The popular annual Suzuki Series kicked off near Taupo on Sunday with all the usual fizz, fanfare and frenetic race action and, despite the star power of the international entries, it was the Kiwi locals who emerged as the early front-runners.
The fledgling GIXXER Cup class of motorcycle road-racing picked up at the weekend where it left off in its inaugural season last year, heralding the start of the 2018-19 season with hot race action on the track an unbridled camaraderie off it.
Bay of Plenty’s Brad Groombridge and his Kea Trailers Race Team-mate Seton Head both love the power of their Suzuki dirt bikes, but they each discovered there was a whole new level of bravery required when they made their road-racing debuts at the weekend.
Auckland’s Tom Buxton made it look far easier than it should have been as he dominated the third and final round of the popular New Zealand Grand National Cross-country Championships in the King Country at the weekend.
The big annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville will again enjoy elevated status in 2019.
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The boys from Downunder are making waves in Europe and aspiring Kiwis could perhaps do no better than to took to Australian brothers Hunter and Jett Lawrence or Kiwi riders Dylan Walsh and Josiah Natzke for inspiration.