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The Two Luke’s Give Serco Yamaha Something To Smile About at Hidden Valley

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The factory supported Serco Yamaha team kicked off their Australian Supercross Championship in a productive manner with both riders in good form and netting top results at the double header opening round held at Darwin‰Ûªs Hidden Valley over the weekend.

Competing in the Pro Lites class and under hot and humid skies, Luke Styke and Luke Arbon have both positioned themselves well after the weekend‰Ûªs racing.

Styke picked up exactly where he left off in the MX Nationals, out front and leading. Styke grabbed the lead in the 11 lap main event on Saturday and proceeded to hold a comfortable gap over his rivals in the early stages.

He was looking good and riding well until he tipped over in a tight turn and fell, handing the lead to US rival, Gavin Faith. Styke set off in pursuit of Faith but was unable to bridge the gap on the US import and was forced to settle for second place.

‰ÛÏIt wasn‰Ûªt the perfect race but despite the fall it‰Ûªs nice to get round one out of the way and be on the podium." Styke explained. "I just lost some traction as I went through the left hander over there but thankfully the bike didn‰Ûªt stall and I was able to pick it up and get back in the race quickly.

Styke was out to reclaim the top step of the podium in the Pro Lites final and he did exactly that. He ripped the holeshot on his Yamaha YZ250F and put on an early race charge to get a three second gap on the rest of the field.

From then on he was able to monitor what was going on behind him and kept the margin the same for the entire race distance until the final couple of laps when he stretched it out a fraction more.

‰ÛÏNo mistakes that time,‰Û
Luke Arbon made an impressive comeback to racing after sitting on the side lines of national competition for over a year. Arbon qualified well and was confident of a good showing, although nervous for his first event back when Saturday's action got underway.

He finished a rock solid fifth place in the main event. He improved every time he hit the track and looks forward to continuing to make strides forward as the series progresses.

‰ÛÏFifth is a good start to the championship,‰Û

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