Motocross

Australian Champion Cody Dyce heads strong result for Yamaha at AJMX

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Yamaha Junior Racing‰Ûªs Cody Dyce has won the 2016 Australian Junior Motocross Championship in the 15 years 125cc division after the final day of competition was wrapped up at the Riverland Raceway, Renmark, in South Australia on Saturday morning.

In a week that challenged all competitors that saw track conditions change from dust to mud and back again as well as wind that cut like a knife, it was the Victorian based Dyce that rose to the occasion and claimed another national championship mounted on Yamaha‰Ûªs YZ125.

The week started roughly for Dyce who struggled to find his mojo in the heat races but still managed to qualify through to the finals and was determined to turn things around as the action heated up later in the week.

In an eventful three race final for the championship, Dyce put together an unbeatable 2-1-1 results to lock down the championship and stamp his authority in the highly competitive class. Dyce had to fight off all his rivals who pressured him through the final days but it was the young Victorian that stood tall and took the win.

He ably backed that up with a third place finish in the 15 years 250cc class. A fall in the first final made his chances of a class victory extremely tough but he continued to fight on and finished with 7-2-5 results to take third and get on the podium for the second time during the week.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a long week here and I‰Ûªm glad to get a championship in my final year of racing juniors,‰Û
Yamaha Junior Racing had a strong representation at Renmark
Yamaha Junior Racing was well represented in the 15 years classes with all three riders entered finishing inside the top seven in both the 125 and 250cc divisions. New South Wales‰Ûª Michael Driscoll took fifth place on his YZ125 and finished sixth in the 250 class, while Queensland‰Ûªs Jake Williams finished seventh in the 125cc and fifth on his YZ250F in a great showing from the YJR crew.

Driscoll was on song early in the week taking several heat race wins but was unable to get those all-important starts in the finals and it hurt his results.

Williams started the week trying to come to terms with the track but improved as the week went on and proved a very consistent competitor in the finals with two top seven results.

The teams 13 -14 year old competitors of Thomas Larwood and Levi Rogers had a mixed bag of results throughout the week but both never gave up and continued to fight until the end. Larwood claimed 19th on his 125 but rode to a solid seventh place finish on his YZ250F.

Rogers showed impressive speed all week and qualified sixth on his 125 but when the finals came, Levi crashed in each moto when he was trying to move his way forward. A big fall on his 250 also hurt his chances of a good result but he then went on to improve in each of his final motos to finish with 6-5-4 results to take 12th overall.

The YJR teams were also injury ravaged for the event with Liam Andrews going down heavily in the lead up to the championship and was unable to compete.

Alex Larwood was a favourite in the 12-13 years 85cc class and started the week with blazing speed but a fall in the last heat saw him chip a bone in his elbow and had to withdraw from racing.

Western Australia‰Ûªs Kai Stephen also suffered a nasty injury when he fell in the second turn and was then hit bike another bike which caused a deep cut on his neck and back of his head. Kai was transported to Adelaide Hospital where he received treatment and will make a full recovery.

‰ÛÏOn behalf of Yamaha Motor Australia, I want to thank to riders, families and supporters of our YJR program who again have had a very successful year,‰Û

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