Damon Hill claimed the 125/150cc South Australian MX Championship over the weekend
Izak Maule on his way to third overall in the SA champs.
Old man Metcalfe laying it over in a turn.

SAYJDT Finish of the State Champs with a Bang

14 Sep 2010

The final round of the South Australian Motocross Championships were held at the Murray Bridge Motocross track this past weekend and the SAYJDT were set to tackle the track and competition. There were titles on the line and positions to be made up, so Damon Hill (Yamaha Pitmans) and Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles) went about their business as best they know how.

Damon Hill aboard his (YZ250F and YZ144) had been working really hard since the last round and that surfaced right from the drop of the gate as his corner speed and aggression improved dramatically.

On board his YZ250F, he posted 3-3-2-2 places in the first four motos before being disqualified in the final moto as he was riding a borrowed bike in the final leg. The no points result saw Hill dropping down the leader board after what was such a promising start and a good performance from the young charger.

Things went more smoothly on the YZ144 as Damo put in his best performance of the year winning the first four motos and then taking a second in the final leg to win the overall for the day. The strong showing also lifted him to an impressive second overall in the championship.

“I was ready to go for this weekend! I have been working hard on my cornering and felt like I had improved in this area. I am so happy with how I rode, I just couldn’t get the starts dialled on the 250F but everything went great. I am shattered that I was disqualified and losing 2nd in the title but I’ll make up for it next year,” commented a disappointed Damo.

Izak Maule lined up onboard his YZ85LW this weekend to try and build his confidence back to where it was before his broken collarbone two rounds ago. Like Damo, he had been working hard on his riding, and he really wanted to hang onto third in the title race as well.

 He started off a bit shaky with the nerves getting the better of him but still managed a fourth place in race one. The second moto panned out in much the same way, but the third moto changed his weekend. After hitting the deck, he threw the nerves away and things started clicking into place. He charged from the back of the pack back up to fourth place but was only a few bike lengths off the leaders.

The final two motos saw the rider before the injury, taking a second, then a moto win in the final moto which has boosted his confidence back to where it was. These results landed him third for the weekend as well as third for the championship.

“I really wanted to come here and win every moto, but I got nervous and struggled in the first couple of races. Then after my crash I just relaxed and it just happened.”

“ I am pumped to finish with a win, it felt great. I am now ready to attack the Junior Nationals in two weeks time,” commented Izak after his weekend.

Team manager Shane Metcalfe again competed onboard his YZ450F but this time he had a title on the line. With this track being his home track expectations were high but he managed to live up to them and show his young charges the experience and knowledge he has to get the job done.

“I have been hanging for this round since the beginning, it is one of my favourite tracks to race on and the surface just suits me I guess. I managed to take 1-2-3-5-2 results for the overall win for the round and take the championship as well.

“I had a small crash while leading in moto three which really annoyed me, then followed by a flat tyre while running second in race four. I then set my sights on the last moto and lead it for the entire race but Riley Graham made the pass and I ended up second.

“I was really happy with how it all went. I’m pumped to win the title as it’s been 10 years since I had competed in the full series and I have had a blast.

“Both Damo and Izak rode awesome this weekend, I am proud of them both even though we didn’t get the end result we were all hoping for, there is always next year,” said Metcalfe.

Steve Semark (Bikes’n’Gear) had an off weekend this round, but he managed to hold onto his third in the championship.

“I’m not real happy with how this weekend went but I’m glad to hold onto third overall. I just want to thank everyone for their help and hopefully I can make amends next year,” commented Semark.

The next race for the team will be at the Australian Junior National Titles held at Lakes (Newcastle, NSW) which starts on the 25th of September.

Round Results- Murray Bridge
Senior Lites
1st Mitchell Norris – Yamaha
2nd Riley Graham – Honda
3rd Daniel Banks – Yamaha
5th Steven Semark – Yamaha

Junior Lites 250F - Results for this round are still pending from Damon’s Disqualification.

 Junior Lites 125cc
1st Damon Hill – Yamaha
2nd Tristen Cachia – KTM
3rd Terry Lachlan – KTM

12 –U16 Years 85cc/150F
1st Jett Anderson – KTM
2nd Seigah Ward – Kawasaki
3rd Izak Maule – Yamaha

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

Championship Results
Junior Lites 250F
1st Tristen Cachia – KTM
2nd James Booth Elliot – Suzuki
3rd Damon Hill – Yamaha

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

12 – U16 years 85cc/150F
1st Aaron Hart – Honda
2nd Seigah Ward – Kawasaki
3rd Izak Maule – Yamaha

Senior lites
1st Mitchell Norris – Yamaha
2nd Daniel Banks – Yamaha
3rd Steve Semark – Yamaha

Senior Opens
1st Shane Metcalfe – Yamaha
2nd Daniel Banks – KTM
3rd Danny Leane - Kawasaki

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