With the 40th running of the iconic Manjimup 15000, the Bee Firm NRG/GYTR/Yamaha junior riders could not have predicted such a dominant days racing was ahead of them.
Nestled on a hillside just five kilometres from the Manjimup Township, Cosy Creek is one of the most picturesque circuits in Australia that has seen some epic Motocross battles occur in its history.
Cody Chittick (Mandurah City Yamaha) came into the day with high expectations as it was to be his last junior event there. Doing double duties aboard his YZ250F and potent YZ125 machines Chittick stayed consistent early before turning it on as the day progressed, eventually taking out both the 125 & 250F divisions.
“I really wanted to go well today as last year this is where I sustained the injury that put me on the sidelines for most of the year. The track was very fast and there were some square edge bumps that formed up which could catch you out every lap” Chittick stated.
“We had both my bikes set up well and they never missed a beat handling or power wise. We have been fine tuning both of them especially for this event and out of the gate they just pulled hard”
“To win both classes and share the podium with my team mate was pretty special and showed that the blue bikes are really fast”
Jake Turner (Five Star Yamaha) proved he is a serious contender and took on a talented field to show it’s going to be his time to shine soon. Turner qualified in second just behind Chittick in the 250’s and managed to win two of the four moto’s on the day to place second outright and narrowly missed the podium on the 125 as well.
“I was feeling good today and everything was going well on both bikes. My starts were on point and the Dunlop’s hooked up out of the gate giving me good track position and allowing me to fight at the front” Turned had to say.
“After winning both of the first two moto’s on my YZ250F the next two went downhill a little where I did not place as well. But to come second overall to Cody meant we went 1,2 for the team which is always the goal where ever we race”
In the shootout I was determined to gate well and fight as hard as I could and after five elimination one lap races I was stoked to take the chequered flag in the winning position which made up a little for just missing the 125 podium”
65cc rider Jake Rumens (Southwest Yamaha) was not going to let his older team mates take all the glory and landed himself an overall podium in both the 65cc class as well as in the shootout.
“I really gave it all I had today and was pretty happy with a third place podium against some pretty tough competition”
“My YZ65 was a rocket out of the gate especially in the shootout as it got me to the first turn near the front and to get down to one of just three in the last sprint from forty riders was exciting. I even managed to Holeshot the last but could not quite get it slowed enough to hold a tight line” He added.
“I keep improving every time I ride and will carry this experience in to the next state round in a few weeks”
“Today was a red letter day for the team by taking out both of the major classes and going one two in the premier 250F division” A very happy team manager Peter Strickland beamed.
“Cody was calm all day and though not at full speed in the morning he stayed focused and wound it up in the afternoon as the track came to him more. So it was good to see him use his maturity and be patient”
“Jake Turner has been in our program for a while now and I knew there was plenty of mongrel dog in him that was waiting to get out. I noticed it stirring in round one at Coastal Park this year when he top qualified on his YZ250F so I knew it would surface sooner than later and today was a real breakout ride for him”
“To win the first two moto’s in such convincing style was impressive against the top junior riders we have and we will nurture this for the rest of the season to see where it leads”
“Jake Rumens is also showing plenty of potential as he eases into the team and feels more comfortable in his first season with us. He comes from a racing family with pedigree and his skill level is good and he will develop well for sure”
“Hats off to our satellite rider Deegan Fort as he also claimed a podium and I’m tipping there will be a few more in him before the season is out”
“We head off to a double header in Collie in a couple of weeks where the boys will get to test their sand skills at the Stockton Park circuit and if they can carry some of this momentum we should be in good position to gather valuable championship points in the title hunt”