The Yamaha Central Enduro Series enduro series kicked of at Mangamarie, just south of Pahiatua, at the weekend with the Bushriders Motorcycle Club providing the 63 riders a more than 30-kilometre loop course with a mix of open farmland, technical uphills and downhills, a tight tree section and a bog to mix it all up.
With the on-going dry spell, the conditions were ideal with the final loop for the experts experiencing a period of rain.
Event organiser Stu Sowry was pleased with the turnout with riders from as far as Whangamata, Waihi, Taumaranui, Auckland,making the trip down.
Former national enduro champion Jason Davis (pictured here), of Whangamata, took out the overall expert grade by 21 seconds over hard charging local Ben Exeter with Charles Alabaster rounding up the top three overall.
Class wins in the experts went to Freddie Millford-Cottam (0-200 2str), Jason Davis (201-Open2str), Charles Alabaster (0-300 4str ), Ben Exeter (301-Open 4str ) and Hugh Lintott (40 plus vets).
In the intermediate class, the overall went to Cody Davey, of Taumaranui with the 50t enduro stalwart of Andy Galpin runner-up with Rob Snep making a return to enduros and rounding out the top three. With the biggest class of the day being the 50 t Vets
Class wins in the intermediates went to Hazel Rushworth (201-open 2str), Brendon Kendall (0-300 4str), Steve Price (40-49 vet) and Andy Galpin (50t vet).
With 13 juniors turning up for the ride and riding the full intermediate sections with very few losing time and fast riding Charlie Richardson of Ekatahuna showing he’s someone to keep an eye on with terrain test times in keeping with the experts.
Class wins went to Chris Dickson (Junior 12-13), Charlie Richardson (Junior 14-16).
With the next round of the Yamaha sponsored National and Central Enduro Series in Wellington on Saturday, April 27. Event organiser Justin Stevenson will be providing a good rideable mix of pine forest and native bush.
© Words by Rick Mead, www.BikesportNZ.com
© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com