ROUGH AND TOUGH DAY FOR SAYJR BOYS
Round three of the South Australian Motocross Championships were held at the Andy Caldecott Circuit in Keith this past weekend. In cold and windy conditions, the SAYJR boys did battle on a near perfect race track. The day would see some highs and lows for the team but everyone pushed on and had solid performances.
Alex Larwood once again took out his two classes. He had some interstate competition this time around which kept him on his toes but Alex was able to prove that his speed and consistent laps would once again prove victorious. But in saying that a small mistake on his 65 seen him drop his first moto of the year and he had to settle for a second place in that one. He bounced back with 5 out of the 6 moto wins and onboard his YZ85.
"I had fun today. The track was cool and I got pushed today so that was good. My bikes both handled great, exclaimed young Larwood.
Taj Gow Smith came into Keith with some awesome memories from last year's round and again wanted to have another good showing. Racing team mate Alex Larwood on both bikes, Taj has one of Australia's best to chase and he showed that he is learning and getting closer to Alex each and every round. He maintained great speed and this was the best the young "outback kid" has ridden this season, he claimed second on his YZ85 behind Larwood and 3rd overall on his 65.
"It was an awesome day and I love this track. My bikes were hooking up out there but I struggled on my starts so I will fix that problem for the next round, said Gow Smith.
Thomas Larwood had a day he would probably rather forget. After going down on lap one in moto one, he set out to chase down the field which he was doing before a huge crashed took him out of the race with a very sore elbow and damaged bike. After weighing up whether he could continue through the pain or not Thomas decided to grit his teeth and push through the second and third motos to pick up some valuable points for the championship, he managed to pick up an eighth and a fourth in doing so. To push through the pain like he did shows how determined he is to chase this title to the end.
"It wasn't the weekend I had planned. I hit an edge and it just flung me. It was a big crash but I'm lucky I got out of it ok. I am disappointed but I will be trying to make up for it in a few weeks time, said Thomas.
SAYJR Team Manager Shane Metcalfe was once again very happy with his youngsters. To me, Thomas today showed how determined and gutsy he really is. He was in some serious pain but he grit his teeth and put on a brave face to finish off the day with some points.
It was great to see some interstate competition come to SA in chase of our young guns Alex and Taj. The two kept their 1-2 punch going in the 85cc class which is very cool to see. Taj rode awesome today, he was closer again to Alex and further in front of the other guys he has been battling with. I'm very happy with all three riders, Metcalfe offered.
The next round is at Renmark for round four on the 15th of August.
SAMX Standings After Round Three
13-U16yrs 125cc - 1st Travis Edwards, 2nd Morgan McNicol, 3rd Thomas Larwood
9-U12yrs 85cc - 1st Alex Larwood, 2nd Taj Gow Smith, 3rd Clay Burnett
10-U12yrs 65cc - 1st Alex Larwood, 2nd Taj Gow Smith, 3rd Landen Panozzo