SA-YJR Come out Swinging In 2015
The South Australian Motocross Championships kicked off at the Murray Bridge track in perfect weather conditions last weekend. The SA-YJR three rider assault for season 2015 were all set have put their best foot forward after a great pre -season of training and testing.
Thomas Larwood has stepped up to the 125cc class this year, Alex Larwood remains in the 9-U12 years SW 85cc and the 10-12 years 65cc classes, while new recruit Taj Gow-Smith joins Alex in both 85cc and 65cc fields.
Thomas Larwood got the team off on the right step with a good start in moto one on bard his YZ125. The big bike rookie blasted to the front of the field by lap two and continued on his way to the chequered flag for the race win. Motos two and three were even more impressive with Thomas leaving the field to scramble over second place as he holeshotted both races and raced away. Thomas swept all three motos and the won the round comfortably, proving he means business in 2015.
"I am so happy to get the win today," Thomas said. "I really wanted to do my best and I actually surprised myself with how well I went today. My bike handled the rough conditions awesome and my YZ125 ran like a dream," said a very happy Thomas.
Young gun, Alex Larwood, came into the series as the red hot favourite after an impressive 2014 season. Alex did not disappoint as he stamped his authority on the 9-11 years 85cc division from the first gate drop of the day and clearing out to comfortable wins in all his races, including those on his 65cc. He too like his big brother has had a great off season and has his eyes set on an even better year than last year.
"My bikes handled sweet today and I am very happy to win on both bikes. I got good starts which is really important here at Murray Bridge and it was an awesome way to start the championship for the whole team," said young Alex.
Taj Gow-Smith come to Murray Bridge desperate to impress after signing on with the SA YJR team for 2015 and was confident of a good showing after a solid pre-season. Taj was up against his team mate in Alex Larwood but battled bravely in all three races to finish a well-earned second place behind his team mate providing a team 1-2 finish in the 9 -11 years category.
"I am pumped. My goal was to finish second to Alex but wasn't sure if I could. All my training really helped me today and my bikes were awesome so I couldn't be any happier with my results," He said excitedly.
SAYJR Team Manager Shane Metcalfe was stoked on his young guns. I was blown away with Thomas's efforts today, his aggression and attitude on the bike were awesome today. Alex did what we know he is capable of but even he has lifted his speed and intensity from where he was at from last year. Young Taj Gow-Smith proved to himself that he is very capable today. His good starts and consistent laps put him into second behind Alex but I'm hoping Taj can narrow the gap down over the course of the year to Alex which will put him in a great place come Junior Nationals time of the year.
"It's awesome to see all three riders do so well in the opening round. It was a dream start to the series really for our team and a great way to thank our sponsors," said Metcalfe.
Round two of the SA Motocross Championships will be held on June 13/14 at the Ceduna circuit.
SA MX Round 1 Murray Bridge
13-U16yrs 125cc, 1st Thomas Larwood SAYJR, 2nd Morgan McNicol Kaw 3rd Aaron Dent Yam
9-U12yrs 85cc 1st Alex Larwood SAYJR, 2nd Taj Gow-Smith SAYJR, 3rd Clay Burnett KTM
10-U12yrs 65cc 1st Alex Larwood SAYJR, 2nd Taj Gow-Smith SAYJR , 3rd Jake Grubb - KTM