Cool weather and light misty rain greeted riders for round three of the West Australian Motocross Championship at the Stockton park circuit in Collie.
A quick overnight prep by the hard working club members after the juniors on Saturday saw the predominantly sandy track ready for the senior action on Sunday and tested rider’s skills as it roughed up over the course of the day.
Josh Adams (Cully’s Yamaha) was a little under the weather which he never let on until after the meeting, but still put on an outstanding performance to capture an MX1 podium for his Bee Firm NRG/Yamaha team.
“I had a few aliments today that kept me from my full potential. Last night they surfaced but I just thought it was a little nerves and put it out of my mind, however it kept me from performing to my peak today” Adams said.
“My YZ450F was running perfectly and I was able to gate well all day which helped a lot. I kept up with the suspension changes as the track got rougher and apart from a little excursion off the track in the last Moto everything went pretty well”
“I have moved into second in the MX1 championship which is really good, so I need to keep applying the pressure and try to capitalize on any mistakes the leader makes”
Michael Mahon (Five Star Yamaha) was having a reasonable day until a high speed first turn crash ended any chance of a podium. The MX1 rider is by his own admission not at the top of his game at the moment but has been improving each week.
“My starts are usually good, but today I was just a little late and they were not enough to get a clean run once the field sorted itself. I had a big crash in the first back to back sprint and was pinned under the bike. It must have been a good one as two riders actually stopped to get the bike off me as I was not moving and they thought I was knocked out”
“I remember getting squeezed a little and the front tucked and I ended up going over the bars and the bike landed on me and someone ran over my arm as I had knobby marks up it. I was lying there not moving thinking this is going to hurt soon but it never did, so I suppose that is why it looked like I was hurt more than I was”
“All in all I am not really happy with where I am and will make some changes to improve things for the next round” Mahon ended with.
“We have not been to Collie for a state round for a number of years now and they have really made some good changes to improve the facility” Commented team manager Peter Strickland.
“There is now a section of track that has a table top with a smaller single after it that the top half dozen MX1 riders turned into a double which was spectacular to watch. It really cut a lot of time per lap but not everyone was able to pull it off and as the track roughed up no one was pulling it out as it was too sketchy”
“Josh did not mention anything about illness all day and though possibly not quite as aggressive as normal he did what he needed to do and moved into second overall in the championship which is awesome for the team”
“Michael still rode really well but did not have the killer instinct for every Moto like normal. His crash was scary as it looked like he was really hurt when he was not trying to get out from under his bike. I must send a big shout out to Blair Outram and Braydon Wilson who actually stopped their race to help Michael get his bike off him which was great sportsmanship and really appreciated”
“We move on to the southern town of Cranbrook for another double header in a few weeks, where they will hold their first ever state round weekend. The circuit is hard pack and fast so we are expecting something exciting for sure”