Potential champions revealed themselves on the second day of three at this season’s New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships in Tokoroa today.
After three of five races in each class, it’s now apparent who will be the riders likely to be top step of the podium by tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at this Leatt and Fox Brigade-sponsored event.
Friday’s race winner in the 14-16 years’ 250cc class, Takaka’s Hamish Harwood, carried on his winning ways today, finishing unbeaten and extending his lead to 13 points over Auckland’s Brandon Tipene.
Rotorua’s Haki Waller is third in the standings in this class, but just two points ahead of Dunedin’s Campbell King and six ahead of Matamata’s Jacob Kneebone.
Harwood seems well in charge of the class and the real battle tomorrow is likely to be the fight for second spot.
Rangiora’s Micah McGoldrick is still the leader in the 15-16 years’ 125cc class, his 2-1 results today giving him a boost and putting him nine points ahead of dual-class campaigner Harwood.
Rotorua’s Cameron Vaughan is third overall in this class after three races, just one point behind Harwood.
Atiamuri’s Hadleigh Knight had a brilliant day today, finishing 1-2 in his two 12-14 years’ 125cc class races, giving him a one-point edge over visiting Australian Jesse Dobson, the winner in this class on day one.
Silverdale’s Henry Griffith is in third place overall, just two points behind Dobson.
Otago’s Courtney Duncan could not be touched in the 13-16 year’s 85cc class and, after two more wins today to add to her race win on Friday, she is now 13 points ahead of Kumeu’s Chase Smith (pictured above).
Christchurch’s Dylan Walsh is third overall in this class, just two points behind Smith.
Hamilton’s Josiah Natzke is three points ahead of Australian visitor Hunter Lawrence after today’s two races in the 11-12 years 85cc class.
A rare mistake saw Natke crash while leading and gift Lawrence the win in the day’s opening race today but the balance of power was restored in the next race with Natzke winning comfortably.
New Plymouth’s Josh Holmes leads the 9-16 years’ 150cc class by one point from from Rangiora’s James Ree, while Mangakino’s Maximus Purvis is a massive 21 points ahead of Te Puke’s Jordon Milsom in the 8-10 years’ 85cc division.
With two races per class scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday), nothing is set in stone and overall positions could easily change.
© Words and photos by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com