Yamaha unearthing young motocross talent

Yamaha Junior Development Teams Unleased for 2010

11 Feb 2010

Yamaha Racing will again continue to be at the forefront of developing junior motocross talent in Australia with the announcement of the 2010 Yamaha Junior Development Teams across the country.

With the support of its nation wide dealer network, from Perth in the west , to Innisfail in the north, Yamaha Junior Development Teams will be coming to a town near you and ready to kick a little sand in your face out on the track.

Western Australia will hit the sand with a four rider team featuring Daniel Strickland, Jayden Rykers, Kyle Webster and Justin Hart. South Australia has already unleashed Damon Hill and Izak Maule. Victoria will run three riders, Sam Martin, Joel Milesevic and Mathew Hopkins- Talty. New South Wales welcomes Ben George, Mackenzie Tricker, Jordan Bissaker and Brendan Walther and Queensland continues with Joel Dinsdale and Wilson Todd.

Now entering its 10th year, Yamaha's state based junior motocross development program supports more riders and unearths more talent than any other manufacturer. Across all five states, the team encompasses 16 riders and features infrastructure and management to rival the most professional teams in motocross.

Riders are overseen in each state by ex professional racers or coaches who are a part of the Yamaha- Institute of Motocross (Y-Aim). Information from techniques, to bike set up, to fitness is passed on as young riders not only learn the ropes of racing but also managing a motocross career.

All riders will be mounted on high performance Yamaha machinery, from the all new 2010 YZ250F and the Australian Championship winning YZ144 and YZ85cc two strokes. Riders range in age from nine years of age through to 15 years and are seen as the next wave of motocross stars in Australia.

2009 proved to be a stellar year for the Yamaha Junior Development Teams, taking home state championships in all states and also four Australian junior motocross championships. Combine that with the efforts of the all conquering Under 19 team of 2009 and Yamaha is the only answer when it comes to finding and nurturing motocross talent.

“The Yamaha Junior Development Program has been a huge success and offers riders the complete spectrum of racing knowledge, says Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard. “2009 was a great year for the program and I expect similar success in 2010 and for these teams to continue to unearth and develop Australia's young motocross talent.”

Manager: Peter Strickland
Riders: Daniel Strickland (Five Star Yamaha) Kyle Webster ( Northcity Yamaha)
Jayden Rykers ( Mandurra City Yamaha) Justin Hart (Causeway Yamaha)

Manager: Shane Metcalfe
Riders: Damon Hill (Pitmans Yamaha), Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles)

Manager: Rosco Holden
Riders: Sam Martin (Peter Stevens Ferntree Gully), Joel Milesevic (Peter Stevens Geelong) Mathew Hopkins- Talty (K and J Thomas Yamaha)

Manager: Shane Booth
Riders: Ben George (15 years/ YZ250F), Mackenzie Tricker (15 years / YZ250F),
Jordan Bissaker (13 years/ YZ85/ YZ144), Brendan Walther (12 years/ YZ85)

Manager: Scott Bishop
Riders: Joel Dinsdale (Bullet Bikes), Wilson Todd (Steve Hunt Motorcycles)

For more information contact Yamaha Media Relations:
Sean Goldhawk: s_goldhawk@yamaha-motor.com.au
Scott Bishop: sk_bishop@bigpond.com.au

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