Damon Hill in good form at Murray Bridge.
Izak Maule on the gas

YJR- SA Battle Hard at State Champs

15 Jun 2011

Round two of the South Australia Motocross Titles took place at the Murray Bridge circuit this long weekend, the same track and venue that the Junior Nationals will be staged later this year.

In preparation for that event, a lot of interstate riders came to test out the SA track and competition. With freezing cold winds but no rain the track was in near perfect conditions for racing, the SAYJR boys were ready to mix it with the interstate challengers.

Damon Hill would once again be onboard his YZ250F and YZ144, while Izak Maule would run his YZ144 and younger brother Oscar Maule would be ready for action on his YZ85.

Damon got the team off to a great start onboard his YZ250F with a moto win in the Junior Lites class. He continued strong results but was unable to replicate his dominate performance in moto and finished the day third in this class which was a great outcome with the competition.

Meanwhile onboard his YZ144 he again showed strong results. A couple crashes in the first moto cost him slightly dropping him from 2nd to 4th for the moto. He then carded consistent results but his starts really let him down this weekend as he was always coming from behind, he had 4-2-2-3 results for third overall. Damo is starting to really show that his riding is of national standards, and mixing it with some of the best in the country this weekend proved that.

“I can take a lot out of this weekend. I rode well in my first race but for the rest of the weekend I didn't manage another ride like the first 250 race. I now know I have the speed to mix it with the best riders but I just need to work out how to ride every race like I did my first,” said Hill.

Izak lined up onboard his YZ144cc machine which is an upgrade from round 1 where he rode the YZ125cc. Izak showed in moto one that he had been working extremely hard since Kimba and was mixing it with the front runners from the first gate drop. He managed to holeshot moto two and then proceeded to pull a big gap and leave the rest of the boys in his dust, he did however tighten up in the last couple laps which seen team mate Damo catch him but it was all too late as Izak crossed the line in first place.

With the confidence he had just gained he followed it up with some great riding taking 5-1-4-10 results for 4th overall for the weekend. Unfortunately, a heavy fall in the final moto cost him points but the true warrior he is he got up and continued til the end.

“I’m pumped with my weekend,” said an excited Izak. “I won my first 125 class race and I felt 100 times better than at the first round. The last moto crash really knocked the wind out of me but I have had a great weekend. I can’t wait until the next round which is at my home track at Port Augusta”, exclaimed a happy Izak.

Oscar also had a field with plenty of interstate talent in it. Oscar rode hard all weekend long and carded 6-5-7-6 result for 5th overall. He has been working hard since round one and has made huge progress but just has a few more things to work on and then he will be right up with the front runners. His starts are still his weak point but they have improved from the first round. He will keep chasing his big brother around at home practicing and will be in for a good showing at the next round.

‘I wanted to get top 5 this weekend and I managed that so I’m pretty happy. I will train hard with Izak for the next round and try and get a podium result”, commented a happy Oscar after racing.

Visiting Victorian Yamaha Junior Racing member Joel Milesevic came to Murray Bridge to get some quality track time. He rode great all weekend onboard his YZ144 and YZ250F, taking out the overall win in the 125 field showing some dominant performances along the way. Then on his YZ250F he showed he had the speed but average starts seen him coming from behind in every race, he placed 4th overall in this field which was a solid outing. It was great to see them make the trip over to SA.

Team Manager Shane Metcalfe was back in action at round two. He showed he still has what it takes but the fitness is the thing that’s missing these days. He went 1-DNF-3-5 for 6th overall for the weekend. The DNF was a result of a flat tyre which came while leading moto two with 2 laps to go, this will no doubt hurt him in the overall points race for the title.

“I was really looking forward to racing at Murray Bridge as it’s close to home and I love the dirt there. I surprised myself with the opening moto win and then in moto two I had a very average start, I just made early passes and 4 laps later I was in front and pulling a gap, I was feeling really good and was ready to push it out to the end but then I got a flat tyre and nearly crashed 3 or 4 times within a few straights, I didn’t want to risk hurting myself as I have to go to work on Tuesday, so I pulled in much to my disgust.”

“My SAYJR boys all did a great job this weekend, they can all still take away a couple things to work on but big improvements made by all”, said Metcalfe about the weekend.

The Teams next race will be Round 3 of the SA Titles held at Port Augusta on the 16th-17th of July.

Overall Results
Junior Lites 250F
1st Wayde Carter – Honda - VIC
2nd Kurt Waterman – Honda - SA
3rd Damon Hill – Yamaha - SA

Junior Lites 125cc
1st Joel Milesevic – Yamaha - VIC
2nd Jett Anderson – KTM - SA
3rd Damon Hill – Yamaha - SA
4th Izak Maule – Yamaha - SA

9-U12 Years 85cc/150F
1st Justin Hart – KTM - WA
2nd Caleb Grothues – KTM - WA
3rd Jed Polomka – KTM - SA
5th Oscar Maule – Yamaha - SA

Senior Opens
1st Nick Murray - Suzuki
2nd Steve Pontin - Honda
3rd Riley Graham – Kawasaki
6th Shane Metcalfe - Yamaha

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