Watch out Australia, Kiwi champion Wyatt Chase is shortly on his way across the Tasman Sea and he’s going to make life very difficult indeed for his motocross rivals.
The 15-year-old Taupo motocross star raced at the first of two rounds in North Island Motocross Championships series, at the sand-based Flipp’s Motorcycle Park circuit at Himatangi, at the weekend and was in spectacular form in winning the junior 15-16 years’ 125cc class.
Chase (Total BikesportNZ.com Yamaha YZ125) finished 3-1-1 in his three races to win the day ahead of local favourite Tony Cvitanovich, who managed 1-3-2 results.
Third overall was national junior 250cc champion Ben Broad, of Ngatea, who posted a 2-2-5 score-line.
Chase scored five wins from five starts to win the New Zealand junior 15-16 years’ 125cc motocross title near Te Kuiti in April and then won the 15-18 years’ 125cc class at the inaugural Trent Haywood Memorial Motocross near Te Puke in July.
With his win at the weekend, he is brimming with confidence ahead of his planned trip across the Tasman to tackle the Australian Junior Motocross Championships near Perth in October.
“The Aussie nationals go for a whole week and I’ve been building up for that,” said Chase, a year 11 pupil at Tauhara College, in Taupo.
“I finished fourth overall over there last year and missed out on a podium spot by just one point in the under-14 125cc class.
“This year I will be in the under-15 years’ class and probably up against the same rider who won my class last year, Yamaha’s Cody Dyce, but I’m feeling stronger and faster this time around.”
The other two riders to finish ahead of Chase at the Australian nationals last season were Wade Kirkland and Cody McMahon and these riders will also be in the young Kiwi’s gun sights.
Meanwhile, he has unfinished business in New Zealand to complete first, with the second and final round of the North Island Motocross Championships set for Hawke’s Bay on the weekend of September 19-20.
Wyatt Chase is supported by Yamaha-Motor New Zealand, Total Oil, Fox, Dunlop, MX Timing, Backflips, CFX Seats, ODI, Talon, Sevenee Distributors, Pro Taper, Ethika, Exquitize Homes, Nano Energizer, Oxford Pies, Aspiring Health, Team Taupo Scholarship, BikesportNZ.com and Mizuno.
© Words by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
© Photo by Bridget McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
Find BikesportNZ.com on FACEBOOK here