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Paul Whibley wins opening round of the Mid East Hare Scramble Series

The event was held near Woodruff SC which is only about an hour from our team base so it was nice not to have to travel to far.

Dry conditions for this time of year saw an orange cloud drifting about the pits as the juniors raced. The trail looked to hold a little more moisture in the woods.

With last pick for the line I was forced to line up on the extreme inside but with the YZ firing up quickly and knifing up the inside saw me take the holeshot. Leading the way, I set a good pace and only Jesse Robinson kept me in sight as the laps ticked by.

There was a fairly big turn out and lapped traffic was chaotic over the first hour of the race. Scotty and Katherine had me in and out of the pits near the hour and a half mark, thanks to Todd McDonald for manning the dump can.

With only two laps to go I kept up the pace and had a comfortable lead but there was no slacking over the final laps. With the GNCC series looming, pushing hard and holding the intensity to the end was a must.

Taking the win sealed the race preparation for 2011. Scotty has the bikes under control, Katherine has the pits running smooth and the training is on track. Things are in good shape heading to Florida for Round One on 08 March.

1st: Paul Whibley - 2nd: Jesse Robinson - 3rd: Jason Gillion

Paul Whibley is supported by: AmPro Yamaha, Monster Energy, Shoei, Sidi, Smith, G2, CTi, Moto SR, Vortex Ignitions, EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Sargent Motorcycles, Yamaha NZ, Works Connection, Rosscos Start Up Services, Darbis.

The AmPro Yamaha Team is supported by: FMF Kenda Yamalube Asterisk CV4 Cycle Gear E-Batt EBC Brakes Factory Connection Fastway Gaerne GYTR IMS Leatt Brace Matrix Racing Products Motion Pro MSR Pro-Clean Rekluse Scott Shoei Slavens TM Designworks Twin Air Wiseco ZipTy Racing

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