Racing is back and underway with New South Wales and Queensland getting their season started in recent weeks with regional events bringing in good rider numbers and plenty of enthusiasm to tackle the new year.New South Wales kicked off with the King of MX qualifier at Bega where the family duo of Ryder and Kayd Kingsford represented the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing Team and got off to an amazing start.
It was a near perfect weekend for the family winning nine of the twelve races they contested over the weekend. Ryder was in sensational form claiming victory in three classes, the 13-16 years 125, the 13-16 years 250 and the newly formed MX3 class. He only got beaten in one race all weekend and even then, it was a second place and a great way for the Goulburn based rider to start the year.
Younger brother Kayd also fared well, winning the 12-16 years 85cc class with 2-1-2 results. Kayd had an injury plagued 2020 season but is just starting to find his mojo again and working hard towards making 2021 another successful year for the family.
The ever popular Sunshine State Motocross Series in Queensland roared to life over the weekend at the always challenging and sandy Hervey Bay circuit. Combine a energy sapping day with one of the more physically challenging tracks in Australia and all riders were under duress during the motos.
The race was also the debut for Kobe Drew on the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing team and he made it one to remember winning both the 13-16 years 125cc and 13-16 years 250cc. Drew finished with the perfect three from three on his YZ125 and narrowly missed a perfect weekend with 1-2-1 results on his 250.
Team mate Jake Cannon also started the year in good form with victory in the 12-15 years 85cc with 5-1-1 results. He also had his first serious hit out on the YZ125 and performed admirably to finish fifth overall. Cannon showed his little stature proved no problem on the 125 as he mixed it up with the big boys of the class each and every race.
Jackson Camilleri moved to the senior division and raced in the MX2 Expert class. Camilleri struggled at the Hervey Bay circuit last season but was determined to make things right on the weekend and he did just that, taking three hard fought wins from three starts.
In the Pro MX2 class, Yamaha had massive representation with the Serco Yamaha and Yamalube Yamaha Teams attending in their first motocross hit out of the year. Despite some mixed results, the gate drops proved invaluable for all riders as they fine tune their preparations for the upcoming Pro MX.