Jake Van Vliet #111 Press Releases
The Maffra sale club would have to be one of the best run clubs in Australia. Very organized, well prepared, awesome track and great facilities. One of the best features would have to be their canteen, best chips in the world. I raced at Maffra about two weeks before the Vic titles, for the Gippsland series. The track the was super rough, so it was sweet to ride it smooth at the Vic's. It really increased my speed the second time around at Maffra and being able to get a feel of the track left me well prepaired for Vic's.
I had a pretty good run at the Vic's. I was pretty consistant the whole way through, and thats what counts. There were 5 races all up, and the track was only getting rougher and rougher throughout the day In the 3rd race I made a little mistake, charging a corner in the sand section and rolling over the edge of the berm costing me about a minute in the race. Just before my get off I was coming 2nd in expert batteling with my brother and fellow X-Team rider Mitch Van Vliet.
Our class joined in with the Pro class to beef up numbers, which was really good to race against some of the best racers in Australia. The one thing I did struggle with a little bit was the length of the races. 15 minutes plus one lap felt like forever. I just have to stick to my training on the bike and increase my fitness heaps by going to the gym a lot more.
race 1- 2nd place
race 2- 2nd place
race 3- 3rd place
race 4- 2nd place
race 5- 2nd place
overall- 2nd place
Overall I had a great weekend. Stay tuned for the last qrcv series race report for the last race of the season.
We left Friday morning for South Australia, it was about 8 hours in our car and it killed us since we are so use to travelling in the bus. We got into Murray Bridge at around 6.30 Friday night. We were going to go have a look at the track but instead just went out for tea and then we went to bed as we were that stuffed. We arrived at the track the next morning, it was a bit wet but nothing the 450 couldn’t handle, the skies were blue and we were pumped and ready for a full day of racing, we set up all the can am pit tents and the front row of the pits had a nice display of the can-am set ups.
It was good to have five races so you had room for error and also it was good to have the manufactures cup just to keep some extra training in. In the manufactures cup both races were very close between myself and team mate Chad McKay there was some awesome riding and it was great to ride with someone at that level, it really helped. The few times I was in front I made some mistakes but learnt heaps. It was really cool at the end of the two days to see not only the Van Vliet family but the whole can am X-team at the top of the podium in pretty much every class. It just goes to show how fast and reliable these bikes truly are and to come out of the crash that Chad and I had in the manufactures cup with just rolled back bars is amazing so not only are they fast and reliable there bloody strong too.
My results for the weekend-
Race 1- 2nd
Race 2- 2nd
Race 3- 1st
Race 4- 2nd
Race 5- 2nd
Overall- 1st place
Race 1- 2nd place
Race 2- dnf due to crash
The racing on the weekend was a really good indication to see where I'm at against some of Australia’s best pro riders. After my pretty decent crash I was in allot of pain, I hit the ski jump after the finish line jump pretty much full noise and landed in a braking bump and it made me bounce over the bars and I went flying and the bike was rolling after me I hit the ground and the bike rolled over me and the bars hit me in the chest doing some damage to my chest, nothing a cup of concrete won’t fix for next week’s Gippsland centre round. I would also like to give a massive thanks to Mic and tiff from 47 industries for the help on the weekend, CRC for the awesome products that had the bike looking amazing and everything running smoothly and also Adam from quad squad for getting the bike up to scratch only the day before we left.