Not satisfied just with winning national motocross titles in New Zealand, Hamilton’s Darryll King headed overseas at the weekend to collect yet another national victory, this time in Australia.
The 42-year-old Rockstar Yamaha ace, who stunned the domestic scene in New Zealand this season when he humbled all the rising young stars to snatch away the MX2 (250cc) title, arrived in Coolum, Queensland, on Saturday with just one thing on his mind – to reclaim the Australian Veterans’ (over-40) motocross crown that he had also won last year.
“I’m really happy with my performance in winning the Australian veterans’ title again,” he said.
“I rode my Yamaha YZ450F and had a blast each time I hit the race track,” said King, who finished 2-1-1-1 over his four races.
“I was challenged in every race and had to ride at my best to beat Mick Cook for the title.
“The track was incredibly rough and my sand riding skills, from many years of racing the Motocross Grand Prix scene in Europe, helped me to power home for three race wins.
“I owe a huge thanks to Yamaha Australia for their support over the weekend.”
In all, King raced eight times over the weekend, more than any other rider, as he also rode the Pro Open class, a title he won in Australia several times in his younger days.
He managed 17-15-11-11 in his four outings, good enough for 14th overall on the day, and he was on hand to cheer as fellow Yamaha riders Jay Marmont and Josh Coppins topped the Pro Open podium for the championship.
The next event for King is the British GP in three weeks’ time, where he will race the Veterans’ World Championships class.
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com