Luke Arbon on the gas at Maitland
Sam Duncanson finished fourth in the Under 19 class
Pro Lites podium at Maitland

GYTR Rockstar Yamaha Hit the Podium at Maitland Super X

14 Nov 2011

GYTR Rockstar Yamaha’s Luke Arbon turned in his best performance of the 2011 Super X season finishing on the podium in third place contesting the Pro Lites category at round four of the championship held at Maitland.

After a tough first round in the mud, Arbon has been growing in stature ever since and turned in some promising results at the following rounds. Arbon entered the Maitland round looking to post three consistent finishes in the triple challenge and lock down a top five result.

He more than matched his goals, taking second in his heat race, then nailing down an impressive 6-7-2 finish in the main events to take third on the night and his first podium appearance in the Pro Lites class in Super X.

“I hadn’t been feeling the best this week, so I was just hoping to have a consistent night and not do anything stupid,” Arbon explains.

“But after my heat race when I saw I was able to run the speed of the championship contenders, I thought I had a pretty good chance of getting inside the top five.”

“I wasn’t getting great starts in the finals but I was able to stay out of trouble in the first two turns and make some passes early to get up the front. In the first two, I was a bit too nice to a few riders and let them pass but it’s something I will learn from.”

“The last race was awesome and I was in second almost the whole time and to finish within a few seconds of Matt Moss was pretty cool.”

“I want to thank the team for all the help and support and hope this is the start of some good results in the Pro Lites class.”

Guest rider, Sam Duncanson posted a solid fourth overall on his YZ250F in the Under 19 class. Duncanson slotted into second early in the race but made a costly mistake exiting turn two and several riders managed to squeeze by.

Duncanson fought all the way to the finish but came up one place short of a podium finish.

The fourth on the night now puts him in fourth overall for the series and only seven points from second with one round remaining.

“I’m a bit frustrated with myself,” Duncanson fumes after the event. “I put myself in a good only to let it slip and on these tight tracks and short races, you can’t afford to do that.”

“I have one more chance next week and I will be giving it everything I have.”

The Super X juniors has Yamaha Junior Racings, Billy Jackson leading the points after round four. Jackson came home in third place on the weekend at Maitland and now has a six point lead over second place with one round remaining.

The GYTR Rockstar Yamaha team now head for Brisbane for the fifth and final round of the 2011 Monster Energy Super X Championship.

Round four Results – Maitland
Pro Lites

1st  Matt MOSS – JDR Motorex KTM
2nd  Dean FERRIS – Monster Energy Kawasaki
3rd  Luke ARBON – GYTR Rockstar Yamaha
4th  Gavin FAITH – Carlton Dry THOR Honda
5th  Adam MONEA – Team 07 Axis Motorsport
6th  Steven CLARKE – Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki
7th  Robbie MARSHALL – Coastal KTM
8th  Luke STYKE – Serco Yamaha
9th  Lucas SUTHERLAND – Suzuki
10th  Nicholas SUTHERLAND – Suzuki

Pro Lites- Championship Standings
1st Matt MOSS – JDR Motorex KTM: 93
2nd Luke STYKE – Serco Yoshimura Yamaha: 71
3rd Brendan HARRISON – JDR Motorex KTM: 70
4th Steven CLARKE – Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki: 68
5th Gavin FAITH – Carlton Dry THOR Honda: 67
6th Adam MONEA – Team 07 Axis Motorsport: 57
7th Dean FERRIS – Monster Energy Kawasaki: 52
8th Luke ARBON – GYTR Rockstar Yamaha: 52
9th Robbie MARSHALL – Coastal KTM: 47
10th Kirk GIBBS – Serco Yoshimura Yamaha: 37

UNDER 19s – Round 4
1st Errol WILLIS - Raceline Pirelli Suzuki
2nd Sam MARTIN
3rd Thomas Larsen MOSS – Yamaha
4th Sam DUNCANSON – GYTR Rockstar Yamaha
5th Geran Stapelton
6th Brayden CONSTABLE
7th Jarrad DAVIS – Yamaha
8th Tristen CACHIA - Coastal KTM, Advanti Motorex KTM, Hart & Huntington
9th Luke REARDON – KTM Motorex
10th Jack MCNEICE – Kawasaki

UNDER 19s – Championship standings
1st Errol WILLIS - Raceline Pirelli Suzuki: 75
2nd Geran STAPLETON - Thor Honda Smart, Breese High Performance, Dragon, 2112, BLS: 50
3rd Corey LUCAS - Hart & Huntington, ONE Industries, Ringmaster, Novik, Torc 1: 48
4th Sam DUNCANSON – GYTR Rockstar Yamaha: 43
5th Thomas Larsen MOSS – Yamaha: 38
6th Tristen CACHIA - Coastal KTM, Advanti Motorex KTM, Hart & Huntington: 38
7th Mitch NORRIS: 37
8th Brayden CONSTABLE: 32
9th Jarrad DAVIS – Yamaha: 30
10th Jake WILLIAMS - WPS, ECM,J-Design, Hart & Huntington: 29

Michelin Development – Round 4
1st Kurt WATERMAN – Honda
2nd Hayden MELLROSS – Honda Junior Development Team
3rd Billy JACKSON – Yamaha Junior Racing
4th Joel WIGHTMAN – Pro-Moto Suspension, Mudgee Honda Centre
5th Lenny MAGYAR
6th Nathan CRAWFORD- Yamaha QLD / WRD
7th Jake DONAHER – Honda
8th Aaron HART – JDR Moss Institute Suzuki
9th Mitchell NICHOLS – Hotondo Homes, KTM Bairnsdale
10th Miles STANLEY – Suzuki: 11

Michelin Development - Championship standings
1st Billy JACKSON – Yamaha Junior Racing: 60
2nd Hayden MELLROSS – Honda Junior Development Team: 54
3rd Joel WIGHTMAN – Pro-Moto Suspension, Mudgee Honda Centre: 53
4th Kurt WATERMAN – Honda: 50
5th Lenny MAGYAR: 46
6th Joel DINSDALE - Yamaha Junior Racing: 40
7th Mitchell NICHOLS - Hotondo Homes, KTM Bairnsdale: 32
8th Aaron HART – JDR Moss Institute Suzuki: 29
9th Jake DONAHER – Honda: 28
10th Jordan NOLES – Honda: 26

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