Booth-Elliot Takes The Double At Renmark as Banks and Norris Continue To Lead Their Respective Classes Heading Into Season Finale.
James Booth-Elliott has won both the MX1 and MX2 Expert classes at the fourth round of the 2015 Peter Stevens South Australian State Motocross Championships held at Renmark on Sunday the 16th of August.
Booth-Elliott put in one of the races of the year to kick off an action packed day of racing when the gates dropped on the opening MX1 Expert class.
Getting caught up in a first turn pile up, Booth-Elliott picked himself up and put on a charge through the field coming from a long way back to chase down race leader Tyson Whillas with a handful of laps remaining in the 15 minute plus one lap race to take the race win.
He followed his opening race win with two more race wins after a tight battle with Dan Banks in the final moto to claim the round win by 11 points over Banks with Whillas a further two points back in third.
In the championship standings, Banks holds a solid 18 point lead heading into the final round over Booth - Elliott with Whillas in third position, with a handy 27 point buffer over fourth placed Matt Clarke.
Booth-Elliott was one small mistake away from making it a perfect six from six moto wins for the day picking up two race wins and a second place finish in the MX2 Expert class to claim two class wins at round four.
“It was great two pick up both class wins at Renmark.” Booth-Elliott commented. “It is a track that suits my style for some reason and I felt great out there on both my Aaron Deny, PERFORMANCE MOTO prepared bikes.”
“I had a couple of small crashes on the 250F, but overall I had great fun limiter bashing on the small bike on Sunday. The crash at the start of the first 450 race was big, I am glad Jac got up after that one, he went down hard in front of me and I had nowhere to go.
“That was probably one of my best races, I just put my head down and rode as hard as I could and somehow ran down the field from a long way back.
“My championship hopes in both classes took a hit at Keith, all I can do is head to the last round at Gillman and try and win every race and see how things play out.
“A big thanks to everyone who helps me out at each round, especially Greg from SGR who has helped me out over the past few years, hopefully we can finish the season off with another double round win in a few weeks time.”
Mitchell Norris put in another solid round to finish second overall including a race win. Norris who came into the round leading the way by a single point over fellow Port Lincoln Rider, Siegah Ward left the round extending his narrow championship lead by 13 points over Ward who finished the round in fourth place, one point behind Callan Dickson who returned to racing action and landed straight on the final step of the podium.
Booth-Elliott holds down third position in the championship, while Nicholas Day, Jordan Waters and Levi McManus are in a tight race for fourth with the three riders separated by just nine points.
Warren Carroll all but wrapped up the Vets A championship with another three moto wins at Renmark, extending his championship lead out to 69 points with one round left to run.
Local rider Ben Logos finished the day in second overall, while Craig Hage secured the final podium spot on count back ahead of Steve Liddicoat.
Liddicoat moved into second position in the series standings, 35 points ahead of South Australian MX legend John Platt in third.
In the Vets B class, it was another Riverland rider who had a great day out, with Nick Gray taking a closely fought one point round win ahead of Damian Dixon and Anthony Slade who both finished one point behind Gray, with Dixon getting the nod for second place on count-back.
In another round of mixed results, Andrew Swanson finished the round in fourth, with Derek Wing picking up fifth just three points further back.
In the championship standings, Slade will head into his home round finale with the title all but in the books, holding a 66 point lead but with a maximum of 105 points on offer, he will need to finish race 1 to secure the Championship, and as we know anything can happen in motorsport.
The battle for the final podium positions is a tight one with Swanson on 266 points ahead of Wing by just three points, while Jason Milnes who was second heading into round four slipped back to fourth, but just five points back from second spot.
Kate Curran was the only rider to front for the Women’s class at Remark and in doing so moved herself up to second position in the series standings, behind leader Zoe Harness. She proved she is a keen Competitor, mixing it up with 28 veterans!
Scott Watts was another rider who all but wrapped up his 2015 championship with another three race wins in the MX1 Intermediate class, and will carry a 69 point lead into the final round of the year.
Local rider Matt Pearce had a great day out finishing second overall, ahead of Taylor Thompson in third.
The two riders currently locked in a battle for second in the series standings in Brock Smith and Dylan Clark finished the day in 4th and 5th respectively, with Smith moving to within 16 points of Clark with one round left to run.
Chris Dohnt picked up the round win in the MX1 Clubman class ahead of James Alskne and Jake Brown.
Alskne continues to lead the championship on 391 points, 46 points ahead of Brown, with Dohnt in third a further 14 points back.
Corey Crawford picked up the win in the MX2 intermediate class ahead of Todd Quin and Taylor Adams. Sam Parsons, Luke Cirelli rounded out the top five, while Brad Hewitt picked up a moto win on his way to sixth overall on the day.
In the always competitive MX2 Clubman class Kingsley Norris returned to racing in the best way taking the round win by two points over Josh Kain, with Jessie Thatcher in third.
Championship leader Nathan Laubsch could have easily wrapped up the championship at Renmark but a couple of crashes followed by some hard charges through the field in two races, coupled with a race win, left him just one point shy of wrapping up the title with a round to spare.
Laubsch will head to the final round ahead of Jessie Thatcher who has a 41 point buffer to third placed Dean Cottrell.
For full results from round four and current championship standings head to http://www.orion-timing.com/1028/20150814/
The fifth and final round of the 2015 Peter Stevens South Australian Motocross Championship will be held at Motocross Riders Association’s track located on Wilkins Road Gillman on Sunday the 6th of September.
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