A home round at Shepparton was a nice way to close out a busy three weeks on the road for the Proformance Yamaha Team of Kale Makeham, Lachie Davis and Hugh McKay.
The conditions, while not suiting the Northern riders were nothing new for the Victorian and Tasmanian chargers, with plenty of mud, ruts and obstacles on the track, particularly late in the day.
In moto 1, Kale Makeham made another impressive start, putting his YZ250F at the very pointy end by the first corner.
After a conservative opening lap, Kale had been passed by a few riders but managed to finish in a very solid 6th position in very difficult conditions. Further back, Lachie Davis was dicing with several mid pack riders, to finish in a respectable 15th.
In the first of the MXD motos, Hugh McKay had an up and down race where he showed some flashes of brilliance, to finish in a solid 10th place. If it wasn’t for a few mishaps he could have been pushing much closer to the top 5.
In Race 2 for MX2, Kale managed to put all the power down to holeshot the field once again in the muddy conditions. While he lost a few positions to the furious few who are fighting out the championship, he once again rode a very sensible race, riding consistently for another 6th place.
Lachie Davis also ran in a similar position to the first moto, finishing in 16th. His lap times were a little closer to the front runners as he adjusted to the track conditions this time round, a little sooner.
In the second MXD moto, Hugh Mckay had his work cut out for him, ending up in last place after putting his bike down on the first lap. Not to be deterred, he rode with some real vigour gaining back a lot of spots, where he snared a 9th overall for the day, once both moto results were combined.
The team were philosophical by the days’ end, able to take away some real positives from the weekend. Kale is improving every time out, while not in top 3 contention – where the riders are putting everything on the line for the championship, he is very competitive with the fastest riders just back from that group and with a little luck could land a podium once again by years end.
In MXD, Hugh’s best lap times suggest he could be pushing a top 5 race finish, if he is able to put more consistent laps in for a whole moto. Not a bad finish for the weekend, as the guys will continue to test, preparing for the penultimate round in Toowoomba.