 125cc 13-U16 Years
1st    Jayden Rykers         Yamaha
2nd   Mitchell Taylor        Yamaha
3rd    Joseph Murphy      Yamaha

250F 13-U16yrs
1st     Daniel Strickland    Yamaha
2nd    Jake Fleay                Yamaha
3rd    Scott Kramer           Honda

Kid of the Cross
1st     Daniel Strickland    Yamaha
2nd    Jayden Rykers       Yamaha
3rd    Scott Kramer           Honda



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