Damon Hill took the win in the 125 class and ran sixth on the YZ250F
Izak Maule suffered a broken collarbone and will spend the next six weeks on the sidelines

Challenging Weekend for SAYJDT

14 Jun 2010

Port Pirie hosted round three of the South Australian Motocross titles held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with the South Australian Yamaha Junior Development Team (SAYJDT) of Damon Hill and Izak Maule looking to capitalize on their great starts to the championships.

But the weekends racing would prove a much larger challenge for the SAYJDT as predicted. Both Damon Hill (Yamaha Pitmans) and Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles) had a rollercoaster weekend but still showed plenty of fighting spirit.

Damon Hill had been working really hard since the last round of the championship and it showed from the first gate drop of the weekend with him taking the holeshot and leading from start to finish. Damo worked hard all weekend earning himself four race wins from ten starts. A small mechanical mishap cost Damo onboard his 250F and a few little crashes cost him dearly but he raced well all weekend.

His race results were 1-8-2-dnf-6 on his YZ250F for 6th Overall and 2-2-1-1-1 onboard his YZ144 for a comprehensive win in the junior 125/150cc class.

“The weekend was full of highs but also a couple of lows. It’s good to see all my hard work with my corners has paid off and to win the opening race was a great way to start the weekend but I wasn’t able to keep it rolling so I’m going to have to train harder before the next round.”

“ I also wish Izak a speedy recovery,” commented an exhausted Damo at the end of the weekends racing.

Izak Maule lined up onboard his YZ85LW this weekend to try and consolidate his position in the 12 to 16 years 85cc division. He started off strong, finishing a close third in the opening moto and within striking distance of the leader. But after a brilliant start in the second moto, Izak hit a nasty braking bump heading into turn two and had a massive high speed crash which saw his bike cart-wheeling down the track and landing on the young star.

 Izak courageously got himself up off the ground and attempted to climb back onto his beat up bike, only to figure out something wasn’t right with his shoulder. After a trip to hospital it was confirmed that he had broken his Collarbone, this left a big hole in the team for the remainder of the weekend.

But Maule isn’t deterred by the crash and has only made him more determined.

“I have been looking at the points and if I can get back by the next round I can still win it, I will have to win every race but I know I can do it!” commented the tough as nails Maule.

Team manager Shane Metcalfe again competed onboard his YZ450F. Not one of his favourite tracks as the high speeds make the track less technical, but Shane scored 2-2-3-2-2 results to take out second overall for the weekend.

“I wasn’t really looking forward to this race as my strengths are not going at warp speed, but I am really happy to take second overall and still build on my points lead. Matt Clarke was on fire this weekend and I just wasn’t going to risk too much, the goal is the title not just the race.”

“I was really happy with the way Damo rode this weekend, I could see what he had been working hard on and it showed in his results. It was a real bummer that Izak hurt himself as he had total control over the title, but I guess that’s racing sometimes,” said Metcalfe.

Steve Semark (Bikes’n’Gear) also showed his skills this weekend, Steve is the Y-AIM assistant coach for SA and he rode his YZ250F to 3rd overall for the weekend and proved that his hard work and persistence is starting to pay off. He carded 2-2-3-3-3 results and mixed it with the leaders in each of the five races.

“I am so happy that I have finally got it together, I have been working hard since the last round and it showed this weekend. I can’t wait now until the next round so I can hopefully improve some more and maybe go for a win,” commented a happy Semark.

Yamaha riders also dominated the Senior Lites class as well with SAYJDT graduates Mitch Norris and Daniel Banks finishing ahead of Semark making it an all Yamaha podium.

The next round will be held at the Port Augusta race track on July 31 / August 1.

Senior Lites
1st Mitchell Norris – Yamaha
2nd Daniel Banks – Yamaha
3rd Steven Semark – Yamaha

Junior Lites 250F
1st James Booth-Elliot – Suzuki
2nd Tristan Cachia – KTM
3rd Rory Zippel – Honda

6th Damon Hill – Yamaha

Junior Lites 125cc
1st Damon Hill – Yamaha
2nd Fraser Heidrich – Yamaha
3rd Tristan Cachia – KTM

12 –U16 Years 85cc/150F
1st Jett Anderson – KTM
2nd Aaron Hart – Honda
3rd Seigah Ward – Kawasaki

18th Izak Maule – Yamaha

Senior Opens
1st Matt Clarke – Kawasaki
2nd Shane Metcalfe – Yamaha
3rd Daniel Banks - Yamaha

Images: Craig Wasley
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