GYTR-Yamaha Junior Racing’s, Jackson Camilleri, celebrated his 16th birthday in perfect style by dominating the King of Capricorn event, held in Rockhampton over the weekend.With the 2020 Australian Junior Motocross Championships that were to be held in Rockhampton cancelled due to COVID, the club stepped up and hosted the inaugural King of Capricorn event and posted a prize pool of $20,000 that attracted some of Australia’s best professional riders, like Kirk Gibbs, Jay Wilson, Aaron Tanti and Jesse Dobson, as well as the states’ top junior talent.
With a format that saw the riders compete in their usual classes and then a feature race for the crown of King and Prince of Capricorn, it was a busy yet entertaining weekend of racing for the 300 competitors entered.
Mackay’s Jackson Camilleri led the Yamaha charge in the junior divisions and showed he is back to full health after a recent injury and ready to race. Contesting the Junior 125cc and junior 250cc, Camilleri won 11 out of the 12 races contested and won both divisions comfortably in an excellent weekend of racing for him.
But the day wasn’t over as the top 40 junior riders lined up for the Prince Of Capricorn feature race that had competitors run through three heats of three laps with 10 the last 10 riders eliminated after each leg. Camilleri easily progressed to the 20 rider final and then charged to the front in the final leg to cap off a brilliant weekend.
“The weekend was awesome and it was good to bounce back after a disappointing result at the state titles a few weeks ago,” Jackson begins. “I went into that race under done due to injury, but I was able to get back into my usual routine over the past few weeks and it showed in the results today, although I’m buggered now.
“Thank you to everyone who helped put on this event and also to the Yamaha Junior Racing team and the Yamalube Yamaha Team for being here to support us all weekend.”
Jake Cannon also flew the YJR flag with pride, taking second place in the 12–15 years 85cc class with his 4-1-1-2-1 results. A fall in the opening moto proved costly as it was only one point that separated Cannon from the class win.
He also raced a YZ125 for the very first time and impressed on a rough and rugged Rockhampton track. He might be small in stature, but he showed plenty of promise on the bigger bike finishing in sixth place with 6-6-5-5-6 results across the weekend. He also backed that up with a 10 place finish in the Price of Capricorn.
The action was frantic in the senior divisions as riders were contested both MX1 and MX2 classes as well as the King of Capricorn feature event. Yamaha was well represented with both the Serco Yamaha and Yamalube Yamaha Racing teams in attendance and out for a large slice of the $20,000 on offer.
In the MX1 class, it was Aaron Tanti taking second place, just one point ahead of Kirk Gibbs in third. Tanti. On board his YZ250F, Tanti proved ultra-consistent across the four motos contested, finishing with 3-3-3-4 results compared to Gibbs’ 2-8-2-3.
For Gibbs it was first major race in months after COVID and injury and he showed his speed and skill are still there as he shook the rust of his body through the weekend.
Jesse Dobson took fifth on a count back with Jay Wilson sixth, again both riders mounted on 250cc machines.
The MX2 class saw Dobson finish in second place as the highest finishing Yamaha riders, four points clear of team mate, Tanti in third. Dobson finished with 2-1-4-3-5 results that saw the MX 2 riders contest one 15 minute moto and then 2 x five motos back to back in the morning and afternoon.
Jay Wilson finished sixth after a DNF in race four cost him any chance of a podium result while Japanese team mate , Kota Toriyabe slotted in behind him in seventh in one of his best performances of the year.
Levi Rogers proved he isn’t scared to race the big names and mixed it with the pros on every occasion. His ninth place overall finish in MX2 doesn’t show the speed he generated and, like Wilson, a DNF in race two proved costly. He finished with 7-DNF-2-4-9 results in a day he should take a lot of confidence from.
But the day wasn’t over, and the 40 fastest riders line up for the King of Capricorn feature event. It was contested over a series of five, three lap motos that saw the last seven riders from each race eliminated until the top 15 riders laid it all on the line in a three lap, all out sprint to the end.
Yamaha riders took up three of the top five spots with Kirk Gibbs second, Aaron Tanti third and Jay Wilson in fifth.
For a full list of results : https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1813733
King of Capricorn
1st Todd Waters
2nd Kirk Gibbs (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team)
3rd Arron Tanti (Serco Yamaha)
4th Jai Walker
5th Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)
Prince of Capricorn
1st Jackson Camilleri (Yamaha Junior Racing)
2nd Kobe Drew
3rd Jack Williams
4th Aaron Humphreys
5th Lachlan Hawkins
1st Jackson Camilleri – 172 (Yamaha YZ125)
2nd Kobe Drew – 159
3rd Brenton Williams – 152
1st Jackson Camilleri – 175 (Yamaha YZ250F)
2nd Ryan Alexanderson – 160
3rd Jake Duthie – 134
12-15 years 85cc
1st Jason West – 166
2nd Jake Cannon – 165 (Yamaha YZ85)
3rd Koby Tate – 143
1st Todd Waters – 169
2nd Jesse Dobson – 151 (Yamaha YZ250F)
3rd Aaron Tanti – 147 (Yamaha YZ250F)
4th Jai Walker – 134
5th Noah Ferguson – 120 (Yamaha YZ250F)
6th Jay Wilson – 118 (Yamaha YZ250F)
7th Kota Toriyabe – 116 (Yamaha YZ250F)
8th Kaleb Barham – 114
9th Levi Rogers – 106 (Yamaha YZ250F)
10th Jake Williams – 104 (Yamaha YZ250)
1st Todd Waters – 140
2nd Aaron Tanti – 118
3rd Kirk Gibbs – 117 (Yamaha YZ450F)
4th Jai Walker – 115
5th Jesse Dobson – 106
6th Jay Wilson - 106