Wairarapa’s Allan Gannon showed that consistency counts most when he broke through to win his career-first major motorcycling series at the weekend.
The 25-year-old Masterton fencer took his Yamaha YZ250 to finish third overall at the fourth and final round of the Central Cross-country Championships at Ngatarahanga, near Castlepoint, on Saturday, enough for him to win the series outright.
He finished the series ahead of fellow national-calibre riders Charles Alabaster (Pahiatua) and James Galpin (Palmerston North).
Gannon has only been racing seriously for the past five years, but now he’s proud to report he has a championship trophy to place on his mantelpiece after his third placing on Saturday was added to his fourth overall finish at the series opener last December, his runner-up result at round two near Marton in February and his fourth placing at round three near Dannevirke in March.
“I only really started racing when I was 20, but now I’ve managed to put it all together for a series win.
“Being consistent was the key,” he said.
That Gannon was able to front up and perform so well on Saturday was a story in itself after he had crashed and broken his arm at round two of the national, near Mosgiel, just 10 weeks earlier.
“I had only been out of plaster four weeks before Saturday’s two-hour race. I was pretty nervous because this was my first race back.
“I’m just fortunate that my injury didn’t affect my chances of winning the Central series.”
Gannon’s next big outing is at Tokoroa this coming Sunday, when he will contest the “double-header” event that is both round one of the Yamaha NZXC series created by Kiwi international Paul Whibley and is also round one of the parallel but separate Dirt Guide Cross-country Series, managed by fellow Kiwi international Sean Clarke.
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