Saturday the 31st of January saw the Burswood on Swan water sports facility in Perth buzzing with pre-race excitement. It was Round 1 of the 2015 Yamaha Australian Jetcross Championships and racers, teams and families had travelled from far and wide to this fantastic race venue. The team from Jet Sport West partnered with the AJSBA to host the event and the track was set, splits were timed, riders were briefed and it was race on, with all the action captured by Andrew Donovan of Photo By Skip as well as Mike King from ozpwc.com.
Racing started with the Lites Ski class, including stalwart racer Grant Busby, who showed the young guns how it was done by taking top podium honours, closely followed by fellow locals Jye Schaap and Kyron Baker. The Showroom Stock Runabout class enjoyed some close racing with WA racer Andy Littleford giving an impressive performance, beating Brisbane Kawasaki’s Dane Alberti and fellow WA entrant Chris Horrocks bringing up third place. The winners of both of these classes received a $50 AJSP voucher for their efforts.
The Yamaha Superjet Cup started with a large field of racers, the overall tour winner of this class will win a 2014 Yamaha Superjet so competition was fierce. Race starts were important with everyone wanting the holeshot. Sea World’s Ryan O’Keefe showed early dominance on board the Worx Racing Superjet, closely followed by world champion James Xuereb and local racer Thomas Leisk.
The Stock Runabout class, supported by Jetpilot, was dominated by Waverunner Performance Centre’s Mitchell Wayt with a flawless display across all three motos. Queenslanders Brett Douglas and Christian D’ Agostin were in hot pursuit and completed the podium positions.
Pro Open Ski was a battle of the Hydrospace with Victorian Joel Barry and South Australian Jake Barker’s superior speed putting on a fantastic display with Worx racer Michael Stevens coming in at third position. Pro Open Runabout saw current Australian #1 James Masterton take home top honours closely followed by Christian D’Agostin and multiple Australian Pro Open Title holder Anthony Antees from JSW Powersports on a borrowed stock RXP-X after a delay with freight holding up their race craft.
The first mota of the endurance portion of the championships was also held on Saturday with eight entrants across three classes. Great stamina was shown by the winner in the Open Runabout class Christian D’ Agostin, followed by Gavin Hughes in second. Dane Alberti made another appearance topping off the competitors in the Showroom Stock Runabout class, with fellow Brisbane Kawasaki boy Cameron Martin in second and NSW’s Corey Styles bringing up third. Stock Runabout saw OLD’s Ben Mountford take top honours followed by Waverunner Performance Centre’s Brett Douglas and Mitchell Wayt.
Sunday’s Round 2 event ran very efficiently, with competitors raring to go and finish off the weekend with a win. After a major delay with JSW Powersports’ freight of their Sea-Doo race craft, they arrived at Burswood on Swan with minutes to spare. With Anthony Antees’ Open Sea-Doo tearing up the race track it was clear he was making up for lost time, as on the Swan River he was unstoppable, with three moto wins on the day. Second place was awarded to Sydney Seadoo’s James Masterton after putting on a great display of performance and endurance when chasing down Anthony Antees. James and JSW Powersports racer Jeff McNiven were involved in an on-track accident, which left James with a broken boat and injured leg. Christian D’Agostin coming in third rounded out the podium.
Jake Barker managed to win the battle with Joel Barry in the Open Ski class on day two, with magnificent sportsmanship shown by all competitors in this class. Worx Racing Components’ Michael Stevens again came in third place with a steady performance.
Waverunner Performance Centre’s Mitchell Wayt was consistent once again in the Stock Runabout class with top results across the board, and Brett Douglas and Christian D’Agostin again claiming second and third place as they had done on the previous day. All podium finishers within the Stock class received apparel from our sponsor Jetpilot. Worx Racing’s Ryan O’Keefe continued to dominate the Yamaha Superjet Cup winning all three motos. Joel Barry made a podium appearance in this class on Sunday followed by James Xuereb in third.
Brisbane Kawasaki’s Dane Alberti moved into the top podium position in the Showroom Stock Runabout class with Andy Littleford and Chris Horrocks again in the mix with second and third. NSW young-gun Tom Aiken took out the Lites Ski podium win on the Sunday showing just how close this class can be. The winner of both Lites and Showroom Stock classes were also presented with a $50 AJSP voucher. Jye Schaap and Grant Busby followed up their previous day’s performances with second and third place respectively.
This tour event was held in conjunction with Jet Sport West’s signature Duke of the Swan and King of the River endurance races. The Duke of the Swan event is a stand-up ski enduro and saw Jake Barker crowned for the second year running with Michael Stevens and Jye Schaap again making podium appearances. King of the River honours went to Mitchell Wayt, also giving him first position in the tour’s Stock Runabout enduro points. The remaining points in this class went to Brett Douglas in second and Ben Mountford in third place. The Showroom Stock Runabout enduro was taken out by Cameron Martin, with fellow Queenslander Dane Alberti in second and Corey Styles in third. Open Runabout Enduro was a repeat of Round One’s results, with Christian D’Agostin in first and Gavin Hughes in second.
More photos to be posted soon!