The 15-year-old Yamaha rider from Masterton was in scintillating form at the weekend’s big annual King of the Mountain motocross event in Taranaki and has plans to continue the momentum throughout a busy season ahead.
Butler is one of the sport’s rapidly rising young stars and showed that with his solid performance on a difficult, steep and dusty track on the outskirts of New Plymouth.
Butler took his Yamaha YZ250F to a convincing win in Sunday’s junior King of the Mountain feature race, leading home Feilding’s Tony Cvitanovich and Sanson’s Max Hefferen.
Butler also finished runner-up in the 14-16 years’ 250cc class races held earlier in the day, behind fellow Yamaha ace Ben Broad, of Ngatea.
“I had a few problems in the earlier races, but I won the one that counted,” said a satisfied Butler afterwards.
“I got better as the day went on. My aim now is to do the same thing at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville this coming weekend.
“I have won before at Woodville, in the mini ranks, but that was a few years ago. I’d certainly love to win the junior class now and even the Champion of Champions junior feature race at Woodville. I really think that is very possible,” said Butler, who returns to Wairarapa College as a year 11 pupil in a few weeks’ time.
Meanwhile, Queenstown’s Scott Columb (Altherm JCR Yamaha) won the senior King of the Mountain feature race, giving the Yamaha contingent both of the main trophies.
In other senior results, Mount Maunganui’s Rhys Carter (Bel Ray Pro Rider Suzuki) won the MX1 class ahead of Columb, with Rotorua’s John Phillips third overall.
Auckland’s Kurtis Lilly (Husqvarna) won the senior 125cc class ahead of Ngatea’s Ben Broad (Yamaha) and Auckland’s Sean O’Connor (Yamaha).
Butler is supported by Sargent Motorcycles in Carterton, Yamaha Motor New Zealand, CFX Seats, Thor NZ, That Dingo Guy, Fortitude Thai Kickboxing Masterton and BikesportNZ.com.
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