South Island riders won 10 of the 12 titles on offer at the two-day JT Racing-sponsored event.
Rangiora’s Kimberley Murphy raced her way to the premier senior 17-29 years’ women’s motocross crown with an unbeaten string of wins, successfully fending off concerted attacks from Rotorua’s Mel Patterson and Kaiapoi’s Caitlin Ryan, while Taupo’s Katrina Lee successfully defended her women’s over-30 years’ title and Taranaki’s Taylar Letty Rampton won the junior women’s title.
Lee and Rampton were the only riders from the North Island to secure trophies in the vets and women’s nationals this season.
Blenheim’s Moston Wadsworth successfully defended his over-50 years’ veterans’ motocross championship crown at the weekend but he was kept honest all the way by Greymouth’s Ricky Trompetter and fellow Blenheim rider Keith Purdon.
Lee and Wadsworth were the only riders to successfully defend the titles they’d won last season.
Winton’s Brent Scammell was an amazing double title winner, finishing the weekend unbeaten in both the 45-59 years’ under-300cc and over-300cc classes.
“We had to cut the racing short on Saturday when heavy rain arrived”, said host Marlborough Motorcycle Club spokesman Craig Douglas.
“The following day was all good, though, and we got underway quite early, with an abbreviated race programme to fit it all in.
“We had great co-operation from everyone and I was very proud of the team that ran it all. Younger club members stepped up to do the flag marshalling and that was appreciated too.”
Other title winners were Timaru’s Michael Dunn (30-34 years’ under-300cc), Wakefield’s Dan Shallcrass (35-39 years’ under-300cc), Blenheim’s Steven Lange (40-44 years’ under-300cc) (pictured above), Christchurch’s Dean Baird (40-44 years’ over-300cc), Christchurch’s Quinton McKay (30-34 years’ over-300cc), Nelson’s Bryan Heaphy (35-39 years’ over-300cc).
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com