HERLINGS AND PRADO AGAIN

Round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship’s 2018 season, the MXGP of Germany, wrapped up at Teutschenthal at the weekend with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team celebrating wins by its rider Jeffrey Herlings (in the MXGP class) and Jorge Prado (MX2).

Kiwi rider Dylan Walsh finished 18th in the opening MX2 race of the weekend, his debut ride in the class this season.

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MOTOFEST WORTH ANOTHER LOOK

We know you’ll enjoy this extended highlights package from Hampton Downs in March, that weekend’s inaugural MotoFest event doubling as the third round of four of the 2018 New Zealand Superbike Championships.

The two-day festival of motorcycling promised a huge variety of high-octane excitement and that’s exactly what it provided for the bumper crowd of bike fans who rolled through the gates Continue reading

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SERIES SET FOR KICK-OFF

The 2018 Dirt Guide Cross-country Series kicks off near Tokoroa this weekend, the venue at Ohakuri – about halfway between Tokoroa and Taupo – and it is sure to attract riders from both ends of the aptitude and competitiveness spectrum.

Round two is set for the same course next month, on June 24, and the third and final round of the series on July 22, also at Ohakuri, doubles up as Continue reading

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‘KIWI GIRL’ BACK IN ACTION

The 2018 MXGP World Championship continues this weekend at the hilly Teutschenthal circuit for the eighth round of the season, the MXGP of Germany, an event that also represents the third round of six in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, featuring New Zealand’s Altherm JCR Yamaha Team rider Courtney Duncan.

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ARCHER BEATS UP BOYS AND MEN

She’s been threatening to beat up the boys for years, but now it’s official … Te Awamutu’s Rachael Archer is the national cross-country champion in the under-200cc two-stroke class.

The 16-year-old took her Husqvarna TE150 to wrap up the New Zealand title at the fourth and final round of the 2018 series near Mosgiel on Saturday.

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NOW LOOKING TO OVERSEAS

Bay of Plenty’s Brad Groombridge is hoping his latest dirt biking success might propel him onto the international stage.

The 27-year-old Taupo locksmith wrapped up the New Zealand Cross-country Championships title near Mosgiel at the weekend, a runner-up finish at this fourth and final round easily enough to see him make it three national cross-country title wins in a row.

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XC MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Taupo’s Brad Groombridge has completed the task he’d promised to right from the start of the season when he wrapped up the national cross-country title near Mosgiel at the weekend.

He had arrived at Saturday’s venue for the fourth and final round of the 2018 New Zealand Cross Country Championships series as firm favourite.

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HERLINGS EXTENDS HIS LEAD

The 2018 MXGP of Latvia at the weekend saw the best motocross riders in the world lining up behind the gate and taking on the challenging Kegums circuit.

For the second year in a row Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen left Latvia as overall winners.

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EURO BATTLE FOR KIWI RIDERS

Two of the FIM European Motocross Championships classes – EMX250 and EMX125 – shared the programme with the weekend’s MXGP of Latvia, the two European classes featuring Kiwi riders Dylan Walsh and James Scott.

Canterbury man Walsh (Husqvarna) managed ninth and 19th in his two EMX250 outings and he now finds himself fourth overall in the championship after four of 11 rounds.

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INTO THE MXGP CAULDRON

Australian Todd Waters chats ahead of his return to Grand Prix racing in Latvia this weekend.

It’s a big weekend for him, stepping in to replace the injured Brian Bogers, but not an overwhelming one because he has plenty of MXGP experience and a solid HRC Honda team behind him.

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BUSY WEEKEND IN LATVIA

The weekend will be a busy one at Kegums, in Latvia, as it is jam-packed with both MXGP and EMX motocross championship racing.

Adding to the schedule is the classes of EMX250 and EMX125. Watch out for points leaders Martin Barr in EMX250 and Rene Hofer in EMX125, as well as two New Zealanders in the mix, Canterbury’s Dylan Walsh (in EMX250) and Oparau’s James Scott (in EMX125).

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A HARD MAN TO PIN DOWN

Bay of Plenty’s Brad Groombridge is never one to be placed in a pigeon hole.

The 27-year-old Taupo locksmith is a leading rider on the national motocross, enduro, cross-country and TT racing scenes and he simply can’t be classified, buttoned-down, typecast or labelled one thing or another.

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ANDRELL SPRINGS A SURPRISE

It was something of a dream outing for Auckland’s Joseph Andrell, the 29-year-old competing at the 2018 edition of the New Zealand Mini TT Championships near Taupiri at the weekend.

The Landscape gardener from Orewa shifts dirt for a living, but he went into overdrive at the two-day TT nationals near Huntly, stunning everyone, including himself, Continue reading

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SMITH WAS UNTOUCHABLE

It was more than just a training exercise, but the pace of former national motocross champion Hayden Smith at the weekend’s New Zealand Miniature TT Championships showed he certainly was ready for his upcoming World Junior Motocross Championships bid in Australia.

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TOWNLEY FIGHTS BACK

Former world motocross champion Ben Townley is back on the KTM bike brand he rode to win that world title and he’s obviously loving it.

Though now retired from racing fulltime, the Bay of Plenty father-of-three used some of that 2004 MX2 world championship title-winning experience to good use at the weekend when he rolled up at Taupiri Continue reading

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FINAL SHOWDOWN TO DECIDE

He may be second in the championship standings, but Taupo’s Brad Groombridge is still the favourite to win the cross-country nationals this season.

The 2018 New Zealand Cross-country Championships will go down to the wire near Mosgiel this weekend, Saturday’s fourth and final round of the series a likely showdown between two equally-talented men from the Bay of Plenty, Continue reading

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HANNON READY TO STEP UP

“Simply the best” and “unstoppable” were phrases used by the commentator to describe Cambridge’s Jared Hannon as he blitzed the field on his way to winning the 8-12 years’ 85cc class at the Kawasaki-sponsored annual New Zealand Mini TT Championships near Taupiri at the weekend.

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SUPERCROSS HISTORY MADE

It was an historic and monumental night for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson and his team at the final round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross championship held in Las Vegas.

Having never captured a 450SX championship since the brand’s inception 115 years ago, the most prestigious title in the sport was theirs Continue reading

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