Points close up in Peter Stevens Motorcycles SAMX Junior titles at Port Augusta
A mixture of the best junior motocross riders from South Australia and interstate headed north to Port Augusta on the weekend to compete in the latest round of the 2016 Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian Motocross Championships (SAMX). Perfect weather conditions greeted the riders, as they sought to do battle for important series points in the chase for the title, which wraps up at the fourth and final round at Monarto in August.
100 – 125cc 2 Stroke – 13 to Under 16
Two wins from three starts for reigning State Champion Travis Edwards have helped him to retain the series lead in the 100-125cc 2 Stroke class for riders aged 13 to 16. Edwards’ wins came in moto one and two with his closest challenger in the series standings, Nathan Walmsley taking the victory in moto three after rising through from sixth in moto one and second in moto two.
The battle between the front running riders has all but ensured a close battle for the minor placings in the title at the final round between Edwards and Walmsley with Cooper Sheidow, Thomas Larwood and Noah Coad all separated by a mere 15 points across second through to fifth.
100 – 125cc 2 Stroke – 13 to Under 16 – Championship Points – After Round Three
1 – Travis Edwards – 271
2 – Nathan Walmsley – 247
3 – Cooper Sheidow – 245
4 – Thomas Larwood – 238
5 – Noah Coad – 232
50cc Auto DIV 2 under 9 years – Proudly sponsored by Loose Kid Industries (LKI)
A victory in both moto one and moto two for Cooper Bevan combined with a third place finish in moto three has helped to secure him a slender three point series lead in the 50cc Auto DIV 2 for riders aged under 9 years proudly sponsored by Loose Kid Industries (LKI). Wil Carpenter experienced a mixed weekend with a best result of second in moto one, while Sam Oster secured three top five finishes which has helped him to open up a gap to fourth placed Jayden Hank in the overall points with just ten further points now separating Hank and Tyler Battams.
50cc Auto DIV 2 under 9 years – Proudly sponsored by Loose Kid Industries (LKI) – Championship Points – After Round Three
1 – Cooper Bevan – 281
2 – Wil Carpenter – 278
3 – Sam Oster – 245
4 – Jayden Hank – 222
5 – Tyler Battams – 212
65cc 10 to Under 12
A clean sweep across Saturday’s three moto races for Taj-Gow Smith has helped to open up a 36 point lead following the Port Augusta event with a short turnaround ahead of the final round in Monarto in August. Victorian Anthony Atanasovski was Smith’s nearest challenger in the opening two motos, however a DNF in moto three for Atanasovski helped to promote Landen Panozzo to second in the last of the motos, subsequently securing further series points on the back of two third place finishes in moto one and two with Panozzo sitting second in the Championship.
65cc 10 to Under 12 – Championship Points – After Round Three
1 – Taj-Gow Smith - 312
2 – Landen Panozzo – 276
3 – Jake Grubb – 254
4 – Anthony Atanasovski (VIC) – 249
5 – Liam Buckley – 222
65cc 7 – 9 year olds
The moto wins were shared between series points leaders Jake Snow and Patrick Martin in the 65cc class for riders aged 7-9. Snow took the win in the first two races ahead of Martin with the roles reversing in moto three as Martin crossed the line ahead of Snow. A post-race penalty of 20 seconds for an infringement was applied to the finishing time of Jack Snow, placing him in second behind Martin. Ripley Rowbotham’s trio of third place finishes were enough to helped him to sure up third in the overall standings entering the final round. Consistency also proved key for Brock Symons who secured fourth on all three occasions. The fastest lap times were also shared across the races between Snow and Martin as their battle for Championship glory comes down to the wire.
65cc 7 – 9 year olds – Championship Points – After Round Three
1 – Jake Snow – 306
2 – Patrick Martin – 276
3 – Ripley Rowbotham – 250
4 – Brock Symons – 231
5 – Davey Gear – 222
85cc / 150cc STD Wheel 9 to Under 12
The winning momentum in Port Augusta for Taj-Gow Smith continued into the 85cc / 150cc STD wheel class for riders aged 9-12 as he secured three wins from three starts. Anthony Atanasovski finished second in all three races with the Victorian bringing himself within 24 points of Smith. Following a DNF in moto one, Clay Burnett rose through the field to claim third in moto two and three, helping to slot himself into fifth in the overall standings behind Jack McLean in third and Jake Grubb in fourth who each finished the weekend with a consistent run of regular top five results.
85cc / 150cc STD Wheel 9 to Under 12 – Championship Points – After Round Three
1 – Taj-Gow Smith – 303
2 – Anthony Atanasovski (VIC) – 279
3 – Jack McLean – 230
4 – Jake Grubb – 215
5 – Clay Burnett – 208
85cc / 150cc STD & Big Wheel Under 16
Alex Larwood holds a firm 49 point lead in the overall points for the 85cc / 150cc STD and Big Wheel class for riders aged under 16 following the Port Augusta event. Larwood sprinted away to take all three moto race wins, finishing ahead of Rory Hill and Cooper Sheidow in all three races, with Sheidow taking second on two of the three occasions. The weekend’s results now see Hill sit third overall, just 19 points behind Sheidow in the Championship. Kai Newbold’s three 4th place finishes have helped to lock him into fourth overall ahead of Will Holmes in fifth. The Port Augusta weekend was Jaxon Rayner’s first points scoring event for the Championship after returning from injury, coming away two fifth place finishes and a sixth.
Motorcycling SA Inc. officials and management would like to extend a big congratulations to the riders in the last race of the day for the 85cc, with an incident involving Cassidy Maher in the last race which meant yellow flags were being waved. The riders showed genuine professionalism to conduct themselves in a safe and controlled manner which meant the race could continue, well done to all riders.
85cc / 150cc STD & Big Wheel Under 16 – Championship Points – After Round Three
1 – Alex Larwood – 309
2 – Cooper Sheidow – 260
3 – Rory Hill – 241
4 – Kai Newbold – 219
5 – Will Holmes – 203
Full championship points are available through the Motorcycling SA Inc. website at www.motorcyclingsa.org.au
The fourth and final round of the 2016 Peter Stevens Motorcycles SAMX takes place at the South Coast Motorcycle Club’s Monarto venue, near Murray Bridge on August 13 and 14 with entries now being open through your RiderNet profile.
Photographer Credit: Eric McConnochie