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Davie dares to succeed in motocross

Young rider Sam Davie is hoping for an injury-free Victorian motocross season.

LUKE MCMANUS April 18, 2014 3:08am

Sam Davie, motocross competitor, scored a first and second in two race classes at the Alpine Open in Myrtleford.

Sam Davie hopes fortune favours the brave during this year’s Victorian motocross circuit.

Hampered by injury in the past three seasons, the talented rider is crossing his fingers for a smoother run in season 2014.

It is proving difficult as Davie recovers from a broken hand and ankle suffered in November, which limited his preparation ahead of the Victorian Motocross Championships’ opening round in Horsham last month.

The injury, which forced him out of the final race, capped off a torrid time on the bike, having just rebounded from a shoulder reconstruction and fractured wrist.

‘‘A little bit of luck would help,’’ Davie said.

‘‘I haven’t had an ideal start to year because of the ankle.

‘‘I could have been sitting about fifth or sixth in the rankings which would have been a nice position to attack the leading the riders.

‘‘Hopefully I can turn it all around and win a few races by the end of the year.’’

Signs are promising going by Davie’s results at the weekend.

Davie topped the podium at the Alpine Open in Myrtleford on Sunday, dominating aboard his 250cc Yamaha in the A grade lites class before claiming runners-up in the open 450cc class.

Davie won each of the three races in the lites, while two second placings and a third earned him the runner-up plate in the speedier class.

‘‘I felt good back on the bike,’’ Davie said.

‘‘Especially in the second race where I was able to check out and win by about 20 seconds.

‘‘It was good to turn around and have no-one on me for a change.

‘‘I think I could have won the 450cc race if I had of won the final race but I just couldn’t get the pass.’’

Despite crashing out of the lead and contention in his third event, the John Hill Memorial trophy (named after a former boss) the apprentice mechanic was pleased with his performance.

Davie pinpointed strong starts as the catalyst behind his consistency across the three events.

‘‘It comes down to a combination of things,’’ he said.

‘‘Having good reflexes is one thing but also making sure the bike is on point to pull away from the gate quicker than anyone else.

‘‘In the memorial race, I actually holeshotted (strongest start) the 450s on my 250.

‘‘Gaz and Mon (mechanics Garry Painter and Adam Monsant) have worked endless hours on the bike to make sure I get the best possible start.

‘‘They’ve been really supportive.’’

Since joining Moto Shack in January, Davie has received support in specialised training, extra fitness and a steady balance between work and passion.

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