Kyle Webster thrashes through the sand and the dust at the WA championship opener

Wellard Yamaha Junior Racing Team Comes out Swinging in 2011

13 Apr 2011

After an off season that has dragged on forever the 2011 Motocross season finally kicked off in Western Australia with round one of the WA Motocross championships.  With a couple of shakedown meetings prior for the Wellard Yamaha Junior Racing Team there were good signs for season 2011 and the riders entered the season in good form.

Round one of the Motocross Championship was held at arguably the deepest sand circuit in Australia, Pinjar Park Wanneroo. Unlike the rest of Australia, W.A. has experienced the driest winter and summer on record so when the Wanneroo Club explained the water table had dropped on their reticulation bore to the point that the track could not be watered, this added a new and unwelcome factor of dust to the dry bottomless sand.

Claiming a 125cc Championship in 2010 and stepping up to the 250F class this season Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City Yamaha) set out to show why he should be respected. Having won Championships in every division since being on a 50cc bike Jayden is the workman of the team who puts in one hundred percent effort all the time and never gives an inch.

Race one saw him blast out of the gate and with a clear track, power away picking up 25 points to open his account.

“The circuit was very loose and hungry but I just kept my YZ250F on the gas for the whole time and it was fine,” the young charger stated.

Race two saw an uncharacteristic brake issue see Rykers fighting a semi locked front wheel for nearly the whole race.  It was not until the brake pads had worn down a little that the wheel began to rotate properly. This meant he was unable to utilise the front brake during the race and salvaging a fourth place was a great result.

The last Moto saw Jayden again lead the pack into the first corner and set about trying to gap the field. After seven gruelling laps of the deteriorating circuit and a questionable pass made by another rider in the dying stages of the race which in turn caused a controversial finish, he was awarded first place going 1-4-1 taking second on the podium for the day.

For 250F mounted Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) this would be his first competitive ride since returning from an injury sustained practicing earlier in the year.  After taking an Australian Championship in 2008 at Wanneroo his home circuit, Kyle was keen to show his speed was still there after having time off the bike.

With three great rides netting him 3-2-3 Kyle was able to gather enough points to take third outright.

“Today my bike and I did not really gel. Perhaps it is because I have only been back on it for a little while since my injury. I made a few silly mistakes in race two with small crashes. Riding at this level I can’t afford to do that,” Webster had to say about his return.

Newest rider to the team, nine year old Matt Fabry (Causeway Yamaha) had a baptism of fire in his first official outing for the Junior Race Team. Stepping up from the 65cc ranks last year he is the littlest fish in the big pond after joining the team as a Small Wheel 85cc rider.

Matt is coming to terms with his new bike and looking forward to repaying his team for recruiting him. The only blemish on the day was having trouble getting his bike up and running after a crash in race two, resulting in a finish down in the field. But with two sixth places in the other races the signs are there he will be improve quickly the more he rides the bigger bike.

“We have started off the season well with a second and third in the Championship from Jayden and Kyle, while Matt has shown he has what it will take to be at the front of the pack in the future.”

“Wanneroo is a tough track and unless you have been there it is hard to imagine what it can do to an unsuspecting rider. We are more than happy to come away from today in this position and look forward to Kalgoorlie at Easter for the next round,” commented Team Manager Peter Strickland.

250F 13-U15 yrs
1st  Mitchell Taylor Yamaha
2nd  Jayden Rykers Yamaha
3rd  Kyle Webster Yamaha

The Wellard Yamaha Junior Racing Team would like to thank GYTR, AXO, Yamalube, EKS, Shark, DID, Unifilter, PivotPegz, Endura, Pro Art, Mandurah City, Cully’s and Causeway Yamaha.

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