Motocross

Banks and Booth-Elliot Lead The Way To Caldecott Park

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Daniel Banks and James Booth-Elliot lead their respective classes into battle when the third round of the Peter Stevens South Australian Motocross Championships heads to Andy Caldecott Park, in Keith this weekend the 26th and 27th of July.

For the first time in over 30 years, South Australia's most prestigious motocross championship heads to the home of local motorcycle Icon, Andy Caldecott who unfortunately passed away while competing in the 2006 edition of the Paris / Dakar Rally.

For more of an insight on Caldecott's achievements in a large variety of Motorcycling disciplines and the mark he left in the sport of dirt bike racing in both South Australia and Australia, have a read of THIS ARTICLE on the Motorcycling South Australia Facebook page.

This Saturday will see the future of South Australian dirt bike riding fire into action, with junior competitors being the first riders to tackle the revamped track that the local club have spent tireless hours preparing over the past month and a half after taking on the event at the last minute.

With the likes of Nick Day, Alex Larwood, Kerakye Andrews, Landen Panozz and Zane Metcalfe leading the way in their respective junior classes and with over 130 junior riders ready to battle for round honours, there is no doubt South Australian motocross has future stars ready to follow in the footsteps of South Aussie Icon.

When the seniors hit the track for Sunday's racing action all eyes will be on the battle up front in the Expert lites class, with championship leader as Daniel Banks who has just scored himself a guest ride with Penrite Oils Factory Honda team for two rounds of the MX1 National championship goes head to head with the current third ranked Pro Lites rider on the national circuit, SD3 Husqvarna's Luke Arbon.

Arbon himself lead the championship after sweeping the opening three moto's at round one held at Gillman back in May, but surrender the points lead at round two after selecting to race the Manjiump 1500 in Western Australia on the same weekend.
Daniel Banks leads the Expert Lites class into round three of the SAMX Championship this weekend - Credit: Aaryn MInerds
Banks though suffering a wrist injury took full advantage of Arbon's absence, winning all three moto's at round two held at Port Augusta and carries a healthy 23 point lead over Intensity Suzuki's Jett Anderson heading into round three as he heads into what is essentially a home town race for the Bordertown resident.

"I am Feeling great heading into round 3 of the SA Titles at Keith." Banks commented leading into the mid point of the season. "The last couple months I had little set backs with a wrist injury and getting my appendix out which forced me out of some national rounds.

"I'm back and ready to go now, feeling great on the bike and very comfortable with the track being close to my hometown. Obviously every race I enter I would like to win and that is my goal in the SA titles but this weekend I'm just going to be mistake free And ride like I know I can.

"I would really like to thank my sponsors for sticking by me this season, tune tech suspension, AJs motorcycles, Rapid MX, the shed, M2R helmets, Alias race gear and Banks MX Coaching."

While Arbon will be his number one threat on track this weekend, there are a host of riders that will be aiming to put themselves on the top step of the box including current Expert Lites Champion, Jett Anderson and Yamaha mounted Izak Maule who currently sits in third position in the championship standings.

This weekend also sees the inclusion of 2014 Victorian A grade Lites championship winner Jesse McNally join the class along with fellow Victorian and Fullnoise supported rider Jacob Williams who has just returned to racing after suffering a big injury at the opening round of the MX Nationals earlier this year.
2013 SAMX Expert Open champion James Booth-Elliot will be aiming to extend his points lead in the 2014 championship this Sunday in Keith - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
In the Expert open class everyone will be out to hunt down current points leader James Booth-Elliot and his SGR Suzuki.

Both-Elliot's season to date has been very similar to Bank's, after he finished second to National Pro Open front runner Kirk Gibbs at the opening round of the SAMX Championships, before winning all three moto's at round two while Gibbs raced to the win at the Manjiump 1500 in WA.

Booth Elliot has also suffered from injuries and a lack of funding that has seen him miss a few rounds of the National Championship, but with a 31 point lead over team-mate Tyler Lange heading into the weekend he will be the rider to beat.

In the Vetran's A grade class it is former national front runner Kim Ashenazi who will be looking to keep his unbeaten run in the class going at round three, as his closest rivals in Dale Newman, Jeremy Bennett, Mark Butterworth and 2013 Vets champion Brett Haydon all fight it out for the remaining steps on the podium.

A full complement of B and C grade Open and Lites class riders will also take to the track along with the B vets and Women's class on Sunday.

Practice will kick off at 8:30am on Saturday and 8:00am Sunday with racing to follow shortly after.

Top Image: Round three of the 2014 Peter Stevens South Australian Motocross Championship Heads to Andy Caldecott Park in Keith this weekend.

Credit: Keith and Districts Motorcycle club

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