He’s Moore by name and more by nature.
Wairarapa’s Callum Moore is one young man who is sure to be featuring in headlines over the coming months as he steadily builds towards what he hopes will be a national motocross title win.
The 16-year-old Yamaha rider from Featherston is currently ranked fourth nationally in the 15-16 years’ 125cc class after a solid performance at the New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships near Blenheim last April.
This coming April, the junior nationals will be held in Tokoroa and Moore has the No.1 plate firmly in his sights.
He took his 2010-model Yamaha YZ125 to finish third overall at the recent big annual Whakatane Summercross event just after Christmas but that was just a part of his build-up process.
He is also aware that the two riders who placed ahead of him at Whakatane won’t be a threat to him at the nationals. Both these riders are older than Moore and will be moving out of the competition before April.
It will be the same story with the three riders who placed ahead of him last April, who are all now up in the senior ranks.
But it doesn’t mean the Maidstone Yamaha star can rest on his laurels and win the national 15-16 years’ 125cc title by default.
“I’m taking absolutely nothing for granted. The riders that are still in the class are very fast indeed and, besides that, there will be a couple of fresh faces for me to battle to, riders who have stepped up from the younger division,” said Moore.
“I’m not happy with being No.4 and, in recent weeks, I have certainly shown I’m on the pace to win in this class.
“I know that Atiamuri’s Dion Picard (Suzuki) will be a threat. He won the younger age group last season.”
Moore will also have to contend with Napier’s Stuart Young (Suzuki), Te Awamutu’s Ryan Thomspon (KTM), rising star Jacob Kneebone (Yamaha), of Matamata, and Paeroa hot-shot Kent Morley (Yamaha).
The junior nationals in April will be Moore’s last tilt at a junior title before he too moves into the senior ranks.
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