It was an encouraging start for the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team as riders Richie Evans and Jay Wilson contested the opening round of the MX Nationals. Both riders showed plenty of speed, fitness and determination as they landed inside the top 10, with Evans in fifth and Wilson in eighth, in a challenging days racing.The Newry circuit presented gave competitors plenty to think about and provided some close racing action all weekend. In MX2 qualifying, the top 10 competitors were separated by less than two seconds and the pace was on if you wanted to be up the front.
Richie Evans came into round one after showing promising speed at local events in Queensland. He had made some big changes in his life, moving down to the Brisbane region to be closer to the team and be able to ride with faster riders and his hard work paid some dividends on the weekend.
Evans finished the day in equal fourth place, fifth on countback after posting 4-6 results. Moto one saw Evans move into the top five early and continue to keep the pressure on the lead group for the entire 30 minutes. In the closing stages of the moto, Evans mounted a challenge for third place but was unable to make it stick.
The second moto proved Evans to be a mature and consistent competitor as he took a top 10 start and moved his way forward. With the track surface falling apart, Evans didn’t take any huge risks but climbed his way to sixth place and finish the day in good shape and looking forward to round two.
“Today my goal was to put together two good motos and finish around the top five for the day so it feels good to achieve that,” Evans expressed. “Today’s result was a good reward for everyone on the team who has put in a lot of work to get me here.
“The plan is to just continue working hard and traying to improve every time I’m on the track. My bike is great my fitness is getting better all the time so each round I just want to get a little better and head towards the podium,” he said.
Jay Wilson also rode well, only a small mistake in both races cost him a much better finish. Wilson landed in eighth for the day with 6-10 results but still takes confidence from the round as his speed proved he will be a contender at the rounds to come.
“On paper eighth isn’t great but I feel like I’m riding well and my lap times were pretty good in both motos. In race one, I got a terrible start as I missed a shift off the gate and the field just swamped me. I think I was something like 20th on the first lap and I had a lot of time to make up so getting to sixth was a good result.
“Race two and I was in the top five when I crashed out the back there. Then I over balanced when I got up and lost a little more time so all things considered, the result wasn’t too bad.
“I have confidence in that I can clean up both of those issues and be better at round two in a couple of weeks’ time,” Wilson signed off.
Sydney fans can watch round two trackside as the MX Nationals hits the rutted, clay based surface at Appin Raceway on April 29.
# 6 - Jay Wilson
#86 - Richie Evans
1st Aaron Tanti - 65
2nd Nathan Crawford - 63
3rd Hamish Harwood - 58
4th Kyle Webster- 53
5th Richie Evans – 53 (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)
6th Wilson Todd – 52
7th Jackson Richardson - 48
8th Jay Wilson – 46 (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)
9th Egan Mastin - 46
10th Dylan Wills - 39