Damon Hill on the gas taking two top five positions
Izak Maule on board his YZ85cc.

SAYJDT In State Championship Contention

4 Aug 2010

The fourth round of the South Australian Motocross Championships was held at the Port Augusta Motocross track on July 31st, August 1st. After struggling at previous rounds, both SAYJDT riders were out to improve their positions on the championship table.

 Damon Hill (Yamaha Pitmans) was set to fight it out and Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles) was back from his broken Collar bone and set to do his best on his home track.

Damon Hill aboard his (YZ250F and YZ144) was ready to do battle, he came in search of closing down the points gap. Unfortunately for Damo things didn’t quiet go to plan, racing was close in the Junior 250F class with the top 5 only separated by seconds in every moto. Damo had 3-3-2-5-5 results for 4th overall, he just didn’t get his usual great starts and caught a few unlucky breaks.

Aboard his YZ144 Damo did well but was unable to stop visiting Victorian Tristen Cachia with 2-2-2-2-2 results. He sits comfortably in 2nd overall in the championship on both bikes but is not that far behind the leader.

“I came to Port Augusta in hope for a win, things just didn’t go to plan. I will have to work on my starts again and give myself the best opportunity for the final round. I can’t wait for Murray Bridge to come around, my bikes ran awesome this weekend so the rest is up to me,” commented Damo at the end of the weekends racing.

Izak Maule lined up onboard his YZ85LW  after recovering from his broken collar bone from the previous round, with this being his home track, he did not want to disappoint. Izak was nervous in his return to racing after only riding for just over a week but he looked right at home after he settled into moto 1 after a bad start. Izak managed to score himself 3-3-2-2-2 results to take 2nd overall and a great way to return to racing. He rode strong all weekend and kept his head in the heat of the battle and just kept it on the safe side. Izak now sits in 3rd in the championship and with a good final round could climb his way back into 2nd or possibly even the lead.

“I was so happy to make it back for my home race after my broken wing, the track was the best its ever been and I felt like I rode well. My fitness is one thing I noticed has dropped off but i am happy with my 2nd this weekend although i wanted to win it bad,” commented young Izak.

Team manager Shane Metcalfe was back out to do his best onboard his YZ450F. Shane scored 3-2-3-2-3 results to take out 2nd overall for the weekend.

“This weekend went really well, even though I didn’t get the win i felt i rode the best i have all year long and had a great time along the way. Riley Graham was back from the Nationals, Dan Banks came with his A game and between the 3 of us it was some really close racing with plenty of passes and action. I was a bit disappointed in the last moto as i was going for the lead and went down mid race and dropped back to 5th, I had to work hard to get back up to 3rd. I am still leading the championship and at the end of the day that’s what we are all gunning for,” said Metcalfe.

Steve Semark (Bikes’n’Gear) backed up his last rounds efforts aboard his YZ250F. He rode hard all weekend long to card 3-3-2-3-2 to 3rd overall for the weekend and proved that his hard work and persistence is really paying off. He just lacks a little outright speed of the two guys in front of him but if they make a mistake he’ll be there to take advantage of it.

“Man I am glad to get another top 3 finish, I managed to mix it with Banksy and Mitch in every race which i am happy about. I am really looking forward to Murray Bridge as it will sort everyone out. I now sit in 3rd in the Title hunt but its not over til it’s over,” commented a happy Semark.

The next round will be held at the Murray Bridge Motocross Track on the 11th and 12th of September.

Round 4 Results - Port Augusta
Junior Lites 250F
1st James Booth-Elliot – Suzuki
2nd Rory Zippel – Honda
3rd Tristen Cachia – KTM
4th Damon Hill – Yamaha

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

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

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

Senior Lites
1st Daniel Banks – Yamaha
2nd Mitchell Norris – Yamaha
3rd Steven Semark – Yamaha

Craig Wasley
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