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Mitch Van Vliet wins at Finke 2013

mitchwinsfinke20132As the brothers hit Alice Springs the bets were on who would take out the outright win or would it be a trifecta with all 3 boys on the podium.

After doing test runs up at the local MX track both Mitchell and Harrison were happy with their quads thanks to mechanic Adam from Quad Squad.
The first step was scrutineering, which the boys breezed thru with their Quads and gear in top condition.
Saturdays Prologue saw their brother Jake take 1st place proving he was on target with Mitch and Harrison following in the top 10.  All 3 were in the top 50 of bikes, which was a fantastic effort for the quads.
Sunday morning saw an early start with sign in and final checks on the quads.  It was a hot morning with over 10,000 spectators so the boys were itching to get out there and show them what the quads could do.
Mitch was on the 2nd grid of quads to take off the start line and after hitting the whoops at warp speed Mitch managed to get into 3rd position once he reached Finke.
Harrison also having a bit of bad luck limped into Finke with a shredded tyre that he managed to ride on for the last 50km
“For my first Finke race it was different to what I expected.  Everyone had told me different stories but until you’re out there racing you never know.  Apart from a tyre mishap the Yamaha was a dream to ride and didn’t miss a beat,” commented Harrison
Monday was again up and early with the 2 boys left to race home the grueling 246km back to Alice Springs.
Mitch took the holeshot off the start line and never looked back.  Racing up to speeds of 140km on board his Yamaha over sand, dust and whoops, Mitch came over the finish line a convincing 1st with a 10-minute lead.
Harrison on his debut run at the Finke Desert Race did everything on board his Yamaha to make up ground and came in a fantastic overall 3rd.
Mitch stated “ My aim was to come and win and everything went to plan.  I am absolutely thrilled with my result and I can’t thank our sponsors enough.  A lot of people have taken a chance with the quads so I would really like to thank Ray Howard from Yamaha Australia and Kevin Williams from WEM for believing in me and for believing in quad racing”.
“A special thanks goes out also to Adam from Quad Squad for all his hard work, Shane from Hardiman ATV for all his help with parts and to the Beer, Geraghty and Fuller families for their help at the Finke Desert Race.  Fuel stops are critical in this type of racing so big thanks to Chrissy from Chambers Engineering for my fuel and Fred from Three Tors for fueling Harrison ”
With out the help of the following sponsors we could not do what we love to do so thank you for your generosity and continual support.
Yamaha Australia, WPS, Hardiman ATV, Quad Squad, Vanika Industries, Reckless Desire Productions, AquaForce, Prestige Personal Training, Gas Imports, B & B Aluminium, Vortex Ignitions, Fox Shoxs, Lone Star, Austraco , Fury Tyres and DWT.
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A Great Run at Monza for Mitch Van Vliet

With the sun shining it was great to see the track in good condition compared to 2 years ago where there was nothing but mud and rain.

After walking the track, all 3 team mates were set to make their mark in the first round of the QRCV motocross Series for 2013.

Mitch had a great time getting 2 of the 3 holeshots and then continuing on to race some great races. In the last moto, showing his skill and agility Mitch held a spectacular lead over the rest of the field giving him overall 1st place on the podium on the day.

To keep up his race fitness, Mitch also decided to jump on board his Yamaha 450cc 2 wheel bike taking all 3 holeshots in the Open Class.

“I had a great weekend which is fantastic preparation for the up and coming Monster Energy MX Nationals in South Australia.  The Yamaha didn’t miss a beat and Im extremely happy with the way everything is coming together” Mitch stated

Harrison, having a hiccup on board his quad, must think he’s jinxed as he has had a few problems.  Having a great start in the first moto coming a comfortable 2nd, Harrison managed to snap a bolt on the hard packed track, however coming back in fine form Harrison once again entertained the crowd with a display of ’showmanship’ on little brother Coopers Yamaha 300cc in the last race to keep his points up.

Harrison commented “I’m having a bit of bad luck but we are ironing out all the hiccups so when it comes to the Nationals we will be in full swing. I love the new Yamaha and feel very confident on board”

Once again it was left up to Cooper to take up the battle with the Junior Class. Loving the race scene and being part of the WPS Yamaha ATV Race team is proving a great step up for young Cooper. In all 3 motos Cooper threw his quad at the jumps, railing the berms and avoiding the dust. Winning one moto confidently and coming a close 2nd in the other 2, left Cooper with points to take a very comfortable 2nd.

Once again the team would like to thank their following sponsors for their continual generosity, support and belief in the team:-

Yamaha Australia. WPS, Hardiman ATV, Quad Squad, Vanika Industries, AquaForce, Prestige Personal Training, B & B Aluminium, Vortex Ignitions, Fox Shoxs, Lone Star, Austraco , Fury Tyres and DWT.

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Mitch Van Vliet at Thumb Pump 2013

Mitch Van Vliet @ Thumb Pump 2013

Mitch Van Vliet @ Thumb Pump 2013

Heading off to Thumb Pump 300, commonly known as  “The Hardest Australian ATV Desert Race “, it was Mitch Van Vliet giving teammates Harrison and younger brother Cooper all the ins and out for the gruelling up and coming race.
Being a previous out right winner, Mitch decided to team up with Harrison leaving Cooper to race the Junior Class.

With the Yamahas prepped and ready to roll practice proved just as tough on the body as well as on the quads.

With the teams gridded behind the Open Class as well as the Vets class it was left to Mitch to head out on the first leg to try and get past the majority of the field.  On competing the first 40km Mitch had a fantastic ride coming in overall 4th giving Harrison a great start.

With his head down and bum up Harrison took off only to have a freak hiccup with his quad and get stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Once the officials brought him back in, it was a gutted Harrison who had to leave the rest of the race up to his team mate Mitch.

Being 2 laps down meant Mitch not only had to make up time but also had to complete the full 12 laps of the race.  The Yamaha did not miss a beat and Mitch pulled the fastest lap time on day 2 proving he was still in the game.

After a gruelling 2 days of hitting the sand, dust, whoops and various obstacles, Mitch clawed his way back up from last to 4th just missing out on a podium finish for the team.
Seeing one team member gutted and one riding with amazing skill and agility it was then left to team rider Cooper to get on the podium for the junior class.
With high expectations, Cooper on board his Yamaha set off to a flying start only to hit a tree on the first lap.  Collecting himself and finally getting his quad out of the tree, Cooper managed to pull in on day one in 3rd position.

Cooper, knowing he was in with contention, took to day 2 full of ambition to complete the race and stand on the podium.
With the whoops getting bigger and deeper making the 250cc Yamaha disappear from full view in the sand, Cooper stuck to his plan of attack with his teammates cheering him on.
After enduring 8 laps of dust, grit and grime Cooper managed to hold onto his 3rd place and stand on top of the podium holding his head high.

The team would like to thank their following sponsors for their continual generosity, support and belief in the team:-

Yamaha Australia. WPS, Hardiman ATV, Quad Squad, Vanika Industries, Aqua Force, Prestige Personal Training, B & B Aluminium, Vortex Ignitions, Fox Shoxs, Lone Star, Austraco , Fury Tyres and DWT