Yamaha Racing Wrap

The 2021 racing season continues to gain momentum for the GYTR – Yamaha Junior Racing team with success in two states in recent weeks as the riders get into full stride.

The weekend saw the opening round of the South Australian Motocross Championships held at the Gilman circuit, just north of Adelaide. It was the first major hit out in SA for 2021 and a good line up of riders attended, including many from interstate.

Yamaha was out in force with Ryder Kingsford, Wil Carpenter, Jobe Dunne and Ryder Woodrow all contesting the event and flying the Yamaha Junior Racing flag.

Kingsford led the charge with an impeccable performance in the 13-16 years 250cc class taking three comfortable wins from three starts and clearly had the edge on his competition. Now based in Victoria, Kingsford made the trip over to SA to familiarize himself with the Gilman circuit before the up coming Pro MX round and it proved to be a great hit out for the young gun.

Also taking class wins were Jobe Dunne and Ryder Woodrow. Like Kingsford, Woodrow wiped the floor in the 10-12 years 65cc class taking three race wins and making the perfect start to his championship hopes. Woodrow also finished in second place in the 85cc division, directly behind his teammate making it a YJR 1-2.

Dunne just missed the perfect day in the 9-11 years 85cc finishing with 1-2-1 results to take the round win on his YZ85. He also travelled over from Victoria and made the most of the trip to claim the win and get some valuable race time under his belt.

In the senior divisions, former YJR star and now riding for WBR Yamaha in the MX2 ranks, Alex Larwood, returned to his old stomping ground and proceeding to show everyone the short way around. Larwood took the round win and proved his round one Pro MX performance was no fluke.

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team rider, Hayden Mellross charged to a second place finish in the MX1 class as he gets back to 100% speed and fitness.

The Horsham track hosted the first round of the Victorian Senior Motocross Championships with WBR Yamaha’s Max Purvis and Liam Andrews in attendance. Purvis was competing in the MX1 division on his YZ450F and looking to get some more race time before round two of the Pro MX in Canberra this weekend. Purvis took the round win with a three race sweep and given his short adjustment time to the bigger capacity 450cc machine, Purvis now feels far more comfortable on the bike and ready to take the next step in the MX1 class.

Andrews did likewise in the MX2 class and between the three WBR Yamaha riders of Larwood, Purvis and Andrews, it was the perfect weekend across two states with all three riders going unbeaten in an amazing weekend for the team and one they would love to replicate this weekend in Canberra.

Round three of the ever popular Sunshine State Series hit the black sand of Coolum recently and the Queensland duo of Kobe Drew and Jake Cannon were looking to keep their positive start to the year intact, on a track they are both familiar with.

At the first two rounds, Drew was able to win five of the six races he contested on his YZ125 and YZ250F, so the goal was to make it six from six at Coolum. He nailed it taking three ins in the 13-15 years 125cc and another three victories in the 13-15 years 250cc classes and move well clear of his rivals in the series points in both divisions.

Cannon was also in good form, taking the win in the 12-15 years 85cc class and backing that up with third place in the 125cc division. Cannon leads the 85cc class and has jumped to third in the series points on his YZ125.

In the senior MX2 class, it was Rhys Budd who won the day with three consistent top four results. Race winners were Jesse Dobson, Levi Rogers and Jay Wilson but they all experienced issues during the day while Budd kept it on track and took the round victory.


  • GYTR YJR Results

    SA MX
    9-11 years 85cc

    1st Jobe Dunne – 72 (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing)
    2nd Ryder Woodrow – 63 (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing)
    3rd Jai Hay – 57

    13-15 years 250cc
    1st Ryder Kingsford – 75 (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing)
    2nd Campbell Williams – 64
    3rd Kayden Minear – 55

    12-15 years 85cc
    1st Kayden Strode – 75
    2nd Wil Carpenter – 60 (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing)
    3rd Ollie Gear – 57

    10-12 years 65cc
    1st Ryder Woodrow – 75 (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing)
    2nd Cooper Danaher- 64
    3rd Paddy Lewis – 62

    1st Alex Larwood – 50 (WBR Yamaha)
    2nd Kyle Webster – 44
    3rd Noah Ferguson – 40

    1st Brett Metcalfe – 50
    2nd Hayden Mellross – 44 (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team)
    3rd Regan Duffy - 38
    VIC MX

    1st Liam Andrews – 75 (WBR Yamaha)
    2nd Thynan Keen – 57
    3rd Ethan Ashmore – 56

    1st Max Purvis – 75 (WBR Yamaha)
    2nd Joben Baldwin – 60
    3rd Lewis Stewart - 58
    QLD MX
    12-15 years 85cc

    1st Jake Cannon – 100 (GYTR- Yamaha Junior Racing)
    2nd Braden Plath – 97
    3rd Heath Fisher – 88

    13-15 years 125cc
    1st Kobe Drew – 105 (GYTR – Yamaha Junior Racing)
    2nd Braden Plath – 90
    3rd Jake Cannon – 81 (GYTR – Yamaha Junior Racing)

    13-15 years 250cc
    1st Kobe Drew – 105 (GYTR – Yamaha Junior Racing)
    2nd Jett Burgess-Stevens – 92
    3rd Liam Owens - 90