With the race season about to kick off two of the Bee Firm NRG/GYTR/Yamaha riders in Kaj Radcliffe (Cully’s Yamaha) and Cody Chittick (Mandurah City Yamaha) made the trek to the Northwest town of Mt Newman for their big Memorial race over the Labour Day long weekend.
After a nine hour drive from Carnarvon and a flat on the trailer, the Radcliffe’s made it to Newman Friday night and met up with the Chittick’s who had done the 12 hour drive from Perth for his first ride with the team after joining this season.
With Forty degrees expected the following day it was hot and the recent rains meant the Mosquitoes were pretty bad so everyone did not get much sleep.
As the sun rose on the red dirt of the Newman circuit, expectations were high as all riders prepared for the meeting which would start around 1pm and go into the night to help escape some of the Northwest heat.
Cody Chittick pulled his YZ125 machine into the start gates and would go on to show he is primed and ready for action by taking four straight wins over the day, Chittick got out of the gate well and quickly adapted to the red dirt to secure top spot on the podium.
“My YZ125 was just awesome today, the motor was strong and my suspension was just perfect handling everything the track threw at me. I did not really know where I was going to fit in the field as this is my first ever race on a big bike after coming off an 85cc last year” Chittick commented.
“My whole Bee Firm NRG team has made the transition so easy and I am looking forward to battling for the championship this season. The added bonus was winning the feature 125 race as well, my Dunlop tyres hooked up straight out of the gate and I put my head down until I saw the chequered flag”
Team mate Kaj Radcliffe was doing double duties in Newman aboard his YZ85cc and YZ125cc machines where he managed to place third on a count back in the 125cc division and won the 85’s outright taking top step on the podium.
“Today was a bit unusual as it was a day/night meeting and the club did a great job of lighting the entire circuit when it got dark which made it fun, but is still was very hot. I had to make sure I kept hydrated with water and topped up with a Bee Firm NRG just before racing to get me energised.
“I love riding the 125 and have gained some much needed weight after coming back from my fractured vertebrae last year which all helps me control the bike better. The team has supplied me with suspension that is superb and gives me the confidence to push harder. I finished third outright on countback and was a little disappointed but still happy for my first time out” said Radcliffe.
“I felt super confident on the YZ85 and it really paid off with 4 wins and first overall. It was difficult riding the two classes in such harsh conditions but it prepared me for reality and what I’ll go through each state round. Between now and then I will be doing everything I can to increase my fitness and focus on my mental strength.
“This was a good hit out weekend for Kaj and Cody as the conditions were less than favourable in the extreme heat but both did what they needed to do to get on the podium. The real pressure will come in a couple of weeks when our state series begins” explained team manager Peter Strickland.
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