It was double trouble for competitors at the weekend’s annual Waikato Motocross Championships near Te Kuiti.
Taupo brothers Cohen and Wyatt Chase fought side by side and both of them finished the weekend standing on the podium.
Although the two young men do train together, it is only rarely that the siblings compete against one another, 17-year-old Cohen (Yamaha YZ250F) now in the senior ranks and focussed on the MX2 (250cc) class, while his 16-year-old brother Wyatt is still classified as a junior and his weapon of choice is a Yamaha YZ125.
But they raced in flying formation at the weekend’s Waikato Motocross Championships, the pair of them lining up alongside one another in the senior MX2 class.
Kiwi international Josiah Natzke (KTM 250) won the class, but Cohen Chase and Wyatt Chase finished second and third respectively, consistency giving them the edge over the two riders forced to share fourth spot overall, Taupo’s Brad Groombridge (on a 2007-model Suzuki RM250) and Cambridge’s Trent Collins (Honda Racing Team CRF250).
“We raced this event as part of our build-up for the New Zealand Motocross Championships (set to kick off near Timaru on February 7),” said Cohen Chase.
Cohen will contest the MX2 class at the nationals and Wyatt will line up in the senior 125cc division.
“We’ve still got a few things to sort out before then and I think it’s just a matter of time before we’ll be set to win.”
For younger brother Wyatt, the weekend was twice as fruitful.
He won the combined junior 125cc and 250cc class on Saturday, finishing 1-1-2 despite riding his 125cc bike against 250cc riders (giving him a 1-1-1 score-line in the 125cc class when the 125cc and 250cc competitors were separated out).
Wyatt then raced the senior MX2 class the following day “just to get some extra bike time to build strength and stamina” for the senior nationals.
“I crashed and broke my collarbone in the first race at the opening round at the senior nationals last year, but then bounced back to win the junior nationals in April after being back on the bike only three weeks,” said Wyatt.
“I knew it would be tough today against the 250cc bikes in the MX2 class, especially in the starts, where I’d lose the drag race to turn one, and that meant I had to fight through traffic. But that was excellent training for me.”
Meanwhile, Mount Maunganui’s national MX1 champion Cody Cooper (Honda Racing Team CRF450) easily won the MX1 class at Te Kuiti, while Mangakino’s Maximus Purvis (Motorex MX Timing KTM 125) won the senior 125cc class.
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