Easter weekend was a busy time for the South Island’s top enduro riders,with it being a “MacDonald’s Takeaway” when the results were finally tallied up.
Round two of the South Island Enduro Championships series was set for Peraki Bay, near Christchurch, on Saturday and round three, two days later on Easter Monday, at Berwick forest, near Mosgiel.
Riders were greeted with a brilliantly sunny day and amazing sea views as they hit the trails at Peraki Bay on Christchurch’s Banks Peninsula.
A total of 115km of trail was set for expert riders, spelling a long day in the saddle for those who wished to try their hand in the Expert class.
With trails consisting of everything from flowing farmland and steep hills to native forest sections, riders were given an awesome days riding with something to please everybody.
Looking for redemption from round one’s poor result due to mechanical failure, 2014 champion, West Melton’s Hamish MacDonald (Sherco SER300) was in hot form at his local race, taking the overall win by a healthy margin from his two Beta-mounted brothers Angus MacDonald (Beta RR300, pictured above) and Mitchell Macdonald (Beta RR350) in second and third respectively.
With a day to recover from Christchurch’s round of the series, riders made the trek down south to the start line of round three, hosted by the Mosgiel motorcycle club in Berwick forest, near Mosgiel.
An overcast day provided riders with perfect conditions to do battle in the bush as they fired up their machines and set about navigating their way around the four loops which consisted of flowing single-track pine forest and some open farmland sections thrown in for good measure.
With round two winner Hamish Macdonald suffering some issues when his chain derailed in the first terrain test, the day was anyone’s for the taking as a number of riders set about trying to stamp their name firmly at the top of the days standings.
At the end of the day though, it was Angus Macdonald (Beta RR300) who produced the goods and snared the outright honours in Mosgiel.
He now leads the series standings after three rounds, with consistency proving the name of the game.
Taking the runner up spot on the day was Gore’s Lyndon Duff (KTM 300EXC) from Mitchell Macdonald (Beta RR350).
A great weekend was had by all and both the Christchurch Offroad Motorcycle Club and the Mosgiel District Motorcycle Club did a great job of running their respective events.
The South Island Enduro Series is supported by: Beta Motorcycles, Precisions Motorbikes, Goldentyre, Motul, Tu-Bliss, Forma, Merchant of Venison, Kiwi Rider magazine, XRC and MCD.
© Words by Steven Kelly, www.BikesportNZ.com
© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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