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Rogers and Cannon Continue SSMX Podium Streak

GYTR Queensland Yamaha Junior racing duo, Levi Rogers and Jake Cannon, racked up more podium time after round three of the 2018 Sunshine State Motocross Series, concluded at the Chinchilla circuit, over the weekend.
Both riders have started the year in good form but after the first two rounds were ran in the soft and sandy conditions of Hervey Bay and Coolum, but it was the first time this year the boys hit the hard pack dirt of Chinchilla and both came away with good results and a productive weekend.

Levi Rogers continued his stranglehold in the 13-14 years divisions, winning both the 125 and 250cc events. Rogers took three wins from three starts on his YZ250F and things were on track for the same result on his YZ125 until he fell while leading the final race. Still, winning five from six races is a handy day at the office and he leads both classes in the series points.

“Although I won today, I really struggled with the track,” Rogers outlines. “I usually am pretty good in ruts but today I was a bit off my game and because I wasn’t riding well, I was getting frustrated with myself.

“Chinchilla is the kind of track where you can’t over ride it or be too aggressive as it slows you down. I was making little mistakes in the corners and not riding with much flow but its something I can work on and get better at,” Rogers said.

Jake Cannon also hit the podium in both of his classes collecting a third-place finish in the 9-11 years 85cc and 65cc events. Despite a rough start to the day with crashes in his first race on each bike, Jake rebounded well to ride four consistent motos to finish off the day in a good position and getting some reward for his effort.

Cannon finished with 8-2-4 results on his 85 and some very consistent 3-3-3 finishes on his 65. He is now comfortably inside the top five in both classes and showing good form as we move into the busy part of the season.

“Today was pretty good, just my starts were terrible. My first lap I have to keep passing all these riders while the front guys just get away so I will have to train harder at those as both Jet and Braden ride well and I can’t give them a head start like I have been doing.

“But thanks to Yamaha Junior Racing and our team sponsors as well as Ben for coming out and looking after my bikes.”

Round four of the series heads to Warwick on April 21/22, which is now back on the calendar and a welcome addition to the series as it is a popular track amongst the riders.

The GYTR YJR flag also flew high in Victoria with Ty Sharp contesting round two of the Gippsland Series in Korumburra while Liam Andrews competed in his first race back after a long layout with injury sustained late last year.

Andrews raced at round two of the Victorian Northern Region series claiming the win on both 125 and 250cc events. It’s been a long road back for Andrews from his injuries but he is starting to get back into the swing of things with his riding and training and things can only improve from here.

Sharp rode both 65 and 85cc classes, taking the win in the A Grade 65 class in dominant fashion winning all three races and then claimed second on his 85 taking second place with 2-1-3 results.

SSMX Results

  • Round Three - Chinchilla

    13-14 years 250cc
    1st Levi Rogers (GYTR – YJR)

    2nd Luke Zielinski
    3rd James Beston

    13-14 years 125cc
    1st Levi Rogers (GYTR- YJR)

    2nd Luke Zielinski
    3rd Dylan Vivian

    9-11 years 85cc
    1st Braden Plath
    2nd Jet Alsop
    3rd Jake Cannon (GYTR-YJR)

    10-11 years 65cc
    1st Braden Plath
    2nd Jet Alsop
    3rd Jake Cannon (GYTR-YJR)