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Kids Yamaha Classes - your thoughts and a roll call

 
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Jeff Sikes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Kids Yamaha Classes - your thoughts and a roll call Reply with quote

On the kids side of Yamaha. WKA and USPKS, a couple of years ago, started the Yamaha rookie class. It is the same as sportsman with the only exception being the age and weight and a restricted can. This class has been a huge success for both series with it being one of the largest classes run nationally. With the small carb and restricted can, a motor can be run all season no problem. I think the reason for the success is the lower weight, I know when Simon first ran sportsman we had to add 60 pounds of lead.

Would anyone be interested in this class?

Rookie:
It would be 7 - 10 year olds, weight would be 225 on a 35" to 41" wheelbase chassis. The exhaust would be a RLV 7500 YBX 3 hole can. To move to sportsman you would only have to change the can to a 4 hole.
The biggest advantage and I believe the reason for its growth is the weight. You do not have to add 70 pounds for a small kid to make weight and if you are over weight you just change to the 4 hole can and move up to sportsman.

Sportsman:
8-12 year olds weight is 255 on a 35" to 41" chassis with a 4 hole can.

Let me know your thoughts and if you would like to or are thinking about or are going to run a kids yamaha class.

We would run these classes together to begin with.

Thanks,

Jeff Sikes
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Jeff Foust



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there much of a speed difference? Or does the weight/can difference pretty much even out Rookie and Sportsman?

Daniel has mentioned wanting to run Sportsman in addition to clone, so we may dabble in it a little bit this year, depending on how things go. Seeing as how we'll already be running Clone Jr.1 at 265lbs, it won't be that much of a deal to get him to Sportsman weight, but it might be nice to run the lighter Rookie class.
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Jeff Sikes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff there is a speed difference. I would guess rookie would be around .5 slower than sportsman at our track.
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FM CHAMP



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:39 am    Post subject: Yamaha Rookie Reply with quote

Connor would love to race in Yamaha Rookie. Of course we could only make it to 6 races this year, we hope to do better next year.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tanner will run sportsman next year.
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Jeff Sikes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome guys, I am hoping we can grow this class this year. I am well versed in the sportsman classes if anyone needs any help with kart, motor, clutch or gearing for any tracks.

Jeff Sikes
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