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Serco Yamaha Salvage Points While GYTR Yamaha Start Strong at Broadford

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The Yamaha Supported YZ250F teams of Serco Yamaha in MX2 and GYTR Yamaha in the MXD Class had differing amounts of success at the opening round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals on the weekend.

Despite some tough luck to both riders, the Serco Yamaha team were able to pick up some valuable points at the Broadford Circuit, in Victoria.

Yamaha factory supported MX2 team, started the day off strongly with Luke Clout taking pole position in qualifying and ready to get his championship chase underway in top form.

Things were looking good in race one as Clout fired his YZ250F up the steep Broadford start straight and directly into the lead. He continued to build the gap but within a few laps of seeing the chequered flag and the race well and truly in his keeping, Clout slowed as his machine got stuck in first gear.

His lead was so great, that he was able to do nearly six minutes of racing with the bike limited to first gear and still claim second place.

Swapping to the spare bike for the remainder of the day, Clout fell in race two while challenging for a top five position and dropped to finish in 12th while he was able to bounce back strongly in the third and final moto to claim third. His 2-12-3results gave Clout fourth overall for the day and a respectable start to the championship.

‰ÛÏIt wasn‰Ûªt the perfect day, it just seemed like there was a battle from start to finish. We had transponder issues in qualifying, then the bike was stuck in gear in race one, I fell in race two and the only race that didn‰Ûªt have drama‰Ûªs was the last one,‰Û
Jay Wilson will be aiming for a in improved performance at Appin - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
New recruit, Jay Wilson faced plenty of challenges of his own, starting with a huge crash in the first race which really took the wind out of his sails and damaged his bike considerably.

From that point on, a sore and sorry Wilson just tried to get through the day without any issues and was about to salvage some points. He took a 13th in race two and then an eighth in race three to finish the day in 17th place in what was a tough debut for him.

‰ÛÏIt wasn‰Ûªt a good day for me at all,‰Û
Jed Beaton holds his winners plates high at Broadford and will carry the red plate into round to at Appin - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While Yamaha's MX2 team had some success GYTR Yamaha‰Ûªs Jed Beaton made a stunning MX Nationals debut taking an impressive victory at the opening round in the MXD category (MXD), while team mate Wilson Todd showed he is ready to step up with some spirited racing in his first pro level event.

Beaton, who made the step up from juniors at the end of the 2013 season put in three top shelf races during the day to finish the round on the top of the podium.

Also take into account that Beaton was the fastest qualifier and it was a day that Beaton won‰Ûªt soon forget. And while Beaton lives in Victoria, he had never ridden the Broadford circuit until the weekend.

After a first turn fall in race one, he charged all the way back to fifth place, passing nearly 30 riders in the 20 minute event. Race two and with a much better start, Beaton hit the lead on lap three and never let it go to win by 10 seconds, while the third and final race again saw him pass the front runners before the half way point and charge off for his second race victory.

‰ÛÏWhat an awesome day,‰Û
Wilson Todd was more than impressive in his first MXD race. - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
With the recent injury to Joel Dinsdale, Wilson Todd was tossed in the deep end. Planning on doing his final year of junior racing, Wilson got the call up just 10 days ago and put in a fine performance.

He pulled down an impressive fourth place in the opening moto after battling his way forward. Moto two and he was on track for another top five result until a couple of falls dropped him back to a 16th place finish. But he more than redeemed himself in the final race with another fourth place, shadowing the second and third riders over the finish line.

His 4-16-4 results gave him a very respectable seventh overall, but more importantly, valuable experience that will only benefit him at future rounds.

‰ÛÏThat was a lot different to what I was expecting,‰Û

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