Damon Hill - 2009 file photo.

SAYJDT Off To A Flying Start in 2010

1 Mar 2010

Mount Gambier hosted the opening round of the South Australian Motocross championships over the weekend of February 27 and 28, with a strong rider turn out. The South Australian Yamaha Junior Development Team kicked off their year in fine style taking two class wins and a podium finish and look set for a big season.

The championship is now ran under a new format that allows juniors, seniors and professional riders to compete over the two days allowing the younger riders to learn from the senior riders and experience much rougher tracks. Both Damon Hill and Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles) were ready to get things started the best way they know how, by being at the front of the pack.

Damon Hill (Yamaha Pitmans) elected to contest two classes this year (YZ250F and YZ144) and had set his sights high to pick up where he left off in 2009. Hill has spent a lot of time working hard on his fitness during the off season and was determined to start the year of right.

On board the YZ250F, Hill took the overall round win on the back of some extremely consistent results. His 2-4-2-1-1 race results showed his fitness is good and his skills improved throughout the weekend. Then on board his YZ144 he would see some tough competition from Victorian visitor Tristan Cachia, Hill ended up second overall with 2-2-2-2-2 finishes behind Cachia.

“I was really looking forward to getting started for 2010, I have been working real hard and my bikes are running great. I will work on a couple of things before the next round to make sure I build on the start I have,” commented an exhausted Damo at the end of the weekend.

Izak Maule lined up on board his YZ85LW for his second year with the team and he wanted to rectify the rough learning year he had in 2009. He proved quickly that he will be a force to be reckoned with and finished the first moto in second place. A fall late in moto 2 saw him drop down to 4th, but that only fired the younger charger up and he then went on to claim the win in the next three motos to take the round win.

“I am so happy with how it all went. All my hard work seems to have paid off and things feel great. My bike ran awesome and it was great to get to ride a rough track,” commented a very happy Izak after racing.

Team manager Shane Metcalfe has even suited up this season to compete at the SA Titles. On board the awesome new YZ450F Shane scored 2-DNF-1-2-2 results, the DNF was a result of a flat rear tyre early in race two. He had a couple great battles with Riley Graham and Thomas Alexander who are both set to compete in the National MX series.

“It was great to get out there and race again. The track was as rough as I have ever seen it and it proved that you had to have good skills to get around it. It was great fun battling with those guys, but I just wasn't prepared to hang it on the edge like the younger guys do.

I found it great to as I was able to see the track as the boys would so I was able to pass on more useful information and line selections which both Izak And Damo used to thier advantage. All up we had a great weekend but I let the boys down,” joked Metcalfe.

The next round will be held at the Gilman Race track on the 10th and 11th of April.

SA MX Championships- Round 1

Mount Gambier

Junior Lites 250F 13 – U16 years
1st Damon Hill - Yamaha

2nd Tristan Cachia – KTM
3rd Brandon Hurt – Honda

Junior lites 100cc-150cc 13 – U16 years
1st Tristan Cachia - KTM
2nd Damon Hill - Yamaha
3rd Brandon Hurt – Yamaha

85cc-150F 12 – U16 years
1st Izak Maule - Yamaha

2nd Aaron Hart - Honda
3rd Siegah Ward – Yamaha

Pro Open
1st Riley Graham - Kawasaki
2nd Thomas Alexander - Honda
3rd Shane Metcalfe - Yamaha

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