Jordan Hill took the round win at Appin
Mitch Evans won moto one and finished third for the round

Yamalube Yamaha Racing Returns to the Podium

18 Apr 2016

After a horrific weekend at the opening round of the MX Nationals at Horsham, the Yamalube Yamaha Racing duo of Mitch Evans and Jordan Hill were determined to make amends and get their seasons back on track at round two of the MXD (u19) championship, held at Appin Raceway, over the weekend.

Both riders started the day strongly with Jordan Hill taking the top spot in qualifying from Mitch Evans with both riders knowing that a good start is crucial for success at the Appin circuit.

Jordan Hill blasted to the lead in race one and collected the $100 holeshot money. He led in the early stages of the race before Evans made the pass for the lead. Hill lost some momentum and then fell briefly but was able to gather it back up and hold down third position until the finish of the race.

Race two and again Hill blasted his Yamaha YZ250F into the first turn in good position. He sat third on the opening lap, made a move into second and then just after the halfway stage, cut inside of the leader to take control of the race. He was never ended and took his first moto win of the 2016 season and with it the overall round victory with his 3-1 results.

“We all left Horsham pretty disappointed because we are far better than the results we got at the first round,” Hill said. “This weekend our focus was to cut out the mistakes and get our championship back on track and we were able to do that.

“It was also nice to win here in Sydney. I now live in Queensland but I grew up around here and it was great having so much support here with my family and friends. Thank you to all of them for coming out and to the Yamalube Yamaha Team who continue to support me on and off the track.”

Mitch Evans started his day in great fashion taking an emphatic moto win in race one. Evans moved into the lead early, survived a mid-race lull then raced home strongly to take an impressive 10 second win.

The second race was also shaping to be a cracker for Evans as he slotted into fourth on the opening laps and stalked the front trio. Just as he put his head and ready to make his move, Evans got sideways of a jump and landed awkwardly causing him to be flung from his bike.

He remounted and got back in the race but the crash had taken its toll and Evans bravely battled back to fourth place. His 1-4 results landed Evans in third for the round but more importantly, showed he belongs at the front of the pack.

“I’m not really focused on what the points are or who is where, I just want to win as many races as I can,” Evans said. Moto one was good, although I was a but tight and I was feeling good in race two until I spun on a jump face and got really sideways on landing. It was a heavy landing but I managed to finish and get on the podium. I will rest up and comeback even stronger at Broadford.

The successful day for the team sees both riders leap up the leader board. Jordan Hill climbs from ninth to fifth while Evans jumped from 19th to seventh.

Round three of the MX National takes place at Broadford in Victoria on May 1.

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Round Two Results – Appin
MXD
1st Jordan Hill – 65 (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)

2nd Connor Tierney -64
3rd Mitch Evans – 63 (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)
4th Wade Kirkland – 54
5th Cooper Pozniak – 52

Championship Standings – After Round Three
1st Connor Tierney – 134
2nd Cooper Pozniak - 112
3rd Wade Kirkland -111
4th Kaleb Barrum – 107
5th Jordan Hill – 103 (YZ250F)
6th Zak Small- 102
7th Mitch Evans – 90 (YZ250F)
8th Lochie Latimer-84
9th Justin Hart - 74
10th Luke Abela - 70

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