IN an impressive show of force midway through the title race, newcomer Tayla Jones has put her own stamp on the Australian Enduro-X championship, with the Yamaha rider and her team mate Jemma Wilson going 1-2 at the Sydney Enduro-X event.
Jones, who joined Yamaha for season 2015 is enjoying a great start to her year aboard the Yamaha YZ250FX, and now leads the Female class at the Enduro- X with a second place finish and a win at the opening two rounds.
Her win in the final was a comfortable victory with her best lap nearly three seconds in advance of her nearest rivals. Jones credits some of her new found speed to former off road champion, Kirk Hutton, who has taken on a mentoring role with Talya and the pair work closely together on racing skills and techniques.
She is now leading the championship with one round remaining in Melbourne on March 14.
“Everything went really well on the weekend and I’m pretty excited to get the win. I tried not to make too many mistakes and not take any big risks because it was a difficult course and very easy to fall on,” Jones said.
“I’m leading the championship now with one round to go but anything can happen in Enduro-X so I will need another good night in Melbourne to get the championship.”
After a disappointing opening round, Jemma Wilson bounced back to a podium finish at round two, taking second place in a good performance for the Queensland based rider.
Wilson was fifth in the opening round but vowed to improve at round two and that’s exactly what happened. Her combined 5-2 results put her in fourth place in the championship but the points are tight and a good final round will catapult her onto the championship podium.
“Round two was much better for me,” Wilson said. “I felt a lot more comfortable on the track and didn’t make anywhere near as many mistakes as I did in the opening round.”
The final round of the Australian Enduro-X championship will be held at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway on March 14.