Izak Maule on the way to a round win at the SA MX Champs
Damon toughed it out for two podiums

SAYJDT IN Good Form at State Champs

14 Apr 2010

Perfect track conditions and a cool and overcast weekend greeted the South Australian Junior Development Team (SAYJDT) for round two of the SA Motocross Championships held at Gilman over the weekend.|

Both Damon Hill and Izak Maule were ready to take up from their impressive start to the season at round one and take home a big bag of points in the championship chase.

Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles) went into this weekend full of confidence from the opening round and he showed he meant business right from the start taking a come from behind win in moto one. Of the five races contested over the weekend, Maule won four, and was inside the top three in the remaining two where crashes kept him from the top spot. He showed throughout all his races that he was the fittest and strongest rider in the field, man handling the bike around the rough track and showing a smooth controlled riding style.

“I am happy to take another round win, but I was disappointed that I had a couple small crashes which kept me from a perfect score. My bike ran awesome this weekend, I got good starts and it’s handling the rough tracks wicked,” commented a happy Izak.

Damon Hill (Pitmans Yamaha) came into to the weekend ready for battle. Unfortunately he took a huge fall in the first of his ten races for the weekend and badly bruised his hip and thigh. With the tough youngster gritting his teeth, he battled on to take consistent results onboard both his YZ250F and YZ144. In the 125/150 class, Hill fought back to manage third for the weekend with his 15-2-2-2-2 results.

In the 250F class, Hill again showed his maturity with 5-3-2-2-4 results to take out second overall. He managed good starts all weekend on both bikes but with the pain sustained from his crash, he was unable to push as hard as he could.

“I was really looking forward to having a real big meeting but I just couldn’t ride like I wanted as my left hip and leg were really sore. My bikes ran great and my fitness felt better than at round one and with plenty of time until round three, I will be able to recover and push even harder.” commented Damo after racing.

Team manager Shane Metcalfe (Y-AIM) showed that he can still get around a rough track onboard his YZ450F. Taking 1-1-1-1-1 score for the overall, his experience really shone as he faced some young hard chargers that were really pushing the limits.

“It was great to get out there this weekend and have a ride as the track was awesome. The weekend went really well for us all with Izak showing his ability yet again, Damo impressed me with toughing it out and still getting on the podium on both bikes. The best part of me riding is the information I can pass down to the boys and that is showing to be very useful for them. Again we all had podium positions, which is a great team effort,” said Metcalfe.

Yamaha also won the Pro Lite class with Kirk Gibbs returning to South Australia on his Serco Yamaha to go undefeated all weekend. Gibbs used the race as a tune-up for the upcoming MX Nationals in Canberra.

The next round will be held at the Port Pirie Race track on the 12th and 13th of June.

Round Results
Junior 250F 13-U16 Years
1st James Booth Elliot (Suzuki)
2nd Damon Hill (Yamaha)
3rd Tristen Cachia (KTM)

Junior 125-150cc 13-U16 Years
1st Tristen Cachia (KTM)
2nd Fraser Heidrich (Yamaha)
3rd Damon Hill (Yamaha)

Junior 85/150F 12-U16 Years
1st Izak Maule (Yamaha)
2nd Seigah Ward (Kawasaki)
3rd Aaron Hart (Honda)

Senior Opens
1st Shane Metcalfe (Yamaha)
2nd Daniel Banks (Yamaha)
3rd Tyson Whillas (Honda)

Images supplied by Craig Wasley
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