The Transmoto 19 and Under Enduro Junior (EJ) Class has been nothing short of exciting this year as we roll in to the second half of the season at Rounds 7 & 8 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Hedley in Victoria this July 23-24, 2016.
Jai Wedlock and Matthew Zygarlicki are two local Victorian riders in the area amongst the pack who are looking to record their personal best finishes as they prepare to head to the remote Victorian location this weekend.
Pirelli Motul Sherco Factory Team’s Wedlock, currently sitting eighth in the Transmoto EJ Class Championship points standings, shared that he is looking forward to a home round situated only hours from the track, as well as what it is going to take to perform well this weekend.
“I had a crash at the start of the season which has set me back, but I have still managed to get some ok results,” Wedlock said.
“Everything is going pretty well leading up to the next two rounds in Hedley, I am looking forward to the Cross Country round on Saturday, I really enjoy riding them.
“This weekend I will just have to pace myself and do the best I can the whole way through the race, it will be great to be in the sand and be at home.
“These days if you make one little mistake it can cost you the whole day basically, and its pretty tough competition out there with everyone being quick,” Wedlock concluded.
Another local rider from Yarram, Matthew Zygarlicki has had a slow start to the season but is preparing to come to Rounds 7 & 8 stronger than ever as he shared his goal of a top ten finish this weekend.
“I had to miss the first two rounds because of my work commitments, but the second round at Portland was much better. I was able to get some fast times in the sprints and got a few top 15 outright finishes” Zygarlicki started.
“In South Australia I was able to finish in the top 15 for both rounds so was pretty happy with my results.
“This is my first time doing the Australian Championship so at the beginning of the season I was looking at top 20 outright positions, so I was pretty happy to get inside the top 15.
“I think I will do really well in cross country this weekend; I was able to get a first in similar conditions at my state round which gives me a lot of confidence.
“I want to focus on continuing to ride consistent throughout these next two rounds, and am looking for a top 10 finish as I think it’s achievable based off my results from the last rounds,” He concluded.
The Transmoto EJ Class is set to battle as the competitors once again go head to head on both Saturday and Sunday July 23-24 at Hedley in Victoria.
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