Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont looks well on track for another national title any time soon.
The Yamaha rider ran away with the junior 15-16 years’ 125cc class at the weekend’s 49th annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville — scoring a hat-trick of wins — and he now has his sights set on tackling the best of the Australians at their under 19 nationals later this year, as well at the New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships in the South Island in April.
The BikesportNZ.com Yamaha rider has been in excellent form of late and perhaps was at his most impressive at Woodville at the weekend.
Lamont took his Waikato Yamaha YZ125 to the front early in each race at Woodville and looked comfortable each time as he raced to the chequered flag.
His wins were doubly significant because the young man he beat each time was Australia’s junior world champion Jay Wilson (KTM).
“It was good to beat the world champ. I really didn’t know what to expect of him but I knew I was going fast,” said Lamont.
“The first race was quite tough. Jay got a good start and caught me, but I pulled away from him in the end. I’m feeling pretty fit at the moment.
“I need to keep my fitness up for when I take time off from racing shortly to have surgery on my nose. I broke my nose at the final round of the under-21 nationals in Taranaki in November and the damage affects my breathing a bit but it didn’t seem to slow me down at the weekend.
“I will be out of action for between two and six weeks after surgery and then I need to build up again so that, hopefully, I can tackle the Australians at their under-19 nationals.
“It’s by invitation only to get into that series but I’m hopeful I’ll get chosen. That’s the aim anyway.”
Meanwhile, fellow BikesportNZ.com rider Joshua Jack (Suzuki), seen in the photo below sharing the airways with Lamont, is also impressing.
Jack, from Kaukapakapa, finished fourth overall in the 15-16 years’ class at Woodville, behind Lamont, Wilson and Waitakere’s Broc Martens (KTM).
Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com