Kyle Webster in his way to second overall for the round
Matt Fabry took third overall on his YZ85
Shelley Connor mixes it up with the guys

Wellard Yamaha podiums at Byford

27 May 2011

The Wellard Yamaha Junior Race Team had a solid point’s day at round three of the Western Australian Motocross Championships held at Hendley Park, Byford.

With the first real rain in six months falling just a few days before the hard-pack circuit was to host the round there was a real fear the event could be a mud bath. Luckily, good track drainage and a sunny day met the riders who had been prepared for the worst.

250F rider Kyle Webster (Cully’s Yamaha) is just getting back to the Kyle of old. He is an extremely talented, fluent rider who is just hitting his peak again after an injury cloud followed him through most of 2010.

Kyle has been locked in a three way battle for the 250F Championship over the first two rounds and the third would be no different.  Moto results of 4-2-2 saw him fighting for every point available on the day with the only blemish being in race one when he went over the bars after a wrong line choice through a muddy section. He finished second overall for the day in a strong showing.

“I was not prepared for that crash at all, I was closing in on first place and chose a line to make an overtaking move but it was the wrong one. After losing a lot of places in the crash I just put my head down and wound the throttle of my YZ250F. I managed to get back up to fourth by the last lap of the moto so it limited the damage a little,” Webster had to say. 

Nine year old pocket rocket Matt Fabry (Causeway Yamaha) is really coming to terms with his YZ85cc steed. 2011 was to be a building year for him as the newest member of the Wellard Yamaha Team. It seems Matt has decided racing older riders is to his liking and he is ready to mix it up for the title. Posting 4-2-4 in his three motos was enough to get Matt his first podium of the Championship and make a statement that he is ready to step up.

“I’m so happy to be up here on the podium and need to thank my teammate Kyle for helping me with lines on the track today and pep talks just before going out to race,” an excited Fabry had to say.

YZ 125cc mounted Shelley Connor (Busselton Yamaha) has the toughest job of all as the Kensington teenager knows every time she goes to the start line as one of only a handful of girls in MX in W.A. she will need to content with a starting grid loaded with boys.   

Taking second place last year in the State Enduro series (against the boys) Shelley knows the only way to improve her speed and aggression is to get out there and mix it up with the boys.

“I did some jumping practice with one of the CLAAS Yamaha senior riders recently and it has paid off big time. I need to focus a bit more on my corner speed and aggression to lower my lap times more. I’m just out of the top ten in the Championship and would be more than happy if I can move up a few places,” Connor added.

"Today was an awesome day for the team. Kyle is getting back to where he used to be, Matt is proving he will be a Championship contender and Shelley has finally worked out that she deserves to be in our program because she is fast. Days like today are what make all the hard work worthwhile,” a proud Team Manager Peter Strickland had to say about his riders.

Round Results- Byford
13 to U15 250F

1st Jayden Rykers Yamaha
2nd Kyle Webster   Yamaha
3rd Mitch Taylor    Yamaha

9 to U12 85cc
1st Justin Hart     KTM
2nd Caleb Grothues KTM
3rd Matt Fabry Yamaha 

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