Graham and Banks Victorious in 2011 SA titles

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Riley Graham and Daniel Banks both have taken out their first senior state title winning the Senior Open and Senior Lites classes of the 2011 South Australian State Motocross Championships respectively.

Graham who spent a good portion of his childhood growing up in South Australia before moving interstate returned home for each of the four rounds where he dominated every round winning an amazing thirteen of the sixteen moto's for the season.

Kawasaki mounted Graham came into the final round of the season at Gilman with a near unbeatable lead and after finishing third in the first moto went on to win the final three races for the season and earning a well deserved championship.

"I am really happy to win my first state title series, the racing at every round was great and it was an enjoyable season racing out front against Shane Metcalfe and Steve Pontin who I battled with out front all year," said Graham

After winning a state title in 2011 Riley will turn his attention back to the National motocross championship where he has had considerable success in the past finishing the season inside the top ten back in 2009.

"Next year I am returning to racing the MX Nationals and am looking forward to having a really good year, I have been able to get a bit of support for 2012 and I am really looking forward to having another go at the racing the nationals." concluded the new state champion.

Keeping Riley honest all year was the 2010 state championship holder Shane Metcalfe aboard his YZ450. Metcalfe once again showed his natural speed and skill on a motorcycle at each round and lead a lot of races early and battled hard to keep a the hard charging KX450F of Graham behind him.

Though Metcalfe was not able to retain his number one plate for the 2012 season, he found the 2011 season one of the most enjoyable race seasons he has competed in during his many many years of racing.

""Riley was just too good this year. He rode awesome all year and deserved it. All I could do was try to get holeshots and sprint and hope he wouldn't catch me but he did. I had a great season, had some epic battles with Riley, and possibly had the best fun I ever have racing a dirt bike," Metcalfe said.

Rounding out the Podium for 2011 was Bills Motorcycles Steve Pontin who returned to racing this season after a season away from the sport to concentrate on joining the fire fighting service in South Australia. With the Motocross season now over Pontin will turn his attention to the final round of the South Australian Off road championship where he is entrenched in a very tight battle for outright honours with Ivan Long.

After finishing 2nd in both the Senior Open and Senior Lites class in 2010 Dan Banks was able to clinch his first Senior Lites title in 2011.
The Senior Lites class for 2011 was taken out by KTM rider Daniel Banks who was able to wrap up the series by winning the first two moto's on Saturday at the final round letting him relax and enjoy the final two moto's on the Sunday.

Banks started the season off in dominant fashion aboard is 250cc two stroke machine winning the first two rounds without dropping a moto, winning eight moto's in a row before his first blemish in the first moto at round three at Port Augusta, even with a bad first moto result Dan was still able to win round three of the championship and was looking at a possible clean sweep for round wins heading into the final round.

James Booth Elliot put an end to the four round clean sweep with a narrow overall win at round four, however after finishing second in both the Senior Open and Senior Lites classes in 2010 Dan was excited to claim his first senior state title in 2011 and will be looking to transfer that success to the National under 19 championship in 2012.

"The 2011 season has been a pretty successful season for me aboard my KTM 250sx two stroke. I flew through the first two rounds clean sweeping every moto which gave me a comfortable points gap coming into round 3 at port Augusta." Stated Banks.

"Due to an unfortunate injury the week prior to round three, I had to change my approach to the round and ride a little more conservatively to ensure I held my points lead and I also made the decision at that time to forfeit my attempt at trying to also win the senior open title." the Eco Pest control KTM rider explained.

"It was good to get back on form and win the first two moto's at the final round at Gillman and wrap up my first senior state championship, It was great to win another Championship for KTM and also pay back my other sponsors like Eco pest control, bikes n gear Whyalla, Beinke transport, Mcleod accessories and choice suspension who have supported me both at the state and national level all year," Banks concluded.

Finishing second for the season was 2010 Victorian under 19 championship winner Kale Makeham who battled hard with Banks all season aboard his JDR Suzuki RMZ250. Kale enjoyed his time racing the South Australian season and was always happy to be back in the state catching up with his newly formed team.

"I really enjoyed the series I was always so excited for each round they have a really laid back fun atmosphere and it was always exciting for me getting back together with the team and my mates I met some really nice people over the series," Makeham said.

"I really enjoy working with the JDR team its always so fun to be there and they are so supportive of me and I can't thank them enough it's like a big family, we had a bit of bad luck this season but that's just racing and we all learnt a lot everybody gave 100% so I'm happy, 2nd was good, but 1st is what I'm after ha-ha next year," he concluded.

Finishing 3rd in the Senior Lites state championship was Kawasaki mounted RohanLambeff with a consistent showing at every round helping him to edge out Fraser Heidrich by a slim fifteen points at the end of the season.

Damon Hill took home both the Junior 250F and the Junior 100-150cc two stoke class championships for 2011.
Leading the way in the Junior category for 2011 was South Australian Yamaha junior development rider Damon Hill who was able to win both the Junior 250F class as well as the Junior 125cc two stoke class in his final season of junior racing. Damo did not have it all his own way however as not only did he tie the season with Kurt Waterman with two round wins a piece , they both also finished the season out with 360 points each in the Junior 250F class.

Hill edged out 2010 Groms on the gas winner Kurt Waterman on count back in one of the tightest series ever seen in the Junior 250F class after the title came down to the final moto of the 2011 season with a battle royal being played out at the Gillman track. Damon needed to win the final moto and after a race long battle where the two riders were never separated by more than a couple of seconds including some back and forth passing Damon was able to take the lead when it counted and crossed the line winning the final moto of the season and wrapping up the title.

"I came into this weekend really just focussing on the 250F. I wanted that title so bad as I missed it last year by only a few points so I didn't want that to happen again. I am stoked to get the win and on both bikes is unreal," commented an exhausted Damo at the end of a long season of racing.

Following home Damon and Kurt in the Junior 250F class was Jordan Noles who edged out Aaron Hart by a mere three points for the final podium spot, riders Jett Anderson and Hart finished second and third respectively behind Damon Hill in the 100-150cc two stroke class.

That wraps up the 2011 South Australian state titles; a full list of top five in each class is below.

Kale looking back on the season in South Australia.
Senior Open
1st - Riley Graham
2nd - Shane Metcalfe
3rd - Steve Pontin
4th - Trent Shaw
5th - Jeremy Bennett

Senior Lites
1st - Daniel Banks
2nd - Kale Makeham
3rd - Rohan Lambeff
4th - Fraser Heidrich
5th - Joshua Tillbrook

Junior 4ST 13-U16 200-250
1st - Damon Hill
2nd - Kurt Waterman
3rd - Jordan Noles
4th - Aaron Hart
5th - Jye Breed

Junior 100-150 2ST
1st - Damon Hill
2nd - Jett Anderson
3rd - Aaron Hart
4th - Izak Maule
5th - Toby Lewis

Junior 85/150 BW 12-16YR
1st - Jett Anderson
2nd - Josef Oliver
3rd - Joshua Watson
4th - Nicholas Day
5th - Seigah Ward

Jock Manser on his way to a South Australian state motocross title in the the small wheel 85/150cc class.
Junior 85/150 STD 9-U12
1st - Jock Manser
2nd - Jed Polomka
3rd - Oscar Maule
4th - Patrick Mullett
5th - Josh Hart

Junior 65 10-12YR
1st - Jerakye Andrews
2nd - Lucas Eve
3rd - Mitchell Munze
r 4th - Brodie Sheidow
5th - Joel Hakkinen

Junior 65 7-9YR
1st - Thomas Larwood
2nd - Jayden Rudd
3rd - Travis Lee Edwar
4th - Ryle Kustermann
5th - Talen Andrews

Junior 50cc DIV 2 7-9YR
1st - Alex Larwood
2nd - Rory Hill
3rd - Max Price
4th - Blake Noll
5th - Cale Dellow

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