Damon Hill kicked off his year in fine style
Izak Maule back for 2011 and looking to improve.

SA MX Champs Kick off with SAYJR In Contention

20 Apr 2011

The South Australian Motocross championships finally got underway in the small country town of Kimba, in the states north, under perfect weather conditions on April 16 /17.

The SAYJR team were ready to get to work and get off to the start they all wanted. Damon Hill doubled up again this season riding both the 125cc and 250F classes where he showed he is ready for the year ahead. Brothers Izak and Oscar Maule were ready for new things this year also, Izak moving up into the 125cc field while Oscar joins the team this year in the 9-U12 years 85cc class.

Hill got the ball rolling for the team onboard his YZ250F with a moto win in the junior Lites class. He rode well all weekend long but the only blemish coming in race two with a small crash that saw him drop back in the pack before climbing back to claim third. He then rounded out the remaining two motos with 2-1 results taking second overall for the weekend in the class.

In the 125cc class Hill wanted to show that he is the older, stronger rider in the field. He did this taking 2-1-1-1 moto results and taking the overall win for the day. Hill’s riding has really improved over the off season and he is set for a good years racing ahead.

“I was really looking forward to racing at Kimba this weekend, it is an awesome track and it got really rough which suited me. I am a little disappointed as my crash in moto two really cost me the win in the 250F class, but I felt like my riding was good this weekend, so I’m really happy,” said an excited Hill.

Izak Maule lined up onboard his YZ125cc machine for his first taste racing the bigger bike. Izak struggled over the weekend with little crashes and some mid pack starts but still fought on bravely. He had 4-5-8-6 race finishes for fifth overall but the results don’t show the enormous effort Izak put it. He is a quick learner and vowed to bounce back at the next round.

“I’m really bummed about the weekend as I really wanted to be up the front. I made some silly mistakes and I crashed in every race which was not good. I have plenty to work on and I will be ready for the next round at Murray Bridge,” exclaimed a disappointed Izak.

Oscar Maule lined up for his first race under the SAYJR banner, just coming back from a broken elbow which he suffered earlier in the year.  He didn’t want to set the bar to high and came in with a top five finish in mind. He succeeded in doing this taking out fourth overall, scoring 2-3-5-4 moto results in the 9 to 11 years 85cc class. Being Oscars first year on an 85cc machine, he mixed it up really well and rode consistently well all weekend.

‘I wanted to get top five this weekend,” commented Oscar.  “I managed that and even went one better so I’m pretty happy. I will train hard with Izak for the next round and try and get a podium result.”

Team Manager Shane Metcalfe again suited up this year to tackle and try to defend his 2010 title. He had 2-3-3-4 moto results to tie for third overall for the weekend. He showed flashes of his former self but a lack of fitness and riding kept him from a better result.

“I didn’t even know if I would race this year,” Metcalfe stated. “My best mate passed away eight weeks prior to this race and since then I have just been flat out with the business we started together and haven’t really had much time to ride or even think about training.”

“But I got out there to see how it all stacked up and actually nearly won 2 moto’s, I lead them for about 12 minutes before the arm pump took over completely, I will however do something to get that last few laps under control for the next round.”

“ All the boys rode great. Damo did an awesome job on both bikes and it was by far the best I have seen him ride. Izak made a few mistakes but this year is a learning year for him and I know he will get stronger and stronger. Oscar did a great job also, having only been riding for three weeks since his broken elbow he did exceptionally well”, said Metcalfe about the weekend.

The teams’ next race will be Round two of the SA Titles held at Murray Bridge on the 11th-12th of June.

Overall Results- Round One
Junior Lites 250F
1st Kurt Waterman – Honda
2nd Damon Hill – Yamaha
3rd Aaron Hart – Suzuki

Junior Lites 125cc
1st Damon Hill – Yamaha
2nd Aaron Hart – Suzuki
3rd Jordan Waters – Yamaha

5th Izak Maule – Yamaha                          

9-U12 Years 85cc/150F
1st Jock Manser – Kawasaki
2nd Jed Polomka – KTM
3rd Morgan McNicoll – Kawasaki

4th Oscar Maule – Yamaha

Senior Opens
1st Riley Graham – Kawasaki
2nd Nick Murray – Suzuki
3rd Daniel Banks – KTM
3rd Shane Metcalfe - Yamaha

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