Izak Maule on the brink of dual SA motocross championships
Shane Metcalfe cleans sweeps the Pro Open class

SA – YJR Close in on State Championships

20 Jun 2012

The SA-YJR team headed to Crystal Brooke for round three of the South Australian Motocross Championships with all eyes on the Maule brothers to see if they could keep the Yamaha freight train rolling.

Izak came into the round with a handy points lead on both his YZ125 and YZ 250F machines but never being the one to settle on anything, he wanted to build his lead and close in on both titles. In the 125 class he would really set things up well, getting good starts in all three races and leaving the field in his dust. Izak went 1-1-1 to win the round and extend his lead in the 125cc division.

The big challenge was on his YZ250F.  Not getting the best of starts in the first two motos, he charged hard in both races and closed in on the leaders but ran out of time on both occasions taking 3-2 finishes. But it all came unravelled in the final moto. After troubles on the start, he began to slice his way through the field but a rider went down on a blind jump and Izak sailed straight into him and suffered a heavy fall. He got back to his feet to the amazement of the crowd and got going again. His bike was twisted and bent and he was dead last but never gave up, charging back to finish in sixth position. A very gusty effort that enabled him to claim third for the day.

“I’m not so happy with how I went today, I felt like I rode ok but I struggled to pass people on this track. My bikes ran awesome and my Dunlop’s were hooking up everywhere which really helped when the track changed from loamy in the morning to hard packed in the afternoon,” said Izak.

Once again Oscar Maule showed his growth, as he set fast times and took the victory on the first two motos with a bit up his sleeve. From the last round, he worked on his new starting technique and pulled three great starts this weekend.

The final moto was also looking done and dusted with him getting the holeshot and checking out but a few laps in he suffered a flat front tire and a small crash, this dropped him back to fourth place with a few riders closing in on him. Oscar held strong and fought the bike all the way to the flag to take fourth spot and claim another overall with his 1-1-4 results. It was an awesome effort to get around on the flat tyre as it became dry and hard pack in a lot of areas of the track.

‘I’ve been waiting for this race as I love the track here and I wanted to win. It was a bummer that I got the flatty in the last one but that’s racing I guess. One more round to go and hopefully I can take out the title which would be sweet,” commented Oscar after racing.

Y-AIM agent/SA-YJR Team Manager Shane Metcalfe lined up for the Open class on board his YZ450F. Coming off a clean sweep at the last round at Renmark Metty, wanted to keep that rolling and do the same here. He pulled the holeshot in moto one and ran away from the field. Moto two saw something different though, after getting into the lead on lap one he stalled his YZ450F in a turn and the entire field went by. Nut he got the bike fired up and sliced his way through the field to reclaim the lead and take the victory, in the process setting the fastest lap time of the day by over two seconds.

Metty would holeshot the final moto and cruise to victory once again taking the overall for the round and making it two in a row.

“I have been looking forward to this race as we haven’t raced here for 12 years. This track is awesome to ride as the hills make it so fun. It got quiet rough but nowhere near what I thought it might have been. My YZ450F was unreal exploding out of the gate each race, and a big thanks to SP Motorsports for the awesome suspension work,” said Metcalfe about the weekend.

In the Women’s class, Courtney Knight once again showed her skills taking another clean sweep of all three motos and mixing it up with the Vets along the way. Courtney got great starts in every race and really went unchallenged in the women’s class this round. She has adapted to the South Australian tracks very well and is looking very comfortable on board her YZ250F machine.

“I am really pumped to have won again and racing in with the vets is great fun as well. I really loved the track and thought my bike handled the bumps really good,” commented Courtney.

The Teams next race will be round four of the SA Titles held at Murray Bridge on the 4th/5th of August.

Round Three Results
Crystal Brook
Junior Lites

1st Tyler Langer – Suzuki
2nd Joseph Oliva – Kawasaki
3rd Izak Maule – Yamaha

Junior 125cc
1s Izak Maule – Yamaha
2nd Nick Day – Yamaha
3rd Troy Lee Edwards – KTM

9 to 11 years 85cc
1st Oscar Maule – Yamaha

2nd  Thomas Larwood – KTM
3rd Josh Hart – Honda

Senior Women
1st Courtney Knight – Yamaha

2nd Zoe Harkness – Yamaha
3rd Chloe Millsteed – Honda

Senior Opens
1st Shane Metcalfe – Yamaha

2nd James Booth – Elliot – Kawasaki
3rd Gianni Dalle Molle - Suzuki

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