Motocross

Serco Yamaha reflect on successful first half of 2013

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Serco Yamaha has come out in season 2013 all guns blazing and have been the dominant team in the MX2 division so far in the MX Nationals.

The pairing of Luke Styke, now an experienced and established campaigner in Australian motocross, with young fire-brand Luke Clout has been extremely successful to date and the duo continue to put their factory Yamaha supported YZ250F‰Ûªs at the front of the pack.

Of the five rounds contested so far, the Serco team has won all five in an impressive show of strength from the riders and team.

For Championship leader Styke the season has been a picture of winning consistancy. Racing aboard the #2 plated Serco Yamaha, Styke as one a moto at every single round of the 2013 MX Nationals to date.

That feat in its self is impressive enough, but a closer look at his results shows he has also finished in 2nd place in every moto he has not won bar one, when he finished 3rd in moto one at Murray Bridge after a first lap crash.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a good start to the year and the majority of races have gone according to plan." Styke who recently headed to Europe to do some riding during the mid season break commented. "I have won a race at each round and when I haven‰Ûªt been able to win, I have always been in the top three which is really important for the championship.

‰ÛÏMy goal for the last half of the year doesn‰Ûªt change and I am treating it like a five round series and we are all starting from zero points. If I win the next half, then I win the championship." Styke added.

Though he knows there is still plenty of work to be done in 2013, Styke already has one eye on 2014 and his future racing plans.

‰ÛÏThe bike this year has been awesome and even against the two strokes, we have been right near the front at the start. I would like to race in Europe next year but there is still a lot of work to be done here and I‰Ûªm determined to get it done.‰Û
Clout has been a revelation in the MX2 class in 2013 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
For Rookie MX2 team mate Luke Clout the first half of the season has proven to be very rewarding with the 18 year old scoring his maiden moto and overall round win at round two at Murray Bridge.

While his consistency has not quite been on par with his established team mate, Clout has managed to finish at least one moto inside the top three at every round, which bodes well for future championship endeavours.

‰ÛÏTo have won a round and be second in the points at the halfway point is awesome and a little bit above what I expected, so I‰Ûªm really happy with how things have gone. I have had the odd bad race but managed to rebound each time so that is good." Clout enthused.

‰ÛÏMurray Bridge was obviously the highlight for me, while the first motos at Broadford, where I damaged a front wheel, and Conondale where I crashed a few times have been the worst.

‰ÛÏEach race I want to try and get closer to the front and via for race wins so my goal for the last half of the series is to win some races and get another round win and finish the championship on the podium.‰Û
Michael Marty could not be happier with how his team is travelling in 2013 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Team Manager Michael Marty has been more than impressed with his teams two riders in 2013.

While he always expected Styke to be a championship contender and to produce the top results he has so far in 2013, the experienced team manager has been pleasantly surprised by Clout who has exceeded everyone's expectations in his first year in the Pro Class.

‰ÛÏThe year so far has been great for Serco Yamaha." Marty stated. "As a team we always want our riders to finish 1-2 in races and rounds but that reality is that it doesn‰Ûªt happen very often. Fortunately we have been able to do that a few times in 2013 and as a result, sit 1-2 in the championship at the halfway stage.

‰ÛÏStyke has picked up where he left off last year and is really determined to get the job done and nail down the championship. He is fit, focused and enjoying his racing at the moment and it‰Ûªs great to see his success.

‰ÛÏClout has exceeded our expectations as a first year rider in the MX2 class." Marty continued. "We knew he had good speed but being young there is always bound to be a few mistakes along the way. To his credit, he has been able to shake things off pretty quick, focus on the next race and get himself back up the front.

"He has done extremely well so far this year and we are confident he will continue to grow as the season wears on," Marty concluded.

The MX Nationals resumes on July 14 at Appin Raceway, west of Sydney where the Serco Yamaha team will continue their assault on theMX2 championship.

To follow the Serco Yamaha team on Facebook; www.facebook.com/sercoyamaha or on Instagram: @sercoyamaha.

Top Image: Luke Styke has claimed a moto win at every single round of the MX Nationals so far in 2013
Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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