Moto-Trials, cross country and enduro



NOVEMBER 26, 2014: Multi-time New Zealand motorcycle Enduro Champion and International Six Days Gold Medal winner Sean Clarke last season came up with an exciting concept to help develop the next group of world class New Zealand off-road racing talent.


And the concept is starting to grow as this weekend sees the second annual running of the Suzuki Junior Three-Hour race.


Set in the Ohakuri Forest, just south of Tokoroa, the race this Saturday, November 29, appeals to both ends of the talent spectrum and has attracted some of the sport’s elite rising stars, as well as many who seek to learn and develop their skills for the future.


The race had been scheduled to run at the beginning of October, but a storm ravaged the Central Plateau and forced Clarke to postpone it until this weekend.


Clarke, with the support of the Dirt Guide and Kiwi Rider magazine, has been staging 90-minute cross-country races for junior and mini-bike riders for the past three years and this latest project of his is already proving popular with the dirt bike community.


Clarke got his start in off-road motorcycle sport early. So early, in fact, that he still carries the nick-name ‘Junior’ – even though he is now a veteran. After an illustrious career, he’s doing something for the new juniors, hoping to attract more kids into cross-country racing.


The winners in his Dirt Guide/Kiwi Rider-backed series have all come from motocross backgrounds, and all are previous King of the North Mini Motocross winners: James Scott (Oparau) and Dan White (Korakonui) to mention just two.


Scott won last weekend’s annual two-hour Tarawera 50 cross-country race at Matata, near Whakatane, with White finishing runner-up and these two individuals have already indicated that they will team up to tackle this weekend’s Suzuki Three-Hour.


Riders such as Rotorua’s Logan Steens, Galatea’s Logan Salmons, Palmerston North’s Hunter Miller, Pahiatua’s Jarod Hylsop, Te Awamutu's Rachael Archer and just-crowned national junior women’s motocross champion Tyla Cushion, from Hamilton, could also feature.


“The kids really like the fact they are out in the forest and learning the track as the event progresses,” Clarke says.


“A lot of the time they are riding on their own, which helps hugely in building their confidence. However, they are still kids so we will have several travelling marshals out on both courses to ensure all the riders have a good time.”


Yes, there will be two courses in the Suzuki Junior Three-Hour. One will be a 10 kilometre course for juniors aged 11 to 15-years-old; the other will be a mini course over four kilometres for 7 to 11-year-olds. The courses are designed to suit the small wheels of the bikes the kids will be racing and both classes will be racing at the same time.


The Suzuki Junior Three-Hour is a teams’ contest so none of the riders will be racing the full three hours. They will either share a bike, with one rider handing over to the other at the re-fuelling stops, or run pony-express style, with the second rider on a fresh bike waiting for his team-mate to finish a lap before heading out.


In the minis, the 7 to 11-year-old riders have choice between 0-105cc two-stroke motocross bikes, or four-stroke trail bikes up to 150cc.


Sign-in is at 7am with scrutineering starting at 7am as well (bike, boot and helmet check). Race starts at 9am.


The race is sponsored by The Dirt Guide, Bel-Ray, Michelin tyres, Renthal bars, DRC, O’Neal apparel, Yoshimura exhausts, TCX boots, Kiwi Rider magazine and Oakley goggles.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


“The OSET MX-10 is designed as the first bike for off-road, MX and play

riders. Compared to the traditional gasoline ‘first bikes’ sold for the

last few decades, this machine is a leap forward in performance and


The OSET MX-10 takes OSET into new territory – the enduro/ MX/supermoto market! This machine has been in development for some time,

and we’re delighted with it! A ground up design featuring a steel frame, 48v OSET drive system (complete with 3-dial adjustability) and top

specification components, this machine has the potential to re-define the starter MX market around the globe. The MX-10 features a custom upside down fork built to

OSET’s specifications and an adjustable oil shock at the rear. Hydraulic disc brakes with reach adjustable levers for small hands provide plenty of stopping power.

With the dials turned up, the acceleration is spectacular. With them turned down, the MX-10 is very tame and ideal for first timers. This bike will grow as the rider grows!

2015 OSET MX-10


Wheelbase 725mm (28.5”) Brakes Front 160mm, rear 140mm hydraulic disc brakes

Seat Height Low Mid High 495mm 520mm 550mm Motor 1200w OSET neodymium magnet DC motor

Ground clearance Low Mid High 145mm 175mm 202mm Controller 48v OSET, adjustable for power, speed and response

Bar height Low Mid High 715mm 750mm 770mm Batteries 4 x 10ah AGM SLA or OSET 48v lithium

Wheels Alloy rim/OSET hub with 10” MX tyres. Aftermarket ‘Supermoto’ wheels.* Charger 2 amp 48v Suspension Front - upside down telescopic air/oil fork. Rear spring/oil adjustable rear shock Age Range 4-7 years old




OSET however, has resisted the urge to simply ‘dress’ the OSET Trials machines as motocross bikes and pretend they are suited for the task. Instead, we

started with a fresh sheet of paper and designed a new machine from scratch. The starting point was to analyse the ideal off-road geometry for children aged 4-7. Next we designed components and systems to achieve optimum performance. We knew

what we wanted when we started the project and the team is confident  the MX-10 delivers on every aspect – we’re incredibly proud of the bike

we’ve produced! The most popular gasoline starter machine has been the same since 1981. The bike is a simple, drum

braked, gasoline powered 50cc machine that has remained virtually unchanged since it’s introduction. With few alternatives, these bikes have sold in great numbers. The  OSET MX-10 aims to provide a new &

improved option! The MX-10 features an adjustable seat height – giving even the smallest riders more confidence as

they can touch the ground. When  lowering the bike, the geometry alters to provide more stability for raw beginners. The front forks, rear shock and brakes are all designed to suit the bike and young riders –

they’re lightweight and adjustable because one size does not fit all. One of the biggest hurdles young riders have to overcome when riding a traditional gasoline starter machine is the power delivery. With most of the

power at the top of the rev range, many kids are simply too scared to give it a handful. The MX-10 resolves that issue. The power, throttle response and top speed can all be easily altered to suit the rider.

The very youngest riders can build confidence and speed safely. The  linear, electric power is easy for children to master and allows for parental control. And we’re not finished there! Electric

power means no kick start – whichmeans no more running across a track to help get the bike restarted. It also means no hot exhaust, so no one is going to be scorched accidentally.

And the weight means when they inevitably slide off, they can pick the bike up relatively easily and get started on their own. As practice locations become increasingly scarce, the virtually silent

MX-10 opens up many more options than its gasoline counterparts. It means more time on the bike, more skills and more fun! And, to give the option of versatility,

aftermarket wheels and tires can transform this bike for Supermoto too! OSETs intention is to never enter a market with a half-hearted machine.

We want to build the best machine we can – be it for trials, enduro, play riding or motocross. We want kids to have fun on motorcycles – safely!


The 2014 MTF Nelson New Zealand Moto Trials Championships



CAPTION: Tauranga’s Jacob Gundry, who retained his Junior grade title near Nelson at the weekend. OCTOBER 28, 2014: A gripping see-saw battle between two international superstars was the main talking point of the New Zealand Moto Trials Championships near Nelson over the Labour Weekend.


World No.13 Jack Sheppard, from England, had the rare skills needed to halt seven-time consecutive New Zealand Moto Trails Champion Jake Whitaker in his tracks at the three-day event, even though he didn’t have everything go his way at the MTF Nelson-sponsored event.


But, by winning two of the three days and finishing runner-up to Kiwi legend Whitaker on the other day, the visiting hero from Ipswich did enough to steal away with the trophy.


With his impressive string of recent successes, the 23-year-old Whitaker was obvious favourite to win the top prize at the weekend, but he also knew he would face his sternest test yet when he learned that world class rider Sheppard was making the trip Downunder.


“Jack won day one and I won day two, but it was a much tougher course on Monday and Jack was just too good for me there,” said Whitaker.


“I was happy enough with my riding over the weekend but, obviously, I’m still disappointed not to win.


“Jack Sheppard is a fulltime professional rider, and among the best in the world, so I knew it was going to be difficult to beat him.”


Motueka’s Daniel Clark was able to successfully defend his Intermediate grade title, winning for a second year in a row from David Trewin – the Kaikoura man who was also runner-up last season – with Ashhurst’s Kevin Pinfold claiming third place.


It was business as usual also in the Junior and Presidents’ grades, where the champions from 2013 both managed to defend their respective titles.


Tauranga’s Jacob Gundry retained his Junior grade crown, while Nelson’s Stephen Oliver was similarly dominant in keeping his Presidents’ grade title.

But there were changes at the top of the A Grade, Clubmans’, Twin-Shock and Women’s divisions.


Nelson’s Peter Oliver won the A Grade ahead of Howick’s Liam Draper and Wellington’s Carl Robson. Draper was also runner-up in this class last season, on that occasion finishing behind the class-hopping Gundry.


Marlborough’s Keith Ruthven became the new champion in the Clubmans’ grade, finishing the weekend ahead of Blenheim’s Gareth Wadsworth, while Christchurch’s Paul Jackson won the Twin-Shock division.


Tauranga’s Gabby Gundry had to give up her Women’s grade crown, settling instead for second place behind new champion Stefanie Downes, of Christchurch.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


The 2014 MTF Nelson New Zealand Moto Trials Championships




CAPTION: Motueka’s Karl Clark, one of the local favourites this weekend.


OCTOBER 20, 2014: With seven consecutive national moto trials championships to his name, it would be a brave person indeed to bet against Wellington’s Jake Whitaker making it seven in a row this weekend.


The 23-year-old Kiwi international, who also boasts three Australian moto trials championship titles in his impressive résumé, is obvious favourite to win the top prize at the New Zealand Moto Trials Championships near Nelson this Labour Weekend.


When Whitaker earned his record-equalling seventh national title last season, it put him level in the history books with Napier’s Warren Laugesen and he would like nothing better than to own the record alone as an eight-time champion.


But Whitaker will also face perhaps his biggest threat this coming weekend when 21-year-old world No.13 Jack Sheppard arrives from Ipswich, in Suffolk, England, to keep him honest at the MTF Nelson Vehicle Finance-sponsored three-day event.


In addition to international star Sheppard, Whitaker will again need to respect perennial challengers Karl Clark, from Motueka, Nelson’s Nick Oliver, Rotorua’s John Haynes and New Plymouth’s Matt Foster if he hopes to retain his Expert grade title.


“Jake will certainly have his work cut out,” said event organiser Greg Cox.


“I expect the main battle will be between Jake and Jack, but it’s the largest field we’ve seen in recent years in the Expert grade and nobody can take anything for granted.


“The courses we’ve set over the three days are quite varied. It will go from open grass, to rocks and creek beds and there will be a man-made section too, with concrete pipes on a flat-bed trailer.”


Competition is also expected to be tight in the A Grade, Intermediate, Presidents’, Women’s, Clubmans’ and Junior divisions.


Leading A Grade riders will likely include last year’s champion, Jacob Gundry, of Tauranga, Howick’s Liam Draper and Wellington’s Carl Robson.


Gundry doubled up to also tackle the Junior grade last season and it came as no surprise that he won this title as well, finishing ahead of Te Puke’s Ben McLeod.


Motueka’s Daniel Clark will be determined to defend his Intermediate grade title, with his biggest threat likely to be last season’s runner-up, David Trewin, from Kaikoura.


Nelson’s Stephen Oliver could be the man to watch in the Presidents’ grade, while Tauranga’s Gabby Gundry will no doubt put her recent international experience to good use as she attempts to defend her Women’s class crown.


Balance, bravery and throttle control is the main emphasis for this unique motorcycle competition. Speed is not essential, with the prime aim instead being to conquer extreme terrain without touching feet on the ground or falling off.


Points are lost for these “faults” and the rider with the lowest score wins.


The venues are:

 Day 1 – Drummond Farm, 32 Riwaka Valley Road, Riwaka, Nelson.

 Days 2 & 3 – Hickmontt Farm, 35 Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Road, Riwaka, Tasman.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan





16 July 2014 – It is exactly 10 years ago this week, the first OSET Bike rolled out of Ian Smith’s garage in Denver, Colorado, to be ridden by his son, Oliver!

OSET Electric bikes in New Zealand are handled by Kevin Pinfold, phone 06 326 8666, email & Merv George email

Named after its inaugura l rider, Oliver Smith Electric Trials, the then 3 year old Oliver took to the machine like a duck to water.  Within just a few minutes he was riding standing up and just a week later was competing against children aged eight and nine.  Within the month the smallest rider in town was making headlines, taking the top spot on the podium against the older kids.

OSET Bikes is the brainchild of Ian Smith, who wanted a safe, lightweight, fun machine for his young son to ride.  What started out as a garage project, between himself and engineer Mike Buchholz almost overnight, became a valid business concept that has taken the world of off-road motorcycling by storm!

Fast forward 10 years and the ‘project’ now sells bikes to over 25 countries worldwide, has six models and a clothing and accessories range.  The company has been invited to attend the highest profile events the UK has to offer, including MOTO GP, WSBK, BSB, Isle of Man TT and Goodwood Festival of Speed.  And its proven technology has seen the company consistently dominate the youth trials scene for the last two years, making it the first electric powered machine, anywhere in the world to win a national championship against petrol counterparts.

While OSET Bikes has enjoyed unprecedented success, Ian is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground.  He said: “It’s an amazing feeling looking back today and remembering the day Oliver rode the very first bike.  I honestly can’t quite believe we’re here ten years on.  It was never the intention and every year our breath is literally taken away by what we’ve been able to achieve.

“We have literally learnt as we’ve gone along and we're still learning.  When we started we had no experience of manufacturing on a large scale – and especially pulling together something as complicated as a motorcycle that contains over 250 component parts.

“We are on the 9th generation of the bike.  As technology changes and our ‘field’ knowledge increases, we have been able to develop the OSETs to ensure we always deliver on safety, reliability and most importantly fun!  As OSETs have grown in popularity, we have worked with the ACU to help bring about the E-Class – enabling 4-6 year olds to ride electric bikes competitively.  We have also introduced OSET Cups events around the UK.  The aim is to help kids get the most out of their OSETs and boost the popularity of trials from a young age.  We also run the OSET Dynamos – a free to join OSET owners club.”

OSET Bikes are the ideal starter bike for children, whether for a bit of back-garden fun or with a view to developing a serious hobby.  Designed specifically for trials riding, children develop balance, throttle control, agility and skill on a bike that provides the solid foundation needed to excel in whatever form of two wheeled sport they go onto enjoy.

Ian finished: “It’s been a rollercoaster of a decade for OSET Bikes and as we look to develop our range, we’re definitely up for the thrills and spills of the next 10 years!”


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Sidi Sport also a major player in "Extreme Enduro"

Maser (Treviso), 22 July, 2014 - The 2014 Romaniacs belongs to Jonny Walker and Sidi Sport. At the end of a gruelling three days of racing on an almost impossible track, the English rider from KTM came in a mere seconds ahead of 2013 champion and fellow countryman Graham Jarvis to win the important and highly spectacular international endurance race that took place in Sibiu, Romania, in the heart of Transylvania. This is Jonny Walker’s first career victory in this punishing, uniquely fascinating, hard enduro race.

It was an electrifying edition of the 2014 Red Bull Romaniacs from start to finish. Jonny Walker came to the starting line for the last day with just a 5 minute advantage over the super strong defending champion Graham Jarvis. Jonny immediately imposed an aggressive racing rhythm to block any attempt at a comeback by his English rival, who instead was trying for his fifth victory in Transylvania but who had to settle for second place this time. In fact, with great determination Jonny not only controlled the race but he even managed to increase his advantage as he went on to capture this prestigious success that was missing from his profile.

It was also a major achievement for Sidi Sport, which accompanied Jonny Walker in this extraordinary enterprise with their Sidi Crossfire2 boots, which reaffirm themselves as the number one boot for off road, on any terrain and in any conditions… even the most extreme. When you need an ally in the battle to win, Sidi Crossfire2 is there!

Official Overall Results Gold Day 4

Rank BIB Rider Nat. Prolog Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 TOTAL

1 4 Jonny Walker GBR 00:02:00 4:09:08 5:31:51 5:44:44 5:25:40 20:53:23

2 1 Graham Jarvis GBR 00:01:00 4:15:10 5:27:33 5:49:13 5:33:53 21:06:49

3 7 Wade Young ZAF 00:06:30 4:38:17 5:32:30 5:51:00 5:39:14 21:47:31

4 5 Paul Bolton GBR 00:00:00 4:19:27 6:23:26 5:53:35 5:25:05 22:01:33

5 3 Andreas Lettenbichler DEU 00:03:00 4:29:23 5:59:40 6:06:45 6:08:11 22:47:00

6 6 Chris Birch NZL 00:06:00 4:36:59 6:35:22 6:07:35 6:14:33 23:40:29

7 8 Philipp Scholz DEU 00:05:00 4:52:36 7:01:56 6:25:19 6:17:21 24:42:12

8 33 Cory Graffunder CAN 00:05:30 5:18:02 7:05:24 6:15:00 6:52:28 25:36:24

9 21 Blake Gutzeit ZAF 00:04:30 5:12:18 6:56:44 6:53:09 6:38:44 25:45:25

10 10 Miha Spindler SVN 00:06:45 5:07:24 7:16:15 6:50:14 6:41:45 26:02:23

11 13 Rienk Tuinstra NLD 00:08:30 5:35:26 7:59:27 7:27:21 7:24:00 28:34:44

12 18 Altus De wet ZAF 00:07:45 6:34:06 8:09:22 6:54:33 6:49:49 28:35:35

13 9 Lars Enoeckl AUT 00:10:00 5:03:53 6:38:33 11:03:00 6:04:41 29:00:07

14 11 Pierre Pallut FRA 00:04:00 6:36:07 8:06:47 7:09:14 8:05:52 30:02:00

15 30 Mike Skinner NZL 00:08:45 5:48:37 8:35:24 7:59:07 9:00:20 31:32:14

16 28 Graham Hedgcock ZAF 00:10:00 6:59:16 9:20:15 7:32:48 7:57:41 32:00:00

17 31 Otto Freund DEU 00:10:00 7:31:30 9:37:29 7:26:47 7:58:34 32:44:20

18 26 Homero Diaz MEX 00:08:00 6:22:47 15:22:47 8:03:35 9:08:27 39:05:36

19 27 Philipp Schneider AUT 00:07:00 7:44:30 15:27:48 8:03:17 7:50:51 39:13:26

20 32 Carlos Enrique Caballero ESP 00:07:30 8:47:30 15:22:06 8:36:50 8:48:12 41:42:08

21 29 Dwayne Kleynhans ZAF 00:07:15 8:49:16 15:29:22 9:11:37 13:08:42 46:46:12 DSQ

22 24 Didier Goirand MEX 00:08:15 8:45:22 15:22:00 13:09:00 9:57:39 47:22:16 DSQ

23 17 Phillip Cheater NZL 00:10:00 7:10:40 17:00:34 12:49:57 23:35:00 60:46:11 DSQ

24 25 Noel Bolso CAN 00:10:00 12:59:51 12:00:41 25:45:00 23:35:00 74:30:32 DSQ

25 23 Jason Krause ZAF 00:10:00 16:26:02 14:35:30 25:45:00 23:35:00 80:31:32 DSQ

26 22 David Thomas ZAF 00:10:00 17:23:07 18:56:25 25:45:00 23:35:00 85:49:32 DSQ

We await full results for the event as there were more than a dozen New Zealand riders competing in the event.


Honda Tarawera 100 cross-country marathon  TOWNLEY MAKES IT TWO WINS IN A ROW

JULY 6, 2014: He celebrated a winning debut at the Honda Tarawera 100 cross-country marathon last season and now Bay of Plenty's Ben Townley has made it two impressive victories in a row.

 The Tauranga 29-year-old – now retired from full-time racing and working at manager of The Honda Shop Racing Team – showed his race craft was still sharp as he took his Honda CRF450 to win the 37th annual edition of the great race, on the outskirts of Te Teko, west of Whakatane, on Saturday and he did it in style.

 Former motocross world champion Townley snatched the holeshot as a shotgun blast signalled the start at 10am and was never headed in the gruelling 140-kilometre race.

 He finished ahead of fellow motocross exponents Brad Groombridge, of Taupo, and Rhys Carter, of Mount Maunganui, with Auckland's Sam Greenslade and Waitakere's Ethan Martens rounding out the top five.

 The margin for victory was narrow, with Townley leading Groombridge across the line by just 21 seconds and he was just one minute and 31 seconds ahead of Carter after four 43-minute laps of the hilly grassland circuit, but Townley's tactics were carefully calculated.

 "I knew I needed a good start and when I got the holeshot I knew I was in a good position to go on and win.

 "I kept an eye on where the riders were behind me and just stayed steady and kept them there for the first lap because I didn't want to push too hard when I was leading on a fresh track. I just had to be patient.

 "But then I put the hammer down on laps two and three and then just tried to survive after that."To be honest, though, I couldn't have held Brad at bay for another lap. I didn’t realise he was coming so fast. My hand was hurting near the end because I have not done much riding lately and I had blisters.”

 Townley was also credited with the over-300cc four-stroke class win, while fellow Honda star Scott Birch (Honda Hamilton CRF250), of Rotorua, won the under-300cc four-stroke class.Other class winners were Auckland's Chris Power (over-200cc two-stroke class); Auckland's Liam Draper (under-200cc two-stroke class); Thames' Natasha Cairns (women's class); Maruia's Ethan Bruce (under-19 open class); New Plymouth's Tony Parker (veterans' 35-39 years); Whakatane's Darren Capill (super veterans, 40-49 years); Auckland's Stephen Major (mega veterans, over-50 years).

 Morrinsville brothers Hayden and Nathan Tesselaar shared riding duties to win the new two-man, one-bike class, while Hamilton pair Aaron Jones and Andrew Charleston combined to win the new two-man, two-bike class.

 Credit: Words by Andy McGechan


MOMCC Moto Trials Report 15 June 2014

Round 2 of the Manawatu Orion club champs was held at the bee hive property (now owned by Mr Leamy) on the Pohangina Valley East Road. Thanks to Nicks drainage work and my plank the pre section mud was kept to a minimum (just one of the things we did to make the trial more comfortable for you) but there were still a few who found the blackberries a bit prickly.


A few of the sections were quite technical and maybe more use of the chainsaw would have eased that a bit. However there were certainly lessons to be learnt for all. The 5’s were scattered everywhere, even in the final lap when lower scores were had previously. Either the sections cut up but more likely a lack of concentration??


Oscar Alexander had a fantastic days ride (total 16) so he must be ready to graduate to MOMCC. Likewise the Walcroft father and son Adrian and Callum quietly undercut the competition in their respective grades – well done guys. There is good competition in all grades although a few riders were riding some harder lines skewing the scores a little. Kevin Pinna’s score reflecting the harder obstacles he was attacking (and messing up) in a couple of sections.


Due to my handicap (not mental) I wasn’t too adventurous with the section setting but next time we may need to look further up the valley for some new sections, although that may mean some earthworks and a bit of scrub cutting. Thanks to Nick and Andrew who helped set the sections

 Regard  Merv


Hi all, from Kevin Pinfold


Details of the next Manawatu Orion mototrial.



Event – Club Champs Rnd 2 plus twinshock/classic.


Date – June 15th


Venue – Leamy’s farm (formally Coombes’) on the Pohangina Valley East Road (beside No 3 Line). Will be sign posted from the Ashhurst to Pohangina Road at the Poh’ Vlly East Rd intersection. Allow about 10 mins from Ashhurst.


Sign on – 9.45 am


Start – 10.30 am


All grades including twin shock/classic


Note – parking is a bit restrictive at this venue but please don’t park on the road for safety reasons, everyone should get a park if it’s done sensibly.


Trials masters (section setters) Merv and Nick and perhaps more.


NZ National Cross Country series 2014.

James Galpin Race Report  2nd  - 200cc class 

Bike: 2014 KTM 200 XC-W

James is supported by: AFC motorcycles, Techno Mousse, Moto SR, Bush Riders MCC, Broxy training

Round 1 New Plymouth: The day started off with the sun shining bright and as we arrived, the juniors had just finished doing their look lap, and I couldn’t wait to go racing. I was excited because this race would the fifth race and my first 3Hr national as a senior rider. After the juniors race we had riders briefing and then made our way over to the start line. I was nervous because I knew I had to get a good start because of the shortage of rain they had up there and I knew it would be dusty. The shot gun fires and we run to our bikes, I end up kicking it twice before the bike starts but still ended up getting an alright start. For the first part of the first lap I found myself getting passed due to the dust and my lack of experience. The dust was so thick that in some spots on the track I couldn’t see half the front fender. Half way through the first lap I crashed off the end of a farm track and it cost me about 10 places. I didn’t know what placing I was in but I pushed hard the whole race. After making up a whole lot of positions I got really bad arm pump on the last few laps. After getting passed back by only a few riders I ended up finishing the race 3rd in class.

Round 2 Huntly: As we arrived at the track east of Huntly it was raining hard and the juniors had just finished their look lap. After the juniors had finished their race we had rider’s briefing and then walked down to the start. I got another good jump off the line, then in the first corner I get cut off by a crash happening right in front of me and I have to detour through the parked cars, then as I come back onto the track I find myself right at the back of the field. As I try to make my way closer to the front I find myself getting stuck behind people crashing and taking up the whole track. As the race goes on I start to pick people off and make up some placings. After crashing one too many times and making too many pit stops for clean goggles I can see that it was slowing me too much and I just had to harden up and ride with muddy goggles. The race was cut short to 2 hours because of the torrential rain which left not much time to make up for my mistakes at the start of the race. I ended up picking a few more people off and finished 4th in class.

Round 3 Reefton : As we arrived at the track and watched the juniors race I was readying myself for a race that I had to win to be able to get a chance at the 200cc national title.

After riders briefing we all rode over to the start and got read for the race. I knew that I should do better than the last few times because I had a new KTM 200 instead of my trusty 125 Husaberg. With the new electric start on the 200 I get a great jump off the line and end up around third going into the first corner. As the race goes on I try to stay with the leaders as much as possible.

Coming up to the 2 hour mark my hands start to get extremely sore. At this stage I was 2nd  in class and I wanted that win so I pushed hard for those last few laps. As I am sprinting on that last lap I find 1st place parked up on the side of

the track with a dead engine but I wasn’t sure if it was him so I continued to push hard. I finished the race with a 1st in class.

Final round, Blenheim: As we drove in, the juniors were getting ready for the start of their race and people were setting up their pit. The weather was perfect for riding. I knew that the race coming up would be one of the hardest races I have ever done if i was to pull off the win. After riders briefing we all walked up to the start line were we got ready for the race. I was nervous because I knew that whatever placing I got in the race, would also be my placing in the series, as there was only two points between the top four positions. I got another good jump off the line, but due to the dodgy start area, ended up 5th around the first corner.

For the first lap I tag on behind a couple of good riders until I have learnt where the track goes, but going into the second lap I get on the gas and race my own race. With plenty of rocks on the track, I was glad that we were using Techno Mousses in my

tyres. About half way through the race I get a bit cocky going along the side of a hill in 4th gear. The next minute I find myself flying head first and getting slammed into the ground. I get up dizzy with a

throbbing head but I knew that bitching about it wasn’t going to get me anywhere, so I picked up the bent bike and rode on. Going into the last lap my head was aching but I wasn’t going to let that get

in the way. I was sitting 2nd in class and trying so hard for that 1st place finish, but the rider in front was just too far out of reach.

After 3 hours, I ended the race 2nd  in class and 2nd  in the series. I’m pretty happy with my result in my first year at senior level.




MAY 26, 2014: Ever wondered what motorcycle cross-country racing is all about? Here’s your chance to find out.


The seventh annual running of the Dirt Guide Cross-country Series kicks off at Tar Hill, just south of Tokoroa, this weekend (May 31) and the popular three-round competition presents as an ideal opportunity for novice or first-time racers to become initiated in the sport.


In addition, the multi-layered series offers serious racing for the more accomplished off-road exponents too, where entries are expected from elite riders such as recently re-crowned four-time national cross-country champion Adrian Smith (Yamaha), of Mokau, Auckland’s Chris Power (Yamaha), Whangamata’s Jason Davis (KTM) and Morrinsville’s Simon Lansdaal (Husqvarna), to name a few.


Tauranga’s Reece Burgess (KTM) had led the 2013 edition of the series after the first two of three rounds, but his campaign came to grief at the final round.


Disaster struck for Burgess with just two laps to go. Burgess had been running in second place with he suffered a puncture. He tried to battle on to the end, but, on the last lap, the tyre completely destroyed itself and came off the rim. This dropped him back to 27th overall and eighth in class, which was not enough for him to take the title.


The overall series win instead was shared by Titirangi’s Callan May (Yamaha) and Taupo’s Greg De Lautour (KTM).


De Lautour’s score-line for the 2013 series was 8-2-3, while May’s score-line was 4-6-2, meaning they accumulated identical points (55). Burgess finished 3-1-27 to earn 45 points.


The Dirt Guide series is a popular stand-alone series, separate from the nationals, and a perfect preparation for Kiwis wishing to head on to greater things.


Callan May is an example of a rider who has done just that. He is overseas this season, regularly finishing among the leaders in the prestigious Grand National Cross-country Championship series in the United States, so he obviously won’t be among the starters at Tar Hill on Saturday.


Putaruru’s Ryan Scherer won the intermediate grade in the Dirt Guide series last season, his second consecutive outright win in the grade, with Carterton’s Luke Fisher second and Bennydale’s Duncan McLaren rounding out the top three.


In the junior division, Auckland’s J ake Wightman made a clean sweep of the 2013 series, while Oparau’s James Scott fought back from a bad start to take third overall on the day but second place for the series.


There is something for everyone in the Dirt Guide series, starting with the mini bike riders in the morning, right through to the main race for seniors in the afternoon.


“The main senior race starts at 12.30pm and this features a 20-kilometre loop in the forest and is suitable for anyone over the age of 15 ... as long as they have a reliable dirt bike and appropriate riding gear,” said organiser Sean Clarke, a former International Six Days Enduro medal winner and multi-time former national enduro champion.


Activity continues the next day, too, with a trail ride planned for Sunday at the same venue.


As in previous years, no Motorcycling New Zealand licence is required to race in the Dirt Guide series.


The day kicks off at 9.30am with the 7-11 years’ mini riders and the 12-16 years’ juniors.


The minis’ track is right next to the event home base and so is great for kids to have a go in a cross-country race but not venture too far away from the protection and guidance of mum and dad.


The juniors race on a 10-kilometre loop, a shorter section of the 20-kilometre senior track that will be used in the afternoon.


The senior race starts at 12.30pm, with the Expert grade starting first and the Intermediate grade set off on their race about 30 seconds later.


“If you don’t feel like racing, there is always the trail ride the next day. The main loop for the trail ride is about 35 kilometres and there are shorter loops and a kids’ track, so if you are looking for a great race or trail ride come along and have a go.”


Round two of the series is set for Ohakuri, also just south of Tokoroa, on June 28, with the third and final round also at Ohakuri, on July 26. In each case, the trail ride will be run the following day.


The series is sponsored by Michelin, Bey Ray, Renthal, O’Neal, Troy Lee Designs, DRC, Zeta, Kiwi Rider magazine, TCX boots, Yoshimura and Suomy helmets.


Dirt Guide Cross-country Championships 2014:


Round one: May 31-June 1, Tar Hill, south of Tokoroa

Round two: June 28-29, Ohakuri, south of Tokoroa

Round three: July 26-27, Ohakuri, south of Tokoroa


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,



MAY 18, 2014: Mokau’s Adrian Smith made New Zealand motorcycling history on Saturday when he rocketed to a record fourth national cross-country title.


The Yamaha off-road motorcycle ace headed down to the fourth and final round of the championships near Ward, south of Blenheim, with one thing on his mind – “to ride smart and wrap up the overall win”.


The 28-year-old won his first New Zealand cross-country championship crown in 2006 and was outright winner again in 2012 and last year too, and he headed to Marlborough’s final round on Saturday with a clear points advantage to make it title No.4 and three in a row.


But, while a sensible, low-risk approach would get the job done, that’s not really in Smith’s nature or style.


He won Saturday’s three-hour race from main rival Ethan Bruce (Yamaha), the young man from Maruia able to keep Smith honest through most of the race, until a slick fuel stop from Smith before the last stint gave the Awakino Gorge sheep and beef farmer the break he needed to ditch Bruce and eventually take a comfortable win.


Bruce finished runner-up and nailed down the No.2 spot overall for 2014, while Taupo’s Brad Groombridge (Suzuki) held off Rotorua’s Scott Birch (Honda) and Raglan’s Jason Dickey (Kawasaki) to claim the third podium spot on Saturday.


However, Dickey’s fifth placing was enough for him to secure the No.3 spot for the championship.


Meanwhile, Waipukurau’s Ben Fryer (Yamaha) had wrapped up the junior class titles with a round to spare at the previous round, although that didn’t stop him pushing hard in the 90-minute junior race staged earlier in the day.


Otorohanga’s Aaron King (Honda) won Saturday’s junior race, with Fryer forced to settle for runner-up spot, King’s win earning him the No.2 junior ranking for 2014.


Third in the junior race on Saturday was Auckland’s Jake Wightman, followed by Eketahuna’s Charlie Richardson, and Wanganui’s Seth Reardon.


The final championship rankings had Fryer on top, with King and Wightman second and third respectively.


Motorcycling New Zealand cross-country commissioner Chris Smyth said he was thrilled with how the series had gone.


“Everybody seemed to enjoy it,” said Smyth. “The track was really well watered by rain leading up to Saturday’s races and so dust was not a problem. Northern Accessories provided extra sponsorship for the final round and that was greatly appreciated too.


“All four host clubs did a wonderful job this season and the series was a real success.”


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


The 2014 NZ Cross-country Championships  SMITH WILL TAKE A MEASURED APPROACH

MAY 13, 2014: Unless he’s very careful, Mokau’s Adrian Smith could be his own worst enemy. 

The Yamaha off-road motorcycle ace is well aware that a third consecutive national cross-country crown is his for the taking at the fourth and final round of the championships near Ward, south of Blenheim, this weekend, but only if he rides intelligently. 

 The 28-year-old Awakino Gorge sheep and beef farmer won his first New Zealand cross-country championship crown in 2006 and was outright winner again in 2012 and last year too, and he heads to Marlborough’s final round on Saturday with a clear points advantage.

Smith can only be beaten by two men, South Islander Ethan Bruce looming as his biggest threat after winning the opening round in Taranaki in February and then scoring fourth and 39th placings at the two rounds that followed, in Huntly and Westland respectively.

 Only three of the four rounds are to be counted towards the championship – with riders to discard their worst result – so Maruia’s Bruce (Yamaha YZ250) will obviously consign his uncharacteristic 39th placing to the rubbish bin and hope for a win on Saturday and for Smith to strike problems.

 Smith (Yamaha YZ250) has finished 4-1-1 in the three rounds thus far and anything worse than third this weekend will therefore become his discard result.

The only other man who could possibly beat Smith to the championship is Smith himself.

 “All I need to do is ride the race and keep an eye on where Ethan Bruce is on the track,” said Smith. “I have to play it smart. All I really need is a top-three finish. If Ethan is winning and I crash while trying to beat him, it could cost me the title.”

 Raglan’s Jason Dickey (Kawasaki KX250F) is third in the championship chase, with 2-3-3 results to his credit thus far, but the title is really out of his reach.

 “It is a new venue this weekend, so I don’t know anything about what we might expect in terms of terrain and obstacles,” said Smith. “I’m expecting flowing grassland with a few steep sections. But I just don’t know until I get there. Hopefully Ethan is as much in the dark about it as me.”

 Meanwhile, Waipukurau’s Ben Fryer and Stratford’s Karl Roberts each wrapped up their respective junior class and veterans’ class national titles with a round to spare at the previous round, although they also would no doubt like to finish the series with a bang on Saturday.

 Fryer will likely have a fight on his hands on Saturday keeping riders such as Eketahuna’s Charlie Richardson, Invercargill’s Todd Keown, Hamilton’s Luke Taylor, Otorohanga’s Aaron King, Te Kuiti’s Sean Kelly, Auckland’s Jake Wightman and Marton’s Ethan Breuer at bay.

 The juniors race for 90 minutes, starting with a shotgun blast at about 10am, and the three-hour senior race follows immediately afterwards.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, 


The 2014 KTM NZ Enduro Championships


BIRCH FINISHES SERIES IN WINNING STYLEMAY 11, 2014: Kiwi international Chris Birch finished the New Zealand Enduro Championships on Saturday the way he started it back in February, by winning.


The Auckland man didn’t even need to show at the weekend’s sixth and final round of the KTM-sponsored series at Waimiha, near Benneydale, because he’d wrapped up the championship overall and also won his over-300cc four-stroke class with a round to spare after also having dominated the day at round five near Kawhia three weeks previously.


But, with several major overseas competitions now on his horizon, the Glen Eden rider decided he’d use Saturday’s national championship finale as the start of his international build-up.


The 33-year-old Birch won five of the six rounds this season, ending the series ahead of Mokau’s Adrian Smith (Yamaha YZ250) and North Shore rider Chris Power (Yamaha WR450F) in the outright stakes and ahead of Power in the over-300cc four-stroke class rankings.


Birch now prepares himself to contest the Dacer Rally in Canada in June, an 800-kilometre one-day enduro, before he heads to Romania for the big annual Romaniacs Extreme Enduro, in the unforgiving Carpathian Mountains, from July 15-19.


“I’ve been working towards the Romaniacs for the past two months,” said Birch.


“It’s not something you can just show up at and ride it. It takes a lot of work beforehand.


“Waimiha is always a tough place to ride ... mostly because of all the tree roots. And it was quite slippery in places too. I was a bit grumpy with myself at the start of the day on Saturday because I didn’t think I was riding very well at all. But I calmed down and rode intelligently after that and things improved.”


Morrinsville’s Simon Lansdaal was a revelation on Saturday, taking a 125cc Husqvarna to finish the day in the overall runner-up spot, crossing the line just 24 seconds after Birch.


However, although Lansdaal was, obviously, also top finisher in the under-200cc two-stroke class on Saturday, it still wasn’t enough to dislodge Kaikohe’s Mitchell Nield (Yamaha YZ125) from the top position in this class.

Nield finished the day seventh overall and clinched the class crown by a meagre four points.


Other Expert Grade class winners after Saturday’s final round were Smith (over-200cc two-stroke); Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker (Husqvarna FE250, under-300cc four-stroke); New Plymouth’s Dougy Herbert (Husaberg TE300).


Intermediate Grade class winners were Helensville’s Tom Buxton (KTM 200XC, under-200cc two-stroke); Ngaruawahia’s Kelvin Babington (KTM 250EXCF, under-300cc four-stroke); Auckland’s Bryce Williams (KTM300EXC, over-200cc two-stroke); Taumarunui’s Cody Davey (Honda CRF450, over-300cc four-stroke); Thames’ Natasha Cairns (KTM200XC, women’s class); Waihi’s Steve Price (KTM250EXC, veterans 40-49 years); Helensville’s John Buxton (KTM300EXC, veterans over 50 years).


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


The 2014 KTM NZ Enduro Championships



CAPTION: Morrinsville’s Simon Lansdaal (Husqvarna CR125), looking to snatch away the under-200cc class honours this weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan,


MAY 6, 2014: It is the final throw of the dice for national enduro title hopefuls this weekend.


Kiwi international Chris Birch has already won the New Zealand Enduro Championships outright and sealed up the over-300cc four-stroke class win as well as the riders head to Waimiha, near Benneydale, in the King Country, for the sixth and final round on Saturday.


But, for many of the riders, that doesn’t mean the fat lady has already sung her last song.


Only two of the five Expert Grade classes have already been decided and most of the intermediate are also still wide open, so there remains plenty of good reasons for New Zealand’s elite off-road motorcycle racers to treat the finale of this KTM-sponsored series very seriously indeed.


The under-300cc four-stroke class is in the bag for Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, but the battle is still very intense to find the class runner-up with Paekakariki’s Tyler Mills and Feilding’s Freddie Milford-Cottam both in the running.


Morrinsville’s Simon Lansdaal will no doubt harbour hopes of catching Kaikohe’s Mitchell Nield for overall honours in the under-200cc two-stroke class, while the battle for veterans’ class honours could not be any tighter with Tokoroa’s Sean Clarke and Taupo’s Mark De Lautour level-pegging in the points.


Mokau’s Adrian Smith has a firm grasp on the over-200cc two-stroke class trophy, with Taupo youngster Greg De Lautour perhaps too far behind now to be a real threat, but Smith will no doubt still be keen to take another win off defending outright champion Birch after tasting success at round four of the series near Christchurch in April.


The 33-year-old Birch has thus far won four of the five rounds and is favoured to win again on Saturday, really only using the event at Waimiha as a warm-up ride ahead of his next big international foray.


Birch heads off to contest the Dacer Rally in Canada in June, an 800-kilometre one-day enduro, before he heads to Romania for the big annual Romaniacs Extreme Enduro in the unforgiving Carpathian Mountains from July 15-19.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,




Final trial in our Autumn series coming up quick.


Great prizes from Kiwi Rider and Belray, special deals on Belray Oils


Note; sadly Merve George has pulled led his archilies pushing a trailer so wont be riding.


Tell all your mates to get along, its going to be a beauty event.


Prizegiving, beers and sausages to follow event


Helpers required at Bullocks Quarry Bulls at 2pm Sat to help set out if you have a spare few hours.


The KT is going better, but is the rider is the major question?????





Robert Cochrane

Legends Events & Media Ltd


Hi all,

Adrian's report on last Sunday's mototrial. And results via the following




The 2014 NZ Cross-country Championships


APRIL 9, 2014: We may be heading into winter, but it’s about to get very hot indeed in the South Island this weekend.

 Mokau’s Adrian Smith believes he on track to retain his national cross-country championships crown this season after winning the second rou nd of four in the series near Huntly last month, but he can take nothing for granted as the competition heads deep into the home territory of his closest rival, Maruia’s Ethan Bruce, for round three on Sunday.

 The two Yamaha men are level on top of the championship standings, with the competition now at the halfway stage, and Sunday’s race at Waipuna Station, Ikamatua, in Westland will go a long way towards determining where the main trophy ends up this season.

 Bruce won round one in Taranaki in February, while Smith battled through traffic to finish fourth. The results were reversed at round two near Huntly in March, Smith winning and Bruce crossing the line in fourth position.

 While that puts the two round winners on top of the points table, it could just as easily be the men who finished second and third at the previous rounds – Raglan’s Jason Dickey (Kawasaki), Morrinsville’s Nathan Tesselaar (KTM) and Taupo’s Brad Groo mbridge (Suzuki) – who could sweep in and claim the initiative on Sunday.

 Dickey has finished 2-3 thus far, while Groombridge had huge problems at round one, credited only with a 30th-place finish, although he rebounded to finish runner-up at Huntly.

 The points from only three of the four rounds are to be counted towards the title, with riders to discard their worst result, so anything is still possible for any of these riders.

 Riders such as Palmerston North’s three-time former national champion Adam Reeves (Yamaha), Eketahuna’s Daniel Christie (KTM), Huntly’s Andrew Charleston (Honda), Rotorua’s Scott Birch (Honda) and Taranaki’s Renny Johnstone (Kawasaki) could also challenge for the win in the three-hour senior race on Sunday.

 “It was difficult for me at Huntly because I had an injured thumb,” said defending three-time champion Smith. “I lost feeling in it and couldn’t grip on the bike very well. But I am fully recovered now and feeling very fit for Sunday.”

 Meanwhile, the battle will likely be intense in the junior class between 13-year-old Auckland KTM rider Jake Wightman and Waipukurau 16-year-old Ben Fryer (Yamaha).

 Leading riders such as Eketahuna’s Charlie Richardson (KTM), Marton’s Ethan Breuer (Honda) and Otorohanga’s Aaron King (Honda) are also expected to feature in the 90-minute junior race on Sunday morning.

 The championships will wrap up in Marlborough on Saturday, May 17.

 Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, 


The next MOMCC mototrial details as follows

Event – Club Champs Rnd 1

Date – April 13

Venue – Carroll farm, near the end of No 2 Line, Pohangina Valley East. Will be signed form the Poh Vlly East turn off on the Ashhurst to Pohangina  road as per usual place. No 2 Line is the third road on right after turn off. Allow approx 15 mins from Ashhurst.

Sign on – 9.45 am

Start – 10.30 a

Section setters – Adrian and Phil

See you there  Cheers  Kevin





CAPTION: Taupo’s Brendon Imlig (KTM 250XC-F), among the front-runners in the Expert under-300cc four-stroke class.


APRIL 1, 2014: The gap is starting to widen at the top of the New Zealand Enduro Championship standings and that suits Aucklander Chris Birch just fine.


Birch has won the past nine national enduro championship rounds, compiling an unbeaten six-in-a-row to win the title last season and now the first three of six in this season’s KTM-sponsored series.


And that means the 33-year-old Kiwi international from Glen Eden is obvious favourite to win again at round four near Christchurch this weekend.


The world-renowned Birch (KTM 350XC-F) is also winning the battle-within-a-battle for over-300cc four-stroke bike class honours.


However, Birch would be the first to admit that he can take nothing for granted as Mokau’s former national champion Adrian Smith (Yamaha YZ250), Auckland’s Chris Power (Yamaha WR450F), Kaikohe’s Mitchell Nield (Yamaha YZ125), Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker (Husqvarna FE250) and Feilding’s Freddie Milford-Cottam (KTM 250XC-F) are just a handful of very talented individuals who would pounce if there is any let-up by Birch.


Howick’s Liam Draper (Husqvarna TE125) had been one of the front-runners but he has now been forced to withdraw after being injured at the previous round in the Riverhead Forest.


The venues for all three rounds thus far have offered contrasting terrain and weather conditions and, whether it be mud or dust, hard-pack or sand, driving rain or scorching sun, the riders and bikes have coped well.


Most riders will know very little about the fresh national venue being set out on Peraki Station, on Banks Peninsular, near Christchurch, for action this Saturday and it will be sure to test them.


In the battle-within-a-battle for class honours, Birch tops the over-300cc four-stroke class; Smith dominates the over-200cc two stroke class; Draper leads the under-200cc two-stroke class; national moto trials champion Whitaker heads the under-300cc four-stroke class and Tokoroa’s Sean Clarke (KTM 250 EXC-F) leads the over-40 years’ veterans’ category.


Following this weekend’s event, the riders will head to Oparau, near Kawhia, for round five on April 19 and, finally, it all wraps up at Waimiha, in the King Country, on May 10.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,



MARCH 18, 2014: Like any good championship event that incorporates a multitude of separate categories, it is often the “battles within” which can spark the most interest.

 The third round of six in this season’s KTM-sponsored New Zealand Enduro Championships are set for the Riverhead Forest, near Auckland, this weekend and it is expected to be another massive skirmish.

 While Kiwi international Chris Birch (KTM) leads the way to clinching the overall honours again this season, many eyes will also be watching on Sunday to see what happens a little further back in the field.

 As well as leading overall, Birch also leads the battle-within-a-battle to win the over-300cc four-stroke class, with fellow Aucklander Chris Power (Yamaha) and Marton’s Cam Smith (Kawasaki) giving chase, but there are also four other bike categories to keep an eye on.

 Kaikohe’s Mitchell Nield (Yamaha) and Auckland’s Liam Draper (Husqvarna) are locked together at the top of the under-200cc two-stroke class, the two riders sharing wins at the two rounds thus far and both have also finished runners-up, so that fight will be particularly intense at Riverhead on Sunday.

 Mokau’s Adrian Smith (Yamaha), the national champion on the parallel cross-country racing scene, has a battle on his hands in the over-200cc two-stroke class as he is challenged by Hokianga’s Damon Nield (Husqvarna) and Taupo’s Greg De Lautour (Beta).

 Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker (Husqvarna) and Feilding’s Freddie Milford-Cottam (KTM) share the front-running in the under-300cc four-stroke class. Milford-Cottam won the class at round one at Whangamata last month, but Whitaker hit back at round two near Porirua two weeks ago and so there is nothing to separate these two talented riders.

 Meanwhile, Tokoroa’s Sean Clarke has been putting his vast international experience to good use in dominating the veterans’ (over-40 years) division.

Clarke (KTM) led the veterans’ class at both Whangamata and Porirua and few would be against him in the Riverhead Forest on Sunday, although riders such as Taranaki’s Dougy Herbert (Husaberg), Taupo’s Mark de Lautour (KTM), Wellington’s Hugh Lintott (Yamaha) and Napier’s Warren Laugesen (Beta) might have something to say about that on Sunday.

 Following this weekend’s event at Riverhead, the series heads down south for round four near Christchurch on April 5, followed by round five at Oparau on April 19 and, finally, it all wraps up at Waimiha, in the King Country, on May 10.

 Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, 



March 16, 2014: The sport of motorcycle cross-country racing is full of high-speed zigs and zags and now it’s just taken another 90-degree turn.

 The second round of four in this season’s New Zealand Cross-country Championships was held near Huntly on Saturday with the results a complete reshuffle of those recorded at round one in Taranaki last month.

The winner in Taranaki was Maruia’s Ethan Bruce (Yamaha), with Mokau’s defending national champion Adrian Smith (Yamaha) forced to settle for fourth place after a terrible start to the three-hour marathon near Inglewood.

 Those results were turned completely on their head on the steep hill country farmland at Waerenga, near Huntly, on Saturday with Smith winning the race and South Islander Bruce this time settling for fourth position overall.

 That means the two rivals are locked together at the top of the standings, with Raglan’s Jason Dickey (Kawasaki) – who finished runner-up in Taranaki and third at Huntly – snapping at their heels as the series has now reached the halfway stage.

 Taupo’s Brad Groombridge (Suzuki) finished runner-up to Smith on Saturday but he was only 30th in Taranaki and must now rely on excellent results in the remaining two rounds if he is to threaten for the title, while Eketahuna’s Daniel Christie (KTM) was fifth on Saturday.

The conditions were atrocious for the riders with Cyclone Lusi sweeping through the region and the race duration was shaved back from three hours to two because of safety fears in the worsening storm.

 Meanwhile, 13-year-old Auckland KTM rider Jake Wightman won the earlier junior race – its 90-minute duration reduced by 15 minutes as the storm started to brew – followed closely by round one junior class winner Ben Fryer (Yamaha), of Waipukurau.

 “On some parts of the course you had to lean hard into the wind to stay on the track and, through one corner, I was actually blown into a gate,” said Wightman, thrilled at the vast improvement from the ninth placing he had achieved at round one.

 Wightman said he was “actually quite surprised” to learn he had won.

 “Really?! I thought I was in about fifth.”

 Eketahuna’s Charlie Richardson (KTM) finished third in the junior race, followed by Marton’s Ethan Breuer (Honda), with Otorohanga’s  Aaron King (Honda) rounding out the top five.

 The points from only three of the four rounds are to be counted towards the title, with riders to discard their worst result, so anything is still possible.

 Rounds three and four of the national series will be held respectively in Westland (on Sunday, April 13) and Marlborough (Saturday, May 17).

 Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,




The first of the Autumn Series gets underway at the awesome Hughes Property at Halcombe. Venue will be signposted off Kakariki Rd just before you get to the Halcombe Sign (village)?




Any questions please give me a call or TXT – NEW MOBILE NUMBER   022-154-0334


Any helpers for Saturday afternoon to help setout please contact me.


Farmer says he has graded the track so we will pit in the second paddock close to sections if the ground is dry. We will probably

Run reverse sections to last time we used the property, plus some curly new ones.


Don’t forget to bring hot and cold drinks and lunch – a few hot sausages will be cooked by me to top up your lunch.


Looking forward to a  great days riding with friends.




Robert Cochrane

Legends Events

Media Consultant

Ph       64-6-343-7585



James Galpin
2014 Bush Riders Cross Country series Race report         
Rider:    James Galpin 
Age:     17 
Bike:     Husaberg  TE125 
Sponsors:   AFC motorcycles, RG3, Graphics, HQ, Broxy rider Training. 

Series Placing:   1st Intermediate, 6th Overall 
Round one of the Bush Rider Cross Country series started at Taikorea with two 1 hour races
All the top NZ riders were there, so my first race as a Senior was going to be tough. The weather was 
hot, and the track sandy and dry. The start was a dead engine start with hands on head. The first 
race Paul Whibley yells ten seconds to start, he drops the flag, I kick start my bike and we are off. 
Going into the first corner I find myself around 5th place. As the race goes on I drop back a few places 
but still maintain my speed. I had no problems throughout race 1 finishing in 10th place. But in the 
second race I got a rubbish start by crashing into someone that was down in the dust. I had to work 
really hard in the sand to pass the bigger bikes on my 125. By half way through the second race I had 
worked my way back up to 10th but as I went on I was getting very tired and hit the wall, so I pulled 
over and threw up. After throwing up I was feeling a bit better and finished the race in around 18th. 
Overall ending up 1st in class and 15th 
Round two was on steep hill country at Hislop’s near Pahiatua, the weather was good and I was 
ready to race. The race began with a Lemans start with all of us running to our bikes, as I rode 
through the gate at the top of the hill I was in around 15th place and looking to pass. Traction was 
perfect with no dust. As the laps go by I get up to 10th place. After the gas stop I knew I had 2 laps to 
go. After chasing hard I just get the checked flag in 8th place overall and 1st in class. 
Round three was in Alfredton at the Christie’s property, the weather was perfect and I was keen to 
go racing. The race started with hands on the back fender due to the strong winds and steep country 
side. The shot gun fires and we were off.  I got an allright start in around 7th and then while trying to 
pass I jumped into a drain and that put me back to nearly last. Half way through the 2hr race as I was 
making my way through the field I got a really bad gut ache that made me chop the speed right 
down. After suffering from a stomach ache I finished in 18th overall and 1st in class. With the Senior 
races not starting until lunch time, I need to have more food to stop the gut ache. 
Round four was at Daniel Edmonds property at Alfredton and it was raining. It was a Lemans start 
again, and I was ready for another round of the Bush Riders Cross Country series. I got a good start 
and was running around 4th place but then shortly gave away my position by crashing out on the first 
steep slippery hill. Throughout the first lap I could see that the track was going to get cut up and 
become tough to get around. In the third lap my mousses and hard terrain tire were not helping me 
find traction on the greasy up hills. On that last lap I had to push my bike up nearly every hill,

at this stage I had no idea what placing I was in but wasjust determined to finish the race. After a long
gruelling race I finished 11th overall and 1st in class. 
The final round of the Bush Riders Cross Country series was held at Ellingham’s property at Makairo 
and the weather was pretty much perfect. Another Le Mans start and I got my best start for the 
series in 3rd place going round the first corner. I was tailing the two riders in front of me for most of 
the 1st lap until I slipped off the track and into a steep drain. As I ride out of the drain I can tell that I 
had been passed by four other riders. In the second lap I got back into 4th place but by the end of 
that lap I got passed and put back to 5th. I stayed in that postistion for most the race until the last lap 
when I dropped another position, but I was not going to let him get away with passing me on the last 
lap. I chased him the whole lap because I knew I could pass near the end, because that is where I 
was fastest. After passing a rider with a broken down bike and passing the rider that I had been 
chasing all lap I ended up 4th overall and first in class. 
I was pretty happy with how I rode in this series. I learnt that I have to eat closer to race time, that 
my fitness is good, and that the before school training is paying off. The National Cross Country 
series will be a big step up for me this year, with longer tracks, more rugged terrain, and a 3hr race 
time. I can’t wait! 

Many thanks to Brendan at AFC, Richie at RG3, and Broxy, for all the help and advice. Without you guys this would be much more difficult, and I’m sure, less successful.

The sports academy at Freyberg high school has played a large part in his improved fitness, and his continued drive to train and succeed at this level has been good to see.

James has adapted to the longer Senior events without too much trouble.  He is slowly learning that he can’t sprint for the entire 3 hrs J


The 2014 KTM NZ Enduro Championships


 MARCH 3, 2014: If it’s true there is no rest for the wicked; then New Zealand’s elite off-road bike racers must be very bad men indeed.The mud has perhaps only just been washed from the motorcycles following round one of the KTM New Zealand Enduro Championships near Whangamata and now round two is already looming large for the nation’s leading off-road exponents, with the competitors this week making their way south to tackle the steep forest course at Pauatahanui, near Porirua, this Saturday.

 Glen Eden’s Chris Birch, the defending national champion, won the series opener at a muddy Whangamata just over a week ago, with fellow Aucklander Liam Draper and Kaikohe’s Mitchell Nield joining him on the podium.

 Auckland’s Chris Power, Feilding’s Freddie Milford-Cottam and Taupo teenager Greg De Lautour rounded out the top six finishers at Whangamata, while Wainuiomata’s seven-time former and the current national moto trials champion Jake Whitaker was never far behind in seventh spot overall.

 All of these men will have their sights zeroed in on Birch, each of them hoping they can halt another win-streak by the Kiwi international before it can get started.

 Birch won all six rounds of the national championship series last season and the last thing any of these riders want is for Birch to start building up momentum for another unbeaten run in 2014.

 Racing in the Akatarawa, Puketiro and Fernhill Forests kicks off at the Moonshine motocross track, on Bulls Run Road, off Moonshine Road, near Pauatahanui, at about 10am.

 Following Saturday’s event, the series heads to the Riverhead Forest, near Auckland, for round three on March 23, followed by round four near Christchurch on April 5, round five at Oparau on April 19 and, finally, it all wraps up at Waimiha, in the King Country, on May 10.

 Words Andy McGechan, 



FEBRUARY 18, 2014: Auckland’s Chris Birch could be forgiven for being just a little bit paranoid, believing that everybody is out to get him.

And that’s because they are.The Kiwi international off-road motorcycle ace from Glen Eden was runaway winner of the New Zealand Enduro Championships last season winning it outright as well as clinching the over-300cc four-stroke class title, and he’s again the favourite to win this year’s KTM-sponsored six-round series which kicks off on the Coromandel Peninsular on Saturday.

 Birch won all six rounds on his way to victory last season, although his many challengers were never too far behind.

 Birch can’t afford to rest on his laurels because it is another talent-packed field of riders who line up to oppose him this season.

 The 33-year-old Birch can expect tough opposition again from riders such as former national enduro champion and current national cross-country champion Adrian Smith, of Mokau, fellow Kiwi international Sean Clarke, from Tokoroa, Auckland pair Freddie Milford-Cottam and Chris Power, Wellington’s seven-time national moto trials champion Jake Whitaker, Tauranga’s Reece Burgess, Northland’s Mitchell Nield and possibly also from Taupo’s rising young star Greg De Lautour.

 Hosted by the Thames Valley Motorcycle Club, the course for Saturday’s competition will be laid out in the Taungatara Forest, just north of Whangamata, and it is expected to offer all sorts of challenges to the unwary.“Winning the national title again would be nice, but I’m not taking anything for granted,” said Birch.

 “I will ride the same KTM 350 XCF that I’ve been using lately and I am fit and free of injury at the moment, so I’m raring to go.

 “Mike Skinner and Callan May are racing overseas this season and Jason Davis is sidelined with injury, so I won’t have to be concerned about them, but Adrian Smith will be a threat to me.

 “But I don’t see any reason why I can’t win the title again.”

 Following racing at Whangamata on Saturday, the series continues with round two near Wellington on March 8. Round three is in the Riverhead Forest, near Auckland, on March 23, followed by round four near Christchurch on April 5, with round five at Oparau on April 19 and the sixth and final round at Waimiha on May 10.

Words by Andy McGechan, 



FEBRUARY 16, 2014: The New Zealand Cross-country Championships could well feature a couple of fresh names on both the junior and senior trophies this season.


The four-round series kicked off in the Taranaki region on remote farmland in outback Taranaki on Sunday and, when the dust cleared, there were two surprise winners standing on top of the two podiums.


Waipukurau 16-year-old Ben Fryer stood top of one podium after winning the 90-minute junior race by more than two minutes from Otorohanga’s  Aaron King and, later in the afternoon, South Island hero Ethan Bruce finished one minute and 40 seconds ahead of Raglan’s Jason Dickey in winning the three-hour senior race.


Fryer had finished third overall in the junior class at the nationals last season, but his stand-out performance at the opening round of the 2014 series on Sunday certainly indicate that he could be No.1 by the end of the season when it all wraps up in Marlborough in May.


The same could be said of Bruce, from Maruia, near Lewis Pass, who took the lead early in the senior race and, apart from being locked in a see-saw battle with Dickey through the middle stages of the race, finally managed to break free and stretch out to a convincing lead before the chequered flag.


“It helps when you get a good start,” said the 17-year-old Bruce afterwards.


“This is my second season racing as a senior and this is first time I’ve won. It’s a great feeling.”


Mokau’s national No.1 Adrian Smith had a shocking start and was forced to fight through from almost last in the 57-rider senior field to eventually claim fourth overall at the finish, albeit more than two minutes behind third-placed Morrinsville rider Nathan Tesselaar.


“To have a bad day and still finish fourth is not too bad,” Smith shrugged.


“I went berserk on the first couple of laps to make up ground but I blew myself out in the end and just had to settle for fourth.”


The series is in its early stages and all the competitors are aware that titles are a long way from being determined.


The points from only three of the four rounds are to be counted towards the title, with riders to discard their worst result, so defending champion Smith may possibly be sending his result from Sunday straight to the rubbish bin.


Rounds two, three and four of the national series will be held respectively in Huntly (on Saturday, March 15), Westland (Sunday, April 13) and Marlborough (Saturday, May 17).

 Words by Andy McGechan, 



NOVEMBER 26, 2013: The Bel-Ray Cross-country Championships kick off near Huntly this weekend with a virtual Who’s Who of New Zealand’s off-road motorcycling talent signing up for battle.

 In addition to the regulars, riders such as three-time and current national cross-country champion Adrian Smith, of Mokau, and Raglan’s Jason Dickey, other top riders expected to race the 20th anniversary event this year include recent cross-country convert Brad Groombridge, the Bel-Ray-sponsored motocross ace from Taupo who has made himself something of a sensation on the cross-country scene in recent weeks.

 Taupo’s Groombridge teamed up with fellow Suzuki ace Daryl Hurley, of Hawera, to win the 2013 Suzuki Six-Hour near Tokoroa in October and he followed that up by riding as an ironman to win the big annual Acerbis Four-Hour race near Taupo earlier this month, the first time that race had been won by a solo rider.

 Two-time former American cross-country champion Paul Whibley, from Pahiatua, is also expected to race at the event on Sunday, along with local hotshot Ant Parker and Huntly brothers Matt and Michael Vining.

Rotorua motocross ace Michael Phillips is expected to arrive with his Bel-Ray Honda CRF450 and, as always, he also rates among the leading contenders.

 The Bel-Ray cross-country series has for long been a popular event with New Zealand riders, the course generally featuring safe and free-flowing trails. 

 A wide range of classes are catered for and this allows competitors to make their way through the grades with a good chance of collecting a prize or two. The experts class has always attracted New Zealand's top talent with many Kiwi internationals competing while at home during their international off-season.

 The venue for Sunday's race is Stark's Farm, Evans Road, Huntly.

The 90-minute junior race starts at 10am and the two-hour senior race blasts off at about midday. Mini bike riders will run a race on a separate, extended motocross track, starting at 10am.

 Classic bike class will be first away and this will be the only class to start with the engines running.

The remaining three rounds after this weekend's opener are set for January 12, February 9 and March 8.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


The annual MOMCC/IxionMCC BSA Shield Mototrial is next Sunday. Details as follows.

 Event: BSA Shield

Date: Sunday November 10

 Venue: Infracon Quarry, end of Kendall Line, Linton. Off SH 57 2 km south of the BP gas station.

Sign on: 9.30 – 10.15 am  Start: 10.30 am

All grades will be set from A grade down to Twin Shock/classic. Any Expert’s that arrive can make it up on the day.

We have a no licence permit so no licence required for twin shock and classic riders.

 Entry fee: $15 senior, $10 junior

BBQ after the event

Section setters: Merv, Warrick, Kevin and possibly Phil.

 MNZ steward: Merv  COC: Phil

 See you there  Regards, Kevin Pinfold



OCTOBER 29, 2013: Wellington’s Jake Whitaker earned a record-equalling seventh national title at the three-day New Zealand Moto Trials Championships in the Bay of Plenty over Labour weekend.


Rocks, tree roots, creek beds and steep hills ... mere judder bars on the path to another national title for the 20-year-old Whitaker, whose victory put him level in the history books with Napier’s Warren Laugesen.


Kiwi international Whitaker arrived as heavy favourite and proceeded to dominate the Expert Grade completion, although he did uncharacteristically drop a swag of points over the three days of riding near Te Puke.


“I dropped a point on day one and that really annoyed me because it was the easiest day of the three,” said Whitaker. “It was just a stupid lapse in concentration and I was forced to put my foot down on slippery rocks in a river bed.”


It got even tougher after that and Whitaker dropped 11 points on Sunday and another 10 on Monday.


“The sections were a lot tougher this year than what they usually are and that’s actually a good thing because it’s supposed to be tough, it’s the national championships. Although I was kind of hoping to make it clean through the three days like I did last year.”


In the end, Whitaker eclipsed Motueka’s Karl Clark, Nelson’s Nick Oliver, Rotorua’s John Haynes and New Plymouth’s Matt Foster on his way to retaining his Expert Grade crown for a seventh consecutive time.


The A Grade competition turned into a battle between Tauranga’s Jacob Gundry and Howick’s Liam Draper, with Gundry emerging on top, ahead of Draper and Wellington’s Carl Robson. Gundry doubled up to also tackle the Junior grade and it came as no surprise that he won this title as well, finishing ahead of Te Puke’s Ben McLeod.


Motueka Daniel Clark won the Intermediate grade from Kaikoura’s David Trewin; Nelson’s Stephen Oliver dominated the Presidents’ grade; Dunedin’s Gavin Fox won the Clubmans’ class; Tauranga’s Gabby Gundry was crowned women’s champion and Te Puke’s Paul McLeod celebrated winning the Twin Shock division.


Balance, bravery and throttle control is the main emphasis for this unique motorcycle competition. Speed is not essential, with the prime aim instead being to conquer extreme terrain without touching feet on the ground or falling off. Points are lost for these “faults” and a rider with the lowest score wins.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


New Zealand Moto Trials Championships in the Bay of Plenty this coming Labour Weekend.



CAPTION: Wellington’s Jake Whitaker, gunning for national crown No.7 this weekend. 

OCTOBER 21, 2013: He’s the ultimate “rock star” of motorcycling, but defending champion Jake Whitaker is taking nothing for granted ahead of this season’s three-day New Zealand Moto Trials Championships in the Bay of Plenty this coming Labour Weekend.

The Wellington rider rode a faultless campaign last season to make it six national Expert Grade titles in a row and he is brimming with confidence as he chases national crown No.7 on tricky terrain near Te Puke this weekend.

He has nothing left to prove in a riding career that features so many highlights, but he still recognises there is a high chance that everything could fall apart if he makes even the smallest of errors.

“I really want to equal the seven-title record of (Napier’s) Warren Laugesen but I’m taking nothing for granted,” said Kiwi international Whitaker, who was also the Australian trials champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“I’ll be up against Warren again this weekend and, even though I’ve had a good run over recent seasons to win six years in a row, it’s the sort of sport where everything can quickly go wrong. It’s always bound to be slippery on the rocks and there will be tree roots to trip up on as well, so it’s never really easy and a small lapse in concentration could end in tears.

“There are a few young guys who are stepping up to the Expert Grade this year too, riders such as Dunedin’s Blake Fox, Rotorua’s John Haynes, Nelson’s Nick Oliver and Taranaki’s Matt Foster and the certainly have my respect.”

The A Grade competition is also expected to be fierce with Howick’s Liam Draper and Tauranga’s Jacob Gundry expected to go head-to-head, while perennial frontrunners such as Wellington’s Carl Robson, Te Kauwhata’s Cory Davies, Tuakau’s Robert Williamson and Kaitia’s Luke March could also feature.

Titles will also be contested in the Intermediate, Presidents, Clubmans, Twin Shock, junior and women’s categories 

With this branch of motorcycling sport, the emphasis is not on speed. The prime aim is on conquering the extreme terrain without touching feet on the ground or falling off. Points are lost for these “faults” and a rider with the lowest score wins.

Access to both days’ riding will be signposted from the respective main roads. There is no charge for spectators. Riding starts at 10am each day.

The venue for day one on Saturday, October 26, is Muir’s Property, 746 No.4 Rd, Te Puke and that will be signposted from State Highway 2, No.3 Road, Te Puke.

Day two on Sunday is set for Grayling’s Property, Hereford Rd, Oropi, Tauranga, signposted from the Oropi roundabout on State Highway 29.

The third and final day is scheduled for Meredith’s Property, 745 No.4 Rd, Te Puke, signposted from State Highway 2, No.3 Road, Te Puke.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


The next Manawatu Orion moto trial is next Sunday, details as follows.  Event: Club champs round 5

 Date: October 20th

 Venue: Davison’s farm near the end of No 3 Line, off the Pohangina Valley East Road. Will be signposted from the usual place on the Ashhurst to Pohangina road. Allow approx 15 mins from Ashhurst.

 Sign on: 9.45 am

 Start: 10.30 am

See some of you there.  Kevin Pinfold.


Results from Twinshock, Rigid & Evolution Trial 29 September‏

Well the rain held off until after lunch and then it wasn't too bad under the trees.

We had a few falls, one drowned Beamish and a very rattly Yamaha (hope the prognosis is not too bad Richie), but no hurt bodies and lots of laughs.

Great to have a couple of new riders on the day and a couple who haven't been out for a while.

Results for the day were:

 A Grade


Gerald Bull              TLR200               19

Colin Richardson     Montesa 200        47

Richard Latimer      Yamaha TY175     48

Alasdair Keane        Beamish 250        66

Julian Rivers            Fantic 301           75

Richie Bullock          Yamaha TY175     85 

B Grade


Derek Evans            Ossa 250            54

Tod Palenski            Fantic 200          62

Dick Phillips             Custom Rigid       75


Next round is Sunday 13 October at Bullocks Quarry, Bulls (just after the bridge on the left coming north). See you there, Cheers Julian



Auckland's Chris Birch (KTM 300 XC-F), a class ahead of his rivals at the opening round of the KTM Extreme Enduro Series near Christchurch on Saturday.

OCTOBER 1, 2013: The winning season just keeps on going for Auckland's Chris Birch.

The 32-year-old Kiwi international was a convincing winner of the opening round of the KTM Extreme Enduro Series -- the Nut  Buster  Enduro -- in Canterbury on Saturday, setting the tone for what could be another steak of wins for the KTM rider.

Birch recently wrapped up the 2013 national enduro championships with a round to spare and he could now be set to dominate the KTM Extreme Enduro series as well, particularly in light of the impressive form he displayed at the Value Cars-sponsored Nut Buster event on Saturday.

A total of 118 riders lined up for the annual Nut Buster hard enduro, the venue just west of Christchurch.

Chris Birch took the overall win in the pro class with Wellington's Jake Whitaker (Husaberg FE450) finishing runner-up and series organiser Sean Clarke (KTM 300 EXC), of Tokoroa, rounding out the top three overall.

Whitaker tried his to chase down Birch, but, after a problem with his clutch, he was forced to make an emergency pit stop he was then unable to challenge multi-time Roof of Africa winner Birch.

"The event was a huge success, with everyone getting what was to be expected ... one tough nut-busting ride," said Clarke afterwards.

"The course was about 28kms long and took most riders about an hour and half to complete it. The track itself was a real credit to the men who prepared it, as it really hung in there with only one steep uphill climb causing a bit of a headache for some.

"Other than that, there were no bottle-necks and nothing was unmanageable. It was just plain hard work," said Clarke.

In the expert grade, West Melton's Angus McDonald took the win from Raglan's Dylan Yearbury and another West Melton rider, Hamish McDonald.

The clubmans' class was won by Rangiora's Rob Fraser, with Steve Paton and Josh Dando finishing second and third respectively.

Thames rider Natasha Cairns won the women's grade and finished and amazing fourth overall in the clubmans' grade.

The Nut Buster event for 2013 proved to be a great start to the series and sets a high standard for the remaining rounds.

The next round of the KTM Extreme Enduro series is set for the Riverhead Forest near Auckland, the Riverhead 100, on November 17.

For any other information, call Sean Clarke on 0275 996 045

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


2013 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships





SEPTEMBER 22, 2013: It is never an easy sport in even the best of conditions, but when the skies opened to drench the course just south of Tokoroa, it made the sixth and final round of the New Zealand Enduro Championships on Saturday a particularly tough event.


With the outright honours already in his grasp after winning the previous round, however, it was a case of Auckland’s Chris Birch seeing whether he could finish the Yamaha-sponsored series the way he started it, in winning style. 

And he certainly did, the 32-year-old Kiwi international from Glen Eden winning the day and, with that, he added his over-300cc four-stroke class win to the title for winning the championship outright – all rounds counting towards outright honours and just five of six rounds scored in the battle for individual class honours.


“I can’t complain with that,” said Birch afterwards, in classic understatement. 

“I had one bad test today, when I rode like a Muppet, but I gave myself a talking-to and I was sorted after that.”


Runner-up on Saturday was Titirangi’s Callan May, finishing ahead of Palmerston North’s Adam Reeves, with Aucklanders Michael Skinner and Freddie Milford-Cottam rounding out the top five. 

Before the weekend’s racing had even begun, May had already secured the under-300cc four-stroke class title, Milford-Cottam already had the under-200cc two-stroke class title in his pocket, and Tokoroa’s Sean Clarke had already tucked away the veterans’ class (over-40 years) crown for 2013.


But the battle was still on to uplift the big bike class titles.

 Birch had a 21-point advantage over Tauranga’s Reece Burgess in the over-300cc two-stroke class title chase before the start of action on Saturday and Birch’s victory put that title beyond, while Smith led the over-200cc four-stroke class by 18 points from Whangamata’s Jason Davis.


Smith, the outright national enduro champion last season, struck bad luck on Saturday when his bike threw a chain late in the afternoon, forcing him to withdraw from the race, but, because Davis was a no-show at Tokoroa, the advantage stayed with Smith and he took the title. 


Final leading Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships overall standings:

 1. Chris Birch (Auckland, KTM) 125 points (maximum); 2. Adrian Smith (Mokau, Yamaha) 88; 3. Callan May (Auckland, Yamaha) 86.


Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships final class winners: 

Expert under-200cc two-stroke class: Freddie Milford-Cottam (Auckland, KTM).


Expert under-300cc four-stroke class: Callan May (Auckland, Yamaha).

 Expert over-200cc two-stroke class: Adrian Smith (Mokau, Yamaha).

 Expert over-300cc two-stroke class: Chris Birch (Auckland, KTM).

 Expert veterans’ (over-40 years) class: Sean Clarke (Tokoroa, KTM).


Intermediate under-200cc two-stroke class: Aaron Jones (Mokau, Yamaha). 

Intermediate under-300cc four-stroke class: Kelvin Babington (Ngaruawahia, KTM).


Intermediate over-200cc two-stroke class: Adam Benefield (Te Kuiti, KTM).

 Intermediate over-300cc four-stroke class: Dylan Yearbury (Cambridge, KTM).


Intermediate women’s class: Natasha Cairns (Thames, Husaberg).

 Intermediate veterans’ 40-49 years’ class: Peter Scherer (Putaruru, KTM).

 Intermediate veterans’ over-50 years’ class: Steve Major (Auckland, Husaberg).

 Junior 13-14 years’ class: Jake Wightman (Auckland, KTM).

 Junior 15-16 years’ class: Tom Buxton (Helensville, KTM).


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


Next MOMCC mototrial is this Sunday. Details as follows  Date: September 15  Event: Club Champs round 4

Venue: At the Woodville end of the Manawatu Gorge, almost opposite the Balance bridge. Parking in where the big stock pile of crushed lime rock is.

              This is the first time we have used this venue for over 20 years. Before the pine trees were planted.

              Note: No riding on the stock piles of lime around the car park area and take care on the rail crossing when exiting the car park to head up to the

              Sections. We don’t want this to be the last time we use this new venue.


Sign on: 9.45am  Start: 10.30am  Section setters: Merv and Andrew



 SEPTEMBER 9, 2013: A couple of rookie line-ups earning top-10 results ... this is the stuff of fairytales.


New Zealand could not have asked for more from its Trials des Nations campaign at the weekend, a four-rider Kiwi men’s team and two-rider Kiwi women’s team arriving at the Trail des Nations for the first time in 10 years and taking on the world elite at this “Olympic Games of trials” at La Chatre, in France.


A total of 22 countries took part, with the top five professional nations competing in the elite Group A Class, while the remaining 17 nations, including Team New Zealand, fought for Group B honours.


New Zealand had previously achieved a best placing of fifth in Group B, back in 1997, but this year New Zealand was fielding a younger and less-experienced development squad.


Despite the daunting task, Team New Zealand’s men – comprising Rotorua’s John Haynes (Beta), New Plymouth’s Mat Foster (Beta), Dunedin’s Blake Fox (Sherco) and Napier’s Warren Laugesen (Beta) – finished an astounding tenth overall in the International Trophy (Group B) section of the competition.


The two-rider Kiwi women’s team – Christchurch’s Stefanie Downes  (Sherco) and Tauranga’s Gabby Gundry (Gas Gas) –  finished ninth overall out of 11 nations in the women’s section and this was despite having just two riders to compete against the three-rider line-ups from the other nations present.


Team totals in the women’s competition were calculated out of the two best of three scores, but this meant every score had to be counted by the Kiwi women.


Motorcycling New Zealand trial commissioner Jim Henderson, of Ohaupo, said this was “a fantastic achievement by the Kiwi riders”.


“I have been in touch with the team and we here in New Zealand are all very proud of them, particularly the girls. This is the first time we’ve sent a female team.


The riders are all self-funded and, unfortunately we weren’t able to send national No.1 Jake Whitaker (of Wellington). Jake is the reigning Australian national champion and he had to choose between either doing this event or defending his Australian crown. He could not afford to do both.


“It’s a pity we didn’t get closer to beating the Australians in France but we know Jake is capable of beating them all and hopefully he’ll beat them again at their nationals.


“But what our team of youngsters achieved in France under ‘old head’

Warren Laugesen's guidance was remarkable.”


Team Spain won the men’s event outright, finishing ahead of Great Britain, while Team Germany won the International Trophy segment, ahead of the Czech Republic and the United States. Team Australia finished fourth in this Group B battle.


Great Britain won the women’s section, followed by Spain and Germany.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


Hi all from Kevin Pinfold,

I put my hand up to write a report  and here it is finally. Sorry it’s taken half the week.

For a full results breakdown go to John Rushworth’s excellent new mototrials results website

MOMCC Mototrials Champs Rnd 3  18/8/2013

Well what a brilliant turnout of 27 riders for this month’s mototrial at the Infracon quarry

near Mangatainoka. Can’t remember the last time we had that many riders at a club event.

We had riders of all calibres from juniors in their first year of riding to a multi times NZ

Champ. Half the riders came from the Hawkes Bay and Wellington areas. Thanks for

travelling to our event and making it an enjoyable day well we hope it was.

Phil and Tony spent a very wet four hours on Saturday pegging out the eight sections in and

around the many limestone rocks in the disused quarry. However on race day the weather was

far better with only a few spits of rain for a few minutes, although the ground was rather

damp in places but this didn’t affect most of the sections to any extent.

Seven times ex NZ Champion Warren Laugesen lead the Expert troupe around the sections

and they added a few tougher obstacles into the sections as they went, to up the challenge.

Warren is off to France in two weeks to manage the New Zealand team at the Trial Des

Nations. Warrick George’s day wasn’t going brilliantly and then turned to disaster on lap two

when he punched into a large rock step a bit hard and his steering stem broke. Game over for


Mark Sidebotham had the goods over his fellow Ixion club Beta riders, John Lawton and

Roger Dunkley, in the A Grade sections. They would usually ride the Intermediate sections

but decided to challenge themselves in the harder A sections.

Tony Smith, having helped set out the sections, must have been riding them in his head all

night as he had a clean sweep in the Intermediate grade dropping only four marks on his

trusty Sherco. Next best was Nigel Reid, down from Hastings, on 14 marks. Phil Stephenson

was having some good rides on his Gas Gas, but this is his practice ground so he should know

the terrain better than most.

Andy Anderson would normally ride the Intermediate sections but opted to ride Clubman in

this event to take it easy on a sore shoulder. He had no problems posting the lowest score of

14 to head off Paul Wheatley. Andrew Pugh’s riding has improved this year and he was pushing

experienced Clubman campaigner Merv George closely for the third position but had to settle

for fourth in the end. But still ahead of his good mate Nick tucker who was a bit miffed he

had to settle for fifth. Although he shouldn’t feel too bad as he hasn’t been riding for a few


In the Sportsman class young Callum Walcroft rode very well on his Gas Gas 80 to win his

first event. This is probably only his fourth mototrial and he has improved well. Also showing

good improvement this year is Hannah Rushworth on her Gas Gas 80. She chose to ride some

harder Clubman lines in the sections which inflated her score a bit but it’s good to see her

challenge herself. She would be glad that her mum, Jane Bray, didn’t beat her I’m sure.

Next month’s MOMCC mototrial is on September 15 th at a new venue at the Woodville end of

the Manawatu Gorge. This will be round four of the club champs.



Warren Laugesen Beta 54 HBMCC

Carl Robson Beta 90 Ixion

Warrick George Gas Gas DNF MOMCC bike broke

A Grade

Mark Sidebotham Beta 52 Ixion

John Lawton Beta 79 Ixion

Roger Dunkley Beta 81 Ixion


Tony Smith Sherco 4 MOMCC

Nigel Reid Gas Gas 14 HBMCC

Jonathan Buck Gas Gas 17 HBMCC

Phil Stephenson Gas Gas 23 MOMCC

Henry Buck Gas Gas 37 HBMCC Junior

Tony Ramshaw Scorpa 41 MOMCC

Neil Sturmfels Gas Gas 43 Ixion

Adrian Walcroft Beta 56 MOMCC

Oscar Alexander Beta 69 Ixion


Andy Anderson Beta 14 MOMCC

Paul Wheatley Sherco 23 Ixion

Merv George Gas Gas 25 MOMCC

Andrew Pugh Honda 29 MOMCC

Nick Tucker Sherco 32 MOMCC

Doug Daysh Gas Gas 36 MOMCC Junior

Hazel Rushworth Beta 63 CHBMCC

Bryce Sowry Honda 66 Bush Riders


Callum Walcroft Gas Gas 22 MOMCC Junior

Hannah Rushworth Gas Gas 47 MOMCC Junior

Jane Bray Gas Gas 53 MOMCC

AJ Wheatley Gas Gas 120 Ixion Junior


The next MOMCC mototrial is next Sunday, details as follows.

 Event – Club Champs Rnd 3.  Date – August 18

 Venue – Infracon Quarry, Kohinui Road, Mangatainoka, near Pahiatua. Will be sign posted from the TUI Brewery between Woodville and Pahiatua. Venue is approx 6 mins drive from TUI.

 Sign on – 9.45 am  Start – 10.30 am

All grades/classes

Section constructors – Phil Stephenson and Tony Smith

 Regards  Kevin Pinfold


Hi all,

The next Manawatu Orion mototrial is next Sunday. July 21

Note – there has been a venue change from what has been previously advertised, but the new venue is close to that advertised. The farmer has informed me that he will be doing farm work on that day that won’t fit with us having a trial there.

Event details.

Event - Winter Cup Mototrial  Date – July 21

Venue – The farm at the end of Foley Road, off Pinfold Road, Woodville. Will be sign posted from Pinfold Rd/ State Highway 3 intersection on the northern exit of Woodville. Allow 10 min’s from Woodville to venue.

 Sign on – 9.45 am Start – 10.30 am 

Section builders – Phil & Dougie.

Kevin Pinfold  


I was looking forward to this race as the forecast was for rain.

Which meant No Dust for the first time in months! Overnight rain and showers on and

off during the day made for very slippery conditions.

The horn sounded and I ran to my bike and in four kicks the (usually first kick) Husaberg

125 eventually starts. As I gas it down the straight I find myself fourth to last. I knew I had to get

a good result to make up for the 8th place in the dust at Taranaki.

As the track opens up I start to pass some of the riders.

As we come up to one of the most boggiest sections, I see people struggling

in the hard wet conditions, so I take the chance to pass some of the other riders. As I come

through the chicane my pit board said that I was in 8th place out of 30. I need to catch up and make

some passes to make the podium. By the end of the second lap I find myself in 6th place and catching.

At this stage I was 2 minutes back from the top five so I got on the gas hard and after two

laps I started to pick them off one by one.

Towards the end I find out that my teammate Ben Fryer

and series leader Taylor Rae had both seized their bikes on the long top gear straights. That meant

that I was in third and catching Charlie Richardson. Usually I can run 2 hours on a tank, but due to

the speed and mud I needed to pit for more gas and fresh Goggles. On the third to last lap I pitted.

As Dad was filling my bike he said I was fast catching Charlie. By keeping that in mind and not

making mistakes I finally catch up to Charlie. As we are about to come up on the finish straight I

sneak around the inside, as we are gassing it down the straight we both look at each other and go

hard at the next corner.

We come up to the lap scoring chicane and Iam thinking it is the last lap. I

out brake him and put myself in 2rd . We still have 1 minute before the end of the 90 minute race,

so we are off for another 10km lap. I know Charlie is a fierce competitor and was not going to let

me have it that easy. As I passed over the first hill I look behind me and do not see him in my sight,

at that stage I thought he had crashed on the hill, but he had been forced to stop for gas. He was in

the back of my head now and I was going for leader Isaac Clark. I knew Isaac had a 90 sec gap

and thought I could close it, but in the end I could only take 30 sec off his lead. Towards the end

of the lap I could not see him, so I just carried on to the finish in a comfortable 2nd place.

With only four points separating Charlie, Isaac and I, it will be all on at the final round in

the Hawkes Bay next month. I hope it is wet!

James Galpin race report

Event: Rnd 3 National Junior XC

Location: Cheviot 21 April 2013

Bike: Husaberg 125  Placing: 2nd

James is supported by: AFC Motorcycles, Graphics HQ, Wayne Fraser Construction


Twinshock Trials NZ News

news @ Issue 2 / Autumn 2013

What an amazing summer we have had so far and Autumn is looking pretty mild and warm also. My mum says, this is

just like it was in summer in the 1960s. So with two trials completed in perfect weather conditions we keep hearing the

call, I need to practise more so my scores are lower and they say it can be more enjoyable when your scores are lower.

I remember when Mick Andrews was here and I rode two training schools and two trials over 3 weekends and I was on

Round 3 of the Waikato trial and it involved a number of creek crossings and was a tough course but I was really

enjoying the very professional way the sections and course had been laid and the way the Waikato boys were running

the whole event. It set a benchmark for me to aspire to and I was really pumped and focused and did a 3 for the round

on the toughest trials course I had ever ridden. And I was so excited I said to Mick that I have just done a round of 3 and

the wise man said back, you still have one round to do so that is good progress Robert, but focus on each section and

think about it as you go. So I started to take a few things for granted, made a mistake, then another and next thing I had

done a 20 and my total score put me in last place out of thirty riders. But I had a smile a mile wide.

So when offered the chance to have logs at the Trentham trial I jumped at the chance to have new challenges for the

guys and I jokes about bringing in the big ones (logs) for Fred out of Africa on the Fantic 200 floated about. Fred and

his son Julian on his TY175 had a great tussle all day with Fred winning by . In the A Grade it was Colin Richardson who

triumphed over Gerald bull while in the B Grade Alan Burgess on the BSA B40 350cc was the victor for the day with the

loss of only points. The river bed area was very dry and the riverbed boulders seemed easy but still took the odd point

of the unwary. Great to see Steve McDonald out on the Honda TL250 and hear the grunt of the big 4 stroke power up

the banks.

Fred on the Fantic 200 Exp , Colin Richardson (A) showing great concentration plus Alan Burgess on the BSA (B)

Special thanks to our sponsors Pete at Kiwi Rider, plus Belray Oils and Fox safety gear, Robin at Mitas Tyres, Tim at

British Spares and we welcome Larry Barnett at Classic Cover Insurance to our family for the 2013 season. They offer

great deals on classic bike insurance whether road, race, dirt or trials. As an example, a trials bike can be insured for

$72 per year covering while in transit to events on a trailer as well as locked on your property. I highly recommend you

contact Larry Barnett at as you may find your trials bike is not covered by your

personal effects or home & contents/property insurance policies.

2013 Twinshock Trials Event Programme

April 28th,  Sunday,  Kents Propertry, 78 Dehli Ave. Wanganui

May 26th,  Sunday, TBA,  Halcombe,  Manawatu Championship

June 16th,  Sunday,   Earnslaw One Forest,  Wanganui

August 25th,  Sunday,  Bullocks Quarry,  Bulls

September 29th,  Sunday,  Woods Property Akatarawa Valley,  Hutt Valley Championship

October 20th, Sunday, Bullocks Quarry, Bulls

November 17th,  Sunday,  BSA Shield,  Linton Quarry,  Manawatu,  Manawatu/Orion MCC

November 24th,  Sunday, Upukongaro Shelterview Jetsprints, Wanganui Championship

To confirm venues/times please contact Robert Cochrane Ph 06-343-7585

Team photo from the Mangatukutukus event last month with two new Fantics making their first

appearance in one of our regional trials. The weather was kind, the bush soil was moist but not

sodden and the riding terrain was fab, amongst the trees and the bush, along winding tacks,

through holes, streams and over eroded tree roots, a very special place and thanks to Julian and

Gerald for setting out a thoroughly enjoyable trial. Mick Andrews ‘Rider of the Day’ was Richard Bullock

on the Yamaha TY175 with Joseph Rivers winning the B Grade on the KT Kawasaki on an impressive

13 points with Gerald Bull (32) taking out the A Grade from Colin Richardson.

TYRE TALK,  IN STOCK NOW ARE THE Mitas 21inch trials front tyre. The radial tyres many of us

have fitted to twinshocks slip off the bead when using low pressures for trials. The Mitas are new 4

ply tires with stronger sidewalls for old rim widths, no slipping off bead. Modern trials radial tyres

have been designed to fit the wider rim width for modern trials bikes.


2013 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships


CAPTION: Aucklands Chris Power (Yamaha), chasing hard for the top spot overall and for over-300cc four-stroke class honours.

APRIL 22, 2013: Now is the time for title hopefuls to step up and be counted.

The first two of eight rounds in this seasons Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships were both won by Aucklands Chris Birch and, unless somebody can snap his winning streak in the next few events, the championship could well be decided long before the final round in September.

Extreme drought conditions forced a lull in the fighting, with the proposed third round in the Riverhead Forest being abandoned in late March, but it is back to the front line this weekend for the countrys elite dirt bike troops with racing set for the Puketiro Forest, near Wellington, on Saturday.

The racing starts at the Moonshine Valley motocross facility, on Bulls Run Road.

Just back this season after a two-year stint of racing in South Africa, multiple former New Zealand champion Birch has wasted no time in reasserting his authority at home.

He enjoys an eight-point outright lead in the Kiwi series over joint No.2 men Jason Davis, of Whangamata, and Adrian Smith, of Mokau.

Birchs back-to-back wins also mean he also has firm control of the battle-within-a-battle for over-300cc four-stroke class honours, while Davis and Smith are locked together at the top of the over-200cc two-stroke class standings.

This battle in second spot is particularly fierce with Davis the outright New Zealand champion in 2010 and Smith the defending outright champion from last season.

But Birch is the man they both have to beat.

Fourth overall in the outright standings is Taurangas Reece Burgess, while fifth outright and runner-up to Birch in the over-300cc four-stroke class is Aucklands Chris Power, the defending  champion in the class, and he could be one of those expected to fire a few hostile salvos at Birch this weekend.

Other class leaders include Hokiangas Damon Nield (expert under-200cc two-stroke); Aucklands Callan May (expert under-300cc four-stroke) and Tokoroas Sean Clarke (veterans over-40 years class).

After this weekends event, the series heads to Waimiha, in the King Country, on May 11. It wraps up near Tokoroa on September 21.

2013 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships calendar:

Round 1, Feb 2, Oparau

Round 2, Feb 23, Whangamata

Round 3, March 24, Riverhead

Round 4 April 27, Wellington

Round 5, May 11, Waimiha

Round 6, June 1, Maramarua

Round 7, July 20, Taupo

Round 8, Sept 21, Tokoroa


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


2013 KTM NZ Cross-country Championships  


APRIL 16, 2013: This seasons New Zealand Cross-country Championships are evenly poised at the halfway stage, although defending champion Adrian Smith has plans to tilt things his way this weekend (April 21).

The third round of four in the KTM-sponsored series is set for rugged farmland just outside Christchurch on Sunday and Mokaus Smith (Yamaha) is hoping that momentum will favour him after he convincingly won the previous round near Inglewood last month.

But Smith will not be taking anything for granted, he was stunned by the pace of Raglan teenager Jason Dickey (Kawasaki) at the opening round in Southland in February and quickly realised he could not afford to rest on his laurels.

Teenager Dickey beat rider Smith to the finish line at Te Anau by nearly five minutes, with Te Awamutus Mark Penny (Suzuki) not far behind in third spot overall. Although Smith bounced back to win round two in Taranaki, he had his work cut out that day with Woodvilles Ben Exeter (KTM) and Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves (Yamaha) hounding him to the finish.

In addition to Dickey, Penny, Exeter and Reeves, there are plenty of others, too, who have the pace to cause an upset.

The win at round two gave me a little bit of leeway now as we head to round three, Smith agreed, his two results thus far giving him a narrow lead over Dickey in the overall series standings.

Competitors will discard their one worst result however, with only three of the four rounds to count, and this means Smith still needs to perform well at the North Canterbury track on Sunday.

Ben Exeter is only 18 years old and so riders like him have nearly 10 years on me, but I figure I have still got a few good years left in me too, laughed the 27-year-old Smith.

Other riders likely to threaten on Sunday include Maruias Ethan Bruce (Yamaha), Aucklands Callan May (Yamaha), Raglans Matthew Quirke (KTM), Hamiltons Sam Brown (Honda) and Aucklands Sam Greenslade (Husqvarna).

Meanwhile, in the junior grade, it will be worth looking out for the winner at both rounds one and two, Cambridge Honda ace Taylor Rae, to continue his good form and stretch his advantage in North Canterbury on Sunday. Ekatahunas Charlie Richardson (KTM) and Martons Ethan Breuer (Honda) should be a challenge to Rae.

The venue for this Sunday is at Davaar Road, Greta Valley. It will be signposted 7km North of Greta Valley on State Highway 1, North Canterbury. It is about 20 minutes’ drive from Cheviot to the race venue.

The 90-minute junior race is set to kick off at 9.30am, with the three-hour senior race to start at about 11.30am.

The championship wraps up in Hawkes Bay on May 18.

Credit: Words by Andy McGechan


The next MOMCC Mototrial is this coming Sunday. April 21st. Details below.


Note: I have just been informed that this event is listed on Silver Bullet as being on the Saddle Road at Ashhurst. This is not correct as we had last months event there.  Can you change that John?

Event: Club Champs Rnd 1

Date: April 21

Venue: Carrol Farm near the end of No2 Line, Pohangina Valley East. Will be signposted from the Pohangina Valley East turn off on the Ashhurst to Pohangina road. Allow approx 20 mins from Ashhurst.

Sign on: 9.45 am

Start: 10.30 am Entry fee: Senior $15       Junior $10

All grades including non licence social. If your club membership has expired please renew it now.


2013 KTM  NZ Cross-country Championships


MARCH 16, 2013: Adrian Smith is back on track.


The defending national champion put his title defence back on track at the second round of four in this years New Zealand Cross-country Championships in Taranaki on Saturday.


The 27-year-old from Mokau had troubles on the opening lap of the gruelling three-hour dirt bike marathon at Purangi, near Inglewood, on Saturday when he crashed and lost his rear brakes on the opening lap of the KTM-sponsored race.


He was in a strong second spot and decided that, even with his handicap, he wasn't losing too much ground on race leader Ben Exeter, of Woodville, so he continued to push for another lap before eventually coming into the pits for a refuel and repairs.


That decision proved crucial in the dusty conditions as staying in the race enabled him to preserve his position on the 30-kilometre circuit and a quick pit stop soon had him back on track, the Yamaha ace then able to take over the lead from the fast-starting Exeter at about the two-hour mark.


He pushed hard and managed to open out an advantage of about four minutes by the end of the race, Exeter (KTM) forced to settle for runner-up spot with Palmerston North's three-time former champion Adam Reeves (Yamaha) moving up from fourth on the opening lap to eventually take third spot on the podium, with Te Awamutu's Mark Penny (Suzuki) taking an impressive fourth spot overall.


Smith finished runner-up to Raglans Jason Dickey (Kawasaki) at round one in Southland last month, but his win on Saturday puts his title defence firmly back on track.


Dickey finished fifth overall on Saturday, still a remarkable performance considering he was only 11th at the end of lap one, but rival Smith is back in the driving seat for the championship as the riders head to Christchurch on April 21 for round three.


The championship wraps up in Hawkes Bay on May 18.


Motorcycling New Zealand cross-country commissioner Chris Smyth, of Dannevirke, said Saturdays racing went perfectly.


Everyone enjoyed themselves and, despite the dust, the track was fantastic, Smyth said. Craig Morrison did an excellent job of organising things and Greg

Ngeru and his team did a great job of setting out the track.


A bit of rain would have been nice, but it was the best track possible in drought conditions.


Cambridges Taylor Rae (Honda) won the 90-minute junior race earlier in the day, finishing ahead of Eketahunas Charlie Richardson (KTM) and Martons Ethan Breuer (Honda).

Leading overall results from the second round of four in this seasons KTM New Zealand Cross-country Championships in Taranaki on Saturday:

Senior (3-hour) race: 1. Adrian Smith (Mokau, Yamaha); 2. Ben Exeter (Woodville, KTM); 3. Adam Reeves (Palmerston North, Yamaha).

Junior (90-minute) race: 1. Taylor Rae (Hamilton, Honda); 2. Charlie Richardson (Eketahuna, KTM); 3. Ethan Breuer (Marton, Honda).

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


Yes it is almost time for the next Manawatu Orion  mototrial. Details below.  Event,   MOMCC Club Mototrial Champs Rnd 1

Date,  March 17  Venue ,  Boltons farm, Saddle Rd Ashhurst. Head up the Saddle Road on the alternate route to Woodville and it is the first gate on the right after crossing the bridge over the Pohangina river. Only about 1.5 km from Ashhurst. We will put a trial sign at the gate.  Sign on  9.45am Start   10.30am

All grades including non licence. Section setters , Kevin and whoever wants to help me.  Terrain,  very dry dirt hills, banks etc.  Cheers Kevin


Next moto trial on March 17 at Boltons farm on the Saddle Rd near Ashhurst. More details to follow.

Report and results from the MOMCC mototrial two weeks ago.






Logs are being bought into the totara tree section of the venue, lots of fun.

10 sections x 4 rounds, sign on from 9am, start 10.30am. $20 per rider.

If you do not bring any lunch lots of traders and stalls amongst the carnival

You can camp at the venue at no cost on Friday & Sat evening

Hope to see lots of you there for a great event.

Sunday I will be heading to the North Island moto trials at Valley Road Kapiti.

There could be a spare twinshock bike or two available to ride at Carnival,   ph or txt me on 022-154-0334

Cheers  Robert Cochrane  Media Consultant  Legends Events & Media Ltd


2013 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships


FEBRUARY 19, 2013: Riders battered by a brutal opening round of racing in this seasons New Zealand Enduro Championships at Kawhia just over a fortnight ago will now be bracing themselves for another beating at round two on the Coromandel Peninsular this weekend.

Returning Kiwi international ace Chris Birch, of Auckland, won the Kawhia event outright, edging out Mokaus defending national champion Adrian Smith, but he will take nothing for granted as he steels himself for a backlash from Smith, and the many other contenders, near Whangamata this weekend.

The eight-round Yamaha-sponsored series heads into the Taungatara Forest for round two on Saturday with plenty at stake.

The Taungatara Forest is about 10 minutes drive north of Whangamata on State Highway 25 and could be regarded as home turf for Whangamatas former national enduro champion Jason Davis, certainly a venue where Davis will be both comfortable and fast.

Aucklands Mike Skinner makes a comeback from injury this weekend and he will be determined to make up lost ground, while typical frontrunners such as Auckland pair Chris Power and Freddie Milford-Cottam, Tuakaus Jonathan Hill and Tokoroas Sean Clarke could be expected to consolidate their positions near the top.

The course is 138 kilometres long and there will be six special tests on the day and, because of recent dry conditions, competitors will be expected to carry fire extinguishers on their bikes.

It is very dry in the forest at the moment, said Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Shaun Prescott, of Hikuai.

The course sends the riders through a lot of forest, with plenty of creek crossings thrown in. There will be logs, but no bogs.

After this weekend, the series continues with round three at Riverhead Forest on March 24 and wraps up near Tokoroa on September 21.

2013 Ymaha NZ Enduro Championships calendar:

Round 1, Feb 2, Oparau

Round 2, Feb 23, Whangamata

Round 3, March 24, Riverhead

Round 4 April 27, Wellington

Round 5, May 11, Waimiha

Round 6, June 1, Maramarua

Round 7, July 20, Taupo

Round 8, Sept 21, Tokoroa

Words  Andy McGechan,


Moto Trials Event Pink & Manning Shield Moto trial   Date  Feb 17

Yes the time has come to kick start the moto trials season here in the Manawatu. Details as follows

Venue  Christiansen Farm near the end of Opawe Road, Pohangina Vally East. Will be signposted from the usual intersection on the Ashhurst to Pohangina Rd. Opawe Rd is the 5th road on your right after turning onto the Pohangina East Road. Allow 30 mins from Ashhurst.

Time  Sign on 9.45   Start 10.30

All grades including non licence

Section setters, Adrian Walcroft and ?

Cheers  Kevin Pinfold


2013 KTM NZ Cross-country Championships  FULL THROTTLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

FEBRUARY 13, 2013: This seasons New Zealand Motorcycle Cross-country Championships kick off in Southland on Sunday with one of the most talent-packed fields in years.

Four rounds of intense action are on the calendar for the KTM-sponsored national series this year, with the first round blasting off near Te Anau on Sunday (February 17).

The competitors will be expected to tame some of the most rugged terrain in the Southern Hemisphere, on a course that has never before been used for the nationals and this fact alone makes it a particularly exciting way to begin the season.

It will challenge the riders and it is supposed to, said Motorcycling New Zealand cross-country commissioner Chris Smyth. If you like your tracks flat and smooth, you had best go road-racing, he laughed.

Round two in Taranaki on March 16 will also break in previously-untried ground, giving no rider any advantage over his rivals.

Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves will be keen to win back the title he held for three consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2011, although first he will have to find a way past the reigning national cross-country champion, Mokaus Adrian Smith.

I am keen to make it two cross-country title wins in a row, confessed the 27-year-old Smith. I have been on my bike quite a lot lately, so I am feeling pretty confident but I just have to make sure I do not do anything silly and stay consistent.

Both this weekend and round two will be on fresh terrain. It is not something that bothers me at all. If you put something in front of me I will tackle it.

Te Awamutus Mark Penny, Taurangas Reece Burgess, Pukekohes Matthew Vining, brothers Lance and John ODea, and New Plymouths Renny Johnston will threaten for the senior title, while Wellingtons Hugh Lintott, Hamiltons Sam Brown, Nelsons Sam Millson, Invercargills Greg Baynes, Onewheros Jim Orton, Blenheims Scott Orchard, Gores Jason Duff, Stratfords Karl Roberts, Southlands Cameron Wheeler, Raglans Jason Dickey and Christchurch trio Dean Baird, Scott Jennings and Steven Kelly could also feature among the leaders.

After this weekends racing, the series heads to Taranaki, followed by Christchurch on April 21 and, finally, it wraps up in Hawkes Bay on May 18.

The venue for round one is signposted from Lagoon Creek Road, off the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway (SH 94).



Round one: February 17, 2013, Southland;

Round two: March 16, 2013, Taranaki;

Round three: April 21, 2013, Christchurch;

Round four, May 18, 2013, Hawke’s Bay.



FEBRUARY 5, 2013: This seasons New Zealand Motorcycle Cross-country Championships are nearly upon us, with an exciting line-up of talented Kiwis getting ready to tame some of the most rugged terrain in the Southern Hemisphere.

Four rounds of intense action are on the calendar for the KTM-sponsored national series this year, with the first round due to kick off near Te Anau, at the bottom of the South Island in less than two weeks time, on February 17.

The Te Anau community has come to the party and it is great to be able to run an event down there. It is not just a North Island championships, it is a national event, said Motorcycling New Zealand cross-country commissioner Chris Smyth.

Round two in Taranaki on March 16 will also break in previously-untried ground, giving no rider any advantage over his rivals.

Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves will be keen to win back the title he held for three consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2011, although first he will have to find a way past reigning national cross-country champion Adrian Smith, of Mokau.

Te Awamutus Mark Penny, Pukekohes Matthew Vining, brothers Lance and John ODea, and New Plymouths Renny Johnston will also threaten for the senior title.

The series kicks off near Te Anau, in Fiordland, on February 17, with rounds to follow in Taranaki, Christchurch and, finally, it wraps up in Hawkes Bay on May 18.

The venue f or round one is signposted from Lagoon Creek Road, off the Te Anau-Mossburn Highway (SH 94).


Round one   February 17, 2013, Southland;

Round two    March 16, 2013, Taranaki;

Round three   April 21, 2013, Christchurch;

Round four     May 18, 2013, Hawkes Bay.


Words Andy McGechan


BIRCH BACK IN WINNING HABIT AT HOME                                

CAPTION: Aucklands Chris Birch (KTM), with a first-round victory under his belt.

FEBRUARY 3, 2013: It was the perfect homecoming for Aucklander Chris Birch at the weekend as he immediately got back into his winning ways on the national enduro racing scene.

The 32-year-old had only recently arrived back in the country after he and his wife Monica had spent a two-year stint in South Africa, Chris continuing to race international and domestic South African events while abroad.

Birch was in scintillating form as he raced to outright victory at the opening round of eight in this seasons Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships at Oparau, near Kawhia, on Saturday.

He eventually won four of the days six timed special tests to edge out defending national enduro and cross-country champion Adrian Smith (Yamaha), of Mokau, by two minutes overall at the end of a brutal day of racing on the steep and unforgiving, dusty farmland circuit.

That also gave Birch (KTM) the top spot in the over-300cc four-stroke class, while Smiths performance saw him finish top of the under-300cc two-stroke class.

Other expert grade class winners were Aucklands Freddie Milford-Cottam (KTM, under-200cc two-stroke class); Tuakaus Jonathan Hill (KTM, under-300cc four-stroke class); Tokoroas Sean Clarke (KTM, veterans, over-40 years class).

I have not raced a New Zealand enduro in a number of years and had forgotten how much I like them, said Birch afterwards. It was a great day.

Intermediate, womens and junior grade class winners were Mokaus Aaron Jones (Yamaha, under-200cc two-stroke); Te Kuitis Adam Benefield (Honda, over-200cc two-stroke); Ngaruawahias Kelvin Babington (KTM, under-0300cc four-stroke); Cambridges Dylan Yearbury (KTM, over-300cc four-stroke); Hamiltons Greg McWhannell (KTM, veterans 40-49 years); Te Kauwhatas Lewis Speedy (KTM, veterans over-50 years); Waipukuraus Hazel Rushworth (KTM, womens class); Oparaus James Scott (Kawasaki, junior 12-14 years); Helensvilles Tom Buxton (KTM, junior 15-16 years).


Event organiser Sean Clarke, of Tokoroa, said he was pleasantly surprised by the high number of entries at Oparau.

It shows the sport is in great shape. It was a good, challenging ride for all the different grades of competitors ... if a few people had followed the arrows properly, it would have been perfect, he laughed, referring to the half a dozen or so competitors who had headed down the wrong pathways and lost valuable time by then having to back-track.

The championship series continues with round two at Whangamata on February 23 and wraps up near Tokoroa on September 21.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan



JANUARY 30, 2013: There will be no favours expected or granted when the nations top off-road motorcycle racers kick off the New Zealand Enduro Championships near Kawhia this weekend.

The series opener is set for steep and rugged terrain at Oparau, near Kawhia, this Saturday (February 2) and a lot will be riding on the results because this brutal venue has been a graveyard for title hopefuls in the past.

Boosted this season to an eight-round series, consistency will count more than ever before this time around, although none of the competitors will want to begin their respective campaigns on the wrong footing and therefore be forced to play catch-up over months of arduous battling.

As well as the usual suspects, the Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships has also attracted champion riders from several parallel codes, including Palmerston Norths three-time former national cross-country champion Adam Reeves and Wellingtons six-time national moto trials champion Jake Whitaker, a multi-talented athlete who is crossing over from trials to enduro riding this season.

The nation’s elite riders will embrace the new series with Kiwi international Chris Birch returning home from South Africa, Whangamata’s former national champion Jason Davis back from injury, current national cross-country and 2012 outright national enduro champion Adrian Smith, of Mokau, back from a stint in the United States and Aucklands Chris Power arriving at Kawhia fresh from taking his Yamaha WR450F to an impressive runner-up finish in the river race section of last weekends New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville.

A lot of interest is also being shown in the series this year by riders who have never before tried enduro racing, so I guess we must be starting to tap into the trail bike riding scene, said Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Shaun Prescott, of Hikuai.

Basically, if you can ride a trail ride, you can ride an enduro championship round, it is just a fraction more intense.

The series will incorporate the Kiwi Rider Junior Cup competition as well this year, catering for younger riders at the same national championship rounds. They will ride the intermediate sections of the course.

This is a huge growth area for the sport, said Prescott. This is where our future national and world champions will come from.

The championship series wraps up near Tokoroa on September 21.


2013 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships calendar:


Round 1, Feb 2, Oparau

Round 2, Feb 23, Whangamata

Round 3, March 24, Riverhead

Round 4 April 27, Wellington

Round 5, May 11, Waimiha

Round 6, June 1, Maramarua

Round 7, July 20, Taupo

Round 8, Sept 21, Tokoroa


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


Bush Riders XC race report from James Galpin?

The shot gun fires then 30 of us run to our bikes. My Husaberg 125 fires first kick and I easily

take the $50 Waitawiti holeshot. Then I weaved my way through the drains and shot up

the hill. I had a comfortable lead coming towards the end of the first lap where there was a

slick tree section where I was struggling to find grip. After the first 10 minute lap I found

myself 40 seconds in the lead. Then I knew where I was going and got on the gas hard. But

by then KTM 150 rider and series leader, Charlie Richardson was in third place. Half way

around the second lap, Ethan Breuer who was in second place crashed into a water trough

and was out of the race. That put Charlie up into second place. By the time seven more laps

had passed Charlie was gaining. On the eighth lap of nine I was 20 seconds in the lead then

my front wheel found a tree root and I went down hard. As I was picking up the bike Charlie

sneaked past into the lead. I chased him down by the end of the lap. Then it was down to the

last lap. Charlie slid out on the side of the hill coming into the first part of the last lap. I took

the lead, then as I came over the ridge and down into a hair pin corner I dropped the front

wheel and I was down again. As I got going I heard Charlie right behind me. At the bottom

of this hill I got stuck behind a slow lapper through a tight section of the track. I tried to get

on the inside of him but I get blocked and Charlie canes past. I kept right behind him for the

rest of the lap and it came down to the last corner. I tried to sneak up the inside and we

banged handlebars but it was not worth causing a crash. I ended up in second place.

Event: Bush riders Cross Country rnd 2, Juniors. 20th jan 2013

Location: Atrig station, Dannevirke

Rider: James Galpin

Bike: Husaberg TE125

Result: 2nd

1st : Charlie Richardson KTM 150

2nd : James Galpin Husaberg 125

3rd : Daniel Alabaster KX 250

James Galpin race report




JANUARY 16, 2013: Off-road motorcycle riding typically combines strength, and endurance, balance and co-ordination, resourcefulness and tenacity in equal measures, but this year’s national enduro series is going to be bigger and tougher than ever before.


Originally boosted from five to seven rounds this season, news has just come in that an additional event will now be added, making the 2013 Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships a bumper eight-round affair.


It flies in the face of current trends, other sports are scaling back in light of tough economic times, and shows just how healthy the Kiwi enduro scene is.


I am very excited about this development, said Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Shaun Prescott, of Hikuai.


We decided that, as long as the rounds are spread out, we could expand it easily and so now we have eight rounds. All rounds count for the outright winner, but riders can discard their one worst result, so only seven of the eight rounds are counted towards individual class titles.


A lot of interest is being shown in the series this year by riders who have never before tried enduro racing, so I guess we must be starting to tap into the trail bike riding scene.


Basically, if you can ride a trail ride, you can ride an enduro championship round, it is just a fraction more intense.


The series will incorporate the Kiwi Rider Junior Cup competition as well this year, catering for younger riders at the same national championship rounds.


They will ride the intermediate sections and be in separate age groups, 12-14 years and 15-16 years.


This is a huge growth area for the sport, said Prescott. This is where our future national and world champions will come from.


As well as the championship series being boosted this season, there will also be an additional three-day North Island Enduro Championships event, to be held at Maramarua, near Thames, over the Queens Birthday Weekend.


The nations elite riders are all expected to embrace the new series with Kiwi international Chris Birch returning home from South Africa, Whangamatas former national champion Jason Davis back from injury, current national cross-country and 2012 outright national enduro champion Adrian Smith, of Mokau, back from a stint in the United States and Wellingtons six-time national moto trials champion Jake Whitaker crossing over from trials to enduro riding this season.


These champions, and others, will go head-to-head when the 2013 enduro nationals kick off in just over two week’s time, at Oparau, near Kawhia, on Saturday, February 2.


2013 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships calendar:


Round 1, Feb 2, Oparau

Round 2, Feb 23, Whangamata

Round 3, March 24, Riverhead

Round 4 April 27, Wellington

Round 5, May 11, Waimiha

Round 6, June 1, Maramarua

Round 7, July 20, Taupo

Round 8, Sept 21, Tokoroa


Credit Andy McGechan





Twinshock Trial at Ash Kents end of Delhi Ave this Sunday, sign on from 9am (will be signposted off Somme Parade)


Trial starts 10.30am  4 rounds of 10 sections


BBQ & refreshments after


Robert Cochrane

Media Consultant

Legends Events & Media Ltd


FIM Trial World Championship goes non-stop

In view of the current extremely difficult situation regarding participation in Trial events

that is also leading to the free fall of the Trial motorcycle market, the FIM together with the

Trial Manufacturers (Montesa-Honda, Gas Gas, Beta, Sherco & Ossa) has decided to take

measures in order to find ways to revitalise this discipline.

The first change concerns the sporting regulations of the FIM Trial World Championships

that, from 2013, will be non-stop. All categories of the discipline (World Pro, Open

International, Junior, 125cc, Women & Trial des Nations) will now apply more dynamic


With the aim of making Trial more accessible, reducing the level of the sections, creating

more dynamism, reducing the costs and increasing practice and participation, additional

measures will be taken in the coming months.


BSA Shield    Hi Guys, going to be a great event

Details for this weekends Sunday 11th Nov. 2012, BSA Shield are sign on any time after 9am - trial will start at 10.30am, followed by BBQ, BYO refreshments. Look forward to seeing you there.


This is an MNZ event so your day license is paid for by the $20 entry on the day


It is the same Mangatukutuk Rd Kapiti as last weekends twinshock trial, just different spot, will be signposted


Cheers,  Kev T



CAPTION: Tokoroas Sean Clarke, combining individual events into a new series.

NOVEMBER 7, 2012: New Zealand has a reputation for producing motorcycle hard men and the latest development in the sport of extreme enduro racing is set to enhance that even further.

With Auckland enduro ace Chris Birch now resident overseas, plying his trade in South Africa, and fellow Kiwi internationals Paul Whibley, Rory Mead and Adrian Smith making a huge impact racing in the United States, it is obvious that somebody is doing something right back here at home.

And that person is probably Tokoroas Sean Clarke.

New Zealand already has several popular and well-establish extreme enduro events on the racing calendar, but now Clarke and the KTM motorcycle company intend to bind them together to create a super competition, the KTM Extreme Enduro Series.

The four major extreme enduro events on the calendar will remain stand-alone events, if that is how riders want to treat them, perhaps picking and choosing which events suit their schedules, but Clarke is also bringing them together to form a KTM Extreme Enduro Series, with a special prize to the one outright winner in each bike class.

The KTM Extreme Enduro Series is a combination of four different events that will decide New Zealand’s best extreme enduro rider. Points will be awarded in each round across four different grades,  pro, expert, clubman and moto trials.

At the series final, the No Way In Hell extreme enduro, the riders with the best tally from any three of the events will take home the trophy and the bragging rights, said Clarke.

All the No.1 riders from all the motorcycling codes will likely come together for this. We have seen huge interest from top motocross riders such as Rotoruas Michael Phillips, enduro riders Chris Birch and Rory Mead and six-time national moto trials champion Jake Whitaker as well.

He said that having moto trials exponents entered would also add a new dimension to the events.

By the end of March we will know which rider and which motorcycling code can claim to be king of extreme.


Round one: November 18, Riverhead 100, Riverhead Forest, Auckland

Round two: December 1, Tokoroa Endurocross

Round three: February 9, Te Puke Endurocross

Round four: March 30-31, No Way In Hell, Oparau, near Kawhia

Words and photo by Andy McGechan

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT  Sean Clarke Phone 07-886-5918 or 0275 996 045 Email:



Hi Guys,  What a fantastic trial in Kapiti on Sunday Oct 28th. The weather started damp but had cleared by lunch and was hot and sunny. What an amazing place to ride, through the bush and streams.

As it was a bit slippery the scores for some of us were a bit high but all the smiles at the end of the day were a mile wide.

Special thanks to Gerald Bull, and Julian & Joseph Rivers for setting out the sections, and to Tiffany for her admin work and cooking lunch on the day.

My bike expired at the start of the event but Rick Barber kindly leant me his KT so I did my 4 rounds after the lunch break, boy was I sore for the next few days.

But riding down tracks, over tree roots, through puddles, through ruts and sliding about in the mud behind 2 others KTs,  what a magic sound. And the four KTs outnumbered the Hondas for the first time in over two years. Great to see you all and looking forward to this weekend.

BSA Shield this Sunday at Kapiti, Sunday November 11th, be there for an amazing days riding guys! Details to follow shortly

Cheers  Robert Cochrane  Media Consultant  Legends Events & Media


MOMCC MOTO-TRIALS REPORT  14 October 2012,  Club Championship: Rnd 5

A cold, blustery and showery day greeted the dozen hardy

riders prepared to brave the elements and take on the

slippery rocks at Stu Davidsons place up the end of Number

3 line. Merv and Adrian had set out eight sections the

previous day along the gully below the woolshed. The

smallish, innocuous looking rocks scattered around there are

real points grabbers, particularly when the lichens and

mosses growing on them have been well and truly soaked

with heavy rain the night before.

It was pretty tough day overall judging by the high scores, but most riders showed quite a lot of

improvement over the four laps. We will put it down to improving rider skill, but the drying rocks might also

have played a part.

The largest turnout was in the clubman grade where 6 riders vied for the lowest score. Once again the

Ixion members showed us how it is done with Oscar Alexander taking out the honours on his nice new

Factory Beta, followed closely by Paul Wheatley. Nick Tucker was not far behind and is certainly coming to

grips with his loaned Gas Gas, so much so that going back to his (t)rusty old Beta will not be easy (if it ever

starts again). I watched Andrew doing some great rides and he is improving in every trial. Merv and

Adrian took it upon themselves to chaperone the new riders for the day so were not in contention.

Second largest turnout was in social grade where we had four new riders trying out the sport. This is

fantastic and follows a trend in the last few trials, and hopefully bodes well for raising the profile of the

sport in the Manawatu. Chris Morrison brought along his very tidy Sherco and blitzed the field, recording

the day’s lowest score of 10, not bad for your first trial! He certainly has the skills to take on the clubman

grade. Also competing for the first time were Richard Boardman and young Callum Walcroft. Both riders

were on older twin-shocks that struggled in the slippery conditions, but they still looked like they were

having fun. Tod Palenski only turned up to watch since his bike was in bits, but was persuaded to ride

Mervs Gas Gas over a few sections.

There was no contest in the intermediate and expert grades with only one rider in each,  and both of

them were taking it easy on the day. Phil did not want to break his bike or his body ahead of the NZ

Championship 3-day trial in Alexandra (good luck Phil!), and Warrick was back for his first trial after

getting a wheel-alignment done on his ankle.

Next trial is the BSA shield on 11 November, this year hosted by Ixion. It will be in the Maungakotukutuku

Valley and will include the classic bikes and a BBQ afterwards. Last years event had 45 riders enter and

was a great day, so this years is not to be missed.

Details will follow in an email closer to the time.

Adrian Walcroft.




OCTOBER 23, 2012: Wellingtons Jake Whitaker made it six title wins in a row when he dominated the top category at the three-day New Zealand Moto Trials Championships near Alexandra at the weekend.


The extremely-talented 21-year-old Kiwi international had won the premier title at the New Zealand Moto Trials Championship for each of the past five years and he was clear favourite to extend that to six over the Labour Weekend.


He did not disappoint, riding faultlessly over the entire weekend to take the Expert Grade crown ahead of Nelsons Karl Clark and Rotoruas John Haynes.


It went pretty well for me, said Whitaker, in classic understatement.


I said before the event that it might be possible to complete the three days without dropping any points and that is what t I did. I do not know if thats ever been done before.


I could not afford any lapse of concentration, though, because the second and third riders were close behind. It was challenging to try and keep focussed.

Whitaker said the weather did not play any part in proceedings, although a light sprinkling of snow cooled things down on the third day.


The big granite rocks offered plenty of grip and it did not rain at all, so it was not slippery. The arrival of the snow did make us want to hurry along and get the contest over a bit earlier.


Whitaker had also collected his third consecutive Moto Trials Championship crown in Australia in September, making him a multiple and reigning champion on both sides of the Tasman.


Winner of the second tier competition, the A Grade, was rising young star Liam Draper, the teenage Aucklander edging out Wellingtons Carl Robson and Invercargills Jason Hibbs.


The Intermediate Grade was topped by Tauranga father-and-son duo Kevin and Jacob Gundry, who finished the weekend first and second respectively, with Nelsons Daniel Clark taking the third step on the podium.


Draper was also a dual-class winner, also collecting the top prize in the Junior Grade, this time finishing ahead of Jacob Gundry and Blenheims Gareth Wadsworth.


The top three Presidents Grade riders were, in order, Nelsons Stephen Oliver, Christchurchs Ross Bristol and Hamiltons Peter Osborne, while Pahiatuas Phillip Stephenson and Christchurchs Paul Jackson respectively won the Clubmans and Twin Shock divisions.


Andy McGechan


Hi Guys,


Another great trial coming up on Sunday 28th October, This time at Kapiti, set out by Gerald and Julian.


Tiffany and I are  just off to the BSTT at Hampton Downs for the long weekend  so look forward to catching up and riding with you next weekend.


Warm Regards,  Tiffany & Rob,  Legends Events & Media Ltd


Hi all,  Manawatu Orion MCCs next mototrial is this coming Sunday. Details as follows.


Event: MOMCC Mototrials Champs Rnd 5 (final).     Date: October 14


Venue: Davison farm, near the end of No 3 Line, off Pohangina Valley East Road. Will be sign posted from the Pohhangina Valley East Rd intersection on the Ashhurst – Pohangina road.


Sign on: 9.45 am         Start: 10.30 am


All classes below including non licence class. Easiest class suitable for new riders and twin shock.


Weather: Unpredictable         Sections: Rocky stream, grass climbs, banks etc.


Section setters: Merv and Adrian


WONDERFUL TRIAL TODAY, Sept 30th,   Belray Oils Spring Twinshock Series


Hi Guys,


We had a number of the regulars unable to turn out today to Tony & Helen Woods property with 4 overseas, 2 injured and 2 at funerals

but boy did you miss a great one. The property is amazing and half way through my first round I was kicking myself for not riding more often,

not because I am rusty, but because of the amazing fun I am missing out on.


And the KT chugged away all day, but the rider hung on all day except on Section 2 when I lost it on the exit and nearly nicked the tip of my finger,

the bike had gone over in gear and the rear wheel was spinning as I fell forward trying to hold myself upright and my gloved finger brushed the spinning chain

as I fell down, rolled on the ground and burst out laughing.


After the trial I discovered 1 spit fingernail and a few drops of blood so a  close call.  I have noticed some guys riding in the past without gloves.


From now on, no gloves, no riding in the trial.


here are the dates through to Xmas


Sun Oct 28th  Kapiti  details soon   there will be an area with a few easy learner sections for children and wives/partners able to try out a Honda TL50cc


Sun Nov 11th Kapiti   BSA Shield Day, we are hosted by Ixion Club in their annual challenge with Manawatu Orion, been running since the 1940s

                                          remember last year we had 25 Twinshocks and there were only 23 modern bikes. Was a great day


Sun Nov 25th  Wanganui, Xmas tria venue TBA


Reserve these dates on your calendar today





Robert Cochrane, Media Consultant, Legends Events & Media Ltd  Ph 06-343-7585


Belray Oils Spring Twinshock Series

When : Sunday September 30th

Time: Sign on from 9.30am

$20 per rider

Trial starts 10.30am

Venue: Woods Property

1913 Akatarawa Road

Akatarawa Valley



Belray Oils Spring TwinUpper Hutt

Will be signposted

Classes include Expert, A & B Grade

Novices and spectators welcome

For event listings, news, pics and results

like our fb page twinshocktrialsnz


MOMCC Club Champs Mototrial Rnd 4 September 2012


 Those four weeks since the last mototrial went quickly? It only seems like a couple of weeks since I was at the Linton quarry watching the guys make fools of themselves and here I am again at the other Infracon quarry we use watching them again.


Phil and Nick put the big effort in on Saturday setting out eight sections in and around the limestone quarry (now called break leg quarry) near Mangatainoka and 19 riders turned up on Sunday to test their skills. There was a good cross section of riders from A grade level down to junior and also three female riders, albeit from the same Rushworth family and covering three generations, sort of. So certainly a good turnout covering all fields, let us hope it continues.


Even the threatening rain held off, well a few spits but nothing to warrant putting a rain jacket on for. But rain in the period leading up to the event did result in some sections not in the rocks being slippery and stealing marks, eh Nick. I would blame your sponsor for supplying a bike with a worn rear tyre.


As is normal at break leg quarry most sections always have horrible, small, loose, fist size rocks that find their way under tyres at the most inappropriate times and cause many points to be lost as riders fight the bike back on line. Usually as a rider is lining up for the next big obstacle. As a result the riders scores are often higher than the severity of the sections would suggest. And Sunday was typical of this as I saw many being caught out by the small insignificant looking rocks.


The Social grade had the easy lines and four rode this grade including Jane Bray and her 12 year old daughter Hannah Rushworth. Jane on a 125 Gas Gas and Hannah on an 80 Gas Gas. They have ridden a few events now and they are improving with every ride and enjoying it too. Also riding this grade was 12 year old AJ Wheatly from Wellington. Although a bit timid still he is coming along well. The star of this grade was young Dillon Ball from down Wellington way. I am not sure of his age, abought 8 I think. But on his wee Beta 80 he just blitzed the sections losing only two points all day. He is always been full of confidence and has spent a lot of time around NZ & Aus Champ, Jake Whitaker, so has had a good teacher. Dillons dad is Jakes minder at all the big events.


Clubman was the largest grade on the day with Ixion rider Jamie Mead once again doing the winning. But Manawatus Adrian Walcroft was not far behind in second place. It is good to see Nick Tucker and Andrew Pugh getting their teeth into this grade now, they certainly are not at the sharp end yet vying for a win but are improving. Keep up the practice. Hazel Rushworth brought up the rear in this grade with a bit of a cricket score but really enjoyed herself. It would be something like six years since she last rode a trial on her trusty Beta and by all accounts has not ridden seriously since competing in the ISDT (not on the Beta) when it was held here in NZ. Hopefully she has the riding bug again.


The Intermediate grade saw a close battle between Ixions Mark Sidebotham on his near new Beta 300 and our Tony Smith on his not so near new Sherco 290 fitted with a new rear tyre. Two points separated them at the competition end in Marks favour. Twenty odd points behind was a close battle for the minor placings with both Andy Anderson and Tony Ramshaw tying on 64 points and Phil Stephenson one behind on 65.


Only two Ixion riders lined up in the A grade. Both Warrick and myself are still on the mend and will not be riding for some time yet. Carl Robson and his mate Nick Ball had some quite hard sections to tackle which eventually saw Nick retire after crashing off a rock and breaking the rear guard on his Beta. He was ok, just a bit gutted he had broken his bike I think. Carl (never say die) Robson fought on and completed the day enjoying the challenge, I think.


The next MOMCC mototrial 14th October. Pohangina Valley, Kevin Pinfold        


MOMCC Club Champs Mototrial Sept 16, 2012 Results


A Grade

Carl Robson                 Beta                  77            Ixion

Nick Ball                      Beta                  DNF         Ixion                              



Mark Sidebotham      Beta                  41             Ixion

Tony Smith                 Sherco              43            MOMCC

Andy Anderson           Beta                  64            MOMCC              6 cleans

Tony Ramshaw            Scorpa              64            MOMCC              5 cleans         

Phil Stephenson          Gas Gas            65            MOMCC



Jamie Mead                Beta                  40            Ixion

Adrian Walcroft        Beta                  46            MOMCC             

Ricky Winkle               Ossa                  47            Ixion

Paul Wheatley            Sherco              63            Ixion

Merv George               Gas Gas            69            MOMCC

Nick Tucker                Gas Gas            78            MOMCC

Andrew Pugh               Honda               85            MOMCC

Hazel Rushworth        Beta                  112           CHBMCC



Dillon Ball                    Beta                  2              Ixion                  

Hanna Rushworth      Gas Gas            61             MOMCC

Jane Bray                    Gas Gas            79            MOMCC

AJ Wheatley Gas Gas          118      Ixion





The next Manawatu Orion mototrial is next Sunday. Details as follows.


Event    MOMCC Mototrials Club Champs Rnd 4   Date   September 16th


Venue    Infracon (break leg) Quarry, Kohinui Road, Mangatainoka, near Pahiatua.


Trials sign will be put out on State Highway 2 at the Tui brewery. Venue is about 7 mins from there. Allow approx 40 mins from the Ashhurst end of the Manawatu Gorge which should be open if all this rain has not wrecked it again.


Sign in   9.45 am   Start   10.30 am


Weather conditions    Better than this weekend hopefully. Section setters    Phil and Nick  All grades catered for including new riders


Regards  Kevin Pinfold





Sorry, this event has been canceelled due to expected bad weather


Hi Guys, Trials training school for twinshock and modern riders, trail bikes also can be used


Carl Browns, Kai Iwi Rd, north of Wanganui


sign on from 9.30am, 11am start,  $20 per rider


Trials Master John Lawton


Robert Cochrane  Media Consultant  Legends Events & Media Ltd  Ph 06 343 7585


Oceania and Australian Trials champs?

Managers Report from 2012 Oceania Championship.


I had the pleasure of managing this team  it was a great honor to be with these great ambassadors

representing MNZ competing in the

2012 Smarter Than Smoking Australian Mototrials Championships on 1st & 2nd September, in combination with the 2012 Oceania Championship held near Perth WA.

The sections were rocky some small loose rocks and some large grippy for the higher grades, there was also a section in a creek bed.

The weather was fine and warm on Saturday, about 20c both days.

On Sunday afternoon the weather suited the Kiwis better as it rained quite heavily in the afternoon


The New Zealand Team:


Jake Whitaker, Open Solo

Blake Fox, Youth, 17 to 21 years

Liam Draper, Open Junior, 13 to 16 years

Stefanie Downes, Women,

Karl Clark, Masters, over 35 years


All the team performed exceptionally well to take out the Oceania Trophy 18 points 12.

The four Kiwi Boys all won their respective class's convincingly and our woman rider did very well to get a comfortable 2nd to the very experienced Australian competitor Kristie McKinnon


The total points for each rider for the weekend:


Open Solo:

1st: Jake Whitkaer        21

2nd Kyle Middleton      43



1st: Blake Fox               36

2nd: Jonathon Chellas   76


Open Junior:

1st: Liam Draper          19

3rd: James Wager         35



1st: Kristie McKinnon 38

2nd Stefanie Downes   45



1st: Karl Clark            25

2nd: Grant Morris       54


This means as well as the Oceania Trophy we also all brought home Australian TitleTrophies.


This made the Prize Giving Dinner very enjoyable, and was enjoyed by all the Kiwi Team and their small band of supporters.

The Banter with the Australians was great and the comments I received at the dinner as to how well  “Team Kiwi”had acted as a team all weekend was great to hear.


I would like to thank all the Motorcycling NZ 2012 Oceania Team for such an awesome weekend I throughly enjoyed my time with each and every one of you.

On behalf of the MNZ 2012 Oceania team we would like to thank MNZ for support to this team

to make this competition possible.


 Regards to all Vicky Fox





CAPTION: Napiers Warren Laugesen, making a rare appearance on home turf this weekend.


AUGUST 21, 2012: This years North Island Moto Trials Championships may go down to the wire as it wraps up with the final two rounds in Hawkes Bay this weekend, August 25 & 26.


The eight-round series kicked off with rounds one and two in Taranaki in February, followed by rounds three and four in the Bay of Plenty in April, while rounds five and six followed in the Wellington region last month.


This weekend the nations motorcycling elite converge on Hawkes Bay for the final two rounds, on Saturday and Sunday, and they can expect terrain that will challenge even the best of them.


Day one on Saturday is on McDermotts property, Maraetotara Road (signposted off Waimarama Road, Havelock North), with competition set to start at 10am.


This course will feature rocks a native bush and it is expected to be very slippery under the bikes wheels.


Day two on Sunday is set for Coupers property, on the back side of Te Mata Peak, again signposted from Waimarama Road, Havelock North. Steep, rocky outcrops will be the order of the day at this venue.


Among the rock stars expected to arrive this weekend are Nelsons Karl Clark and home-town favourite Warren Laugesen. Current national champion and Kiwi international Jake Whitaker is competing overseas and will not make an appearance here this weekend, leaving the North Island series title chase wide open.


Laugesen is a seven-time former national champion but he has scaled back his riding over the past few years as he concentrates on his role as a coach.


He said he will dust off helmet and boots to give it a crack this weekend, but modestly points out that he is not expecting miracles.


The premier Experts Grade is particularly fierce this season and, aside from Clark and Laugesen, top riders expected to feature this weekend include Reporoas John Haynes, Taurangas Phillip Shilton, Dunedins Blake Fox and Blenheims Jason Baker.


Teenager Haynes is one of the sports rising stars and, with recent mentoring from Laugesen, he could be the man to watch.


The prime requisites for the sport of Moto Trials is balance and throttle control and even riders at the bottom of the rankings exhibit scintillating skills in this regard.


Lower Hutts Carl Robson has stood out in the A Grade this year and he will again be expected to lead the way this weekend, although Nelsons Callum Anderson, Hawkes Bays Mark Ferguson and Te Kauwhatas Corey Davies should be a threat.


It is the battle of youth versus experience in the Intermediate Grade where Ashhurst veteran Kevin Pinfold faces a tough challenge from young Auckland rider Liam Draper.


Waihis Gary Samson is the defending champion in the Intermediate Grade and he will most likely again be battling with Aucklands James Snowden, Aucklands Peter Boettcher, Te Pukes Peter Blaymires and young Te Puke rider Benjamin McLeod.


Rangioras Paul Jackson and Taurangas Warwick Merriman have been outstanding in the Presidents Grade and they will be wary of the threats posed by men such as Te Pukes Paul McLeod, Blenheims Brendon Wadsworth and Paraparaumu pair John Lawton and Kevin Tither.


With this branch of motorcycling sport, the emphasis is not on speed. The prime aim is on conquering the extreme terrain without touching feet on the ground or falling off. Points are lost for these faults and a rider with the lowest score wins.


Access to both days riding will be signposted from the respective main roads. There is no charge for spectators. Riding starts at 10am on both days.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


The next Manawatu Orion mototrial is next Sunday  details are,  Event Manawatu-Orion MCC  Club Mototrials Champs, Rnd 3

Date is Sunday August 19


Venue is Infracon Quarry, Kendalls Line, Linton. Approx 2 km south of the BP service station at Linton off State Highway 57.


Terrain is Small rocks, medium rocks, big rocks, loose rocks, wet rocks (if it rains), clay banks.


Sign on is 9.45 am  Start 10.30 am


All grades catered for.


Section setters are Tony Smith and Andrew Pugh.





15th July 2012, Winter Cup

The forecast was not flash for the July moto-trials event,

heavy rain followed by more heavy rain. I just hoped it would

stay dry enough for long enough. The road into the event

venue was a bit of a mission in itself, my Bongo van, with its

gingernut-skinny-wheels found fording the river a bit of a

challenge. I am glad my wife did not try to show up in her Yaris.

About ten of us gathered and after a quick chat from Andy, we were into it. Andy had suggested earlier

that I give the Clubman lines a go, so with Adrian Walcroft, Merv George & Nick Tucker we made a start

on section 1, and all the while keeping a sharp eye on the weather.

The first couple of sections were in the trees and quite dry. I am not suggesting they were easy, because

they were not, with quite a steep slope going down followed by an even steeper climb on section 2. I got

round section 1 okay, but I successfully fived section 2 all day! The climb at the end was just too much of

a challenge.

The next couple of sections were up a hill, over rocks and up a stream bed. Adrian showed us how to

clean this section on his first run, he then showed us the underside of his Beta on the next! This section

cost everyone points.

Section 6 was up the riverbed, but was quite do-able. I think all of us cleaned it at least once during the

day. A confidence booster for me, for sure, even though I did get cast on the large rock at the end more

than once!

Sections 7 and 8 were REAL challenges. The rain arrived on queue to turn marginal traction into nonexistent

traction. I had a quick look at section 7 and thought: Go here, go there, all done, no problem.

The problem was I had only done half the section!

Merv graciously let me have another go (do not tell the scorer) and I made a mental note to pay more

attention in the future.

Section 8 was okay while it was dry, but as it got progressively wetter the climb up the bank to exit just

got harder. It was so slippery that it got to the point that when I got on the gas, the bike went backwards.

Even Nick had trouble on a much lighter 125 that he had the turn of for the day.

Reports from other riders showed that it was not just us Clubman riders who found section 8 a challenge,

with Phil Stephenson apparently scoring a full set of fives on the Intermediate line. There were just two in

this grade for the day, and Andy Anderson once again took top honours, though high scores suggested it

was not an easy day.

Poor old Warrick George had A Grade all to himself, Kevin Pinfold having realised he was going to be

beaten to the Club Championship this year and decided to break his leg to avoid defeat (only joking,

Kevin, get well soon!). Warrick had a good ride, though, with just one five for the whole day, the result of a

particularly slippery patch of wet grass.

And with Warrick heading to hospital the following week to get repairs done to his ankle, the A grade is

for the time being empty. We will keep setting those sections for anyone from outside the area wants to

come along to future events, and fingers crossed we will see the boys back in action before the end of the


It was great to see the Hannah Rushworth and Jane Bray back for more, though Hannah was not 100% and

attempted just a few sections. Hope you are feeling better next time, Hannah. Jane was seen working her

way through the sections, and managed three laps before call it a day. It is easy to forget how hard it can

be when you start out in this game, so glad to hear that you are both still enjoying yourselves.

So, a big thank you to Andy and Nick who set the course. It was not too intimidating but provided a real

challenge all the same. I have to say I was proud of my (mere) 92 points round the Clubman lines. I even

got a zero on section 1. There is hope for me yet!

All in all it was a great day. It stayed mostly dry and the rain that we did get just gave everyone a bit more

of a challenge, and a bit more mud to hose off at home.

Thanks again for another great day. See you all on August 19th at the Linton Quarry.

Andrew Pugh


A Grade

Warrick George Gas Gas 57 MOMCC


Andy Anderson Beta 54 MOMCC

Phil Stephenson Gas Gas 82 MOMCC


Adrian Walcroft Beta 24 MOMCC

Merv George Gas Gas 44 MOMCC

Nick Tucker Gas Gas 66 MOMCC

Andrew Pugh Montesa 92 MOMCC


Hannah Rushworth Gas Gas DNS MOMCC

Jane Bray Gas Gas DNF MOMCC



CAPTION: Mokaus Adrian Smith (Yamaha), the new national enduro champion outright and a class winner as well.

JULY 22, 2012: The person who suggested that good guys finish last had probably never counted on Mokaus Adrian Smith.

One of the most liked and respected riders on the circuit, Smiths performance on Saturday earned him his first overall New Zealand Enduro Championship title.

It was certainly a popular victory, the affable 26-year-old actually finishing runner-up at the fifth and final round of the Yamaha-sponsored series on Saturday, the racing on a treacherous tree root-infested forestry circuit about 30 kilometres south-east of Taupo, but it was more than enough for him to claim the sport's paramount New Zealand title.

The man who beat him on Saturday, Aucklands Karl Power (Honda), had been forced to missed three of the series five rounds because of injury, so his result at the weekend was never going to be enough to make up the lost ground.

Inevitably, then, despite Powers trail blazing performance at Taupo, the day belonged to Smith, who on Saturday also snatched away the under-300cc four-stroke class win from his nearest bike class rivals Scott Birch, of Rotorua, and Jonathan Hill, of Auckland.

It is an amazing feeling, said Smith afterwards. I did not even do all five rounds myself. I had to skip the first round because I was injured. To win the title overall without doing all the rounds . I do not know if thats ever been done before, he gasped.

Class winners were also decided at this cliff-hanger final round, many of the categories going right down to the wire.

Class winners were: Aucklands Callan May (Yamaha, under-200cc two-stroke class);  Hokiangas Mitchell Nield (Gas Gas, over-200cc two-stroke class); Mokaus Adrian Smith (Yamaha, under-300cc four-stroke); Aucklands Chris Power (Honda, over-300cc four-stroke class; Te Awamutus Kevin Archer (KTM, veterans over-40 years); Atiamuris Tony McLaren (KTM, intermediate under-200cc class); Putarurus Ryan Scherer (Yamaha, intermediate under-300cc four-stroke); Te Kuitis Adam Benefield (Honda, intermediate over-200cc two-stroke class); Kaukapakapas Wayne Bolger (Husaberg, intermediate over-300cc four-stroke class); Thames Natasha Cairns (Husaberg, womens class); Putarurus Phil Skinner (KTM, intermediate veterans 40-49 years' class); Whitiangas Tony Lingard (KTM, intermediate veterans over-50 years' class).


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan




JULY 16, 2012: This seasons national enduro championships are going down to the wire.


The five-round series comes to a climax in forestry near Taupo on Saturday with any of half a dozen riders each capable of stealing off with the main prize.


Mokaus Adrian Smith is the hot favourite to win the Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships outright but, as always with this most physically demanding of sports, nothing is assured.


A flat tyre, a blown engine, a crash, fatigue or a navigating error and all of Smiths hard work to date will be for naught.


It is certainly going to be a big weekend for me, said Smith.


I just hope things go to plan. I had problems at the Tarawera 100 endurance race (just over a week ago) where I blew the clutch on my 250cc bike trying to get past a 450cc rider on the fast course.


Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves (Yamaha) and Aucklands Mike Skinner (KTM) are close enough to take the outright championship win away from me and 2011 national enduro champion Rory Mead (Yamaha, of Wellington) is back home from the United States to race at this final round. Rory could throw a spanner in the works too.


Aucklands Chris Power (Honda), Opotikis John ODea (Husqvarna), Hokiangas Mitchell Nield (Gas Gas), Whangamatas 2010 national champion Jason Davis (KTM), Aucklands Callan May (Yamaha) and Tokoroas Sean Clarke (Yamaha) are mathematically all capable of ruining Smiths big day.


However, in addition to outright honours, at stake there are the bragging rights for individual class titles and these are also very wide open.


All rounds are counted in the fight for outright glory but, in the battle for class honours, points from a riders worst round are to be discarded.


This means Skinner, Reeves, Clarke, Aucklands Freddie Milford-Cottam (KTM) and Aucklands Jonathan Hill (KTM), for example, are all in line for class honours, although each of them can take nothing for granted with rivals close in every case.


Saturdays race venue is located about 25 minutes drive south-east from Taupo at Wainui Forest, Taharua Road, State Highway 5, on the Taupo to Napier Road.

Words by Andy McGechan



FIM Trial World Championships

2013 Provisional calendars, 11 July


FIM Trial World Championship Date




27-28 April




25-26 May


United States


16 June



Sant Julia

23 June




07 July




14 July


Czech Republic


28 July


Great Britain


01 September



Isola 2000 TBC



FIM Trial des Nations Date




08-09 September



La Chatre



FIM Womens Trial World Championship Date












07 September



La Chatre



Hi all, MOMCC mototrial July 15th


The next MOMCC mototrial this Sunday, details as follows. Event Winter Cup Mototrial Date July 15th


Venue Galloways farm, Coppermine road, near Woodville. Will be signposted at intersection of SH2 and Pinfold Rd just north of Woodville and along Pinfold Road. Note the Manawatu Gorge is closed again so for those going over the Saddle Road from Ashhurst just keep going straight ahead once over the hill until you hit the T intersection with Pinfold Road and turn left.


Sign on 9.45 am Start 10.30 am


All grades including new riders catered for and welcome.


Section designers and builders Andy Anderson and Nick Tucker. Andy and Nick advise that this will NOT be a tough event.


Note access to this venue requires fording of the Coppermine stream once on the property. If we are unlucky enough to get lots of rain in the lead up to the trial and the creek floods, access could be tricky. And dropped out boy racer cars would have a problem flooding or not. Normal vehicles are ok.


Iam sure the weather will be good though.



Kevin Pinfold



17th June 2012, Club Championship: Rnd 2

It was a cool start on Saturday 17th, -5C at my place at

7.30am! I loaded up the van and made a quick trip through

the Gorge, checking out the slip on the way. Do not know

what the excitement was all about really,

Arriving at the venue at the end of Foley Road, it was a

beautiful day, cool, sunny, quite dry and a great day for a

winter trial.

I had had quite a good day at the previous trial at Telfords farm, so when Nick asked if I was up for riding

the Clubman lines, I thought: How hard can that be? Famous last words!

Six Clubman riders split into 2 groups. Adrian Walcroft and co. went one way. Nick Tucker , Mark Gray

(back down from Northland) and myself went the other. Then Nicks mighty Beta packed a sad and

would not start, so he was forced to borrow my TLR. It was going to be a bit slow round the sections for us.

Tony turned up and offered to give us some pointers and tuition round the sections. Excellent! When

you are relatively inexperienced at this trials game, you just do not see the alternative, right, best lines,

thanks heaps, Tony, your time and patience was much appreciated.

The first section was all good, no. 2 a bit trickier with an awkward downhill turn then up a bank and over a

nasty tree root to finish. Section 3 was okay except for two logs that just seemed to cause havoc. No. 4

had a tricky climb, No. 5 was a challenging, understatement, descent down a steep bank and then into a

stream, this gave me REAL grief, and we found out later the Clubman line did not even go that way,

No. 6 was along a bank and round a tree, a few dabs but nothing disastrous like a swim No. 5, Nick?,

and No. 7 was going well until I stalled the bike exiting, duh! Then the last section was a big hill climb

that was WELL out of my league! I think I need to be in the Social grade a little longer somehow.

This all took quite some time, but after a late lunch Nick, Mark and I were back into it. All was going well

until section 4, where Nick retired with a bung knee. I made it to section 5, but had a minor altercation

with an angry rock and broke the front brake lever, that was me out! Mark also had a skirmish with a

rock boulder and ripped off his rear brake pedal. We both had a crack at Section 6, but decided a fully

functioning brake system, both front and rear, was necessary. We retired.

There were four riders competing in the A Grade including Carl Robson from Wellington riding his second

trial back in NZ after completing the Scottish Six Day Trial, where he finished 162nd. Andrew Clement was

also down from Taranaki, and local MOMCC riders Warrick George and Kevin Pinfold rounded out the

grade, competing on the hardest of the routes in the eight sections.

The A grade sections had plenty of banks, steep climbs, tight turns and rocks to test their abilities with

some quite technical parts that required trick riding, front and rear wheel hopping, if riders wanted to

minimise their points loss. And the length of most sections made it physically demanding too. A good

level of fitness helped make the job easier.

Carl was having his first outing on a new Beta 300, and it took him a few laps to start coming to terms

with the beast, a bit more power to get used to than his old 250 version. Although he won the grade, he

probably would have lost less points had he been on his older, more familiar bike, but the only way to get

used to a new bike is ride it.

Warrick and Kevin had one of their familiar young vs. old close battles, with both struggling to get the

upper hand. Just when one looked to be gaining an advantage with a few good rides it would swing the

other way, and vice versa.

Both were still recovering from colds picked up on their recent trip to Aussie to watch the World Trials

Champs round there, although Kevin was probably slightly ahead on the road to recovery and also had

the advantage of having ridden an Ixion club event the previous weekend. That may well have been the

difference in the end that gave him a two point advantage over Warrick.

This was a Club Championship around, with most grades completing round 2, and the A graders round 3

(see last months report for an explanation). The intermediates were down to just two riders, Andy

Anderson and Phil Stephenson, and both seemed to be in good spirits throughout the event despite the

scores suggesting it was a fairly tough one.

And it was great to see Hannah and Rushworth and Jane return to tackle the Social Novice sections. With

Jane riding a newly acquired Gas Gas 125 in place of the old Beta Techno she had previously used, we are

hoping they did not find the sections too hard. There was a bit more bike trouble when Hannahs Gas Gas

50 decided it would only run for a few seconds at a time, but she was seen happily tackling the sections

on Janes 125, so all was not lost.

Overall, I had a good day, a little frustrating, but I guess I will have to try harder next time! Thanks Phil and

Kevin for setting the course, I hope your finger is okay, Phil, this course-setting can damage your health.

Iam already looking forward to the next trial on 15th July, just down the road at Galloways farm on

Coppermine Road, again off Pinfold Road, Woodville. It is the Winter Cup, which goes to the lowest score

by an MOMCC member on the day in any grade. So definitely back down to Social for me then,

Shiny side up!

Andrew Pugh / Kevin Pinfold


A Grade

Carl Robson Beta 53 IXION

Kevin Pinfold Ossa 59 MOMCC

Warrick George Gas Gas 61 MOMCC

Andrew Clement Ossa 93 TMCC


Andy Anderson Beta 61 MOMCC

Phil Stephenson Gas Gas 87 MOMCC


Ricky Winkle Ossa 42 IXION

Jamie Mead Beta 57 IXION

Adrian Walcroft Beta 65 MOMCC

Andrew Pugh Montesa DNF MOMCC

Mark Gray Gas Gas DNF MOMCC

Nick Tucker Beta DNF MOMCC


Hannah Rushworth Gas Gas 109


Race Report: SORCS Cross Country

Rider: Paul Whibley, NZ  Team: AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 2nd

Sunday is race day and on an off weekend between GNCCs we found a Southern Off road

Championship Series event to do.

Dry and extremely dusty conditions meant the start was going to be the key to the race. Get

the hole shot and your good for the day.

Russell Bobbitt lined up on the inside of me on the short start straight and managed to hold

me out going into turn one, also allowing Ben Hobbs past into 2nd. The dust really was bad,

having to come to a near stand-still with just two riders in front of me early in the lap. As they

got away and the dust cloud thinned a little I was able to pick up the pace. Mid lap I closed up

on Ben and could see him ahead on a switchback in the woods. Some more extreme dust late

in the lap allowed Ben to gap me again. For 3 laps I battled like this to try getting close enough

to make something happen and finally I was able to get by in the only non-dust filled creek

near scoring. Russell was out front, not in clean air as he was having to battle past lapped

riders but in a safe position. I pushed hard and closed in and was able to see him on the

switchback I had caught a glimpse of Ben earlier. I halved the gap to 12 seconds at one point

but there was no way to make any kind of attempt at a pass. On the last lap I got hung up with

lappers in some of the worst sections and lost some time.

In the end having to settle for second was pretty much my only option. Good practice ahead of

the next GNCC as many expect it to be a dust bowl as well.

Thanks to Katherine and Jim Belue for persevering in the dust and heat to man the IMS dump

can and keep me refuelled.

1st: Russell Bobbitt

2nd: Paul Whibley, NZ

3rd: Ben Hobbs


 Aucklands Mike Skinner probably feels as if he has a target on his back.


The third and final round of this seasons Dirt Guide Cross-country Championships is set for this weekend JUNE 30 to July 1, 2012, with Skinner the favourite to win the crown.


But what is not so certain is which individual will actually win the day at this final round at The Pylons, near Atiamuri, on Saturday with different winners at both earlier rounds and plenty of other talented riders also pushing hard.


Skinner know he has a battle on his hands to fend off round one winner Chris Power, of Auckland, as the pair hunt for expert grade honours.


Skinner leads Power by just four points heading into this weekend and, with 25 points for a win, the glory could go anywhere.


In equal third spot after two rounds are Te Awamutus Kevin Archer and Aucklands Jonathan Hill, just 12 points behind Power.


Mokaus Adrian Smith, who won round two, and Powers cousin, fellow Aucklander Karl Power, also loom as likely winners on Saturday.


In the intermediate grade, Putarurus Phil Skinner and Reporoas Kane Stow are tied on points for the overall victory. Bennydales Duncan McLaren and Mangakinos Ben Gordon are also within strike range for the intermediate title.


The Kiwi Rider magazine-backed series typically attracts many of the top national championship contenders, and organiser Sean Clarke expects leading national enduro and cross-country riders such as Aucklanders Sam Greenslade and Callan May, Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves and Hamiltons Sam Brown will make the journey.


The Pylons course is set out at Tirohanga Road, just one kilometre from State Highway 1 at Atiamuri.


As well as a two-hour race for the countrys senior elite, classes have been provided for the countrys younger riders. 


The junior classes are for children aged between six and 10 years and they will use a separate track from the juniors, the two classes will be 6-10 years motocross and 6-10 years trail bikes. The junior race is 75 minutes in duration.


The cross-country series is run parallel with but separate to the Dirt Guide Trail Ride Series, with that phase of the weekend’s action set for the same venue following day.


The trail rides have also proven to be popular events with hundreds of riders taking the opportunity to tackle the trails traversed by the professionals just 24 hours earlier.


For any other information, call Sean Clarke on 0275 996 045


Credit:Andy McGechan


The next Manawatu Orion mototrial as follows.


Event   MOMCC Champs Rnd 2


Date    June 17th, 2012


Venue,  Foley Road, off Pinfold Road near Woodville. Will be signposted from the Pinfold Rd/State Highway 2 intersection on the northern side of Woodville. Will also be signposted from the Oxford Rd/Pinfold Rd intersection for those going over the Saddle Road if the Manawatu Gorge is shut. The gorge is open again most of the time. Drive to the end of Foley Rd and follow the trial signs.


Sign on,  10.00 am


Start,   10.30 am


Section setters,   Phil and Kevin


Weather,   unknown


MotoTrials Report - Bruce & Bai Cup,  20/5/2012            

Nice weather to greet a large turn out! To get in the right frame of mind we set out a practice section (10) with the idea that after this practice the rest of the trial would be a doddle. Hmmm not sure it worked. Some of the sections looked pretty mind boggling to start with, 2 complete new sections and lots of different ground conditions. However by the end of the Trial the riders seemed to have them sorted out and getting many zeros so I guess the challenge was there and they stepped up to it, good progress!

Great to see new riders along and thanks Andrew for escorting/assisting them! We hope it was not at the detriment of your own ride. Mark Evans from Whangarei (yes we draw riders from all over to our World famous in Manawatu MotoTrials) started out in Social and stepped up to Clubman, equalling most on last lap, well done. Great to see young Hannah Rushworth having a go and actually finishing, great effort. We hope Jane Bray, Steve Bird, Steve Chambers (& son?), Ben Nitschke and Owen Lum also enjoyed their experiences and we hope to see you all again soon. If there is enough interest we could run a training day. If you are interested email Merv at and we will organise a day, maybe in July??

Some good tussles in Clubman with a good spread of scores.Only a few riders in Intermediate and A grade but tight competition to keep the pressure on for a good ride.Todays competition was for the “Bruce and Baiâ€Â cup which goes to the rider in any grade (MOMCC member) with the lowest score, congratulations to Andrew Pugh.


A Grade

Warrick George         Gas Gas            28            MOMCC             

Kevin Pinfold               Ossa                 47            MOMCC                         


Andy Anderson           Beta                  69            MOMCC

Phil Stephenson          Gas Gas            71             MOMCC


Ricky Winkle               Ossa                  27            Ixion

Adrian Walcroft        Beta                  29            MOMCC

Dean Sorensen           Gas Gas            38            MOMCC

Charlie Morrison        Scorpa              46            MOMCC

Merv George               Gas Gas            51             MOMCC

Nick Tucker                Beta                  66            MOMCC

Jamie Mead                Beta                  DNF         Ixion                              


Andrew Pugh               Honda               25            MOMCC              Winner Bruce &Bai Cup

Hannah Rushworth    Gas Gas            143






MAY 17, 2012: It is full throttle time as the popular Dirt Guide Cross-country Series jolts the Central North Island again this weekend.


It is the second round of three in the series, set for a venue called Pylons, near Atiamuri on Saturday, with a casual trail ride to follow at the same venue the next day.


The Pylons course is set out at Tirohanga Road, just one kilometre from State Highway 1 at Atiamuri.


The track at Pylons is the most open of the series and most of the course has had the bulldozer around it, clearing paths, said organiser Sean Clarke.


We had a big storm earlier in the year and about 300 trees came down across the track and the easiest way to get rid of them was just to bulldoze them out of the way, he explained.


We have had a fair bit of rain this week, but, as long as it is not raining on the day, the track will be perfect. The soil at Pylons is a lot more free draining than at (the previous round venue of) Tar Hill.


The series typically attracts many of the top national championship contenders, and Clarke expects leading national enduro rider Chris Power, of Auckland, will make the journey.


Power won round one and will be keen to consolidate his position at the top on Saturday.


Fellow Aucklander Mike Skinner pushed Power hard at round one and he will be looking to reverse the finish order this weekend.


Aucklands Sam Greenslade, Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves and Hamiltons Sam Brown also rate among the favourites to win on Saturday.


As well as a two-hour race for the countrys senior elite, two new classes have been added for this seasons fifth annual running of the Dirt Guide Cross Country Series, increasing the opportunity for involvement by and the development of the country’s younger riders. 


The new classes are for children aged between six and 10 years and they will use a separate track from the juniors, the two classes will be 6-10 years motocross and 6-10 years trail bikes.


These classes will race at the same time as the junior race and be 75 minutes duration, said Clarke.


This is the fifth time I have run the series and each time it is getting bigger and bigger, said Clarke, a former International Six Days Enduro medal winner and multi-time former national enduro champion.


He said there were classes to cater for all ages and abilities with the senior grade split in to two sections, for intermediate and expert riders. There are separate categories also for women and veteran riders.


The junior race starts at 9.30am and the two-hour senior race starts at 12.30pm.


The cross-country series is run parallel with but separate to the Dirt Guide Trail Ride Series, with that phase of the weekends action set for the same venue following day.


More than 120 senior riders lined up for the start of the Kiwi Rider-supported Dirt Guide series at round one and it looks like being a well-subscribed series once again this season.


CALENDAR (trail ride on day two in each case):


Round one, Tar Hill, Tokoroa, April 28-29.


Round two, The Pylons, Atiamuri, May 19-20.


Round three, Whakamaru, June 30-July 1.



For any other information, call Sean Clarke on 0275 996 045


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


MOMCC Mototrial details as follows.  Event,  Bruce & Bai Cup Mototrial  Date,  May 20th


Venue,  Telford Farm, No 4 Line, off Awahou South Road, off Pohangina Vally East Road. Will be signposted from the usual intersection on the Ashhurst to

Pohangina Road. Allow approx 15 mins from Ashhurst.

Sign on  - 10:00 am  Start, 10:30 am  Section design and build team,  Andy Anderson & Tony Smith



Carl Robson from New Zealand Scottish Six Days Trial , h ere are the last updates from the last two days:

SSDT - Day 5 Friday. Day 5 was road race day as most of the riding between sections was on the roads. The weather threw a bit of everything at us with rain, sleet and a bit of sun. Carl enjoyed the day as it was a bit like home - a lot of rocks and creeks and I think his result for the day showed this. Some of the roads were very interesting to drive and a bit hairy at times. 

SSDT - Day 6 Saturday. Well Carl finished the SSDT and not only did he finish but he got a second class award. He had an enjoyable day and the mileage was down on the previous 2 days. However, it was not easy by any means. The weather was also a bit better than the previous days. Carl moved up a couple of places. Out of 276 riders only 228 actually finished the week.

Carl ended up 162nd. 



11th May, Carl Robson from New Zealand Scottish Six Days Trial, Day 4. Late start today, 11.51 am but this meant that Carl only finished at 8.39pm. Longest day today with Carl riding 126 miles and it rained and in places snowed all day. It was absolutely freezing and Carl has only just thawed out. Carl had some awesome rides and was quite pleased with some of the sections but he has commented that some of it comes down to whether the luck of the observers is on his side or not. He has also said that he has never ridden a trials bike as fast on either a road and across land as he did today.

10th May, Carl is riding a 2012 Beta 250.  Apart from his first Trials bike, every Trials bike has been a Beta.  John from Beta NZ helped with arranging the bike he is riding over there.  Im not exactly sure on the arrangement, though I think its something like hiring it, though if he damages it badly he's brought himself a new bike.  He dropped a few more places and is now 185th overall.

Here is a brief run down on day 3 from Carl's wife:

SSDT - Day 3. Today was Carl's earliest start day for the week. However, there was an impromptu delay checkpoint thrown in first thing as noone put out the route markers on the road to the first group of sections which meant noone knew where to go. This caused a bit of chaos. Heaps of moors to ride across today. Carl is still finding it hard to read which lines to take across the moors and put the bike half into a bog again. Tough day where pretty much everyone ran out of time and had to put their bike straight in. Heaps of waterfalls today. First time this week that Carl has been forced to take a 5 on some big sections. Rain held off again but still cool. Tomorrow he has a later start at about lunchtime. However, he is currently nursing some bruised and battered toes and will be looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow.



Here is an update message and photo from Carl Robson about Day 2 of Scottish 6 Days Trial

SSDT - Day 2. The rain held off today. Unfortunately a fatality on the road (not related to the event) caused massive traffic jams and meant that they had to shorten the day by 4 sections in order to get officials to the right places on time.  Had a better day and enjoyed it more, even though it was about 92 miles. Sections were generally big rock slabs/cascading waterfalls.

Carl was 181st overall after Day 2, which in an event like this is good going. Look at the terrain, it is mean!


Carl Robson competing in Scottish 6 Days Trial, May 2012

So here is an early report of his progress. Carl is over there with his wife, daugther and our parents.  Dad sent an email update Sunday night UK time:

Carls due to start the six day of competition tomorrow Scotland time at 9.30 am.  He got the bike yesterday and went for a short ride to check local conditions and the bike was running as expected.  There's 276 riders and lots of last minute action for all.  It's due to rain for the next few days after promising some rain and snow for the last few days.  It's been cool breezey mornings and generally fine days.  Just have to see what eventuates.

We see Carl in a couple of early sections at the start of the day and then the last two sections at the end of the day.  It's interesting seeing the trial riders riding the bikes on the road and will have to cover 45 mile tomorrow half of which is on the road.  The following day is much more road riding on the 92 mile loop in and out of Fort William.  Apparently these days the tyres stand up to it and you don't have to put the tyre pressure up and down between road and off road sections - just leave them at trial pressures all day!!  the tires will looses there pressure from road riding when they cool down waiting to the section test.

Been looking at a few of the section locations and saw a classic trial for part of yesterday at one of the sections.  There sure are lots of old trial bikes still functioning and old boys riding them with a varied level of skill.
There was another person I have seen at Trials here in New Zealand, riding pre 65 trail, Steve Armistead.
Carl finished day 1 in 177th with 56 marks, here is a link to day 1 results :
After day 1 and getting used to how everything works I'm sure he will relax and find a groove, he had 45mins to spare at the end of day 1.  From Carls wife:  "SSDT - day 1 over. Started off cold but fine but the rain rolled in about midday. Carl thinks he rode a bit average but finished the day with 45 minutes left for maintenance on the bike. Learnt a lesson not to take too much as he got a bit hot. Waiting on the days results to come in. Off now to repack the bag for tomorrow and to study the route.
Thursday is the long day, 126 miles.  This is the day he has his late start of 12pm.  The trail is all based out of Fort William now. Simon via Peter Robson




MAY 8, 2012: It has been a long time between drinks for Adrian Smith on the national cross-country scene but he intends ending the drought with a cork-popping performance this weekend.


The fourth and final round of this seasons Suzuki New Zealand Cross-country Championships is set for farmland at Cheviot, north of Christchurch, on Saturday and there is still everything to ride for.


Palmerston Norths defending national champion Adam Reeves won the first of four rounds in the Suzuki-sponsored series near Pahiatua in February and Mokaus Smith won the day at round two near Huntly last month.


Former champion Smith also reigned supreme at round three near Blenheim just over a fortnight ago and this puts him firmly in control of the series with riders to discard their worst result of the four rounds.


So, with only three of the four rounds counting towards the championship, all the leading contenders will be hoping to pocket a top result in Saturdays three-hour senior race.


As it stands, Smith will discard his sixth placing from round one, while Reeves will no doubt forget about his DNF from round three, Raglans Brandon Given will drop his non score from round two and Whakatanes Lance ODea will put aside his 18th placing from round three.


Riders such as Woodvilles Ben Exeter, New Plymouths Renny Johnston, Hamiltons Sam Brown and Onewheros Jim Orton could also cause an upset or two.


The racing is even tighter in the junior ranks where three riders are all level on points at the top after their worst results are omitted from the analysis.


Maruias Ethan Bruce, Raglans Mathew Quirke and Pahiatuas Scott Sowry have each scored a first and a second placing thus far and it will come down to Saturdays final 90-minute junior race to finally separate the trio.


Eketahunas Daniel Christie, Otorohangas Liam Hobbs, Gores Ben Turnbull and Mokaus Aaron Jones could also feature in the battle for podium honours on Saturday.


Credit: Words Andy McGechan,





MAY 6, 2012: There have now been four different winners in as many rounds of the New Zealand Enduro Championships as the series wrapped up the penultimate round in the King Country on Saturday.


Wellingtons Rory Mead won the day at round one near Kawhia in February, while Whangamatas Jason Davis won round two in Northland in March and Aucklands Karl Power returned from injury to win round three near Whangamata three weeks ago.


But it was Mokaus Adrian Smith who stepped up to take the win at the fourth round of five at Waimiha, near Bennydale, on Saturday, thrusting himself into prime position to continue on and seal the outright win when the championship eventually wraps up near Taupo on July 21.


Runner-up on Saturday was Davis, with Aucklands Mike Skinner, Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves and Aucklands Callan May rounding out the top five.


Smith missed round one because of injury but has steadily piled on the points since then, finishing fourth overall at round two, before coming home in third position at round three and then winning on Saturday.


His consistently high finishes have given him a comfortable points buffer over his main title rivals, Reeves, Power, Hokianga brothers Mitchell and Damon Nield and Opotikis John ODea, as the riders head to Taupo for the finale in a couple of months.


The course was awesome, said the 26-year-old Smith afterwards. I usually go well there and it had a nice flow to it, weaving through the trees.


Saturdays event organiser, Waimiha farmer Gary Powell, said the riding conditions could not have been more perfect.


The course was not especially difficult but the riders certainly did not get much time to rest. It was a good test of man and machine, said Powell.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan




CAPTION: Te Awamutus Kevin Archer (KTM), in the thick of the action near the top of the standings and sure to be a contender again this weekend.


MAY 1, 2012: With three different outright winners at the three rounds thus far, it is now virtually impossible to predict who will win this weekends fourth round of five in this seasons New Zealand Enduro Championships in the King Country.


It has been a mixed bag of results in the Yamaha-sponsored series to this stage.


Wellingtons Rory Mead won the day at round one near Kawhia in February, while Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves and Aucklands Chris Power shared second spot, Whangamatas Jason Davis won round two in Northland in March and Aucklands Karl Power returned from injury to win round three near Whangamata earlier this month.


It seems highly likely that a fresh face could top the leader board when racing concludes at Waimiha this Saturday afternoon.


Consistency has ensured that riders such as Hokianga brothers Mitchell and Damon Nield, Mokaus Adrian Smith, Te Awamutus Kevin Archer, Opotikis John ODea and Aucklands Michael Skinner are also in contention for the outright win this season.


While the eventual champion remains a mystery for the time being, Saturdays course at Waimiha will also be a puzzle for the competitors.


We have raced the nationals here before but about a quarter of it will be fresh trails, said event organiser Gary Powell.


I have been hard at work clearing trails, cutting new tracks through the pines and clearing windfalls. It will be a very technical course.


It will be about 120 kilometres of riding, including five six-kilometre special tests that will really sort the men from the boys.


It will be interesting to see who copes best but the title may go down to the wire at the final round in Taupo (on July 21).


Consistency will be the key and it may be that the eventual outright winner wwill not even have a round win to their credit.


There will certainly be a new champion this year because 2011 champion Mead is expected to be absent on Saturday as he instead honours overseas racing commitments.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan


MOMCC Mototrials Champs Rnd 1



A very warm autumn day awaited us all at this first round of the Club Mototrials Champs for 2012. Andy and Nick set the sections for this event and the results show it was a toughie. They did not set out with intentions of marking a difficult event but as is often the case on this venue at the end of No 2 Line, their intentions proved otherwise.  


The nature of the terrain with its narrow little slippery creek, steepish banks and hills it is easy to be lulled into thinking you are setting out sections that should not steal too many points. Perhaps a few too many obstacles per section were the main problem. I can not say it is one of my favourite venues but I actually enjoyed most of the sections even though it was hard work, something to get my teeth into after riding easier Intermediate sections at this years NI Champs rounds.


We had a good turnout of 16 riders too including a new rider from up Waverly way, Dean Sorensen riding his first event. Living and working on a farm it was obvious he and his Gas Gas 125 are well acquainted as he finished in the top half of the Clubman grade. Welcome Dean to the world of mototrials, we hope you enjoyed it and are keen for more.


Adrian Walcroft has now come to grips with his modern bike, a Beta 250, after riding a 70s vintage YamahaTY175 since he started trials. The TY will now be saved for twin shock only events. Nick Tucker has promoted himself to Clubman grade this year as all the practice he has been doing has paid off with much improved riding skills. It is the only way, practice. Ones skill level would not improve by not riding. Unfortunately Nick had a DNF on the day although I do not know the reason why, perhaps his improved riding skills did not quite match the difficulty of the sections he helped set.


The scores show that although the sections were not easy the competition was close in all grades at the sharp end. I know Warrick George and myself had a close battle all day in the A Grade with the lead see-sawing back and forward on the first couple of laps of the trial before fatigue started to set in and my superior fitness (and I give away some 34 years) started to give me a slight edge. I can not say superior riding skills as Warricks are probably better, certainly on the big balls stuff like the splat attack rock step in section eight.


I thought I had blown it though when I stalled and fived section seven on the last lap and Warrick cleaned it. However I had gained enough lead that those five points did not cost me in the end, phew. It is fun riding with Warrick, old v young. In the past few years we are seldom more than a few points apart at the end of a trial, all good fun.


The next MOMCC mototrial is the Bruce & Bai Cup Mototrial on May 20th on Telfords farm on No 4 Line, Pohangina Valley. See you all there.


Kevin Pinfold   



A Grade

Kevin Pinfold               Ossa                  69            MOMCC             

Warrick George         Gas Gas            75            MOMCC                         


Evan Carter                 Beta                  84            Ixion

Andy Anderson           Beta                  88            MOMCC

Phil Stephenson          Gas Gas            94            MOMCC

Tony Smith                 Sherco              DNF         MOMCC             



Adrian Walcroft        Beta                  65            MOMCC

Ricky Winkle               Ossa                  67            Ixion

Merv George               Gas Gas            78            MOMCC

Dean Sorensen           Gas Gas            80

Charlie Morrison        Scorpa              91             MOMCC

Paul Wheatley            Sherco              95            Ixion

Nick Tucker                Beta                  DNF         MOMCC

Alastair Keane            Sherco              ??             Ixion

Fred Carter                Beta                  ??             Ixion                              


Andrew Pugh               Honda               124          MOMCC





APRIL 23, 2012: A new season of cross-country racing is set to kick off and this time expanded to cater for even more riders.


As well as a two-hour race for the countrys senior elite, two new classes have been added for this seasons fifth annual running of the Dirt Guide Cross Country Series, which kicks off this weekend (April 28-29) at Tar Hill, just south of Tokoroa, increasing the opportunity for involvement by and the development of the countrys younger riders. 


The new classes are for children aged between six and 10 years and they will use a separate track from the juniors, the two classes will be 6-10 years motocross and 6-10 years trail bikes.


These classes will race at the same time as the junior race and be 75 minutes duration, said organiser Sean Clarke, of Tokoroa.


This is the fifth time I have run the series and each time it is getting bigger and bigger, said Clarke, a former International Six Days Enduro medal winner and multi-time former national enduro champion.


He said there were classes to cater for all ages and abilities with the senior grade split in to two sections, for intermediate and expert riders. There are separate categories also for women and veteran riders.


The race for top senior honours in last seasons Dirt Guide Cross Country Series was tight with three national class riders, Aucklands Callan May, Napiers John ODea and Taurangas Reece Burgess, separated by just three points at the start of the final round and close racing is expected again this season.


The Kiwi Rider magazine-sponsored series has been a real hit with the countrys off-road bike riders, with competitor numbers growing with each outing and this weekends event is no exception.


In addition to attracting full fields, the talent runs deep with many current or former national champions typically among those entered.


The junior race starts at 9.30am and the two-hour senior race starts at 12.30pm.

The minis course will be about three kilometres, in the forest, and the junior track is 10 kilometres long, while the senior course is about 20 kilometres around.


The cross-country series is run parallel with but separate to the Dirt Guide Trail Ride Series, with that phase of the weekends action set for the same venue following day.


Sundays trail ride features a 30-kilometre main loop or a 10-kilometre short loop option.


CALENDAR (trail ride on day two in each case):


Round one, Tar Hill, Tokoroa, April 28-29.


Round two, The Pylons, Atiamuri, May 19-20.


Round three, Whakamaru, June 30-July 1.



For any other information, call Sean Clarke on 0275 996 045


Credit: Andy McGechan


APRIL 17, 2012: Two rounds complete and two different riders were the winners, so it could be a battle between mates to decide this years New Zealand Cross-country Championships.


Palmerston Norths defending national champion Adam Reeves won the first of four rounds in the Suzuki-sponsored series near Pahiatua in February and Mokaus Adrian Smith won the day at round two near Huntly last month.


Round three is in Marlborough country, near Blenheim, this Sunday and fireworks are expected as the leading title contenders battle for each and every point.


With riders to discard their worst result of the series, so that only three rounds are counted, it is destined to be a very tight battle indeed before the championships wraps up near Christchurch next month.


The 29-year-old Reeves kicked off his title defence with a resounding win at Pahiatua, but managed only seventh overall at round two after experiencing a tough day at the office, a huge crash putting him near the back of the field and forcing a titanic battle to claw his way back.


Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Smith, crowned Waitomo Sportsperson of the Year in December, was only sixth overall at round one, before rebounding with his impressive win at round two.


I feel Adrian is certainly my biggest threat and I really need to finish ahead of him on Sunday, said Reeves.


I am carrying an injury and not able to train at all at the moment, so that is going to make it especially hard for me.


Whakatanes Lance ODea is another rider among the title favourites, his 2-3 results thus far also putting him in a prime position to win overall.  It will also be worth looking for a top performance from local rider Andrew Rudd, of Blenheim, who will be keen to turn local knowledge into valuable points.


In the junior ranks, riders such as Maruias Ethan Bruce, Raglans Mathew Quirke, Pahiatuas Scott Sowry, Nelsons Josh McDonald, Gores Ben Turnbull and Eketahunas Daniel Christie are among those expected to stand out on Sunday.


Sundays venue is Seventeen Valley, State Highway 1, Blenheim and it will be signposted from Blenheim, heading south to Seddon. It is about 10 kilometres south of Blenheim.


The fourth and final round is set for Christchurch on May 12.


Credit Andy McGechan


Hi all,


The next Manawatu Orion MCC mototrial details as follows.  Event  Club Champs rnd 1  Date  April 21


Venue  Carrol farm near the end of No 2 Line off the Pohangina Valley East Road. Will be sign posted from the usual turn off on the Ashhurst to Pohangina Road.


Allow approx 15 mins from Ashhurst.


Sign on 10.00 am


Start 10.30 am


Section setters  Adrian and Andy


All grades


Kevin Pinfold




APRIL 15, 2012: The third round of five in this seasons New Zealand Enduro Championships are in the bag now after racing near Whangamata on Saturday, and it was a third different winner who emerged.


Aucklands Karl Power made a triumphant return to the race track on Saturday, shaking off recent injury concerns to lock down the top spot on the slick and slippery Coromandel Peninsula course.


Power finished the day one minute 24 seconds ahead of fellow Aucklander Mike Davis, with Mokaus Adrian Smith, Aucklands Callan May and another Aucklander, Mike Skinner, rounding out the top five overall.


I have been off a bike for three months now, thanks to me breaking my wrist at the Maramarua Three-Day Enduro in December, but I am definitely back now, said Power.


The win has given me confidence.


It has been a mixed bag of results in the Yamaha-sponsored series thus far.


Wellingtons Rory Mead won the day at round one near Kawhia in February, while Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves and Aucklands Chris Power shared second spot. Whangamatas Jason Davis was the stand-out rider at round two of the series in Northland last month.


With Mead unable to push ahead with his title defence, while he instead races overseas, and Davis sidelined with illness, it was always going to be a fresh face on the top step of the podium at the weekend.


New Zealand cross-country champion Adam Reeves, of Palmerston North, finished eighth overall on Saturday but that was good enough to elevate him to the top of the series standings, now level on points with Hokiangas Mitchell Nield, who placed ninth on Saturday.


With his missing the opening two rounds, Power has realistically no chance of winning the national crown this season, but he will certainly be pushing for wins at the rounds that remain.


The fourth round of the series is set for Waimiha on May 5, with the fifth and final due in Taupo on July 21.


Credit: Andy McGechan


Is he a Kiwi? Trying to find out, but nevertheless, he was listed as a New Zealander in the start line-up. Stephen Coliier rode his Honda CRF450 to 16th place in a strong International field & a very tough Desert Rally. Well done.




APRIL 10, 2012: Whangamatas Jason Davis will be hoping that riding on home turf offers him some advantage as the third round of five in this seasons New Zealand Enduro Championships is held in his back yard on Saturday afternoon.


It has been a mixed bag of results in the Yamaha-sponsored series thus far.


Wellingtons Rory Mead won the day at round one near Kawhia in February, while Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves and Aucklands Chris Power shared second spot, but Davis was the stand-out rider at round two in Northland last month.


However none of these riders has been able to string together two top results thus far and it is a consistent Damon Nield, of Hokianga, who actually heads the outright championship points standings.


Opotikis John ODea, Nields elder brother Mitchell Nield and Te Awamutus Kevin Archer have also been solid performers in the opening rounds and they could reasonably be expected to shine at Whangamata on Saturday.


Anything could happen this weekend, said Motorcycle New Zealand enduro commissioner Shaun Prescott, of Thames.


There are question marks over the fitness of several of the leading riders, Nield and Davis in particular, so perhaps we’will have an entirely different winner on Saturday.


Round one winner Mead was a notable absentee at round two and is not likely to start this weekend either, with overseas racing commitments keeping him away, and that means it really is anyones race to win on Saturday.


The fourth round of the series is set for Waimiha on May 5, with the fifth and final due in Taupo on July 21.


Credit: Andy McGechan,



APRIL 9, 2012: Moto Trials is a branch of motorcycle sport where speed is not essential but competitors are still going to have to be very quick indeed this weekend if they are going to have any hope of catching five-time national champion Jake Whitaker.


The eight-round North Island Moto Trials Championship series kicked off with rounds one and two in Taranaki in February and Whitaker was far and away the dominant rider on that weekend.


His rivals are going to have to quickly work out how to match, and possibly beat, the talented 20-year-old at rounds three and four, set for the Bay of Plenty region this Saturday and Sunday.


The prime requisites for the sport of Moto Trials is balance and throttle control and even riders at the bottom of the pecking order exhibit scintillating skills in this regard, it is just that Kiwi international Whitaker is freakishly good.


So the pressure goes on this weekend for Expert Grade title hopefuls such as Motuekas Karl Clark.


Dunedins Blake Fox and Taurangas Phillip Shilton have elected to step up from the A Grade to the Experts Grade this season, along with young John Haynes, from Reporoa, and they, too, will be looking to challenge Whitaker.


Day one on Saturday is scheduled for Everetts property, Wharry Road, Waihi, while day two on Sunday is set for Muirs property, No.4 Road, Te Puke.


Riders can expect slippery ravines and moss-covered rocks to tackle on day one and a river bed with big boulders will test them on day two.


A group of riders from the South Island has also committed to contesting the North Island Championships this season, giving us an entry list that would easily match that of a national event, said North Island Moto Trials Championships co-ordinator Paul McLeod, of Te Puke.


This will possibly be the last major event in New Zealand before some of these riders head across the Tasman to contest the World Junior Trials Championships in Australia at the end of next month, it will be a good blow-out for our top Kiwi hopefuls such as Jake Whitaker, Blake Fox and John Haynes.


Lower Hutts Carl Robson was top rider in the A Grade at rounds one and two of the North Island champs and he will again be expected to lead the way this weekend, although Nelsons Callum Anderson and Te Kauwhatas Corey Davies should keep him honest.


Young Auckland rider Liam Draper has been something of a revelation in recent months and he surprised his more experienced rivals when he won the Intermediate Grade at rounds one and two.


Defending champion in the Intermediate Grade, Waihis Gary Samson, will be aiming to lift his game this weekend, as no doubt will Ashhursts Kevin Pinfold, Aucklands James Snowden, Aucklands Peter Boettcher and Te Pukes Peter Blaymires.


Rangioras Paul Jackson leads the Presidents Grade after the opening two rounds, he knows he can expect a backlash from Taurangas defending champion in the class, Warwick Merriman.


It will also be worth looking out in this grade for notable riders such as Aucklands Raymond Skinner, Taurangas Nigel Shilton, Hamiltons Peter Osborne and Paraparaumu pair John Lawton and Kevin Tither.


Te Pukes Benjamin McLeod and Reporoas John Haynes should be features in the Junior Grade at the weekend.


With this branch of motorcycling sport, the emphasis is not on speed, with the prime aim being to conquer the extreme terrain without touching feet on the ground or falling off. Points are lost for these faults and a rider with the lowest score wins.


Access to both days riding will be signposted from the respective main roads. There is no charge for spectators. Riding starts at 10am on both days.


I would like to thank Te Kuitis John Ravenscroft too for all the work he does to handle the on-line entries and deal with the event scoring too, said McLeod, himself also a leading competitor in the Presidents Grade.


The eight-round series next heads to the Wellington region for round five and six on July 7-8 and then wraps up with the final two rounds in Hawkes Bay on August 25-26.


Credit: Andy McGechan,


Surprise, surprise. Does anyone know #9 Stephen Collier from New Zealand who has entered the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge? If you do please let us know using the Contact us click under Visitors Bits. Great to know we have someone in these endurance cross country events






MARCH 26, 2012: This seasons New Zealand Cross-country Championships have been given a huge shake-up with new names at the top of the leader board after round two near Huntly on Sunday.


Defending senior champion Adam Reeves won the opening round of the Suzuki-sponsored series near Pahiatua last month and looked to be well set for a successful title defence in 2012, but he had a tough day at the office on Sunday, finishing down in seventh position.


Instead it was Mokaus Adrian Smith who enjoyed the clear air out front, leading home Raglans Jason Dickey, Whakatanes Lance ODea and New Plymouths Renny Johnston.


With ODea also finishing runner-up at the opening round, it means he is the rider who now leads the charge for the title this season, with the series now at the halfway stage and no one rider dominating, although ODeas consistency gives him a clear advantage.


It was a similar reshuffle in the junior class.


South Islander Ethan Bruce was top junior at round one, finishing ahead of Raglans Mathew Quirke and Pahiatuas Scott Sowry, but the finishing order with these three riders was reversed at Huntly with Suzuki ace Sowry taking charge.


My bike started first kick and I was fourth around the top corner, said Sowry afterwards.


In the second corner I slipped up the inside of Daniel Christie (of Eketahuna), while the rider in second had drifted out wide, putting me into second place behind Matthew Quirke.


Matthew was riding pretty ragged in the slick conditions. It wasnot long before he stalled his bike and I pulled the front brake a bit hard going down beside him. I picked the bike up and pushed it over the side of the track and jump-started the bike before Matt got going. By now Ethan Bruce was behind me as we clicked off the first lap.


At the end of lap three I had a 20-second lead on Ethan, so I put the hammer down to break away from him. Lap four I did the fastest lap of the race. The gym work was paying off as I was feeling really good.


I ran consistent lap times and, by chequered flag, I had a two-and-a-half-minute lead on Ethan and was more than five minutes ahead of Matthew in third.


The riders now head to the South Island for the second half of the season, with round three set for Marlborough on April 22 and, finally, round four near Christchurch on May 12.


Words Andy McGechan


Hi All,


Please find attached report and results from last Sundays mototrial. A good report from Andy - apart from the Ossa dig. I had no probs doing the tight turns on my Ossa with no hopping required. Must have been the superior smoothness of the Ossa engine that allowed that.

Cheers Kevin






MARCH 12, 2012: Whangamatas Jason Davis saved his best for last at round two of the New Zealand Enduro Championships in Northland on Sunday afternoon.


After a slow start to the day, the logging contractor from the Coromandel turned up the pace to overtake early leader Damon Nield, of Hokianga, and win the day outright at the Yamaha-sponsored event.


But Davis still has a lot of work ahead in the five-round series after a disastrous start to his campaign when snapped handlebars forced him out of the running at the opening round near Kawhia in February.


Third best on Sunday was Nield elder brother, Mitchell Nield, with Waitomos Adrian Smith and Aucklands Michael Skinner rounding out the top five.


It was very hard going, said Motorcycle New Zealand enduro commissioner Shaun Prescott, of Thames.


The course was very wet and slippery and a good test of man and machine.


It was anyones race to win really. Even Mike Skinner, who eventually finished fifth today, was in the running. The Nield brothers were in contention too.


The results were a real shake-up. It will not really be until after the next round that we will have a firm indication of where the titles might wind up and that means it will be a very close and exciting contest.


Round one winner Rory Mead, of Wellington, was a notable absentee on Sunday, with overseas racing commitments taking him elsewhere, while the two men who finished joint runners-up at Kawhia, Paeroas Chris Power and Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves, managed only sixth and ninth overall on Sunday.


The third round of the series is set for Davis home turf, at Whangamata on April 14, with rounds to follow at Waimiha, on May 5, and Taupo on July 21.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan




FEBRUARY 20, 2012: Manawatus Adam Reeves has started is national off-road motorcycling title defence in the best way possible, by winning.


The 29-year-old Palmerston North man stamped his authority on the first of four rounds of the Suzuki-sponsored 2012 New Zealand Cross-country Championships near Pahiatua on Sunday.


I had a reasonable start. I was inside the top 10 and quickly made my way up to fourth, said the Yamaha ace.


He was in the lead less than a lap later and never looked back from there.

The track had a bit of everything. It was greasy to start off with because of the early morning dew and slick grass.


But it soon dried out and Reeves had extended his lead to seven minutes at the end of the three-hour race.


Reeves finished ahead of Hawkes Bay brothers Lance and John ODea , with New Plymouths Renny Johnston third and Mokaus Adrian Smith fourth.


Meanwhile, in the junior class action, South Islander Ethan Bruce ruled the roost, finishing ahead of Raglans Mathew Quirke, Pahiatuas Scott Sowry and Pahiatuas Daniel Christie.


Motorcycling New Zealand cross-country commissioner Chris Smyth said he was impressed with the rider turn-out.


It drizzled and was very slippery but it dried out and all the riders seemed to enjoy it, said Smyth, of Dannevirke.


It got quite rough in the end and really sorted the men from the boys.


The next round is set for Huntly on March 25, before heading to the South Island for rounds three and four, in Marlborough on April 22 and, finally, near Christchurch on May 12.


Credit: Words Andy McGechan




12th February 2012, Pink & Manning Shield

First trial of the year, and with the Pink & Manning Shield up for grabs, the club headed up the Pohangina Valley to Opawe Road to clear out the cobwebs and dust off the bikes. Luckily the rain held off, the sun was out and there was enough breeze to keep us from overheating.

Sections were set with a kindness thats unlikely to last the full season, with Nick and Warrick responsible for the eight sections set amongst rocky banks and a couple dropping into the rocky creek.

The result was a collection of sections that were testing but not scary, all very achievable but still capable of taking points from the unwary. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day (including a couple of newcomers out for a try part way through the trial) and overall the results were remarkably close.

Unfortunately, Phil had no-one to play with in the Intermediate grade, so although delighted to be scoring a

30 for the first time in a while, we will have to wait to see how he is going to perform against the rest this year.

The New Year also saw Adrians first appearance on his new bike, upgrading from a twinshock TY175 to a 250cc 2003 Beta Rena 3 (was originally a Rev 3, but it seems to have developed a rather lax attitude to retaining its rear shock oil). He beat allcomers to the Clubman win despite only about an hours practice on the new bike before the trial, though it was a close-run thing with Merv just one point behind.

Adrian was also seen practising a few Intermediate lines after the trial, so watch out guys. Expert grade saw Warrick return to his winning ways after a long battle with an ankle injury. Still not 100 percent fit, but nice to see him get the better of Kevin for the first time quite a while.

And in the Novice/Social grade, Nick managed to hold off Andrew for the win, but failed to beat Warrick for the lowest score of the day, coming second in the race for the Pink & Manning Shield. With both Nick and Andrew getting closer to being able to step up to Clubman level, there is definitely a need for some new blood to keep the grade alive.

Merv George (Gas Gas TXT250)

Adrian Walcroft (Beta Rena 3)

Warrick George (Gas Gas TXT250)

So, the Pink & Manning Shield (won by having the lowest score over all grades for that trial) was won by

Warrick, and all had a good day, leaving with spirits high and ready for the years riding that lies ahead.

Next trial is on March 18th, on the corner of No. 3 Line and Pohanghina Valley East Road, at Jim Coombes

farm. Hope to see you there, sign-on at 9:45 for a 10:30 start.

Warrick George & Nick Tucker.


A Grade

Warrick George Gas Gas 21 MOMCC

Kevin Pinfold Ossa 30 MOMCC


Phil Stephenson Gas Gas 30 MOMCC


Adrian Walcroft Beta 40 MOMCC

Merv George Gas Gas 41 MOMCC

Charlie Morrison Scorpa 44 MOMCC


Nick Tucker Beta 29 MOMCC

Andrew Pugh Honda 36 MOMCC






FEBRUARY 19, 2012: Suzuki could be pushing hard for glory in this years New Zealand Cross-country Championships with rising star Scott Sowry announcing his determination to again win in the junior ranks.


The 15-year-old from Pahiatua will race his new Suzuki RM125 in the junior division of the four-round competition with the aim of winning that category outright, starting with round one near Pahiatua this Sunday.


He suffered a frustrating season last year. Despite being a top contender throughout the series, he did not finish at the rain-drenched final round and therefore missed out on defending his 2010 title.


But he is back again this season and, if recent events are an indication, he is faster than ever.


Sowry has been running among the top three in the senior ranks at his local Bushriders Cross-country Championships races, showing he is certainly on the pace to win the junior competition at national level.


Sowry also won the Australian Off-Road Series junior title in October.


And that is plenty of reason to bring a smile to the face of the series main sponsor, Suzuki New Zealand.


Suzuki will once again support the New Zealand Cross-country Championships, electing this week to come on board as naming-rights sponsors for the 2012 series.


Sowry will have to be wary of threats from last years outright junior winner Jason Dickey and fellow Raglan rider Matthew Quirke, along with Cambridges Christopher Foster, Te Awamutus Ayden Dunn and Dannevirkes Stacey Smyth.


In the senior ranks, it is likely to again be defending champion Adam Reeves to the fore, along with other hard-hitters such as Mokaus Adrian Smith, Huntlys Michael Vining, Napiers John ODea, Ohopes Brandon Given and New Plymouths Renny Johnston, to name a few.


Suzuki ace Mark Penny, of Te Awamutu, has indicated that business commitments will prevent him from contesting the entire series this year, but he anticipates being in action at round two near Huntly on March 25.


After Huntly the series heads down to the South Island, with round three in Marlborough on April 22 and the final round near Christchurch on May 12.


Sundays venue is at Lewis Property, Parr Valley Road, and is signposted from the southern end of Pahiatua.


Credit: Words Andy McGechan




FEBRUARY 14, 2012: Eliminating mistakes could be the key factor for title hopefuls in this years New Zealand Cross-country Championships.


With the Suzuki-sponsored national cross-country motorcycle series comprising just four rounds, there is little margin for error, something that defending champion Adam Reeves, of Palmerston North, is only too aware of.


There was an element of luck in Reeves successful title defence last season as a mistake by him at the final round nearly led to rival Adrian Smith, of Mokau, snatching away the title instead.


At the rain-drenched final round last season, Reeves drowned his bike about two thirds of the way into the three-hour race.


But, as more and more riders struck problems on the steep and slippery course over the final hour, Reeves disaster became null and void when organisers decided to roll results back to the two-hour mark as conditions had become impossible.


That was enough to deny Smith, who, despite leading the race at that stage, had been down in 18th spot at the two-hour point.


Reeves is now chasing his fourth consecutive national cross-country crown this season and, looking at his sublime form in the early part of the season, it is going to take a superhuman effort to topple him this year too.


He finished among the top three at the opening round of the parallel New Zealand Enduro Championships a fortnight ago and is obviously hitting top form.


In addition to Reeves and Smith, other riders to look out for this weekend include perennial frontrunners Mark Penny, of Te Awamutu, Huntlys Michael Vining, Napiers John ODea, Ohopes Brandon Given, Tokos Karl Roberts, Wellingtons Hugh Lintott and New Plymouths Renny Johnston.


After this weekends opening round, the series heads to Huntly for round two on March 25, followed by two rounds in the South Island, in Marlborough on April 22 and Christchurch on May 12.


Sundays venue is at Lewis property, Parr Valley Road, and is signposted from the southern end of Pahiatua.


Credit: Words Andy McGechan







CAPTION: Wellingtons Rory Mead (Yamaha), signing off in New Zealand with a strong win on Saturday.


FEBRUARY 5, 2012: Wellingtons Rory Mead showed why he is the national enduro champion on Saturday but he will find it impossible to stay top of the points table.


The 25-year-old started his Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships defence in the best possible way, winning Saturdays first round of five in the 2012 series near Kawhia, but he now packs his bags and heads to the United States to race, making his New Zealand title defence virtually impossible.


His American adventure rules him out of at least one, and possibly more, rounds of the Kiwi competition.


And that means the two men who finished joint equal at Kawhia on Saturday, Aucklands Chris Power (Honda) and Palmerston Norths Adam Reeves (Yamaha) – could be the men to watch as this season develops.


But, for the time being at least, Mead showed he is still king of enduro in New Zealand.


The track was wicked, said Mead. I was actually riding cautiously today because I did not want to injure myself before I fly out.


Fourth best at Kawhia was Aucklands Sam Greenslade (Husqvarna), while Hokiangas Damon Nield (Husqvarna) rounded out the top five.


In terms of class honours, Mead leads the over-300cc four-stroke class; Greenslade heads the under-300cc four-stroke class; Nield tops the under-200cc two-stroke category and his elder brother Mitchell Nield (Gas Gas) is at the head of the over-200cc two-stroke class.


A surprise result was that of Te Awamutus Kevin Archer (KTM), the 44-year-old back in the sport after a five-year hiatus and still showing the pace to win. The bull and dairy farmer finished seventh overall at Kawhia on Saturday and he tops the veterans (over-40) division. 


Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Shaun Prescott, of Thames, said he was encouraged by the rider turn-out at Kawhia.


The sport is obviously in a very healthy state, he said. The event organisation by Sean Clarke and his crew was fantastic. The course was both challenging and safe and you can not ask for much more than that.


The next round is scheduled for Northland on March 11, with rounds to follow at Whangamata on April 14, Waimiha on May 5 and, finally, Taupo on July 21.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan




JANUARY 31, 2012: There will most likely be a fresh name engraved on the main trophy when the New Zealand Enduro Championships wrap up later this season.


The cream of Kiwi off-road motorcycling talent heads to remote Oparau, on the west coast of the North Island, on Saturday for the first round of five in the series with only two things assured, that the racing will be brutal and that almost anybody can win.


It will again be a world class field of riders who line up to contest the national enduro championships this season, although defending champion Rory Mead, who has moved back from Taupo to his native Wellington this year, probably will not be among those challenging for the outright title.


The Yamaha ace is pursuing options to race overseas this season and reports that he will miss at least one round of the domestic series, possibly more, and that virtually rules out any chance of him defending his crown.


But that will not stop him from making a statement as he seeks to kick his season off with a win on Saturday.


Each time I ride at home this season it will just be for bragging rights. I can not do the whole series, so I really can not expect to win outright, said the just-turned 25-year-old.


I have always had good luck at Oparau in the past, so I do not see why I can not win on Saturday at least.


But there will be plenty of leading riders who will also fancy their chances of winning on Saturday, not least of all 2010 champion Jason Davis, from Whangamata, along with perennial frontrunners Adrian Smith, from Mokau in northern Taranaki, Hokianga brothers Damon and Mitchell Nield, and Auckland riders Chris Power, Sam Greenslade, Michael Skinner and Callum May.


Aucklands Karl Power (a cousin of Chris) is currently sidelined