Boyd wins for Yamaha at Tumbulgum
Yamaha Racing has crashed the KTM party in the west, winning the Natural Terrain Motocross event at Tumbulgum Farm thanks to the efforts of an in-form Cheyne Boyd.
The CDR/Nokia/Yamaha rider was looking to capitalise on the strengths that saw him take victory at the final Supercross round and he certainly didn’t disappoint, taking event honours after stringing together five fantastic races.
Boyd finished a close runner up in heat 1, before crossing the line first in heats 2, 3 and 4 and rounding out the weekend with another second placing to secure top spot. He said the race meet had been a perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between the supercross and motocross seasons and felt it had provided him with the perfect preparation.
“It was an enjoyable weekend to be a part of and was very competitive, I am very happy to have taken the win here and feel as though this will set me up for a great motocross season,” said Boyd. “The track was very grassy to begin with as its normally just a farm paddock but it didn’t take too long to rough up.”
“The YZ450F worked perfectly as usual and was strong in all areas, I took three of the holeshots for the event and was able to pull away from the other guys in these races which is a good sign.”
Serco Yamaha’s Jake Moss put in a gallant performance in the feature races despite being entered on a YZ250F amongst a field of 450cc machines. Both Moss and his team felt that contesting the event would provide the ultimate challenge and force the young gun to rely on his superior core skills in order to overcome the horsepower advantage of his rivals.
Racing on what was virtually a grass track to begin with, Moss struggled initially, but his talent shone through as the dirt began to fly and he delivered a very respectable performance.
He rounded out the event in 6th place overall, with his best result a commendable 3rd place in heat 3. “It was always going to be a tough ask but it was a really good test of my own skills, I had to think and work very hard to try and counteract the advantages the riders on the bigger bikes had,” explained Moss. “The track time sets me up really well for motocross and I will take a lot away from the weekend to work on before Broadford.
”Yamaha Racing’s factory teams will contest the opening round of the Nokia MX Nationals at Broadford in Victoria in two weeks time.