We are absolutely delighted to announce that Yannis Irsuti and the I-FLY JK YAMAHA RACING TEAM are the new 2017 UK ARENACROSS PRO-LITE CHAMPIONS.
Last night`s AX events finale in the packed Wembley Arena was a spectacular affair and while Yannis entered this race with the red plate, he only held a slender 10 point advantage over second placed Kawasaki rider Dylan Woodcock.
As it turned out, the main competition came not from Woodcock, but from Jason Meara who found new form to snatch the overall victory on the night, ahead of Chris Bayliss.
Yannis still made the podium on the night, but his lead was cut after the first of the two-moto Pro-Lite schedule in which he finished a hard-fought fourth place to Woodcock`s second, though in the second moto, Yannis took control from the start, moved into the lead then finished a comfortable second place behind Meara to clinch the title.
Yannis commented: " I knew what I had to do. We had done the calculations before the race and I was confident I could achieve the goal. A good start is always important but especially on this Wembley track on which it was difficult to overtake safely... My focus was on the front of the race and to finish in the top three, then I would be Champion... Second was enough. I am very happy".
This superb championship victory is a huge credit, firstly to Yannis, who`s professionalism and of course skill was the icing on the 2017 UK Arenacross Pro-Lite cake, but the cake itself was only able to be made by the hard work of the team as a whole, with a particularly firm pat on the back for Ade Phelpstead who has been spinning the motocross spannering plates for the past six weeks and presented the I-FLY JK RACING YZ250F Yamaha at every event in a championship-winning, immaculate fashion.
Romain Biela was on top form in Wembley, taking second spot in his second qualifying session but crashes in the heats once again forced the young French racer out of the qualification zone.
Jay Wilson was riding well but with the first MX250GP in 5 days time in Qatar and one foot (almost) on board the plane to Doha tomorrow, common-sense prevailed for Jay in London.
As always, we could not perform without our sponsors and supporters. This first championship title is for all of us.