Beaming smiles were on the faces and “awesome” was the word on the lips of the mini and junior motocross riders as they collected their signed Ben Townley trophies and certificates at the end of the recent Maddix Park “Once in a Blue Moon” BT Trophy MX Day.
Former MX2 world champion Ben Townley is an idol to most aspiring NZ riders and the desire to win one of the trophies he won when he was young like them was a strong motivation.
The majority of the riders at the Motocross Giant.com-sponsored event were Bay of Plenty locals but riders from over the hill in the Waikato and as far south as Napier came to compete for the highly-prized trophies as well.
The tracks were perfectly groomed and held up well, the weather was kind and the atmosphere of the day was fun, relaxed and enjoyable. “wicked”, “a blast”, “cool”, “awesome”, “loved it”, “great fun”, “a real buzz” and “refreshing to be racing again at Maddix” were among the comments.
There were some happy coincidences. Jovhann Phillips was near somersaulting over the moon to win first place in the 12-14 Years 125cc class and collect a trophy Ben Townley had won in the exact same class in 1999, the year Jovhann was born and the reason his bike is number 999.
Huntly Motorcycle Club member Cole Dalley was stoked to return home with a trophy Ben had won at a Huntly Club event in 1994.
And 6 year old Emma McClymont was rapt to find her 3rd place trophy was pink – her favourite colour.
One lucky rider may not realise he/she has an added bonus. One trophy has a signature from Darryll King to the young Ben.
Not everyone could win a trophy unfortunately but the BT signed certificates were much appreciated and laminators have since been in overdrive.
For several children it was their first trophy or certificate or their first time on a podium and as such, a great boost to their confidence. Even those who didn’t have their best results ever enjoyed the competition, the who-got-the-hole-shot/ home track advantage talk and the friendly social interaction.
Seeing that Ben’s trophies were for 10th, 7th and 6th as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and linking this to Ben’s message “Keep racing, this is where I started too” certainly provided encouragement and motivation and emphasized the importance of grass roots motocross.
Reliable sources state that every mini’s trophy/ certificate went to school on the Monday for a morning talk about Ben Townley.
Although the focus of the BT Trophy day was on the minis and juniors, the equally competitive seniors were not forgotten and medals were presented to the first 3 place getters in each class.
No-one went home empty handed thanks to much appreciated spot prizes of body armour, gloves, neck braces, socks, kidney belts and Nitro Circus DVDs offered by www.MotocrossGiant.com.
Special thanks to them and to Mike Sheely and Paul Callinan for the track grooming, to Greg Langford and Kurt for starting/ track sweeping duties, to Kelvin Meredith for the mini track organization plus help with prize-giving and also to all the lap-scorers and marshals and everyone else who helped make the day so successful.
Lastly, an injury update: Callum Ranger had a plate put in his broken collar bone. Ben Hegarty suffered bad bruising but no broken bones. Cameron Forlong will be in hospital for a while with multiple fractures. The positives are he is young and fit and his arms, his legs and his brain are all working. It is just going to take time.
Maddix Park “Once in a Blue Moon” BT Trophy Trophy MX Results:
50cc 4-7 Years Intro (Japanese): 1st Joe Stock, 2nd Kristian Crane.
50cc 4-7 Years Intro (European): 1st Tyler Wiremu, 2nd Brooke Dalley, 3rd Emma McClymont.
50cc MX 6-8 Years Division 2: 1st Sam Meredith, 2nd Ben Stock, 3rd Stephen New, 4th Jakob Bourne, 5th Logan Simmonds, 6th Luke Fraser-Brown.
Trail 7-11 Years: 1st Tayla Josephs, 2nd AJ Steiner
65cc 7-8 Years: 1st Samuel Cooper, 2nd William Savage, 3rd Brady Roach, 4th Tinnaka Kenny, 5th Jackson Josephs.
65cc 9-11 Years B Grade: 1st Luke McClymont, 2nd Sean Callinan, 3rd Leevi Roach, 4th Dylan Tredinnick, 5th Alex Fraser-Brown.
65cc 9-11 Years A Grade: 1st Jacob Hunt, 2nd Vincent Andersson, 3rd Dylan Kenny, 4th Cole Dalley.
Junior Women: 1st Margaux Tolley
85cc 8-10 Years: 1st Josh McClymont.
85cc 11-12 Years: 1st Chris Merriman, 2nd Harrison Forrester-Moore, 3rd Brad Cameron, 4th Josh Tredinnick, 5th Trent Cameron, 6th Connor Hawkless, 7th Taylor Kennedy, 8th Ben Hegarty, 9th Alex Cameron.
85cc 13-16 Years:1st Reece Garrett, 2nd Harrison Still, 3rd Thomas Forlong, 4th Luke Gane, 5th Sam Middleton, 6th Sam Saunders, 7th Alex Newlove, 8th Baxter Richards, 9th Matt Atkins, 10th Mitchell Bond, 11th Jacob Barrett, 12th Matt Neilsen, 13th Callum Ranger, 14th Patrick Wenn, 15th Mitchell Thomas.
12-14 Years 125cc:1st Jovhann Phillips, 2nd Nathan Mead, 3rd Tyler Steiner, 4th Bruce Raynes, 5th Shayden Candy, 6th Cameron Farley, 7th Adam Greenslade, 8th Nick Heyblom, 9th Shelbe Sayers, 10th Taylor Peach, 11th Dylan Martinovich, 12th Ricky Morritt, 13th Stefan Dwane, 14th Ryan Martin, 15th Trent Haywood, 16th Luther Wenn.
15-16 Years 125cc: 1st Matt Kenyon, 2nd Aaron Wiltshier, 3rd Nathan Henderson, 4th Nathan Sharland, 5th Lee Ormsby, 6th Sebastian Still, 7th Evan Hawkless, 8th James Pou, 9th Jamie Nijhuis, 10th Cameron Fenton, 11th Aiden Sheely, 12th Callum Ranger, 13th Ash Garrett, 14th Mark Callinan, DNS Cameron Forlong.
14-16 Years 250cc: 1st Cam McCaskie, 2nd Brad Holmes, 3rd Cole Atkinson, 4th Blair Morley, 5th Tristan Tolley, 6th Joel Fraser, 7th Jayden Rodger, 8th Keith Burnett.
Senior Women: 1st Drisana Sheely, 2nd Shirley Sheely, 3rd Heather Campbell.
Senior 250 A Grade: 1st Scott Barr-Smith, 2nd Danny Merriman, 3rd Josh Nijuis, 4th Ryan Knight, 5th Kent Morley, 6th Rhys Henry, 7th Dion Sheely, 8th Ryan Page.
Senior 250 B Grade: 1st Josh Ryburn, 2nd Todd van de Laar, 3rd Matthew Atchison, 4th= Jack McHardy, 4th= Nik Crawford, 6th Michael Pou, 7th Anthony Paterson, 8th Cameron Paterson, 9th Jarrad Dixon, 10th Shane White.
Senior 450 All In: 1st Leddy Middleton, 2nd Steve Crane, 3rd Stevie Matthews.
Vets 35-44: 1st Keith Paterson, 2nd Eric Farley, 3rd Craig Barrett, 4th Johno McClymont, 5th Neil Duckworth, 6th Jarrad Dixon, 7th Terry Amos.
Vets 45 Years+: 1st Rob Sutherland, 2nd Mike Sheely, 3rd Brian Breingan, 4th Tim Peebles, 5th Dean Raynes, 6th Dean Cooper, 7th Stu Morley, 8th Roscoe Fraser-Brown, 9th Mark Stewart, 10th Jason Wenn.
Please note that bikes without numbers were not lap scored.