The motocross world may be about to get a shake-up.
That will certainly happen if Gisborne’s Travis Brown has his way.
The 12-year-old who is just about to start his year nine stint at Gisborne Boys’ High School in the New Year, was handing out a few lessons of his own at the 40th annual Yamaha Summercross, just outside Whakatane this week.
The two-day meeting had the junior racing scheduled for day two of Wednesday and, after watching the senior riders the day earlier, Brown was ready to explode onto the track with his CGM Motorcycles Yamaha YZ85.
He hounded Yamaha’s national 12-13 year’s 85cc champion Josiah Natzke, of Hamilton, to the chequered flag in the first of his three races on Wednesday and, when Natzke decided to withdraw from the rest of the day’s action because of back strain, it was left for Brown to dominate.
“I’ve really been picking up the pace lately,” said Brown.
“I had a few crashes during the junior nationals at Tokoroa in April and had to settle for 13th. But I’ve been getting better and better recently and even beaten Josiah Natzke a couple of times lately.
“I’m getting top-five placings all he time now.”
Brown finished 2-1-2 in his three outings, wrapping up the class by a comfortable seven points from Te Kuiti’s Sean Kelly (Kawasaki) and 20 points ahead of third-ranked Te Puke rider Tyler Steiner (Suzuki).
Ngatea’s Benjamin Broad (KTM) and BikesportNZ.com rider Xavier McBrydie (Suzuki), from Taupo, rounded out the top five.
Brown is supported by Bill Moore Fishing Tours, Nomc Upholsterers, CGM Motorcycles in Gisborne and by Gisborne Helicopters.
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com