It was a weekend of highs and lows for 2010 double New Zealand junior motocross champion Kayne Lamont in Germany.
The Managkino rider, tackling the EMX125 Championships which were sharing their fourth round with what was also the eighth round of the MX1 and MX2 world championships at Teutschenthal, was feeling upbeat after his early sessions on the track.
The 16-year-old BikesportNZ.com rider took his Suzuki RM125 to finish fifth in his qualifying group, good enough for 10th in the overall classification.
But, in the championship races proper, nothing seemed to go right for the Kiwi.
He was in 14th place when he got pushed into the fence and dropped back into 34th place. It took a while to get his bike started and he managed to get back up to 21st position before falling off again.
With points allocated only to 20th place, Lamont missed out on claiming any reward for his hard work.
In race two, he managed a cracking start, being in fifth position around the first corner.
But, only about three or four corners later, his throttle jammed on and he flew out through a gap in the fence and into the crowd.
He re-entered the track and rode around to where his father Stu could check it out. Lamont went back out for another lap or two but the throttle kept sticking and it was too dangerous for him to continue … another DNF.
Despite not having a lot of luck, the teenager is still very positive and determined to get things sorted before the next round, in Sweden on July 4.
Both the EMX125 races in Germany were won by flying Frenchman Jordi Tixier, who now enjoys a 40-point lead over Austria’s Pascal Rauchenecker at the top of the standings.
The field is packed with the world’s elite 125cc riders, many of who receive full factory backing and some of whom were seen in action in New Zealand during the Junior Motocross World Championships in August last year.
Among those names possibly familiar to Kiwi fans are Italy’s Samuele Bernadini (currently sixth in the standings), France’s Dylan Ferrandis (10th) and Swiss rider Jeremy Seewer (21st).
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com