Young West Aussie Cody Chittick has created history in W.A. by being the first ever rider to clean sweep both Motocross and Enduro Championships in consecutive weekends.
The hard charger from Gidgegannup took the 125cc and Premier 250F Motocross titles in an epic battle at the Cosy Creek circuit in Manjimup after a season long battle.
He then stepped up to clinch the J4 Enduro title the following weekend at Toodyay just east of Perth. Chittick powered his YZ250F to win the final two rounds held on consecutive days on what would prove to be a difficult terrain.
“I am really happy with the outcome of the weekend in the dry, rocky and dusty conditions. The course was really good and provided many challenges however if mother nature had lent a bit of assistance with some rain it would have been a perfect couple of days for racing” Chittick explained.
“My YZ250F has been the ultimate machine all series and we were able to set it up to suit every place we rode. The best part of the weekend was claiming the overall as well as the J4 class win as the competition was really intense and it pushed me to the limit”
Chittick is no stranger to the off-road side of the sport and earlier in the year competed in the first two rounds of the Australian National Enduro series and was sitting in third when a clash in race dates meant he could not continue with the series.
“I have a goal of one day compete on a Yamaha at the world’s biggest off road event, Dakar. I know I need to use MX to keep my speed up for the Enduro special tests and I want to keep doing Enduro as well which will give me some experience for Dakar”
“Over the years I have ridden Hattah and some of the bigger safari type races and really love them, my uncle competed in Dakar in 2012 and my Dad was his pit crew so I suppose it must be in my blood somewhere and what attracts me. I know it will be a long road to actually get there but I have a dream and will focus on it to see if I can make it happen”
“With these state titles under my belt I could not be happier leading up to the Junior Motocross Nationals in South Australia at the end of the month. I don’t have any pressure on me at all as I know I’m at my peak at the moment and whatever happens I can’t change.
“Cody is an amazing young man and a great ambassador for our Bee Frim NRG/Yamaha team as well as the Yamaha brand” States team manager Peter Strickland.
“He comes from a family who know racing and in his short career has learned more than a lot will ever do. He is a very calculated rider and as part of our race program he has evolved into what I consider the all-round professional”
“Lots of MX riders have tried their hand at Enduro without success as it is definitely a different mindset and skill required to be fast at it. They usually crash their brains out and go away scratching their heads, But Cody adapted well and proved his MX speed was a definite advantage in the special tests where it counts”
“He will move to seniors next season and if we can help him realize his goals for the future we will provide whatever assistance we can as he is the real deal. But for now we head to Gillman in South Australia to race against the best young riders in the country at the Australian Junior Motocross Nationals”
“Cody and his team mates will join all the other official Yamaha Junior Race teams from each state and represent the bLU cRU as a united front whilst trying to capture a coveted National title”
J4 Enduro Championship
1st. Cody Chittick (YRT Yamaha)
2nd. Evan Browne
3rd. Patrick Addison