Bay of Plenty man Ben Townley has a vision for what supercross could become in New Zealand.
His concept is for a slightly modified version of supercross racing called Speedcross, which features double jumps and tabletops, just like in regular supercross events, but also has a long sweeping speedway-style section.
The former world and American champion – along with Brad Groombridge, Hamish Harwood, Rhys Carter, Aaron Wiltshier, Hadleigh Knight and Jesse Donnelly – demonstrated this modification of the supercross, using a rapid-fire, four-lap, four-rider format that had the assembled crowd at the Taupo facility in awe.
The sport of supercross has struggled in New Zealand in recent times and the national championships set for the start of this year were eventually cancelled.
However, round one of this season’s New Zealand Supercross Championships will be held on Sunday, November 24, near Timaru.
Round two will be held on Thursday, November 28, at Winton.
© Words and photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com