It was another big weekend for the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing Teams with high profile events in Queensland and Western Australia and plenty of success at each end of the country.The WA boys took on junior day at the Manjimup 15000 with Jake Rumens and Deegan Fort taking to the track at the prestigious event. The Manjimup 15000 is a long running and successful one-off race that is the highlight in the WA racing calendar and success here is held in high regard.
Deegan Fort continued his good form in the 2021 season and finished up on the podium in both the 65 and 85cc classes. In fact, he finished second on both bikes and recorded eight straight second place finishes across the four races he contested on each capacity. You can’t question the young gun’s consistency!
Jake Rumens also landed on the podium, finishing second in the 12-15 years 85cc class with 1-2-2-2 results in the four motos raced on the weekend. Rumens continually fired his YZ85 to the front of the pack and battled for the race lead with some spirited riding. Rumens was also able to pull down sixth place on his YZ125 in the 13-15years division to make it a solid day for the team.
“Both riders raced exceptionally well over the weekend,” commented Team Manager, Peter Strickland. “Manjimup is a tough track with a variety of surfaces so it can be tricky on the riders, but both did a great job and we finished with three podiums out of four in a high profile event.
“We also assisted Seth Burchell who came over from New South Wales and he was also able to finish on the podium for the weekend and worked in well with our guys. It was a pleasure to have him here.
“But the best part for the riders was having Luke Clout under the truck awnign all weekend. I’m sure the riders learned a lot about how to prepare for big races as they watched Luke and how he operates, so it was a good experience for them to see that up close,” Strickland ends.
The rolling red clay of Echo Valley in Toowoomba hosted the fifth and final round of the Sunshine State Motocross Series and the track was in perfect condition for the weekend. With the series averaging around 400 riders per round, it has again proven extremely popular for riders in South East Queensland and still going strong after 25 years.
The Queensland pairing of Kobe Drew and Jake Cannon were in town to put the finishing touches on an impressive performances so far in the series. Drew had over a 70 point lead in both classes he contested while Cannon had a 25 point gap over his nearest rival on the 85 and was looking to lock down a podium on the 125.
The day started strongly for Drew and he was determined to stamp his authority on the field. Despite not being well in the lead up to the final round, he managed to secure the perfect six race wins from six starts and take both the round and series victory in the 13- 15 years 125cc and the 13-15 years 250cc classes.
It was a dominant performance by Drew who claimed 14 race wins out of a possible 15 on his YZ125 and 13 out of 15 on his YZ250F.
Right alongside Drew on the 13-15 years 125cc podium was teammate, Jake Cannon. Cannon has been a big improver on his 125 as the series progressed and to finish the day in second place and and second in the series was a sensational effort. He finished with 2-3-3 results on the day and showed plenty of speed and endurance.
Cannon also claimed the win in the 12-15 years 85cc class. He came into the final round with a 25 point lead but wanted to finish the series on a strong note. He won the opening two motos of the day and was on track for another three from three when he fell in race three and could do no better than third place. Still, his 1-1-3 results were good enough to take round victory and secure another series win for Yamaha.
In the senior divisions, it was a 1-2 Yamaha finish in the Pro MX2 class with Jayce Cosford taking the series win over Levi Rogers. Both had a challenging final round but had enough points in the bank to secure the top two spots. And in the Women’s class, Taylah McCutcheon dominated all series, winning each and every race on her way to a 15 race sweep of the series.