The weekend’s annual Waikato Motocross Championship was a thrill a minute for spectators and perhaps no less thrilling for the riders either.
Six wins from six starts, The Honda Shop Racing Team’s debut outing near Te Kuiti on Sunday could not have been any more impressive than that.
Bay of Plenty’s Brad Groombridge created history when he won the Acerbis Four-Hour cross-country endurance race near Taupo on Saturday, becoming the first man ever to win it as an ironman.
The Motocross of Nations is the biggest motocross race of the year and next season it will be held in Kegums, in Latvia.
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Things are on the way up for Te Puke’s Logan Blackburn.
The 19-year-old finished runner-up in the 125cc class at the New Zealand Motocross Championships earlier this year – missing out on the title by just one point from fellow Yamaha ace Cameron Vaughan, of Rotorua – and he showed enough promise to be promoted into the high-profile Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team enclosure.
Wairarapa’s Reuben Vermeer knows a thing or two about racing off-road-motorcycles and he’ll be out to prove that again this weekend.
Bay of Plenty man Ben Townley has a vision for what supercross could become in New Zealand.
He may now be considered a privateer rider these days, but underestimate Kayne Lamont at your peril.
It took some effort to find the 20-year-old from Mangakino at Labour Weekend’s big annual Motocross Extravaganza in Taupo – instead of camping out in ‘factory alley’ with all the high-profile teams, he was parked ‘way out the back’, away from the main throng of the crowd.
Suzuki riders dominated the popular Acerbis Four-Hour cross-country race near Taupo last season and there are plans afoot to repeat the dose this time around as well, although there will be different names to go on the trophies.