News 4 Mar 2019

Two state triumph for GYTR YJR

Yamaha Motor Australia press release:

GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing spread its tentacles far and wide on the weekend with riders competing at two different events at opposite ends of the country but with excellent results at each event.

The weekend saw round two of the Two Stroke Nationals can at the Coolum circuit on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, while it was the opening round of the Tasmanian Motocross Championships at Cambridge.

Two Stroke Nationals
Alex Larwood stamped his authority on the 13-15 years 125cc field at round two of the Two Stroke Nationals with a dominant display that saw him win all three races conducted at Coolum and leap to the equal points lead in the three round championship.

Larwood was in a league of his own on the weekend and raced to three comfortable victories on his YZ125 and has set up a winner take all show down at the final round as he is now tied on points with Blake Fox for the series lead.

“Was a good day at Coolum and I like racing on that track,” Larwood said. “My starts were great today and on a sand track it’s really important to get that first lap in clean and get a small break on the field behind you.

“Thanks to my parents for the huge effort to come up from South Australia as well as the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing Team for their support. We have one round to go of this series at Canberra in April so there are plenty of things I will continue to improve on before the final round,” Larwood ends.

It was also a good day for Ryder Kingsford who charged to second place in the 12-15 years 85cc class and consolidates his second place in the series. Kingsford finished with 3-2-2 results in a good days’ racing on his YZ85 and means he has been on the podium at both rounds contested.

His consistency has been a strong point and something he has worked on this year but with 19 points separating him from the series leader, Hunter Collins, he will need to step it up a notch at the final round if he wants to take the class victory.

“Apart from a bad start in the first moto, everything on the weekend went well. We got some rain throughout the day that kept the track challenging and tough to ride but it was good fun. I really wanted to win some races, but Hunter was that bit better today, hopefully I can take a couple of race wins off him at Canberra in the final round.”

TAS MX Championships
The Cambridge circuit played host to the opening round of the Tasmania Motocross Championships on the weekend and it marked the first major hit-out of 2019 for the Tasmanian based Yamaha riders. Jay Jennings and Angus Pearce were there to fly the YJR flag and they did it exceptionally well with three class wins.

Jay Jennings took the win in both the 7-9 years 65cc as well as the 9-11 years 85cc. The young gun finished with 2-1-1 results on his YZ65 and 1-2-1 results on his YZ85 in an excellent days’ racing and sets up his championship aspirations perfectly.

It was much the same for team mate Angus Pearce who has made the transition to the 12-14 years 85cc class and already made a serious impact. He finished with 1-2-2 results to take the round win and looked confident as he charged around the Cambridge circuit on his YZ85.

“Both riders did a great job on the weekend and to come away with three class wins is an amazing result,” explains team manager, Brodie Jennings. “I know they have worked hard on their technique and their fitness over the off season so to have it show instant results is rewarding for everyone and hopefully gives them the motivation to continue working hard and improving with every race.

“It’s a long season ahead with plenty of events to come but it’s a great start and one we hope to maintain throughout the year,” Jennings said.