Motocross

YRJ Riders In Queesland and New South Wales Kick Off 2015 Racing Season

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The Queensland Yamaha Junior Racing duo of Hunter Lawrence and Levi Rogers kicked off their 2015 season in fine style at the opening round of the Shell Advance Sunshine State Motocross Series held at Roma over the weekend.

Under clear blue skies and on a well prepared track, Lawrence took two class wins and Rogers claimed third in their respective classes.

Roma was the first motocross outing for Lawrence on a Yamaha and also his first race since recovering from a broken collar bone just six weeks ago. Lawrence instantly clicked into gear and dominated proceedings to take the prefect three from three race wins in the 15 years 250cc and the same result in the 13-15 years 125.

‰ÛÏI have been back on the bike for just over a week since breaking my collarbone but the injury wasn‰Ûªt an issue all day and things went pretty smoothly. I have really enjoyed the change to Yamaha and the team has been great in getting the bike set up for me and helping me with my racing,‰Û
Levi Rogers on the gas in the 9-11 years 85cc class - Credit: Zhane Dunlop
Levi Rogers showed he had done plenty of work during the off season and wanted to get the series started on a strong note. Rogers claimed 2-2-6 results in the three motos to finish third in the 9-11 years 85cc class but showed he has improved his speed significantly.

Rogers went bar to bar with Jett Lawrence for the entire moto in race two only to fall .8 of second short of a win at the finish line. It was easily the race of the day and a great confidence booster for the boy from Blackwater in Central Queensland.

His sixth in the final moto came after three crashes but although disappointed with his final result, he will bounce back in the coming rounds.

‰ÛÏI really wanted to beat Jett in that second race but I made a mistake on the second last corner and he was able to get passed me. It was awesome racing him and I know he is faster than me but if I can keep trying to race with him and get closer, I know I will get faster,‰Û
Bayley Clancy in action on his YZ85 - Credit: Shane Booth
In New South Wales The 2015 NSW Motocross Championships kicked off over the weekend with the first of five rounds that will competed this year.

Hosted by the Cessnock club, riders were greeted with a well prepped track that had soaked up some rain in the days leading up, leaving it in prime condition for racing. The rain stayed away for the most part throughout the weekend, with only a few showers that blew through quickly not affecting the track conditions too dramatically.

Brendon Walther returned to racing only one week prior to this event after recovering from a broken ankle suffered in late 2014 and he hit the track charging. The four month break from riding hardly showed with solid 2-2-2 results on his YZ 125 for a second place overall.

He continued the strong performance on day two with another second place finish to be back up by a third. Unfortunately he suffered an issue which forced him to retire from the final moto costing him a place on the podium.

‰ÛÏOverall I‰Ûªm really happy with this weekend, it‰Ûªs great to be back racing again and I really just wanted to stay upright and be on the podium." Walther said. "It‰Ûªs the first time we have raced the longer 15 min motos so it was good to get a feel for the slightly longer races. My bikes feel great and I‰Ûªm just pumped I can start riding properly now and get even more ready for round two.‰Û

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