GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing young guns enjoyed another successful weekend with the boys in action across two states and claiming plenty of race and series wins.Levi Rogers and Jake Cannon contested the final round of the Sunshine State Motocross Series at Tivoli, while the New South Wales trio of Bayley Clancy and the Kingsford brothers headed west to Dubbo for round five of the East Coast MX series. It also marked the first weekend of racing for the all new YZ65 with Cannon and Kayd Kingsford at the controls.
Levi Rogers added two more Sunshine State MX series wins to his resume after the series was wrapped up over the weekend. Rogers had dominated the first five rounds in both the 13-14 years 125 and 250cc class and needed nothing more than to get through the opening race of the day on each class to lock down the series win.
But, he wasn’t of fan of mailing the last round in and went on the win all three races on his YZ125 to take the round victory while things were headed in the same direction on his YZ250F until the final moto when he crashed in the first turn and his bike was damaged badly after being hit by other riders. He walked away unscathed and even with the DNF, still took the series win.
“I had a pretty good day at Tivoli and felt pretty good on the track,” Rogers begins. “We tried a few things on starts with my 125 as they have been terrible lately and I think we found something that worked as I hole-shotted the last one and it’s been a while since I have done that.
“Everything was going good on the 250 but I just got a bit cross-rutted on the exit of the first turn and went down but as I was on the ground I saw my bike just getting smashed as the rest of the field ploughed into it.
“Still, it was a goal of mine to win both classes at this series this year and thank you to my family, GYTR YJR and all our team sponsors for making it happen,” Rogers ends.
And all eyes were on Jake Cannon as he rolled the all new YZ65 out onto the race track for the first time in Queensland and instantly showed just how good the bike is. In standard condition, Cannon blasted into the lead on the opening lap and took the first race win in Australia for the new bike. He backed that up with two second place finishes after some intense battles with Braden Plath and Cannon finished with 1-2-2 for second on the day and second for the series in the 10-11 years 65cc.
On the 85, Cannon took fourth for the day with 2-3-9 results. The ninth was due to two crashes late in the race. He was able to secure third for the series – his first on an 85cc machine.
“It’s been unreal having the support of the Yamaha Junior Racing Team this year and to race the 65 today was awesome. I love riding it and to win that first race was cool.
“The track was pretty hard pack today and my starts weren’t good but I had fun and can’t thank Ben and Scott for coming out today to help me and our team sponsors,” Cannon said.
The New South Wales crew also got into the winning spirit as they contested round four of the east Coast MX Series on a brisk winters’ day in Dubbo.
Kayd Kingsford had the honour of debuting the YZ65 in NSW and showed just how fast the bike is with some spirited racing. Kayd finished second in race one, but then falls in the next two races meant he could only managed fourth for the day.
Older brother, Ryder, was also in action and finished second in the 12-13 years 85cc class. Ryder won the opening moto after a race long battle but wasn’t able to repeat the it in races two and three. He finished with 1-2-2 results for second overall.
Bayley Clancy charged to the top of the podium in the 14-15 years 85cc class taking the round win with 2-2-2 in a great display of racing with his rivals. Clancy had to work hard in each race but his consistency paid off with a confidence boosting round victory.
Both states now prepare for their state championships, with New South Wales heading to Port Macquarie this weekend with all three rides fit and healthy while Queensland takes a couple of weeks off before round one of their state championships happen in Rockhampton on July 7 /8.
14-15 years 85cc
1st Bayley Clancy (GYTR- YJR)
2nd Joe O’Donnell
3rd Benny Novak
12-13 years 85cc
1st Hunter Collins
2nd Ryder Kingsford (GYTR-YJR)
3rd Rory Fairborther
9-11 years 65cc
1st Seth Burchell
2nd Jack Deveson
3rd Jyle Campbell
4th Kayd Kingsford (GYTR- YJR)
13-14 years 125cc
1st Levi Rogers – 624 (GYTR- YJR)
2nd Dylan Vivian – 525
3rd Jack Kowal – 467
13-14 years 250cc
1st Levi Rogers – 588 (GYTR- YJR)
2nd James Beston – 551
3rd Dylan Vivian – 516
10-11 years 65cc
1st Braden Plath – 594
2nd Jake Cannon – 525 (GYTR- YJR)
3rd Billy Wadwell – 483
9-11 years 85cc
1st Braden Plath – 590
2nd Jet Alsop – 583
3rd Jake Cannon – 522 (GYTR – YJR)