It was a bittersweet day for the Raceline Pirelli KTM racing team at Round 7 of the Motul MX Nationals at Shepparton, with MX2 rider Jayden Rykers recording an impressive top five finish, while Jay Wilson and Morgan Fogarty faced challenges on the Victorian circuit.
With Rykers heading in to the weekend following on from his first podium of the season at Nowra, the team was optimistic that race results were set to improve even further, but with Shepparton forming up to be one of the most difficult tracks on the calendar, it was a day of up and down finishes for the team.
Rykers qualified in an impressive fifth place yesterday, less than a second off the pace with a 1:33.268 lap time, then in moto one, Rykers charged from mid-pack through the talented field of MX2 riders, to finish in fifth position. In race two Rykers was in third for the majority of the 20-minute moto, only slipping back one position to fourth at the conclusion of the race. With 5,4 race results Rykers wrapped up the outing in a consistent fifth overall at Round 7.
‰ÛÏShepparton was a good round in many ways for me. In qualifying we seemed to have a little more speed than usual and that placed us in fifth which gave us a decent gate pick,‰Û