Jake Turner (Five Star Yamaha) and Kaj Radcliffe (Cully‰Ûªs Yamaha) were left to pick up the pieces in the 85cc Big Wheel class as well as the 13 to 16yrs 125cc division.
Both riders battled hard in each class where they were in the top five on their YZ85 machines by days end and Turner was inside the top ten of the 125‰Ûªs while Radcliffe was a couple of places lower.
‰ÛÏI managed to do pretty well on the 85 today but struggled with the high speed and big jumps on the 125. I need to work on my strength as the big bike takes a lot more to control," commented Radcliffe.
Turner put in three hard fought 125 rides with a solid seventh in the final moto. Both have come in as thirteen year olds and as the class is combined a lot of the riders in front of them are either sixteen or will be soon so they indeed are little fish in a big pond.
‰ÛÏBeing a lighter guy has its advantages as my YZ125 was flying today, but it sure is a handful when the track roughed up and the older guys definitely had an advantage then, but I put in a pretty good ride in the last so I think I know where I need to improve," Turner said.
Team manager Peter Strickland said. ‰ÛÏI was really bummed for Cody to be injured in such a way so early, some riders forget it‰Ûªs a long series and there is plenty of time to overtake and in this situation the innocent victim paid the biggest price‰Û