Rangiora motorcycle mechanic Seth Devereux has certainly hit the big time.
The 19-year-old Kawasaki ace, who actually lives in Christchurch and commutes to nearby Rangiora for work each day, has only been racing bikes less than three years but now he’s a national motorcycling champion.
Devereux cemented his spot on the top step of the podium in the Prolites 250 class at the fifth and final round of this year’s New Zealand Superbike Championships, which wrapped up at Manfeild, in the Manawatu, on Sunday.
Devereux (2010-model Kawasaki Ninja 250R) had actually already sealed the title at the previous round, at Hampton Downs, near Meremere, a week earlier, scoring enough points to be untouchable as the series headed south to Manfeild.
“It’s quite funny how I got into road-racing,” said Devereux. “I had picked up a few speeding tickets riding my bike on the road and a friend of mine, Tony Grieving, suggested I should go road-racing.
“The first time I tried racing I finished the day fourth overall … so that was pretty good.
“I won the streetstock 150 class South Island Cup last year but it wasn’t a national championship.
“I’m thinking I might like to try the 125 GP class next season.”
Runner-up to Devereux this season was Palmerston North’s Paul Billington, with Otaki’s Sarah Elliott taking third spot.
Devereux also won the New Zealand TT and New Zealand GP titles for his class this year, in total winning 12 of the 14 races he started.
The only law that Devereux now defies is the law against gravity and whenever a motorcycle racing trophy gets taken away, he’s the prime suspect.
© Words and photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com