Wairoa’s Reece Lister showed great determination at round three of the cross-country nationals on Sunday, his ride surely an inspiration to others. Photo by Andy McGechan,

Wairoa’s Reece Lister (KTM 250SX) gave new meaning to the word determination when he fought a brave fight-back after crashing early at round three of the New Zealand Cross-country Championships near Taupo on Sunday.

The rider from Hawke’s Bay rider grabbed the holeshot at the start of the three-hour senior race and still held the lead as the field came back into view at the end of the opening lap.

Wairoa’s Reece Lister (KTM No.223) held the lead near the end of lap one on Sunday, but made a mistake while riding along this fenceline, not far from the pits. Behind you can see Taupo’s defending champion Brad Groombridge (No.338) stall his bike, while Saturday’s eventual race winner, Taupo’s Nathan Tesselaar (No.3), arrives on the scene. Photo by Andy McGechan,

But then disaster struck just a few hundred metres from the timing zone, the 17-year-old losing control of his bike and hurtling into a farm fence.

It took him ages to extricate his bike from the fence batons and wire and he was almost 60th and last when he eventually rejoined the race.

In an inspired ride, the battered and bruised Lister powered through almost the entire field, claiming sixth overall at the finish and giving him the over-200cc two-stroke class win.

He is now second in the series standings for this class, just three points behind Napier’s Mackenzie Wiig (KTM 300 EXC).

The fourth and final round of the series is set for farmland near Mosgiel on May 12.





© Words and photos by Andy McGechan,

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