It’s an opportunity too good to turn down and Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont is grabbing at it with both fists.
The 16-year-old double New Zealand junior motocross champion headed off to Europe this week in a bid to carve out a career for himself in the heady world of Grand Prix motocross.
A Suzuki RM125 will be waiting for him when he arrives in England on Friday. He will be involved in training and testing near Swindon before crossing the English Channel to race in mainland Europe.
Just as Motueka’s Josh Coppins and Bay of Plenty’s Ben Townley did when they were teenagers, Lamont heads to the other side of the world to take on the elite of the world’s 125cc motocross racers.
Lamont will contest the last five rounds of this year’s 125cc European Motocross Championships (EMX125), a support class to the MX1 and MX2 world championships, as well as following through on his original plan to contest the Junior World Motocross Championships, that event set for France on August 21-25.
Lamont’s first big EMX125 race is set for France on June 6, with rounds to follow in Germany (June 20th), Sweden (July 4th), the Czech Republic (August 8th) and Italy (September 12th).
And, in his farewell race meeting, Lamont finished top of the podium in two classes. Lamont won both the 15-16 years’ 125cc and 14-16 years’ 250cc categories at the weekend’s second and final round of the North Island Motocross Championships in Taranaki.
“It was a good way to sign off in New Zealand,” said Lamont. “It was tough, though, because the conditions in Taranaki were pretty atrocious. It rained all weekend and it was very muddy and treacherous.
“But the bikes (an RM125 and RM-Z250) were great and never missed a beat.”
Lamont’s father, Stu, said several people needed to be thanked for making the European experience happen.
“Josh Coppins is offering so much support and Ben Townley and Hamilton physiotherapist John Appel have also been instrumental in making things happen for Kayne,” said Stu Lamont.
“All this racing in the EMX125 championships will be fantastic build-up for the Junior World Motocross Championships in France.”
Lamont is sponsored by Fox Racing, Elf lubricants, Scott goggles, FMF pipes, Pirelli tyres, Acerbis, Vesrah brake pads, NGK Spark Plugs, D.I.D Chain, Hi Flo filters, Tag bars and grips, MotoGB Suzuki, Suzuki New Zealand, Speed Shop, BikesportNZ.com, Advance Physiotherapy, StormMaster Moto Socks, Leatt neck brace, Bay Engineers Supplies, Proshield and iLabb graphics.
© Words and photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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