SA YJR Podium at the AJMX, WA
Queenslands Hunter Lawrence and Western Australias Mat Fabry led the Yamaha Junior Racing charge at the 2015 Australian Junior Motocross Championships last week in Bunbury, WA, with the blue crew taking home three championships, a second place and two thirds in a huge week of racing.
Hunter Lawrence went out of his final event as a junior competitor with a big bang, stamping his authority in the 15 years class and clearly the star of the week. Lawrence simply dominated proceedings from the minute the bikes hit the track, taking the fastest lap times in qualifying and then turned it up a notch when racing began. Lawrence won all 10 motos he contested during the week, making it a clean sweep of the 15 years 125cc and the 15 years 250cc and it was poetry in motion as he finessed his way around the rough, sandy and challenging Bunbury circuit.
Arguably his finest ride came in race two on his YZ250F when he was leading the race on the opening lap but fell as he miscued some ruts and dropped way down the 38 rider field. In one lap he bounced back to 11th, the next lap he was in third, the following lap he was in front and by the time the 12 minute race was over, he was 20 seconds in front.
This has been the most enjoyable junior nationals for me, Lawrence said. Not because I won but because I really liked the track when it got rough and also the atmosphere in the Yamaha pits. All the riders got on really well and I made a heap of new friends here from the other state Yamaha teams and it was cool to hang out with them between races. We all cheered one another on and it was just a good vibe.
Since coming to Yamaha, it has changed everything for me. The support I have been given by everyone at Yamaha and our team sponsors has been amazing and my bikes were perfect all week as we barely touched a thing.
Thank you to Yamaha Junior Racing and GYTR Yamaha for their support this season, it means a lot to me and the part they have played has been huge. The club put on a great event and the track was awesome the last couple of days.
I also want to thank my family for all the work and sacrifice they put in. My Mum and Dad are always there for me no matter what. I wish my Mum was feeling better so she could have watched me ride this week as she was sick all week. They are awesome people, Lawrence ends.
WA resident, Mat Fabry, bought the fans to their feet with his inspiring win in the 13-14 years 125cc class. Fabry blasted from the gate in the first final and charged his way to an impressive race win that set up his championship victory. He finished second in the next final and all he needed was a top three finish in the final event to claim his first Australian Championship and with a mature ride, thats just what he did and a crossed the final line in third with his fist in the air.
I couldnt be happier, Fabry said at the end of the final race. This is my first Australian Championship and it feels unreal. I was a bit nervous heading into that last race as I had never been in this position before but I got a great start and was able to just be smart and get it done. I reckon I got arm pump by the end of the first lap as I was riding so tight.
There are so many people that have helped me to win this that I dont even know where to start. My family have done so much for me, the Wellards Yamaha Junior Racing Team for their support, our team sponsors and everyone who was on the side of the track cheering me on, this is something I will never forget. Thank you!
Yamaha Junior Racing also pulled down plenty of podium positions with South Australias Alex Larwood taking second place in the 9-11 years 85cc, just ahead of Queenslands Levi Rogers in a YJR 2-3. Larwood was rock solid all week and rode his YZ85cc with plenty of heart to take a well-deserved second place taking 2-2-2 results in the three finals.
Levi Rogers slotted right in behind Larwood to make it to YJR riders on the 9-11 years podium. Rogers started the week with a couple of falls but by the time the finals rolled around, he tidied up the little mistakes and went on to take 4-3-3 results and land in third, his first podium at a national event.
YJR also supported New Zealands Wyatt Chase in his campaign contesting the 15 years 125cc division. Chase raced well all week and put himself in a strong position to take second place in the championship but with just a couple of laps to go in the final moto, he fell in the deep sand and dropped a couple of positions. Unfortunately, that was enough to drop him to third sport but still an outstanding effort from the Kiwi.
The Yamaha Junior Racing Teams have again done an exceptional job at the Australian Junior Motocross championships, states Yamaha Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard. Their effort and dedication to travel to WA at the end of a long season doesnt go unnoticed at Yamaha and we thank them for the valuable contribution to Yamaha.
Congratulations to Hunter and Mat on their amazing results over in Bunbury. Not only are they both great riders but also great representatives of our brand off the track.
Yamaha Junior Racing is a vital cog in Yamahas racing program and success at events like this is extremely rewarding. We will continue to invest in the development of up and coming riders as Yamaha love being a part of racing at all levels, Howard ends.
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2015 AJMX Results Bunbury, WA
15 years 125cc - 1st Hunter Lawrence (YJR), 2nd Justin Hart, 3rd Wyatt Chase (NZ YJR)
15 years 250cc - 1st Hunter Lawrence (YJR), 2nd Wade Kirkland, 3rd Justin Hart
13-14years 125cc - 1st Mat Fabry (YJR), 2nd Caleb Gouthes, 3rd Callum Norton
9-11 years 85cc - 1st Jett Lawrence, 2nd Alex Larwood (YJR), 3rd Levi Rogers (YJR)