Blast off in the WA junior MX Championships
Justin Hart airs it out

Wellard Yamaha Close In On State Championships

2 Jun 2010

The Wellard Yamaha Junior Development Team was met with near perfect conditions for racing on the weekend at the third round of the State Championships at Hendley Park Byford. The hard pack circuit set in the hills south east of Perth would prove to be a pivotal round that sees all YJDT riders in the hunt for their respective Championships.

Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) came into the day focused on getting back the good starts that have eluded him so far this year. He came out firing in all three moto’s rounding the first corner near the front which made all the difference as the young charger did not have to pick his way through the field. With a 2- 2- 2 result Daniel was able to take second step on the podium for the team.

“We are now using Bridgestone tires and they hooked up awesome, I also tried a new starting technique today that really worked well. My YZ250F got out of the gate the best it has done for a while so I’ll be sticking to the new style. I’m still in second for the championship and will need to try and gain some point’s next round if I want to back up last years’ win,” Commented Daniel.

In the younger age group 250F class Kyle Webster (North City Yamaha) was on a mission to prove he was a real contender for the title. Since jumping on the 250F at the start of the year, Kyle has been coming to grips with riding a fourstroke and this meeting was a statement about what he had learned. With three of the most exciting rides of the day that consisted of intense pressure applied and received, a massive holeshot win and clever race craft he yielded the best result possible. Kyle went 1-1-3 to pick up the outright win for the event.

“This is my first state round outright in the 250 Class and has jumped me up from sixth to second in the championship. With my home track sand rounds still to come I can’t wait to get to them,” an excited Kyle had to say.

125cc mounted Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City Yamaha) is without a doubt a true champion that wants to win more than anyone else. The hard charging Dynamo was not to be outdone by his team mate’s efforts and put on a masterful display of riding. Showing skill and determination well above his years, Jayden dominated the class winning all three moto’s and taking the top step to give the team their third podium for the day. Even a crash in race two was not enough to slow him down as he kept his composure and rode the field down for the win.

“The track was skatey in some spots and a bit technical but I just kept pushing for the win today. It is great to also have moved into the championship lead with still three rounds to go,” Jayden added.

The teams new pocket rocket Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha) is on a big learning curve in the 85cc Small Wheel class. Coming in with mixed results so far, Justin was pushing to try and bridge the gap of the leaders in the championship. Though having the fastest lap times of the meeting poor, starts left him with plenty of work to do while making his way through the field. Race one saw him second while two crashes in the next put him in fourth. With true grit Justin put his head down and got the start he needed in the last race to make a couple of quick passes and check out for the win. With these result he was able to grab second spot outright for the day.

“I just need to settle down and appreciate how calm all my team mates are all the time on race day. There is nothing wrong with second place but first would have seen me a little better in the points,” Justin stated.

Satellite rider Liam Whisler (Cully’s Yamaha) was also on fire today and put in fantastic rides placing 3-2-4 to just miss the podium on a count back. He was well in contention but as he pushed hard to catch the leader in the last race Liam overshot a corner and ran off the circuit allowing two riders to pass him.

“Though I lost on a count back I know I have got what it takes to run at the front which is a good feeling,” Liam said.

“The boys rode the wheels of their YZ’s all day and put on some of the best racing I have seen for a long time. With Jayden winning, Daniel and Kyle in second and Justin and Liam in third and fourth for their respective championships, it says a lot about the team and Yamaha’s development program here in W.A. I have had so many comments on the team’s efforts today and I am proud of all the riders,” an extremely happy team Manager Peter Strickland went on to say.

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

13 to U15 250F
1. Scott Kramer - Honda
2. Kyle Webster- Yamaha
3. Mitchell Taylor- Yamaha   

1. Jayden Rykers -Yamaha
2. Mitchell Taylor-Yamaha
3. Joseph Murphy -Yamaha

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

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