The iconic Cosy Creek circuit at Manjimup hosted the last junior state Motocross round over the weekend and the Bee Firm NRG/Yamaha team was well in the hunt as all the Championships were going down to the wire.
With light rain, the circuit was a little muddy but in reasonable condition as the first of the days practice got underway.
Cody Chittick (Mandurah City Yamaha) came into the meeting with a handy lead in the premier 250F division and a slender three point advantage in the competitive 125cc class.
In no way was Chittick in a position to relax after working hard all season to gain the lead in both classes. He had been under immense pressure at every meeting and this one would be no different.
By days end Chittick had won five of the six races and was content to take third in the other knowing it was all he needed to clinch his first title on offer for the day.
“Today could not have turned out any better for me, my family or my team. To win both titles was my goal from the start of the year and to achieve that goal is amazing” Chittick beamed.
“Unfortunately I got hurt at the start of last season which kept me out for the majority of the season but the team stood by me and I feel this repays them in full”
Both my bikes were perfect today as we have been fine tuning them for the entire season, my Dad has a really good routine for maintenance and tuning so they never missed a beat for the whole season”
“After the rain just before the last 125 Moto the track was really slick and a bit sketchy so I was happy to ride in third and manage the race from there. I had not won anything until then so I was a little cautious, but still looking good for the overall as well as the Championship so I thought there was no need to push things too far”
“I must thank Yamaha Australia for supplying me with new 2020 model bikes and all the support they have given me. Their Junior Development program is the best in the country for sure. Also my Bee Firm NRG team as they provide the type of environment that you need to race at this level. If I needed something from a part to some encouragement they were right there for me”
“There are so many partners involved with the team it is sometimes overwhelming the level of support you get, which is great because you can focus on your riding 100% of the time. I need to also thank my team mates and management as everyone gets treated equally and you have every opportunity to do the best you can”
“I am looking forward to the Australian Junior Nationals in S.A. at the end of the month as I feel like I am at my best at the moment and are looking forward to being part of their Yamaha program there with all the YRT riders from across Australia who are converging as one unit there”
Jake Turner (Five Star Yamaha) has risen to the occasion this year and will become the team’s number one rider in 2020. As a long term member of the program Turner stepped up to the plate and landed on the podium at many meetings throughout the year and took third overall in the championship on his YZ125 and fourth aboard his YZ250F.
Manjimup, he was a little below his par after suffering an injury during the week leading up to the meeting. Carrying stiches and some war wounds Turner gutted out a big day on one of the fastest circuits on the calendar.
“I was a little off my game today and my starts were not where they needed to be meaning I had to work harder in each Moto” Turner said.
“My YZ125 & YZ250F were awesome and handled the changing track all day, it was me not quite being able to put it all together. I am stoked for Cody he rode awesome all year and I want to be able to emulate his achievement next season”
“To finish on the Championship podium on the 125 was great and fourth on the 250F was a good result, but I would like to have done better however it’s still ok”
“This was an action packed day that finished off the local season well for our team” Commented team manager Peter Strickland.
“Cody has done a fantastic job all year, he never took over the lead of both Championships until mid-point of the season and certainly had to fight for every point he earned. There was definitely no run away points lead allowing him to coast to these titles which makes them even sweeter”
“Jake Turner has been with us for a while and this season he released the beast and showed he will be a contender in 2020. His raw speed and mongrel dog is undeniable which is stark contrast to the quietly spoken youngster he portrays normally. But once he pulls that helmet on he transforms into a hard core racer”
“ Jake Rumens was on a steep learning curve this year and has had flashes of brilliance which he is building on. Finishing fourth in the 65 & eighth in the 85cc class was not bad for a new rider to our program but I know he wanted more”
“We head to Gillman in South Australia at the end of the month to compete in the Australian Junior National Championships and hopefully the team will take some of the good speed they have had lately with them across the big paddock”
1. Cody Chittick (YRT Yamaha)
2. Brock Flynn
3. Jake Turner (YRT Yamaha)
4. Seth Manual
5. Camball Mcmahon
1. Cody Chittick (YRT Yamaha)
2. Liam Atkinson
3. Seth Manual
4. Jake Turner (YRT Yamaha)
5. Brock Flynn