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Jehi Willis is back in the saddle!

Jehi Willis returns to dirt bike racing in 2013

Jehi Willis returns to dirt bike racing in 2013

Well after more than a year away from racing the bug has bitten again and I have done a deal to race a “Tri Series” which consists of three desert races over in West Australia in June, July and August and another 4 hour Enduro up in Broome later in the year.

I’m stoked to have been given the opportunity to race again and will be racing under the team Freak Show Racing banner (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freakshow-Racing/308599881719), these guys are a passionate desert race team based in Perth and will be looking after me for the year.

So to get me through the grueling four to five hours of racing over two days in these hot tough events I am happy to say that Aqua force will once again be right behind me, I only use products that are beneficial to me and I can honestly say that drinking this product boost’s my confidence in my body’s performance to another level.

In the year away from racing I actually took a break from training as well, not because I got lazy but work commitments and the birth of my new son had my mind on other things.
I started my training again in January this year and although the first few weeks were tough it feels really good to be getting back towards the fitness level that I require, I have some good training partners and whether we are out cycling, running or in the gym we are really starting to push each other because everything is a race right???

So there you have it, it’s great to be working with these guys again and I will keep you posted on my adventures.

Thanks,
Jehi.

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Fi’s Hero - Harley Quinlan

Everyone needs a hero. The thing is it doesn’t have to be someone famous. In 2010  a promising 19 year old motocross rider had a devastating fall while practicing. He is now confined to a wheelchair as a T4 paraplegic. Did that stop him? Not a chance. As soon as he was able, Harley Quinlan returned to the gym and began rebuilding his body. He had every reason to be angry but instead focused on being the best he could. Harley is now on track to compete in the Paralympics. He has been included in the training squad and has recently competed in Europe in hand cycle events.

Harley doesn’t know it but he is my hero. When I don’t feel like getting out of bed or going to the gym I think of his determination, drive and his inability to give up. He is a champion in my eyes already and I will be cheering for him when he gets to the Paralympics!

Here are a couple of videos on his recovery that are worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXFPk3KzE3I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXARtGHGwJA&feature=channel&list=UL

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Cancer Charity Ride 2012

The annual Cancer Charity Ride is back again this year and is being held on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September at Charnwood camp in the Strathbogies.

The ride will take you through amazing spots, on the best tracks in the area and you get top tucker and there are plenty of exciting prizes up for grabs at the charity auction on Saturday night.  If you missed out on last years ride, don’t miss your opportunity to parrticipate this year and raise money for this important cause. Some of our riders say it is the best riding weekend they ever been a part of, and all agree it is for an excellent cause.

This ride is a capped event so it will fill quickly. Go to the ride’s website at http://www.cancercharityride.com.au/index.htm for more details.

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Mitch Van Vliet’s Podium Finish at Finke

The race team left for Alice Springs on the Wednesday before the big race and just chilled out a bit before some testing on Thursday with my mechanic Adam from Quad Squad.  After giving the quad a trial run I left the testing area super happy with my Yamaha before the big event. Friday night at scrutineering the quad and my gear passed without any trouble, which put me in an even better mind frame, set for the race.

Saturday was the day of prologue which didn’t worry me because it’s just a starting time and I would rather chase people down in the race. So I went out there and rode safe and smart managing to prologue a solid 8th for the race. Sunday, being the first day of the big event, I was excited as I started the race and hole shot my grid of another 6 bike riders to head off for a 228km race through the desert in top gear and into 60km whoop sections that just take it out of you. I finished the first day in 5th position and was looking forward to the ride home.  The Yamaha pulled up solid after a gruelling test thru the whoops and deep sand and I was feeling fit and rearing to go.

Monday the Queen’s birthday was the big day, the day if you’re lucky enough to finish and cross that elusive finish line in Alice Springs. As I left Finke I was in race mode and had nothing to lose.  By the second fuel stop I was in third place and manage to hold it till the finish line.  To get over that finish line was such a thrill in front of a crowd of 10,000 spectators knowing I was on the podium.

I was extremely happy with my result, my Yamaha YFZ 450 didn’t miss a beat and with fellow Yamaha rider Ryan Lancaster winning the event it shows how reliable and strong the Yamahas are.  It would have been impossible to do the race without the support I got from my family, my girlfriend Shannon, my mechanic Adam Siemensma from Quad Squad, Patty Geraghty, Wayne Fuller and the Chambers Engineering Crew for organising my fuel stops and doing an amazing job, my sponsors Fox Shox, Lonestar, Hardiman ATV, IMS Tanks, B&B Aluminium, AquaForce, WPS YAMAHA ATV RACING, Vanika Industries and of course all the support I have received from Yamaha Australia.

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Quad Riders Using AquaForce

Hi, Brendan Ashe is my name and I am the Vice President of the Q.R.C.V. (and Marketing Manager and Newsletter Editor).

It’s exciting to have Aquaforce on board as the sole provider of Hydration at our race meets. Moto Cross and Enduro races work every part of your body under extremely gruelling conditions.

Quad Racing is a very physical discipline of motor sport and it was a No Brainer to have Aquaforce involved at our club to Hydrate and Replenish our riders at our Race Meets.  The fact that it is made from all natural ingredients means that everything our bodies are crying out for to reduce Arm Pump and Fatigue is there without having to worry about being loaded up with sugars and chemicals.

I have been using Aquaforce as a form of Rehydration after all my training sessions, whether they be at the gym or on the bike and for me the best thing is that is such a smooth natural taste so it is easy to power in to, and you can add it to your Hydration Packs to enjoy on your Quad Bike when doing the hard yards, without having to worry about it staining your gear.

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Jehi Willis’ Season Update

Well with the 2012 off road racing season well under way, I must say that I haven’t exactly missed all the preparation that goes into the pre season and the organizing and training your butt off!!  I’ve taken a step back from the professional racing scene this year, concentrating on work and the new addition to our family, my son Reed.

I was hoping to continue riding socially with my mates but so far haven’t found the time, a good break never hurts so I will get back in the saddle soon enough!  I would like to say a big thanks to the guys at AquaForce for all their support during my racing career, they really do have a great product that I will continue to use if I’m riding, doing a bit of training or even to get through a long hot day at work.

Back to the racing, things have been shaken up a little this year with some young guys really stepping up their pace and dicing it with the previous Australian champs in Toby Price(KTM) and Chris Hollis (KTM), Young Yamaha team mates Matt Phillips from Tasmania and a friend of mine and local Victorian Daniel Milner are on fire so far this year and obviously put in a lot of effort over the summer break.  Price currently leads the Championship with Milner in 2nd and Matt Phillips in 3rd, but all that could change quickly as there are plenty of others also riding really well and one mistake could see you out of the top ten.

That’s all from me for now, next time I hope to be telling you about all the road cycling or mountain biking I’ve been doing…….
Cheers,
Jehi.

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