Thomas Larwood made the decision to concentrate only on his YZ250F this year to get more of a handle on the four-stroke machine. Thomas showed that he has been working hard in the off-season with great starts and some race long battles with rival Travis Edwards, Thomas rounded out the day in second place with 2-1-2 results.
He learnt a lot, he identified some areas to work on before round two which should hopefully see him land on the top step there. "It's always good to get the first round finished. I'm happy with the day but need to work hard to get the win. My bike was sweet and hooked up out of the gate each race," said Thomas.
With Taj Gow Smith's move up into the Big wheel class brings the unknown, he was very nervous leading into racing but focussed on riding a solid race. He got off to a great start, settled into his pace and it wasn't long before an elder rider welcomed him to the class running him over a berm. Taj regrouped and ended the first moto in 4th.
Being the fast learner he is, he quickly identified a few areas and went out for the remainder of the days racing, claiming another two fourth place finishes for the day which was a very consistent start to his series taking fourth overall for the day. His speed was good, especially towards the end of the moto's.
"I was nervous this morning, but after that first moto I was good. I'm happy with my riding today, my bike was good so I just have a couple of things to work on before the next round to get on that podium," said a very happy Gow Smith.