Phew, what a season of road-racing we have just experienced in New Zealand this summer – highs and lows, celebrations and commiserations, sweet champagne and bitter coffee.
There were also a few mechanical gremlins, rider errors, flat tyres, tip-offs and high-sides, wheelies and power slides, late braking and quick throttle twisting, zigging and zagging, hugs and smiles, you name it, the nationals had it.
Today we thought we’d take a small pictorial look back at the weekend just gone, the sixth and final round of the 2022-23 New Zealand Superbike Championships at the Taupo International Motorsport Park.
By the way, our championship title winners this season were:
Superbikes: 1. Whakatane’s Mitch Rees (Honda); 2. Christchurch’s Alastair Hoogenboezem (Yamaha); 3. Auckland’s Dave Sharp (Kawasaki).
Supersport 600: 1. Invercargill’s Cormac Buchanan (Yamaha); 2. Rangiora’s Jake Lewis (Yamaha); 3. Upper Hutt’s Rogan Chandler (Suzuki).
Pro Twins, post-2020 bikes: 1. Whitby’s Dave Fellows (Aprilia); 2. Otaki’s Bruce Telford (Aprilia); 3. Mahana’s Jonny Lewis (Aprilia).
Pro Twins, pre-2020 bikes: 1. Waiuku’s Bob Irving (CF Moto); 2. Whangamata’s Jarad Horn (Suzuki); 3. Auckland’s Vaughan Maine (Suzuki).
Supersport 300: 1. Invercargill’s Cormac Buchanan (Yamaha); 2. Hamilton’s Jesse Stroud (Yamaha); 3. Christchurch’s Dennis Charlett (Yamaha).
Supersport 150: 1. Christchurch’s Hunter Charlett (Yamaha); 2. Wellington’s Nixon Frost (Yamaha); 3. Rolleston’s Lucas Guthrie (Yamaha).
F1 Sidecars: 1. Panmure’s Adam Unsworth with Whanganui’s Bryce Rose (LCR Aprilia); 2. Tokomaru’s Barry Smith with Auckland’s Stu Dawe (LCR); 3. Auckland’s Chris Lawrence with Richard Lawrence (Suzuki).
F2 Sidecars: 1 equal. Albany’s Mark Halls with Geoff Davies (Kawasaki) and Whanganui’s Tracey Bryan with Hamilton’s Jo Mickleson (LCR); 3. Whanganui’s Peter Dowman with Lucy Dowman or Michael Dowman (Windle).
Full championship standings for the 2022-23 season can be found HERE
Check back here on www.BikesportNZ.com tomorrow as we bring you more words and photos from the weekend.
© Words and photos by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ
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