Y-Aim's Shane Metcalfe mixed up with the young punks of SA and came away in second place
Kirk Gibbs continues his successful year with a win at the Matt Budderick Memorial event

Yamaha Win SA's Matt Budderick Memorial Event

17 Aug 2010

With the final round of the SA titles coming up at the Murray Bridge track in three weeks, the club held their annual Matt Budderick Memorial race which hopefully will help the with the lead up to the Titles.

With a guest appearance from national pro racer and Serco Yamaha’s Kirk Gibbs (YZ450), the race crowd was set to see a top level racer in action. Shane Metcalfe (Y-AIM YZ450) and Damon Hill (SAYJDT YZ250F) were also set to do battle in their respective classes.

The highlight of the day came from Gibbs who claimed the round and feature race win despite struggling with his borrowed Y-AIM YZ450. Gibbs had to battle with Metcalfe, Kim Ashkenazi and Daniel Banks throughout the three heat races, taking 1-3-2 results to tie for the class win with Metcalfe.

Then came the big Memorial race, a 30 minute plus 1 lap moto which is what brought Kirk back to SA for this race. He got off to a good start behind Metcalfe, made the pass and simply ran away for an easy victory. His class and skills shone above the rest and he really adapted to the 450 and rode it silky smooth and fast.

“I am so happy to finally win this race. I have tried on a number of occasions but never quite got there, but today just went to plan. A big thanks to the club for notifying me of the race so I could come and give it my all, also thanks to Metty for lending me his bike”, said a happy Gibbs.

Shane Metcalfe had his first race back at the Murray Bridge circuit since 2007 and he showed that he had the speed to mix it with Gibbs and the rest of the field. His starts were his strong point for the day, holeshotting all four races.

Metty showed that his experience and knowledge of both the track and his bike would be of some benefit taking 2-1-3 results through the heats to tie with Gibbs for class honours but the big race would test his fitness. With the holeshot he then led the opening lap before Kirk got by, but Shane hung in there and fought hard all the way to the end to hold down a comfortable 2nd place making it a Yamaha 1-2 finish.

“Man, I was dreading that half hour moto, but hey, I made it. It was great to see just how fast Kirk has got over the last couple years, I was able to hang with him for about 2 laps before he cleared out which I was pretty pumped with. I tried my hardest to keep him in sight and if I looked three or four straights ahead I could so I’ll take that as mission accomplished. I even leant him my bike with SX suspension in it to try and even up the playing field but that didn’t work either,” joked an exhausted Metcalfe.

Damon Hill contested the Junior Lites class and found himself in a not so usual position. Damo struggled all day with his starts which is normally his strong point and from there onwards in each race he had to battle hard in the short races to climb back up the field. He scored 4-3-3 for 3rd on the day. Damo now has some work to do to fix the problem areas he faced this past weekend and with a bit of hard work he will.

“I struggled a bit today. My starts weren’t real good and with the short races the leaders were just too far in front. I am going to do some training with Shane later this week so hopefully we can work some things out,” commented young Hill.

Junior Lites
1st James Booth-Elliot – Suzuki
2nd Kurt Waterman – Honda
3rd Damon Hill – Yamaha

Senior Opens
1st Kirk Gibbs – Yamaha
2nd Shane Metcalfe – Yamaha
3rd Daniel Banks – KTM

Matt Budderick Memorial race
1st Kirk Gibbs – Yamaha
2nd Shane Metcalfe – Yamaha
3rd Daniel Banks – KTM

 

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