It was a day of mixed emotions for the Yamalube Yamaha Racing team, at round two of the MX Nationals, with Jay Wilson racing to his first podium finish of the year in the MX2 (250cc) class, while team mate Richie Evans fell in the last moto injuring his hand.Both riders have been in good form leading up to the event and were confident of maintaining that form at the tricky, rutted and undulating Appin surface that always produces intense racing.
Wilson fired his YZ250F into the lead of moto one and had the full 40 rider field in his wake. He powered out to a five second lead and held onto the advantage until the closing stages of the race when Nathan Crawford reeled him in and was able to get by with just a few laps to run. Wilson finished in second place and was pleased with his performance.
Moto two was much the same as Wilson again showed his starting prowess by grabbing the all- important hole-shot. With all the class heavy hitters inside the top five, the race was on and the fast freight train of three broke away from the field. Nathan Crawford took control of the race by the mid-way stage, then Wilson Todd made his way into second place with Jay Wilson settling for third place and making it a Yamaha 1-2-3 moto finish.
The combined 2-3 results for Jay Wilson gave him second for the day and the teams’ first MX2 podium for the season. He also jumped from eighth to fourth in the standings – just two points from second in a tight knit group.
“It was good to just get out and lead some races again and be in the battle,” Wilson recounts. “The result didn’t really matter as I focussed on the way I ride and what I can do and we made some real progress today.
“The track was tough as always and starts were crucial so I put lots of energy into the opening part of the race as track position here means so much.
“It’s great to be on the podium and I feel like we are on the right track. The bike and team are awesome and there is still a long way to go in this championship,” he said.
But, it was a bittersweet end to the day when Richie Evans fell in the closing stages of the final moto. Evans again showed his improvement and was right in the heat of the battle, mixing it up with the more established MX2 stars.
Evans posted an eighth in moto one and was in a race long battle with Egan Mastin, Wilson Todd and Jackson Richardson. He then charged out the gate in moto two and locked down fifth place before moving into fourth and looking great.
But he fell once and dropped a position then with just a lap or so to go, fell once more when his rear tyre lost traction on the shiny Appin clay and he hit the ground hard.
Further X-Rays have revealed he has broken the fifth Metacarpal in his left hand and will undergo surgery on Wednesday morning. His return to racing will be reviewed after the surgery.
“I’m just really disappointed,” said an emotional Evans. “I came around the right hander before we go up the hill for the table top and the rear just hit a shiny spot on the track and just spun sideways and I high-sided off the bike. I felt my hand hit the ground hard and I knew immediately that something was wrong.
“I will get it fixed on Wednesday and do whatever rehab is required so when I come back I’m 100% and ready to race.
“Thank you to the team for their support and the RACESAFE Crew at the track for looking after me,” Evans ends.
Rounds three and four of the MX Nationals takes place on May 19 and 20 at Wonthaggi in Victoria.
1st Nathan Crawford – 70
2nd Jay Wilson – 62 (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)
3rd Wilson Todd – 57
4th Jackson Richardson – 54
5th Dylan Wills – 53
6th Egan Mastin – 49
7th Kyle Webster – 48
8th Aaron Tanti – 45
9th Kale Makeham – 42
10th Hamish Harwood – 42
1st Nathan Crawford – 133 (Yamaha YZ250F)
2nd Aaron Tanti – 110
3rd Wilson Todd – 109 (Yamaha YZ250F)
4th Jay Wilson – 108 (Yamaha YZ250F)
5th Jackson Richardson – 102
6th Kyle Webster – 101
7th Hamish Harwood – 100
8th Egan Mastin – 95
9th Dylan Wills – 92
10th Kale Makeham – 81 (Yamaha YZ250F)
11th Richie Evans – 76 (Yamaha YZ250F)