Motocross

Challenging weekend for SAYJDT

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Damon Hill took the win in the 125 class and ran sixth on the YZ250F. Photo: Craig Wasley
Port Pirie hosted round three of the South Australian Motocross titles held over the Queen‰Ûªs Birthday long weekend with the South Australian Yamaha Junior Development Team (SAYJDT) of Damon Hill and Izak Maule looking to capitalise on their great starts to the championships.

But the weekends racing would prove a much larger challenge for the SAYJDT as predicted. Both Damon Hill (Yamaha Pitmans) and Izak Maule (Northern Motorcycles) had a rollercoaster weekend but still showed plenty of fighting spirit.

Damon Hill had been working really hard since the last round of the championship and it showed from the first gate drop of the weekend with him taking the holeshot and leading from start to finish. Damo worked hard all weekend earning himself four race wins from ten starts. A small mechanical mishap cost Damo onboard his 250F and a few little crashes cost him dearly but he raced well all weekend.

His race results were 1-8-2-dnf-6 on his YZ250F for 6th Overall, the class was won by James Booth-Elliot, and 2-2-1-1-1 onboard his YZ144 for a comprehensive win in the junior 125/150cc class.

‰ÛÏThe weekend was full of highs but also a couple of lows. It‰Ûªs good to see all my hard work with my corners has paid off and to win the opening race was a great way to start the weekend but I wasn‰Ûªt able to keep it rolling so I‰Ûªm going to have to train harder before the next round.‰Û
Izak Maule suffered a broken collarbone and will spend the next six weeks on the sidelines. Photo: Craig Wasley
Izak courageously got himself up off the ground and attempted to climb back onto his beat up bike, only to figure out something wasn‰Ûªt right with his shoulder. After a trip to hospital it was confirmed that he had broken his Collarbone, this left a big hole in the team for the remainder of the weekend.

But Maule isn‰Ûªt deterred by the crash and has only made him more determined.

‰ÛÏI have been looking at the points and if I can get back by the next round I can still win it, I will have to win every race but I know I can do it!‰Û

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