Port Augusta locals shine in hometown hit out for Peter Stevens Motorcycles SAMX Championship
Port Augusta has played host to the third round of the 2016 Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian Motocross Championships (SAMX) and with it brought a vibrant and enthusiastic group of riders to the northern regions, all battling for critical Championship points with the event acting as the penultimate round of the series. Locals Izak Maule (MX1 Expert) and Stephanie Cutler (Women) showed good form on their home track with the points battles closing up amongst the senior classes.
President of the Port Augusta Motor Cycle Club, hosts of the third round of the 2016 Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian Motocross Championship, Mark Maule is very pleased with the overall success of the event, the conduct of the riders over the weekend and the growth to the region for the weekend.
“As a club, we were very happy with the weekend. We had a great crowd and some good weather which helped to make it a successful event. All of the riders conducted themselves in a professional manner throughout the course of the weekend which was fantastic.”
“I have to extend a big thank you to the club members who worked tirelessly to put everything together at the venue to make everything run smoothly. The event itself brought some strong growth across the Port Augusta region, including accommodation, restaurants and the shopping precincts which was very pleasing also,” Maule said.
128-150cc 2 Stroke / 200-150cc 4 Stroke – 13 to 16 years
Visiting Victorian rider Taj Marshall was the form rider across the weekend in the 128-150cc 2 Stroke / 200-150cc 4 Stroke for riders aged 13 to 16 years, picking up the victory in all three motos on Sunday. The wins have subsequently locked Marshall into third overall in the standings after joining the series at round two as Travis Edwards cemented a 41 point lead in at the top of the order with a trio of top three finishes.
Headlined by a third and fourth place finish in two of three motos and sadly a huge crash in the other, Nathan Walmsley sits second in the standings behind Edwards. Aaron Mason and another Victorian Thomas Bell sit fourth and fifth in the overall standings at the end of the weekend with Mason earning all top ten results while Bell finished inside the top four in all races.
128-150cc 2 Stroke / 200-150cc 4 Stroke – 13 to 16 years – Championship Points – After Round 3
1 – Travis Edwards – 271
2 – Nathan Walmsley – 230
3 – Taj Marshall – 199
4 – Aaron Mason – 191
5 – Thomas Bell – 174
Veterans – A and B
Warren Carroll (A) was the overall winner in both motos at Port Augusta in the Veterans class for riders aged 35 years and over. Carroll finished ahead of Kym Ashkenazi (A) in both races with the pair now locked on 201 points each at the top of the overall series standings. Daniel Phillips (A) finished third in both races, a mirror of his performance from the previous round, rising to tenth in the overall standings. Following the weekend, just ten points separates Kym Delaine (A), Mark Butterworth (A) and Anthony Slade (A) from third through to fifth in the standings.
Steven Crozier (B) took the wins for Veterans B in both motos, opening up a 22 point lead over Shane Carpenter who finished second in moto one and third in moto two with Simon Evitts (B) stepping up to take second in the first moto. Scott Baker (B) is within four points of Carpenter in third overall following a consistent weekend and is now equal on points with Paul McLean (B) in fourth with Evitts a close five points behind in fifth.
Veterans A – Championship Points – After Round 3 Veterans B – Championship Points – After Round 3
1 – Warren Carroll – 201 1 – Steven Crozier – 190
2 – Kym Ashkenazi – 201 2 – Shane Carpenter – 168
3 – Kym Delaine – 156 3 – Scott Baker - 164
4 – Mark Butterworth – 152 4 – Paul McLean – 164
5 – Anthony Slade – 146 5 – Simon Evitts – 159
MX2 Clubman saw a share of winners across the two motos with Jacob Tiss taking the victory in moto one and Bode Baylis in moto two. Jack Coleman, series points leader after round three, finished seventh and fourth in the two races while the event results now see Adrian Cottrell and Bode Baylis locked on 166 points each and equal second leading into the final round. Cottrell finished as high as second in moto two with Baylis taking the win in the final race. Whyalla’s Adam Spikin and Daniel Smith round out the top five in the series standings following the weekend after both finishing inside the top five in both races.
MX2 Clubman – Championship Points – After Round 3
1 – Jack Coleman - 181
2 – Adrian Cottrell – 166
3 – Bode Baylis – 166
4 – Adam Spikin – 157
5 – Daniel Smith – 150
MX1 Clubman / Women
The first outing of the 2016 Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian Motocross Championship season for Joel James saw him claim both victories in the MX1 Clubman class. James finished ahead of series points leader Trent Smits in both races with the first rider in the Women classification, Port Augusta’s own Stephanie Cutler securing third outright and first in class in both races.
Amy Bartsch was fourth overall and second in the Women’s class in both races and with that, now sits six points behind Cutler in the Championship. Daniel Gooley was fifth overall and third in MX1 Clubman, subsequently now sitting 18 points behind Smits in second for the Championship.
MX1 Clubman – Championship Points – After Round 3 Women – Championship Points – After Round 3 1 – Trent Smits – 188 1 – Stephanie Cutler – 204
2 – Daniel Gooley – 170 2 – Amy Bartsch – 198
3 – Daniel Sintic – 120 3 – Katilyn Curran – 176
4 – Wayne Burge – 102 4 – Christina Vithoulkas – 159
5 – Ryan Nenke – 100 5 – Letitia Matters – 148
MX2 Expert and Intermediate
Mitchell Norris was the outright winner of the day with a win in the opening moto for MX2 Expert on Sunday at Port Augusta with this result combined with his second in moto two. With this, Norris closed the gap to Port Lincoln hard charger Siegah Ward in the ‘Giles Whitton Cup’ Championship points order to five at the end of the weekend. Ward was an amazing winner in moto two after starting poorly and crossing in 14th position on the hole shot but then climbing to fifth after lap one. Coming from deep in the field to get the win, this was one of the rides of the weekend which followed his third place in moto one. Levi McManus brought himself within nine points of Norris in the series standings, following a second and third place finish to take third for the day.
In MX2 Intermediate, the wins were shared between Tylor Thompson and Mitchell Munzer, with series point’s leader Munzer also taking second in the first moto to now hold a 21 point Championship lead following the Port Augusta event. Zachary Bradbery finished third and second in moto one and two respectively, rising to second in the standings. A mere six points separate Matt Pearce, Tylor Thompson and Brandon Pilgrim for third through to fifth in the points leading up to the final round.
MX2 Expert – ‘Giles Whitton Cup’ Championship Points MX2 Intermediate – Championship Points – After Round 3
1 – Siegah Ward – 184 1 – Mitchell Munzer – 207
2 – Mitchell Norris – 179 2 – Zachary Bradbery – 186
3 – Levi McManus – 170 3 – Matt Pearce – 157
4 – Nicholas Day – 154 4 – Tylor Thompson – 154
5 – Fraser Heidrich – 149 5 – Brandon Pilgrim – 151
MX1 Expert and Intermediate
Local Izak Maule took the win in moto one and followed that with a third in moto two after having bike problems on the starting line and having to change a flat tyre at the last minute for MX1 Expert on his home track, thus giving him second for the day and also rising him to second in the points standings behind existing Championship leader Nicholas Murray.
With a 15 point lead following the weekend, Murray took two results in the top three. The races saw Daniel Banks take the second victory from the two races, backing up his second place finish in moto one giving him the top step of the podium for day. Both Tyler Lange and Matt Clarke are equal third on points in MX1 Expert, just one point behind Maule after both riders finished fourth and fifth respectively in the two races.
MX1 Intermediate saw both Jackson Caldwell and Jack Kauschke take a victory each, with Kauschke’s second place finish behind Caldwell in moto one helping to rise him to the points lead from third with two points separating he and Daniel Bartsch who made good improvements in moto two. Caldwell now holds a five point lead over Steven Gebert with Samual May just 12 points behind in fifth.
MX1 Expert – Championship Points – After Round 3 MX1 Intermediate – Championship Points – After Round 3
1 – Nicholas Murray – 178 1 – Jack Kauschke – 186
2 – Izak Maule – 163 2 – Daniel Bartsch – 184
3 – Tyler Lange – 162 3 – Jackson Caldwell – 169
4 – Matt Clarke – 162 4 – Steven Gebert – 164
5 – Rohan Lambeff – 146 5 – Samual May – 157
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 open through your RiderNet profile.