WHITAKER RULES

Kiwi international Jake Whitaker was head and shoulders ahead of his rivals at rounds one and two of the North Island Moto Trials Championship in Taranaki at the weekend. Whitaker won both days – on rocky land near Egmont Village on Saturday and on farm property on Frankley Rd on Sunday – finishing well ahead of fellow Expert Grade riders Karl Clark, of Motueka, and New Plymouth’s Matt Foster. Wellington’s Carl Robson won the A grade, Auckland’s Liam Draper (pictured here) dominated the intermediate grade and Donald McKay won the clubmans’ grade.

© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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CHECA BOUNCES BACK

Reigning superbikes world champion Carlos Checa bounced back from a massive crash in race one to easily win the second race of the 2012 World Superbike Championships opening round at Australia’s Phillip Island course on Sunday.

After a watchful start in the second race of the opening round, the Spanish veteran decided enough was enough on lap five, passing Honda’s Jonathan Rea to move into the lead, which he held for the balance of the 22-lap race.

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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

So you’ve heard about enduros but don’t really know how they work, so that’s perhaps why you’ve never tried one.

An enduro is a lot like going to a trail ride, with some sections of racing.

Arrive at the event early, as sign-on is usually underway by about 8am. The first riders depart at 10am sharp and you want to have plenty of time to get yourself well organised.

Don’t start your bike when you take it off the trailer. Your bike must be dead cold at the start of the event.

When you sign on you will be given a number to place on the front of your bike. Usually the first 15 or so numbers are given to the expert riders. Basically, three riders leave each minute with each of the three-rider groups set off at one-minute intervals.

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DUNGEY DOES IT AGAIN

KTM’s Ryan Dungey secured his second AMA Supercross round victory of the year on Saturday night when he won the main event at the Georgia Dome, round eight of the US series.

In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class, Honda’s Justin Barcia remained undefeated in the second race of that championship.

Honda’s Cole Seely grabbed the holeshot award with Dungey and Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps hot on his heels. Behind them, championship leader Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) found himself in sixth place at the end of the opening lap. Fellow title contender, Yamaha’s James Stewart was also slow out of the gates, crossing the line in ninth on lap one.

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ROUND TWO

The aces were reshuffled in the deck at the second of four rounds in this season’s New Zealand Motocross Championships at Patetonga, near Morrinsville, on Sunday.

When the dust settled at Timaru’s round one a fortnight ago, it was Taupo’s Ben Townley (MX1), Queenstown’s Scott Columb (MX2, 250cc) and Amberley’s Micah McGoldrick (125cc and under-21) who topped their respective classes, but, apart from the seemingly untouchable Townley, early leaders Columb and McGoldrick will now have rethink their campaigns after coming under attack from their nearest rivals on Sunday.

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CITY MEETS THE COUNTRY

The Red Bull City Scramble – the toughest enduro-cross race in the world – returns to downtown Auckland this April.

On April 1, 2012, T Pier, Westhaven Drive, Auckland will come alive to the sound of 100 Enduro bikes with the world’s best riders competing for City Scramble glory.

Carrying on from the phenomenal success of the 2009 event, Red Bull City Scramble returns to the Auckland waterfront and is set to captivate the nation.

The purpose-built 500m long course will challenge riders to the highest level of their ability with unique rock, log, water, concrete and dirt features. This is a race that will take Enduro riding to the next level.

The international field will push local riders hard, testing their abilities and turning on a spectacle for the 15,000 strong crowd that will line the course. The crowd cheers will be loud as each rider battles their way through the toughest enduro obstacles man can replicate.

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HITTING THE MAINSTREAM

BikesportNZ.com continues to give you plenty of exclusive, fresh and original content.

We don’t just cut and paste words and pictures from PR items that are sent out to every address in the PR company’s address book.

And, as well as posting home-grown material on this site, every single week, BikesportNZ.com gives the motorcycling community – be it fans of motocross, supercross, enduro, cross-country racing, trials riding or superbikes – wicked widespread coverage in the nation’s mainstream media.

We have managed to push motorcycle sport into the mass media forefront, often ahead of the “traditional” Kiwi sports such as rugby, cricket and netball.

Here we give you an insight into what the crew at BikesportNZ.com are doing to give positive profile and nationwide exposure to the sport of motorcycle racing.

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REED OUT FOR SERIES

In a devastating blow for Australian hero Chad Reed, injuries sustained at last weekend’s Dallas round of the AMA Supercross, have forced him to retire from the remainder of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

The Two Two Motorsports Honda rider suffered a horrific crash while challenging for the race lead on lap seven and was unable to finish the race.

Initial scans have revealed the Australian has torn his anterior cruciate ligament, broken his tibia and fibula, sustained two broken ribs and has a broken T6 vertebrae.

At this point in time doctors are waiting for the swelling on his knee to subside before they conduct surgery.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

You can’t keep a good man down – and the same can probably be said of Tony Rees’ motorcycle too as the Whakatane man mounted a “back to the future” assault on one of New Zealand’s biggest race meetings at the weekend.

The Bay of Plenty man dusted off his 2005 model Yamaha R1 and entered the Battle of the Streets race meeting at Paeroa on Sunday and stunned onlookers with his pace, putting the bike on pole position.

The 1000cc Yamaha superbike was the same machine he’s raced to win the New Zealand Superbike Championship in 2005 and, although technology has now moved on to include such ‘goodies’ as traction control, the Whakatane rider proved his bike was still capable of winning seven years after its manufacture.

“It was another great day of hot racing action at Paeroa,” said the 44-year-old Rees.

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