If the opposition thought things were going to get easier from KTM’s pair of championship-leading MX1 factory team riders coming into this weekend’s eighth round of the Australian Motocross Championships, they might have another thought coming.
As one of Yamaha’s best motocross Grand Prix riders of the modern era, New Zealand’s Josh Coppins brought a lot to the manufacturer and the Italian factory team through his results, determination and professionalism.
Former MX2 world champion Ben Townley will return to the MX Nationals at the eighth round of 10 in the series in Nowra this weekend, once again representing the Penrite Honda Racing team for the second time this year.
Sam Love is another Kiwi road-racer who is making waves internationally this season.
It’s a long way from the mini motocross ranks in New Zealand to where he is today, but Waikato motocross ace Josiah Natzke is on the fast track to the top and, if he can maintain his momentum in Belgium this weekend, he’ll be at the pinnacle of his sport.
Perhaps Taikorea’s Paul Whibley is twice as good as anyone else on the Kiwi cross-country motorcycling scene.
National junior cross-country champion Nick Wightman showed the sort of form that earned him that title when he again won the junior section of the weekend’s Woodhill Two-man Cross-country race.
The slippery, chewed-up clay of Loket, in the Czech Republic, made for tight lap times and edge-of-your-seat racing for everyone except Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre who was in a league of his own this weekend as he blitzed his way to a double race victory for his fifth MXGP overall of the season.
The weather played a major role at the ninth round of the 2015 United States Motocross Championships on Saturday, as a day of consistent rain provided unique and challenging conditions for the racing at Washougal.
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