Mother Nature provided a glorious day and the Chidlow Motorcycle club provided a great racing circuit for round four of the Junior State Motocross Championship.
Nestled in the hills east of Perth, Eric Walter Park was primed for some great racing and the results flowed thick and fast all day long for the Bee Firm NRG/Yamaha team.
Cody Chittick (Mandurah City Yamaha) was on a roll after claiming the lead in the 250F division at the last round in Cranbrook he was eyeing off the 125cc lead as well.
With a solid plan he, top qualified in both classes and nearly pulled of a clean sweep by winning the 125cc division and claiming second outright on his YZ250F.
“Today was a good day for the team as I managed to take the lead in both major classes” Chittick was happy to say.
“It’s only a small lead in both classes but I’m still really stoked that I was able to get back to where I needed to be speed wise. I was struggling a little at Cranbrook but luckily my team mate Jake was on there so we still had a good day”
“Chidlow is just down the road from where I live so it really was a home track for me, which helped a bit as well. However the top half of both classes was really quick and I made sure I kept it in control as one mistake was going to be costly”
Both my YZ125 & YZ250F were tuned to perfection and I got awesome starts. I really need to give huge props to my team and my Dunlop tires for giving me the tools to get the job done”
“I lost a few points on the 250F but it just means I need to fight a bit harder over the next couple of rounds. We head to the sand for round five and that will be a tough one as it takes it out of you and one mistake can be extremely bad”
Jake Turner (Five Star Yamaha) was not 100% himself after a big crash the weekend before which really rung his bell. It showed in his riding and the young charger from Serpentine was off the pace all day long.
“I had a pretty big one here last weekend and hurt my elbow a little and I could not find my flow at all. We kept making suspension changes to see if there was a setting that helped and as the day went on we made good progress with both bikes”
“I’ll be back to full speed by the time we get to Wanneroo and keep pushing for the final few rounds”
Satellite rider Deegan Fort is making good his time with the team and joined the party with another podium for the team. Fort raced his YZ65 on to the podium and claimed third step by days end in the younger age group 65cc division.
“I had a good day on my YZ65 and I have been getting some coaching from my cousin Mat Fabry which is really helping. I am currently in second in the Championship and will be getting some more pointers from Mat before the next round to continue my improvement”
“Not much I can say today about the team’s performance except it was pretty good all round. The pace was frenetic in all classes and our guys really had to earn their money in the office today” Stated team manger Peter Strickland.
“Cody is still doing exactly what he needs to do and for him to have worked into this position is really good. He has clawed back a deficit in both classes to now lead which is something true champions can do. He just needs to keep momentum and focus on the task at hand, which won’t be easy but he has plenty of skill and support around him”
“Jake was a little off the boil but still rode in the top five all day. He was struggling for sure but we did what we could to minimalize the damage. He is tough and will bounce back by the time we get to Wanneroo”
“Deegan Fort is living up to his nickname of “Factory Fort” and was up on the podium again. He has been getting some coaching from our senior 450 rider Mat Fabry and there is real potential coming out in him, so hopefully this will be start of his next level of riding”
“We head back into the sand of Wanneroo next month which always throws up some challenges, but I know the team will be up for it”
1. Cody Chittick Yamaha (YJR)
2. Brock Flynn
3. Jake Turner Yamaha (YJR)
4. Seth Manuel
5. Camball Mcmahon
1. Cody Chittick Yamaha (YJR)
2. Liam Atkinson
3. Seth Manuel
4. Jake Turner Yamaha (YJR)
5. Brock Flynn