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Brive will host the 2017 edition of the FIM ISDE

The FIM, FFM and Organizing Committee ISDE2017 are pleased to announce that the 2017 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) will be held in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France from 28 August to 2 September.

The region of Corrèze is well known to Enduro having hosted the FIM Enduro World Championship in Servières-le-Château (1994) and in Uzerche (2008), multiple European Enduro Championships, and of course the ISDE in 2001, which was a declared a success by all that took part in it.

The organizing committee chaired by Jean-François Buisson, who was head of the team that delivered the successful 2001 edition will be joined by new members who will support the preparations to ensure that the 2017 edition meets the high standards of the Corrèze motorcycle clubs. For sure, they can count on their 16 years of experience since the last Six Days to make sure 2017 will be another amazing event.

The town of Brive-la-Gaillarde is a very dynamic city and has played host to many sporting events and will provide the ideal set-up for the 2017 FIM ISDE. Familiar with this event, the city is already working with the Organizing Committee to ensure that riders and fans will have the best experience in France.

More information on http://www.fim-isde.com/

Left to Right: Jean-Guillaume Meiller (Director FIM CEN), Alain Blanchard (ABC Communication) and Jean-François Buisson (President of the Comité Organisateur ISDE 2017)

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YAMAHA TIGHTENS ITS STRANGLEHOLD ON NATIONALS

MARCH 1, 2016: The grip continues to tighten as the high-profile Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team heads into the second half of its New Zealand Motocross Championships campaign.

Australian import Dean Ferris was again in command at the second round of four in the series near Palmerston North on Sunday.

The new venue at Himatangi became progressively rougher as the day wore on, the sand-based track offering no let-up as it wore down both man and machines, but Ferris seemed to thrive in it and posted an impressive 3-1-1 score-card in the MX1 class, extending his championship lead to 14 points over the new man in the No.2 position, fellow Gold Coast rider Todd Waters.

With the series now at the halfway stage, Ferris can look back and feel extremely satisfied with his performance – he has won five of the six races in the championship thus far.

The only "blip" on Ferris' performance was his finishing third in the day's first race at Himatangi.

"I made a mistake in choosing the wrong tyres for the first race," explained Ferris, who had led until two-thirds of the way through the race and then began to drop back before settling for third.

"Todd (Waters) and Cody (Cooper, the defending national MX1 champion from Mount Maunganui) are riding really well and my arms tightened up because I couldn't get any rest ... they were on me all day.

"Races two and three were a huge battle between me and Todd. We've been racing each other like this for 10 years now," he laughed.

"Todd was strong today but I managed to get the job done.

"I have the (stand-alone) Conondale Cup to race at home this weekend and then I'm back for the final two rounds in New Zealand. I'll just keep working hard. I know Todd and Coops won't be giving up."

The results were mixed for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team's two MX2 (250cc) class riders.

Waitakere's Ethan Martens, riding a YZ250 two-stroke bike, and Mangakino's Kayne Lamont, on the four-stroke YZ250F, set the two quickest times in qualifying, and looked on track for a positive afternoon of racing.

However, it then unravelled for Lamont, who finished runner-up to series class leader Hamish Harwood in the first race but then crashed out while leading the next race. Lamont's head struck the ground and, shaken by the incident, he opted to withdraw from the rest of the day's programme.

Martens battled throughout the day and came away with 6-3-3 results, good enough for third overall on the day, behind KTM rider Harwood and Australian Triple B Valley Fresh Yamaha Team rider Jed Beaton, but it also meant Martens moved himself up from sixth overall after round one to now sit fourth overall for the series.

The second half of the Kiwi motocross calendar takes riders to the Rotorua Motorcycle Club's track for round three on March 13, with the fourth and final round set for the Digger McEwen Motocross Park facility, on the outskirts of Taupo, on March 20.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team is supported by Altherm Window Systems, Yamaha, JCR, CRC, Ados, GYTR, Yamalube, Fox Racing, Hollands Collision Centre, Star Moving, Ward Demolition, Fulton Hogan, Pirelli, FMF, DID, NGK, Matrix, Renthal, Motomuck, Workshop Graphics, Motoseat, Hammerhead, SKF, Vertex Pistons, Rtech Plastics, Etnies, Biketranz and Fulton Hogan.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,

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KIARA FONTANESI GETS A GUTSY, APPEALING LOOK, BUT she didn't know  about pocket rocket from New  Zealand!
Glitter Sidi Crossfire 2 boots for the Queen of motocross.
 

Maser (Treviso), 28 February, 2016 – A Queen must always stand out, even among the dusty masses in the middle of a motocross track. At Losail in Qatar, for the season opener of the 2016 WMX World Series, the four-time women’s World Champion was sporting a very stylish, attractive new look. She was wearing her Crossfire 2 boots, with new colours for 2016, chosen by the champion herself. For the occasion Sidi Sport tricked them out with a touch of glitter, to help make Kiara look even more fashionable.
Her 5th overall place (11th in race 1 and 3rd in race 2) in the final standings of this inaugural GP is certainly not enough to satisfy the Women’s World Champion, but the race for the title has just begun. It’s still going to be a long season, and it’s sure to bring plenty of thrills.

SIDI SPORT LIGHTS UP THE MOTOCROSS WORLD SERIES!
Luminous Sidi Crossfire 2 boots for Tony Cairoli.
 

Maser (Treviso), 28 February, 2016 – The new Motocross World Series season opened on the raceway in Losail, Qatar. It was a spectacular show with the MXGP race being held by night. Tim Gajser provided a thrilling performance that won him the race. In keeping with tradition, for the third year in a row Sidi Sport lit up the Crossfire 2 boots worn by their super champ Tony Cairoli (Ktm), with a fascinating, magical led light show. The right boot was all yellow and the left one all blue. Thus the new adventure began!
Tony Cairoli came in 6th in race 1 and 4th in race 2 to close out this first test in 5th place. However, beyond the result, what matters now is that we have finally seen Tony Cairoli back on track, motivated, gutsy and competitive as he recovers from the injury to his ribs which slowed him down so far this season.

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KIWI GIRL TO TACKLE THE WORLD'S ELITE

CAPTION: Otago's Courtney Duncan (Yamaha), ready to take on the world's elite. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

JANUARY 12, 2016: It is a long way from New Zealand to the motocross hotbed of central Europe, but that's the journey on which South Island teenager Courtney Duncan hope she is about to begin.

It probably comes as no surprise to those who know of the Yamaha rider's exploits and to travel from the small Otago town of Palmerston to the hustle and bustle of racing the Motocross World Championships in places such as Belgium, Germany and France has always been the aim for the Kiwi Yamaha rider.

The 19-year-old Duncan heads to Qatar in a few weeks' time to tackle the opening round of the Women's World Motocross Championships – that event sharing the programme with the start of the parallel but separate men's competition – on February 27.

If she impresses at that event, she's hoping it will lead to a full campaign with the six-round women's series continuing in The Netherlands (March 28), Germany (May 8), France (June 5) and Switzerland (August 7) and wrapping up at Assen, in The Netherland again, on August 28.

She has beaten most of the motocross boys in New Zealand and has turned heads each time she's raced overseas, whether it be winning in Australia or the United States, and it was just a matter of time before she hit the world stage, although she will still have to prove herself.

She has the backing of New Zealand's two-time former world No.2 Josh Coppins, of Motueka, the head of the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team and has been training regularly with him as she builds towards her world campaign.

For most of last year she was in recovery mode, regaining her strength after tearing her ACL ligament in her left knee – in a freak basketball accident, totally unrelated to motocross.

"I knew straight away what had happened. I was just passing a basketball around before I was to go into the gym and something felt funny.

"It had happened before, so I knew what it was," said Duncan.

She was flown to Auckland for surgery on her knee and then began the long process of rehabilitation.

"I did my exercises pretty much every day. Had the weekend off, but every day it was just about getting fit again.''

She got back on the bike in late October.

"I thought I would be a bit nervous getting back on the bike, but it just felt like home."

She is now back to full fitness and her coach and mentor, Coppins, is quietly confident that she will impress in Qatar and says "she needs to".

"Courtney is only officially confirmed for Qatar at this stage," he said. "It's quite an expensive undertaking to do a full campaign and she's not got a factory ride. She needs to show what she's made of at Qatar and we can go on from there.

"We in New Zealand know how good she is, but you're only as good as your last ride and nobody has seen her overseas for a while. Her biggest competitor is herself. Keeping the bike on two wheels is very important.

"The idea last year was for her to do two rounds and build from that, but then she injured herself and had a lengthy lay-off.

"I don't know what she'll make of Qatar. I raced there myself in 2002 and finished second to (Belgian former world champion) Joel Smets. It was among the sand dunes and Joel was on a 450 four-stroke and I was on a 250cc two-stroke, but the track is all man-made now and a lot of it is clay-based, so it's totally different really.

"Unfortunately, the Qatar race clashes with the date for round two of the New Zealand Motocross Championships and I can't be in two places, but I will be following her progress as closely as I can."

Duncan's Yamaha YZ250F bike is currently being prepared for her in Belgium.

"Yamaha New Zealand has really stepped up to make this possible," said Coppins. "They can see the potential in Courtney and they are helping to bridge the gap."

Fellow Yamaha rider, 21-year-old Italian Kiara Fontanesi, was the 2015 women's world champion and she will no doubt be the one to beat again in 2016, unless a Kiwi girl called Courtney Duncan can upset the form book.

Duncan and the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team is supported by Altherm Window Systems, Yamaha, JCR, CRC, Ados, GYTR, Yamalube, Fox Racing, Hollands Collision Centre, Star Moving, Ward Demolition, Fulton Hogan, Pirelli, FMF, DID, NGK, Matrix, Renthal, Motomuck, Workshop Graphics, Motoseat, Hammerhead, SKF, Vertex Pistons, Rtech Plastics, Etnies, Biketranz and Fulton Hogan.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,

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Paul Whibley Race Report : Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ 125  Event: NZXC Rnd 4/GNCC Rnd 2  Result: 1st

The NZXC series reached its penultimate round at Maddix Park and was co-sanctioned

with the GNCC series. I hadn’t done hardly any riding since having my appendix out and

was still supposed to be on light duties so I took my YZ 125 to Tauranga with the plan to

get some seat time and just have fun.

Off the line I got smoked by all the 450s but was able to sneak around the outside and

dropped into third. Dust was really bad early on but as we got further back into the bush

evidence of the last rainfall still remained. My stomach was a little sore early on but as

the race progressed I loosened up. I moved up into the lead late in the lap after the

leaders made mistakes. Simon Lansdaal took the lead for a lap but I soon regained

control on the following lap. It really was a lot of fun on the 125. The track got choppy and

a few slick spots made finding traction hard work but the little YZ just handles so well. It

was easy to switch up lines to alternative smooth ones seemingly inaccessible to others.

As the track got rougher and rougher the more being creative paid off. I ended up

winning the race comfortably. Simon held out Jason Davis for second, while Peter

Broxholme and Adrian Smith filled out the top five. I was also happy with how consistent

my lap times were. As well as capturing the fastest lap of the day, over 8 laps my times

only varied 20 seconds with the last lap just 10 seconds off my fastest.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Simon Lansdaal

3rd: Jason Davis

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Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Event: GNCC Rnd 1 Matata  Result: 1st

Sorry for the delay in getting this out but straight after the race I had to get my appendix

out so have been laid up for a few days. This is a quick recap of how the race went.

A good start had me lead the way around the first lap but as we closed in on scoring

Mitch Rees caught and passed me with some youthful excitement. He had started on the

second row and used some local knowledge to close in quickly over the first lap. I jumped

back past him as we started the second lap. I was able to open a small gap but I was

unsure how far he started behind me and how much I needed to put between us to stay

ahead on adjusted time. Mitch rode a smart race and kept me in sight, possibly all he

needed to do to take the win. He took the lead again as we left the pits after 3 laps. I kept

him in sight but needed to be in front to give myself a shot at the win. Mid way through

the next lap he got stuck in a bog and I powered to the front. I tried to keep pushing and

over the last few laps couldn’t see Mitch but again was not sure how much time I needed

to take the win.

As it turned out Mitch had crashed out late in the race and I ended up winning by a safe

margin.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Simon Landsdaal

3rd: Scott Birch

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Event: Sandpit series Rnd 4

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Event: Sandpit series Rnd 4 Result: 1st

Final round of the Sandpit series was held north of Helensville.

I got a good start from the second row and quickly passed the team riders who started on

the front row. Once up front I pushed hard to make a break on the other riders.

The track was half the usual pine forest and half scrubby farmland. The soil was still sandy

and the farmland had an awesome flow to it. Weaving through stands of Manuka, up and

down rolling hills with a couple natural jumps.

After three laps I gassed up and set out for another hour and a half. I had a good lead

although I didn’t know how much of the lead. All I knew was I couldn’t see anyone coming

through scoring after I gassed.

I continued to put in safe laps, although careful not to put it in cruise mode as my

teammate Adam Reeves had been riding well recently and I didn’t want him sneaking up

on me.

With the clock ticking down I came through scoring a few minutes before it ticked over to

the three hour mark and got out for an extra lap.

With the win I wrapped up the series. First time I had competed in this series and I really

enjoyed the tracks and the racing.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Adam Reeves

3rd: Cody Davey

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Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Event: Dirt Guide Series Rnd 3 Result: 1st

There must be some kind of weather god smiling down on the Dirt Guide series because

just like the last round we emerged from rain and miserable conditions on the drive to

the event to race in perfect conditions.

I grabbed the holeshot again and led the way around the first 26 minute lap. A couple

small mistakes on lap two allowed 2nd placed rider Hadleigh Knight close in and put some

pressure on. I had a small lead when I came into gas on lap three but Hadleigh had gassed

up the lap earlier and just snuck through scoring and into the lead as I came out of the

pits. The race was on. Hadleigh was riding really good and it made for an exciting race.

I pushed hard and shadowed the husky pilot putting the pressure back on him but not yet

finding a way past.

Just after we started the 5th and final lap Hadleigh appeared to hesitate for a second and I

took full advantage and moved back into the lead. I later learned he was attempting to

check fuel in his bike. I opened up a gap and rode a good pace into the finish. Hadleigh

struck problems and actually ran out of gas late in the lap.

It was an exciting race and hats off to Hadleigh who really showed some impressive

speed.

With this win I wrapped up the Dirt Guide Series for 2015 with around to spare.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Sam Greenslade

3rd: Jake Whitaker

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Event: Moonshine Run Extreme Harescramble 

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 2nd

A shotgun blast signalled the start of the days torture. The YZ 250 fired up fast and I took

the holeshot and lead the way up the hill through the clear-fell slash. A couple mistakes in

the EX track cost me some positions and got me a burnt butt when someone’s expansion

chamber kissed it while I was off my bike pushing. I think I was in third or fourth after a

couple kms of the 25km lap. A missed turn dropped me even further back with myself and

Taylor Grey lost for what seemed like minutes. Eventually we found where we went

wrong. An arrow and peg lay on the ground, run down by someone. A couple passes and I

think I was back inside the top 3 again, hard to tell though in these kind of races. I soon

struck the next problem with wire getting wrapped around my wheel on a hill climb. I

unwound it only to get snagged again as I tried to ride off. The rest of the lap was

completed with the expected loop-outs, getting stuck and plenty of lifting and pushing. I

think I was 4th at the end of lap 1. Lap time was just under an hour and a half for me with

two laps to go.

The track was pretty tough with slick soil and lots of tree roots. Plenty of hard hill climbs

and steep down hills.

The last two laps were completed without any unexpected drama. Just the usual loopouts

and endos. By the time 3 laps were done I was up to 2nd. I was pretty tired at the end

but satisfied to complete all 3 laps. Think only 6 guys completed all 3.

1st: Jake Whitaker - TE250 Husky

2nd: Paul Whibley YZ450F

3rd: Jacob Hyslop ?

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Event: Dirt Guide Series Rnd 2  Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 1st

Driving through snow on the way to a race is never very inviting. Once at the venue for

Round 2 of the Dirt Guide Series the skies seemed to clear and the sun had even made an

appearance before the start of the race. There were a few puddles in low spots but the

majority of the track was in great shape.

I grabbed the holeshot and lead the way. I was being pretty careful in some of the

puddles as the odd one was a lot deeper than it looked and even though the sun was out

the air was still chilly. I didn’t feel like being soaking wet!!! The second lap I still hadn’t

really warmed up with cold fingers and tight arms. I had built a lead of nearly a minute

during lap one and this didn’t help as I was riding too careful to really warm up.

Consequently I was caught by Sam Greenslade and Jake Whitaker at the end of the 3rd lap.

These guys were riding good and pushing hard. This wake-up call was just what I needed

and a little boost in adrenaline kicked in and the following lap I upped the pace to reestablished

my lead. I kept a solid pace going for the remainder of the event to take the

win.

The track got some awesome lines and was a lot of fun. If anyone ever wanted to get a

hint of a US GNCC then these Dirt Guide events are the probably the closest thing we

currently have here in NZ.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Jake Whitaker

3rd: Sam Greenslade

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Third round of the Central Enduro Series was held at Waitawhiti Station out from Pahiatua.

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Event:Central Enduro Rnd 3 Result:1st

Trail consisted of one loop repeated four times with trail time tightening as the day

progressed. Two tests per lap.

I signed up on minute one. We were warned at briefing that windy conditions had

knocked a lot of arrows down and they weren’t kidding. The first test was really hard to

ride fast with some of the arrows missing. The second test was down a creek and through

some clear-fell slash and was a little easier to follow. Also on laps one and two a cool bush

section was included. Plenty of roots were exposed on the second lap, as was expected,

so this section was removed for the last two laps. A few creek crossings got a little boggy

too with some deep ruts waiting for the unwary.

Once the track was burnt in and we weren’t relying on arrows for direction I was able to

pick the pace up and sneak home with the win.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Jacob Hyslop

3rd: Charlie Richardson

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Event: Sandpit 2 Man Series Rnd 2

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F

Result:1st

Race Report

With Chris Birch (Redbull KTM Extreme Enduro rider) teaming up for this event with fellow KTM rider Jason Davis I knew I would have push hard for the whole event to stay near this

pairing let alone some of the other high calibre entrants.

The Solo class starts on the second row behind the Expert teams. I holeshot my row and pushed hard to catch the leaders from row one. I got up to second on lap one and wasn’t

far behind Birch who had started for their team. I couldn’t quite see him but could hear his bike every now and then. Jason Davis tagged in and with one lap under my belt I soon

caught him. I relaxed when I latched onto his tail and caught my breath for a second.

Once in the lead I upped my intensity again and pulled away. With Birch tagging in on the third lap I rode hard to maintain my lead. Completing the lap without being caught I

relaxed again. Feeling happy with my pace, if I just maintain that for the 3 hours I probably wouldn’t be caught. I was comfortable that the intensity that I was running

could be held to the end, with a little in reserve if needed.

A gas stop at the end of the fourth lap, thanks to Reuben and Sarah in the pits, and back into it. The rain was becoming steady now so I ended up coming into the pits for each of

the remaining laps to grab fresh Smith goggles. I kept the pace up right to the end and won by a couple of minutes over the team of Birch and Davis with Jake Wightman coming

home in third.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Chris Birch/Jason Davis

3rd: Jake Wightman

Paul Whibley is supported by:

Sidi, Smith, G2, Asterisk, MotoSR, Vortex Ignitions,

EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Darbis, GHQ, Freedom Moto,

Yamaha NZ, Rosscos Start Up Services, Works

Connection, Pro Taper, Race Pace Services, Unabiker,

Leatt Brace, Tire Balls, bikesportnz.com, CarbSport,

KettleClamp, Alliance Offroad, Ride Eng MotoSeat

FMF Kenda Yamalube CV4 GYTR IMS MSR Rekluse

Twin Air Wiseco Ride Eng Workshop graphics

 

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Taikorea 500 Cross Country Report

James Galpin KTM XC200  1st XC2 3rd Overall   

The day was wet and cold, but I wasn’t complaining after the previous two years having temperatures around 30 degrees.

With over 60 bikes on the line, a good start was needed. Hadleigh Knight ran me wide and I came out of the 1st corner

in 3rd. During the first lap I find myself following Jake Whitaker and finding my pace. On lap 2 Jake put a bit of

a gap on me and I had no one following close. By the third lap it really started to rain which made visibility minimal

and put my new Scott roll offs to the test, I had clear air in front but I could see Sam Greenslade gaining slowly. I wanted

to keep my distance but at the same time i didn’t want to break my pace as I knew I had another one hour race

to come. Sam closed the gap going into the last 1km; It was a great battle especially going round that

last lap of the motocross track just before the end. I managed to hold my position finishing 1st in class

and 5th overall.

The second 1 hr race I got off to a better start pulling the holeshot and maintaining a solid position.

During the first lap a couple of riders got past but I wasn’t to fussed knowing that I will catch them up at

the end of the race with my endurance that I have been working on. In that second lap I passed a couple

of riders back including Adrian Smith. I managed to keep a decent gap on Adrian for the rest of the race.

In the third lap I was pushed by Luke Mobberley following close behind. He stayed with me that whole

lap but I knew I had more energy than him going into that final lap. I put the hammer down and made

myself a solid gap not knowing who could be chasing close behind. I finished in a solid 1st in class and a

6th overall.

Now the fun begins with the two Enduro X races. In the first race I get to line up in the front line next to

Adam Reeves. It was a dead engine start which gave me the advantage over some of the others because

of my lighting fast action electric start. I get off to a great start in 1st, but am quickly passed by Trials ace

Jake Whitaker, I try to follow closely but he got away on me with his great skills, Adrian got past as I

managed to jam myself in the tyre pit. I pulled my bike out and finished the race in a confusing 2nd in

class and a 3rd overall.

The start of the second race started off just the same as the first race with a great jump off the line but

getting passed shortly by Jake, I had I smooth second race without crashing and was jumping the tyre pit

to keep out of trouble. I tried to hold my position but lost it to Adam as he out skilled me over the

massive logs. I finished the second race in another 2nd class and 3rd overall, pretty happy with that!

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HONDA'S WILTSHIRE CONSISTENT, CONSISTENTLY GOOD

JULY 13, 2015: Bay of Plenty's Aaron Wiltshire was in dynamic form at the New Zealand Motorcycle TT Championships near Kuratau at the weekend.

 

Representing The Honda Shop Racing Team, the 18-year-old showed a never-say-die attitude and a reliably fast bike would eventually take him to the top during a brutal two days of action on the icy farm paddock on the Central Plateau.

 

Tauranga's Wiltshier (CRF250) started the weekend the way he meant to end it when he won his first of five races and he finished the first day with a narrow six-point advantage over his nearest rival, Taupo's Cohen Chase, with Rotorua's Scotty Canham another eight points further back.

 

Wiltshier was 10 points ahead of Chase with just one race to go when the riders lined up for their final MX2 outing of the weekend and he knew that fifth or better would be enough for him to sew up the title.

 

After a handlebar-bashing battle with Taupo's Brad Groombridge through the opening laps, Wiltshire eventually found a way past and crossed the line in fourth position, the result more than he needed to wrap up the trophy.

 

"I was probably not the fastest rider today, but consistency got me there in the end," said Wiltshier afterwards.

 

Wiltshire posted a 1-3-2-3-4 score-card to win the title by six points from former national junior motocross champion Chase.

 

"I would have won the last race on Saturday too, had I not slid out on the last corner. It was like riding on an ice-skating rink," said the apprentice engineer.

 

"It was so cold. I could barely feel my hands on the handlebars. I wore rubber latex gloves under my normal racing gloves but my fingers still felt like solid blocks of ice."

 

Fellow Honda star Ian Ffitch, from Christchurch, was also in scintillating form, racing his Honda TRX450R to a convincing win in the ATV open class.

 

Ffitch finished the weekend with a 1-2-1-1-1 score-line.

 

Meanwhile, Groombridge won both the MX1 and the enduro bike classes, ahead of Mangakino's Kayne Lamont and Howick's Liam Draper respectively, while Otorohanga's Aaron King won the 125cc title ahead of Pukekohe's Kurtis Lilly.

 

Other class winners at the weekend were Sarah Elwin (Taihape, women's class); Kotemaori's Reece Lister (junior 12-16 years' 125cc and 14-16 years' 250cc); Oparau's James Scott (junior 13-16 years' 85cc); Matamata's Brodie Connolly (junior 8-12 years' 85cc); Taupiri's Mark Fuller (veterans over-50 years); Whakatane's Darren Capill (veterans over-45 years); Motueka's Josh Coppins (veterans over-35 years); Taupo's Vinnie Bol (intermediates over-300cc); Morrinsville's Shane Tunnicliffe (intermediates under-300cc); New Plymouth's Greg Ngeru (classic bikes); Stratford's Cameron Keegan (clubmans); Taupiri's Zak Fuller (junior support); Kaiwaka's Cullen Curtis (ATV 450cc production); Auckland's Levi Nairn (ATV 12-16 years); Auckland's Bill Burborough (ATV veterans over-40 years); Rotorua's Emma Goldstone (ATV support and women).

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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Tarawera 100  -  James Galpin race report

The day was cold and wet, I knew the track was going

to be soft and boggy, just how I like it. I got off to

great start coming round the bend in 3rd place behind

Ben Townley and Paul Whibley. The first part of the

track had one too many gravel roads in it as I found

myself getting dragged off by other riders on 450s. I

finished the first 40km lap in 9th and made a quick pit

then back onto the track. As the race continued I found myself a good distance ahead from 10th

place. Going into the third lap after having a quick goggle change and a top up of fuel, it really

started to rain. 10 mins into that lap I go to pull my roll offs and find that it’s jammed to the

lens due to the water sticking them together. No goggles was alright in the trees where it was a

bit drier but once I got into a bit of a boggy spot or a long gravel road I really felt the effects.

Half way through that lap I run into one big sloppy up hill that had been badly carved out by

some of the 150 riders the lap before, I get a good run at it and only just make it by a few

inches. Going into the last lap I make a quick pit stop then put the hammer down hard putting

every last bit of energy into it. I had a fast and clean first half lap until I run into the steep

sloppy climb. This time was different to the rest as there were many more riders stuck at the

bottom and blocking my way, this meant I couldn’t get a good run at it. I push my way through

and gave it my best shot but failed. I rode back down to find another way up just to the side

where I got told Paul Whibley had gone up, my first reaction was that it was a great line choice

for that reason. I managed to eventually push and wind my way up the incline with a bit of help

from a guy called Richard, I made it to the top thinking that none had passed and I was still in

9th. I pushed hard to the finish to hold my top 10 finish but to my disappointment 10 people!!!

Had passed me putting me from 1st in class and 9th overall to 3rd in class and 19th overall, I was

gutted. Overall I learnt something new and there’s always next time.

I would like to say a big thanks to my sponsors, Brent at JT Racing for the great fitting riding

gear, Brendan at AFC Motocycles for the KTM 200, Andy McGechan at BikesportsNZ and Richie

Ebbett at MotoSR for the great RG3 suspension set up.

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Race Report Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha NZ Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Event: Tarawera 100  Result: 4th

www.paulwhibley.co.nz

4th was not the result I was hoping for at the Tarawera 100.

After getting the holeshot, Ben Townley made a quick pass on me down the drop off. I

settled in behind him but rode tight and soon pumped up. Brad Groombridge came up

behind me and went past fairly easily as well. I had hoped to just follow him for a bit until

my arms warmed up but I had to let him go. I tried to just relax. Near the end of the first

of four laps I started to loosen up a little and felt ready to push. A fresh pair of Smith

goggles and a splash of gas and I was off. Early in the next lap I hit something on a fast

straight and went down pretty hard. I was slow getting up and the bars and controls had

suffered some damage. I got going again but was no longer in race mode. I hoped to

shake it off but the bars were pretty bent and I was struggling in the sloppy conditions.

At the end of the lap I came into the pits and got things straightened out a little. I was

able to up my speed, but I found as the pace increased I couldn’t see through the fog that

had settled in my head. It was tough to focus on the faster sections of track and when I

got roost on my goggles I couldn’t see beyond it.

I kept riding and slowly felt better. Over the last lap I made a few passes on a tough bottle

necked hill and actually caught third place mid lap but when I got roosted I struggled to

see again.

Disappointed not to be amongst the battle that Ben and Brad had for the win.

1st: Ben Townley

2nd: Brad Groombridge

3rd: Hadleigh Knight

Paul Whibley is supported by:

Sidi, Smith, G2, Asterisk, MotoSR, Vortex Ignitions,

EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Darbis, GHQ, Freedom Moto,

Yamaha NZ, Rosscos Start Up Services, Works

Connection, Pro Taper, Race Pace Services, Unabiker,

Leatt Brace, Tire Balls, bikesportnz.com, CarbSport,

KettleClamp, Alliance Offroad, Ride Eng MotoSeat

FMF Kenda Yamalube CV4 GYTR IMS MSR Recluse

Twin Air Wiseco Ride Eng Workshop graphics

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Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Event: NZXC Rnd 1/Dirt Guide Rnd 1 Result: 1st

The first round of the NZXC series went off. I wasn’t planning to ride this event since I

have be organising the series but with Sean and Adel Clarke doing a fantastic job of the

track and sign in and John Rushworth taking care of the scoring. With everything under

control and since I won’t have the opportunity to ride many of the NZXC rounds, I was

encouraged to ride this one.

A huge turnout of 86 Junior riders tackled the Tar Hill track before the Senior race. The

large number of riders forced a move of the start line from the road to a nearby skid site.

A shotgun blast signalled the start and the 130 odd Seniors hit the track. I got a great start

and led the way around the first turn, across the road and into the pines. The trail was in

good shape after recent rain. A few slick spots but the soil was prime. The bike was

working well with my MotoSR suspension soaking it all up. I was pretty steady over the

first lap but by the end of the 19km lap I had a nice lead. On the second lap the track got

really good. Nice ruts and berms were forming and the trail had a good flow. Mid race

one hill had some deep ruts forming in it so the track was rerouted to make sure it

remained ride-able for everyone.

A quick splash of gas, Thanks to Carrol for manning(?) the IMS dump can. I was back into

the race before second place came into sight. I kept it this way for the rest of the race.

One of the most fun races I’ve done in a while.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Liam Draper

3rd: Jake Whitaker

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James Galpin 2015 NZ MX & XC Championship report

 Peter & James Galpin

James has completed his report on his 2015 Championship season... report below

A pretty good result for the year so far, with a top 10 overall finish in the Motorcycling NZ Cross Country series (9th).

And a commendable effort against a top class field at the MX champs round in New Plymouth.

The goal at the start of the year was: 1 championship MX2 point (achieved 4), and a top 10 XC placing (9th)

 

All those long hard sessions at the Gym, and late nights working on the bike are paying off.

I won’t bore you with the costs of competing and travelling... we have all been there, and it is horrendous as you know.

Deb and I are only too happy to help James out as much as we are able, as the racing and the dedication that it requires has turned him into a well rounded young man, that we are both very proud of.

James is completing a ‘Fitter Welder’ course this year, and is working two days a week at Niven engineering where he will pick up an apprenticeship at the end of the year.

 Deb and I would like to personally thank you for your help this season.

 Brendon:             You and your team at AFC are a pleasure to deal with, and nothing is ever too much of a problem.

The KTM 200 is faultless and reliable, and is brilliant when it gets wet and slippery.

                                Can you please pass on our thanks to Ant, Jack, Liam and the guys.  There’s another Chocolate cake coming your way.

 

Richie:                   The work you have done on the suspension is fantastic. My apologies to Sam for the grief and short notice stuff earlier in the year.

That softening of the initial stroke made the bike so much better, and instantly stopped all the crashing.

 

Andy:                    Your way with words, and the ability to take pictures from just the right angle J. Have all helped raise James’s profile in the sport immensely.

          

Tim:                       While not strictly a sponsor. I’ve always seen you as my second Dad. From the many many trips in your van all around the country racing during the 80’s.

                                To the words of wisdom and advice that you gave James at the XC final. You’re still as sharp as a tack. Thanks Tim.

 

 

Cheers

Pete and Deb Galpin

New Zealand motocross champs round one.

The New Plymouth track was looking on point with the rain over night. I was excited to get racing because it was a new track I hadn’t visited before. This was the first time I had ridden the NZ MX Champs, and my goal was to get at least one Championship point in MX2. Practice worked out good qualifying in the top 20 and enjoying the fresh track. It was pretty cool sitting on the start line on a 200 amongst a full gate of 250s, and with Barkbusters! The first race went well getting off to a good start and running around 14th for most of the race but due to a crash in the last lap I ended up 16th. Race 2 went alright putting together a tidy race and staying on the bike, I found the 2nd race a lot harder after banging my leg in the first race. I finished 22. The 3rd race I really wanted to put the sore leg behind me and have a good race like the first. I got off to a good start but started to fade due the tuff competition and the ruff track not working in my favour finishing the race in 24. Date clashes meant this was the only MX round I could do, but happy with 4 points.

Cross country nationals

Round 1 in the Hawkes Bay kicked off with a cold wintery like morning. The race starting off well for me nearly getting the holeshot and running top ten for most of the first lap. Second lap in I slipped off a bank losing a bit of time. When I got back into it again I found myself a few more spots back than I had expected. Due to the first half of the track being tight I found it hard to pass. I worked hard to try make up ground but the race didn’t go my way. Finishing the race with a 1st for my class and 18th overall

The second round near Mosgiel got off to another good start with nearly getting the holeshot again but things quickly changed as I tried to latch on the tail of Paul and Adrian, I ended up getting slightly stuck in a bog which dropped me back to around 12. As the race continued, the dislocated thumb from the weekend before started to flare up. I put it behind me and pushed for those last few laps. The track was vast and open and the KTM 200 was flying, I put the hammer down on the last lap and made up a few more positions after dropping a few throughout the race. I finished the race 1st in class and a solid 12th overall.

The third round at Pig Valley Nelson, I felt fresh and ready to race. The shotgun fired and I was off, I got another great jump off the line which set me up big time for the first corner getting a great holeshot. I shortly tagged on behind Adrian then Paul, this continued for a lap and a half. I knew after getting such a great start the only way was back through the field. In the next few laps i dropped a few more places and hitting a tree at pace didn’t help my case. I found the last lap challenging with blurred vision and Daniel right on my tail. I finished the race 1st in class and a tight 8th overall.

Now for the final round at Waitawhiti, I had to pull finger coz I wanted a top ten overall finish. The day started out cold but that didn’t faze me I was ready to go racing. The race got off to a good start with another close hole shot with Paul on his 450f just getting in front. I tagged on behind Paul and kept with the top group for the next few laps. I managed to stay in around 6th for the whole race. Towards the end of the race Daniel and I had a really good battle going for 5th place. I pushed really hard in what I thought was the last lap, I came through the chicane 2 mins before the checked flag. I gave everything on the last lap to keep in front of Daniel but that shortly ended after bogging the bike and giving Daniel too big a lead to chase down. Overall 1st in class and 6th overall.

Pretty happy with being able to put a 9 on my bike for next year. Thanks to Brendan at AFC Motorcycles for the awesome KTM 200. Richie at MotoSR for the sick suspension, Andy at BikesportNZ for the publicity, and Chris Smythe for organising a great series. Bring on Pauls NZXC series next month.

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EMX125 Championship Top Ten: 1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 163 points; 2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 158 p.; 3. Josiah Natzke (NZL, KTM), 140 p.; 4. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 120 p.; 5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 108 p.; 6. Davide Cislaghi (ITA, TM), 97 p.; 7. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 91 p.; 8. Glen Meier (DEN, KTM), 81 p.; 9. Filippo Zonta (ITA, HUS), 77 p.; 10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, YAM), 72 p.

 New Zealand's Josiah Natzke is #33 toward the left

KIWI KTM STAR CONTINUES TO IMPRESS IN EUROPE

MAY 25, 2015: Good luck and bad luck ... Waikato's Josiah Natzke experienced a little bit of both at the weekend's British Motocross Grand Prix.

The 16-year-old two-time and current New Zealand senior 125cc motocross champion from Hamilton is fast making a name for himself in Europe after again placing on the podium, this time at the fourth round of eight in this season's European 125 Motocross Championships (EMX125) at Matterley Basin, near Winchester, in south-west England.

 

Riding for the KTM Factory Junior Team and under the guidance of 10-time former world champion Stefan Everts, Natzke led the early stages of the first of his two 125cc races at the weekend, before dropping back to settle for seventh at the chequered flag.

 

He rebounded in race two the next day, actually crossing the line in second place, although he was later elevated to first position after the race winner, his own KTM team-mate Conrad Mewse, was docked 10 positions following a rule infringement.

 

British rider Mewse had jumped as yellow "caution" flags were being waved trackside, a huge no-no in this sport, and this cost him the outright GP win as well as disappointing his many home-country fans who were on hand to cheer for the youngster. Rather that celebrating the GP win, Mewse was instead credited only with seventh overall for the day.

 

For Kiwi hero Natzke, it was another fantastic result in his first fulltime season on the world stage.

 

Natzke had also celebrated a win at the previous round of this competition in Spain a fortnight ago, finishing 1-2 that day and only narrowly missing out on being awarded the GP overall as another KTM Factory Junior Team team-mate, Spanish rider Jorge Prado Garcia, recorded 2-1 results and won the day courtesy of the count-back rule.

 

Championship leader Prado managed just sixth and fourth in his two races at the weekend's British round, but the 14-year-old sensation still earned the third step on the podium and continues to lead the EMX125 championship, albeit now just five points ahead of the weekend's GP winner Maxime Renaux, the French rider who finished 1-2 at the spectacular Matterley Basin circuit.

 

Natzke said he was happy with his weekend.

 

He said he had some difficulty in the opening race after a close encounter that left his arm sore and made it difficult to hold on towards the end of the race.

“I wanted to redeem myself and today I am very happy,” he said.

 

Natzke had started his European campaign slowly, finishing 7-3 at the series opener in Italy in April and then 12-10 in his two outings at round two in the Netherlands a week later.

 

But, since then, he has emerged as a serious title threat for the crown and he is now third in the championship standings, just 18 points behind Renaux and 23 behind Prado.

 

The next round of the EMX125 Championship is set for Villars sous Ecot in France this coming weekend, on May 31.

 

Rounds are set to follow in Italy (Maggiora, June 14), Belgium (Lommel, August 2) and, finally, the championship wraps up in The Netherlands (at Assen, on August 30).

 

Natzke became the youngest ever rider to win a senior motocross title in New Zealand, at age 15, when he dominated the senior 125cc championships in 2014, before successfully defending his title, with support from the CMR Red Bull KTM team, in Pukekohe in March of this year, just a week before heading to Europe.

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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TONY CAIROLI STRIKES AGAIN!
In Great Britain Tony takes his second win of the season. Discover the Crossfire 2 SRS TC222 - Limited Edition boot.
 

Maser (TV), Italy, May 25, 2015 – It was a fantastic weekend for Tony Cairoli and Sidi Sport. On the Matterley Basin circuit in Great Britain, the eight-time world champion took his second win of the season. After his victory in Spain, Cairoli struck again in Great Britain, and he shows no sign of slowing down. First in race 1 and third in race 2, TC222 topped the final classification of the MXGP ahead of Clement Desalle and Romain Febvre.

The points Cairoli earned with this victory are important, as they significantly strengthen his overall position in the world championship. He is third with 274 points, behind current leader Max Nagl (295) and second-placed Clement Desalle (291). For Cairoli, the hunt for a ninth world title is still wide open, and the next few races will be fun...

With Cairoli – both in the thick of the action and on the podium – are as always the Sidi Crossfire 2 boots, the top-of-the-line motocross model from the Sidi Sport collection.
Sidi is pleased to announce to all fans that the same Crossfire 2 boots used by the motocross star will soon be available in stores as a limited edition.
The Crossfire 2 SRS TC222 - Limited Edition, in blue, fluorescent yellow and fluorescent orange with the distinctive TC222 logo, will be available beginning in August from the finest motorcycle clothing and accessory retailers. A gorgeous combination of technology and design, this not-to-be-missed piece will have a special place in the Sidi Sport off-road collection.

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Rider: Paul Whibley Result: 1st

Team: Yamaha Freedom Moto Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Event: Rnd 4 NZ Cross Country Nationals

Race Report

The final round of the National Cross Country Championship where the title would go

down to the wire between Adrian Smith and myself. We had raced side by side for the

whole series but it would all hinge on the final result as to who would take the

Championship.

I got off to a good start, taking the holeshot and leading the way around the 23

km loop. It was hard to pull away on the fresh track and at one point we all bunched up as

we had to push through a mob of sheep. Mid lap while leading I missed some arrows and

went the wrong way, dropping back to about 15th in the scramble to get back on track.

I could see Adrian up ahead in the lead group so I knew I had to make quick work of the

guys between me and him. I pushed hard and took plenty of chances in the mostly open

farmland. Somehow I clawed my way forward and retook the lead around 5km before the

end of the lap. Through scoring and into the second lap I continued to push and started to

open up a gap. A small crash on a slick grassy downhill ended my clean vision through my

Smiths but still no one else was in sight as I remounted. I shook off the crash and got back

up to speed and came into the pits at the end of the 3rd lap for gas and goggles.

That was when I was informed Adrian was having some problems and was a fair way back. From

then on I put it on cruise to make sure I made no further mistakes. Taking the win and the

Championship. Last time my name was on this trophy was 2002. Long time between NZ

titles but it’s good to be back.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Andrew Charleston

3rd: Scott Birch

Paul Whibley is supported by:

Sidi, Smith, G2, Asterisk, MotoSR, Vortex Ignitions,

EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Darbis, Freedom Moto,

Yamaha NZ, Rosscos Start Up Services, Works

Connection, Pro Taper, Race Pace Services, Unabiker,

Leatt Brace, Tire Balls, bikesportnz.com, CarbSport,

KettleClamp, Alliance Offroad, Ride Eng MotoSeat

FMF Kenda Yamalube CV4 GYTR IMS MSR Recluse

Twin Air Wiseco Ride Eng Workshop graphics

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 Hamish Macdonald claims the 2015 Open Two-Stroke Enduro National Championship.  SHERCO WINS NEW ZEALAND ENDURO TITLE

 
At just 16 years of age Hamish Macdonald claimed the 2015 Open Two-Stroke Enduro National Championship aboard a Sherco 300SE-R.

Torrential rain leading into the event meant dust wasn’t going to be a problem and the loamy, pumice tracks soaked up the rain, making conditions near perfect in the forests of Waimiha and Tokoroa, in the Central North Island.

“I knew two wins were needed to accumulate enough points to take the National Open Class title and when my first special test time came into the top five, I knew I was on form. Just staying smooth and consistent was the plan” said Macdonald.

“The WP suspension on the bike just soaked up the exposed roots and bumps and gave me the confidence to push harder. I got lost in one of the sections and dropped a minute but thankfully my special test times were good enough to keep me ahead.  It’s been an awesome season and couldn’t have achieved it without the huge support of my parents, Sherco NZ and PURE Sports Nutrition.” Said an excited Hamish.

Macdonald not only claimed the class Championship but also placed third overall behind Chris Birch and Liam Draper.

Hamish Macdonald Final Results, KTM National Enduro Championship:


For more information on Sherco New Zealand, visit www.sherco.co.nz orvisit www.facebook.com/sherconz
 

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The 2015 NZ Cross-country Championships

 SMITH IN THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE

MAY 12, 2015: This weekend may provide the sternest test yet for Mokau's four-time national cross-country champion Adrian Smith.

 

The King Country sheep and beef farmer is the reigning No.1 and a record four-time winner of the New Zealand Cross-country Championships but it is a must-win race that he lines up for at the final round of this year's series near Pahiatua on Sunday.

 

Pahiatua's Paul Whibley is a multi-time cross-country champion in the United States and he returned home at the end of last season to settle back in New Zealand after a 12-year stint of international competition – immediately upsetting the balance of power, certainly as far as Smith was concerned.

 

The two Yamaha men have traded wins throughout the 2015 domestic series thus far, Whibley finishing 2-1-1 and Smith 1-2-2 in the three rounds, but only three of the series' four rounds are to be counted, with riders discarding their worst result, and this means it all comes down to Sunday's final showdown.

 

The mathematics is chillingly simple – if Whibley wins Sunday's final round he wraps up the series. However, if Smith wins and Whibley finishes runner-up, the two men will be level on points and the count-back rule applies.

 

That means that, after they each presumably discard a runner-up result from their series score-card, they will both have two wins and one runner-up result to their credit and so the rider who finishes highest at the final round wins the championship.

 

As it stands, one of these two men will be crowned champion on Sunday and no other rider is in a position to change that.

 

Smith knows what he must do.

 

"It is definitely going to be tough to beat Paul at Pahiatua ... that's his home turf too," said Smith. "But I've been in tough spots before and I think I can find a way to get the job done."

 

The battle for the championships' third podium position is also undecided and riders to watch for on Sunday in the battle for the No.3 spot include Nelson's Ethan Bruce (KTM), Hamilton's Andrew Charleston (Honda) and Rotorua's Scott Birch (Honda).

 

Also impressive this season have been Palmerston North's James Galpin (KTM), Raglan's Jason Dickey (Kawasaki), Morrinsville's Nathan Tesselaar (KTM) and Eketahuna's Daniel Christie (KTM), each of them also capable of upsetting.

 

Meanwhile, the battle for junior honours is already over – Kotemaori's Reece Lister (KTM) has won all three of the 90-minute juniors races so far this season and his ride on Sunday will be just that.

 

Credit: Words Andy McGechan

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Race Report  Rider: Paul Whibley, Team: Freedom Moto  Yamaha -  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F 

Event: Round 3 of the National Cross Country series again turned out to be a battle with my Yamaha teammate Adrian Smith. The race played out in a similar fashion to Round two with Adrian leading the way on the first couple of laps. A mistake late in lap two handed the lead over and I tried to run with it. I pushed hard but there was no shaking Adrian. He had his YZ 250 fx singing and any break I made was quickly countered by his play to pull me back in. It was a real chess match.

The track was the best of the season with a good mix of terrain. Pine blocks and clear-fell interspersed with farmland and scrubby gulley’s that were all well marked. The dirt had some shale in it and was hard on tires but the Kenda’s held up to the 450’s abuse really well and kept giving consistent traction right to the end.

After trying unsuccessfully to run and hide from Adrian, we entered the last lap nose to tail. I held the lead and pushed hard to make sure his chances to try for a pass were minimal. I created a small lead and worked to keep it to the finish. Adrian came across the line less than 10 seconds back.

One round remains in the series set for May.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Adrian Smith

3rd: Ethan Bruce

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Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ250  Event: Taranaki Hard Enduro, Mt Damper  Result:3rd

Mar 29 2015 : I’m a little light on experience when it comes to extreme events and with the first

Taranaki Hard Enduro, it was tough to know what to expect. If the track wasn’t technical

enough the rain would certainly make the steep back country a challenge.

Being the last Gold rider to leave meant I had plenty of riders to pass. I tried to push early

and make some quick passes before it got too technical and tight. Still, by the time I got in

the tough stuff it was nose to tail and not being able to carry momentum made it hard to

overcome my lack of trials skills. Once up and over"boil up hill"I got into a good rhythm

and started to flow through some tight bush single track. I was having a lot of fun and the

YZ 250 was working pretty good. Being a little unsure on how tough it was going to get I

was pretty conservative. Unfortunately just over half way to the fuel stop I damaged my

front brake and lost the fluid. As if the steep downhills weren’t scary before, now they

could be gauged by how many times I cartwheels the bike into Ponga trees on the way

down. I struggled on to the fuel stop thinking my day was done. I rummaged around in

the fuel trailer and found some fluid and tools and managed to fix the problem.

I was stoked to be able to continue because to not finish after dragging my bike to that

point would have been gutting. The second half had more technical bush trails and a few

more farmland hillclimbs.

Post-race I heard I had some good times but losing a lot of time with the damaged brake.

Still, just to make the finish at this event was satisfying enough.

1st: Jake Whitaker

2nd : Greg Delatour

3rd Paul Whibley

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Event: National Cross Country Rnd 2 Mosgiel

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Freedom Moto Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 1st

It had been a long time since I have raced down in the South Island. The ferry crossing and trip down through the Kaikora coast being some of the most scenic routes in NZ.

A good turnout of riders too showed the sport is in good shape down south. Off the line I got a reasonable start and held third briefly before moving into the lead. I lead for maybe half a lap before I heard my teammate Adrian Smith behind me.

On the fast track he had his 250 FX more tapped than usual (if that’s possible!!!) and was soon looking for a way by. He took the lead as I searched for arrows on a faster section of track. I was able to follow him pretty easy as the speed of the track had the leader constantly searching for the way on lap one. But as the race played out were close all race. I had the lead for a short period after Adrian washed the front out but generally he led and I followed.

The only split came when we fuelled for the second time. There was some confusion when we should come in with Adrian pitting one lap before me. But the situation soon levelled back out with Adrian right behind me on the second to last lap. I entered what would be the last lap leading and thought Adrian was still there but after a few switch back gateways I realized I was all alone. Turned out Adrian had cartwheeled in a 5th gear swampy tussock section. I ended up taking the win comfortably.

The track was a little too fast with an average pace of 70kph but there were parts that held awesome “gated” gulley’s and a nice pine section. They were on the right track with the layout, just need to slow it down.

1 st: Paul Whibley

2 nd: Adrian Smith

3 rd: Andrew Charleston

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Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: Freedom Moto Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F 

Event: Central Cross Country Series Round 4  Result:1st

Pouring rain Saturday night had a nervous field rolling in through the gate but there really

was nothing to worry about. The rain soaked in and by the time the senior race kicked off

there were spots of dust showing.

I got an ok start and came out of the start paddock in third. As much as it had dried there

was still some slick grass and clay sections that deserved respect on lap one. Mid lap I

moved into the lead and just tried to ride smooth. This plan was working with a small lead

established before coming into scoring.

Over the next couple laps the track continued to dry and I clicked up a gear etching out a

growing gap over the chasing riders. I couldn’t see anyone behind me but I knew they

wouldn’t be far behind.

After time spent in the pits for the fuel stop I caught a glimpse of the chasing pack. This

gave me a boost to continue to hold the pace and know I had a bit of a buffer.

The track continued to dry and a fair bit of chop emerged on some of the hills. The second

half of the race went smoothly with the YZ 450 eating the big hills with ease and dealing

to the choppy conditions.

Charles Alabaster eventually settled into second with Daniel Christie rounding out the podium.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd : Charles Alabaster

3rd: Daniel Christie

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Race Report: DRD NZ Super Enduro Rnd 2 Te Puke

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: Fredom Moto Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 1st

I still had my hands on a YZ 250 two stroke after the recent River Race so I decided to give the

NZ Super Enduro Championship a crack.

A small entry but those that did show were keen to race. An added format this year was the

knock-out one on one sprint races. After the series of rapid fire races it came down to myself

and Adrian Smith, the current NZ CC Champ. I got the jump on the dead engine start and held

my hard charging teammate at bay to take the win.

The format then reverted back to a more traditional qualification system for the final. Two

semi-final races and a LCQ. I made it in as the top qualifier.

The final was to be longer and include the top 10 qualifiers. I again grabbed a good start and

lead the way over the logs, not wanting to be amongst the carnage and elbow rubbing in the

first turn. The water splash had created some deep ruts before the tires. The deep ruts had

been filled in before the final and when I hit the soft filling it took all my speed and I didn’t

make the top of the tires. Second place got stuck right beside me and basically blocked the

track. In the following scramble to get going again I dropped back to about 5th . I pushed hard

and made some quick passes in the sand whoops and log piles I moved up behind second.

Within a couple of laps I made a pass for the lead up the inside in the sand whoops. Once back

in the lead it was smooth sailing to the win.

1st: Paul Whibley, Yamaha

2nd: Dylan Yearbury, KTM

3rd: Chris Power, Yamaha

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 Race Report: National Enduro Round 1, Riverhead, Auckland

Rider: Paul Whibley, Team: Freedom Moto Yamaha, Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 2nd

It had been a long time since I raced a National Enduro in NZ and even longer since I had raced in Riverhead. While I didn’t recognise any trail, memories quickly came flooding back of slick clay and the pine tree roots once into the first section.

Trail time was supposed to be loose so there was no rush in the first section. The drizzly morning had dampened down the expected dust nicely but in return the hard pack clay was pretty slick. Completing the first section with enough time to grab a quick splash of gas and then into the first special test.

The next section seemed to hold a lot of slower trails and when we came into check two there was a real scramble to get gas and into the check without losing time. A lot were caught out by how tight it was on time and lost minutes. The trail pace was fast enough to prohibit slacking and keep you pushing. I kind of liked it because it kept my focus, but I’m not sure many of the Intermediate riders appreciated the pace they had to ride.

The last loop was abandoned with a horse on the loose in the forest posing a danger to riders. My times felt ok but I suspect I need to work on my special test speed. I felt I rode pretty safely and could do with hanging it out a little. I think I my test pace was basically my 3 hour cross country speed. Overall I had a lot of fun. The bike worked great and with some more test specific training we will be right in the hunt. 1 st: Chris Birch 2 nd: Paul Whibley 3 rd: Liam Draper Photo courtesy Andy

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Race Report: Raglan Rox 4 Hour Cross Country

Rider: Paul Whibley

Team: Freedom Moto/ Yamaha NZ

Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F

Result: 3rd OA/ 1st Team

Local rider and rising star Jason Dickey stormed to the win at the Raglan Rox 4 hour. Grabbing

the lead early and quickly opening up a solid lead on lap 1. Adrian Smith came home in second

on the new Yamaha YZ250 FX. I rode with Callan May in the teams class. This being my first

race since I last raced in the States in the end of October I was a little rusty. Also it is going to

take a little time to adjust to farmland racing again.

I got a good start and led the way early on but the slick green grass freshly watered by some

light drizzle soon had me on the ground. I had to fight my way back toward the leaders with

Jason and Adrian already up front and now pulling away. I got taken out on a downhill when

my line was crossed. Remounting and having to repass some riders that I had just worked past.

By mid lap I was up to third then lost the track. Searching for arrows lost a lot of time and

about 15 riders bunched up until someone found an arrow. Having to fight my way through

again all the while the two leaders kept pulling away. By the end of the lap I was back up to

third but was 3 minutes down on the lead.

Callan had his turn but had to come in early and we lost some more time in the pits with an

extra stop.

Throughout the rest of the race we pushed hard and clawed our way back and Callan got back

by Adrian on the second to last lap. Callan had couple crashes on the last lap and a determined

Adrian had us finish right behind him in third.

I talked to Adrian post race and he kinda lost the track where I got lost but he said he was still

close enough to Jason to see where to go. A tough day but a good warmup heading into the

National Cross Countrys in a few weeks.

1st : Jason Dickey

2nd : Adrian Smith

3 rd : Callan May/Paul Whibley

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A WHIRLWIND WEEK FOR YAMAHA TEAM BOSS

 

CAPTION: Motueka's Josh Coppins, head of the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team, looks back on what has been an action-packed eight days. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

 

DECEMBER 1, 2014: It has been a whirlwind week for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team.

 

In fact, it has been eight days of high-intensity action for team manager Josh Coppins and his riders, Queenstown's Scott Columb and Australian import Jay Wilson.

 

Former Grand Prix motocross star Coppins, who officially retired from fulltime international racing after winning the Australian open class motocross title in 2012, briefly came out of retirement to race at the annual New Zealand Veterans' and Women's Motocross Championships near Christchurch a week ago, with Coppins winning the 35-39 years' class and Columb winning the 30-35 years' class.

 

Then, last Thursday, the Altherm Yamaha men backed that up by winning another national title, this time at the annual New Zealand Supercross Championships at Winton, Wilson dominating the Lites (250cc) class and taking that title.

 

Columb was also in action at the supercross nationals, but this time forced to settle for runner-up spot in the Open class, behind another Australian visitor, Sam Martin.

 

Then yesterday, Coppins was back on a bike once again, this time racing a slightly-modified Yamaha YZ450F in the Supermotard class at the annual Wyndham Streets races, the final event of the internationally-renowned week-long Burt Munro Challenge.

 

Coppins scored a hat-trick of wins at Wyndham, between Gore and Invercargill, Winton's Bent Scammell and Timaru's Jared Pyke to the top of the podium.

 

"It was quite a big field, about 25 riders I think and I was a little lucky because a couple of the really good guys had bad races," said a modest Coppins afterwards.

 

"I had never raced the supermotard bike at the Wyndham races before, although I have raced at the Nelson street races ... just not here. I had always wanted to do the Burt Munro event. Now I can tick that off my bucket list.

 

"I think I'd like to enter the beach races next year too.

 

"I just thought it was important for Yamaha to have a presence here and for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Race Team to wave the flag.

 

"It has certainly been a busy week. I also did a day's coaching in Dunedin during the week and was part of the Night of Champions function, joined by Ben Townley, Hugh Anderson, Cam Donald, Aaron Slight and Robbie Phillis. So you could say it has been a bit of a whirlwind week for me.

 

"I'm happy I made the effort and will definitely be back next year."

 

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team is supported by Altherm Window Systems, Yamaha, JCR, CRC, Ados, GYTR, Yamalube, Fox Racing, Hollands Collision Centre, Star Moving, Ward Demolition, Fulton Hogan, Pirelli, FMF, DID, NGK, Matrix, Renthal, Motomuck, Workshop Graphics, Motoseat, Hammerhead, SKF, Vertex Pistons, Rtech Plastics, Etnies, Biketranz.

 Words and photo by Andy McGechan,

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Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha                                           Rider: Paul Whibley

Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F

It’s been one heck of a ride. Never thought I’d end up where we stand today. 12 years down

the track with 2 GNCC and 6 OMA Championships. One perfect OMA season and 17

consecutive wins, and a lot of hole shots. Some achievements that I'm pretty proud of.

It’s a tough call to make though and one I have wrestled with for a while now but I know it’s

time for us to head back to New Zealand. I will miss being a professional racer and going to all

the races. But will miss even more the friends we have made along the way and our family at

the Am Pro Yamaha team. We have met some great people and made lifelong friends. We've

had the opportunity to work with and learn from many of the sports greats from here and all

over the world. We have seen a lot and experienced even more.

The support from the fans has been amazing. We have been welcomed and accepted as if we

were one of your own. Which makes it even harder to leave. And it all would not have been

possible without the great sponsors, many have been with us for the long haul and become as

much friend as sponsor. To Donnie Luce and Yamaha for the great support and providing the

best equipment, Ash and the team at Monster Energy, The Coombs Family/Racer Productions

Staff for providing the world’s most professional off-road series, Bill Gussie and the staff at the

OMA events for some of world’s best courses, John Ayers and his staff for the wonderful

television coverage that has helped elevate all the Racers that compete at the GNCC events,

also all the members of the Media that have provided all the coverage over the years.

A huge Thank You to all.

The future is a little uncertain at this stage but I welcome the blank canvas and look forward to

painting the next portrait of my life. Looking back on it all I wonder where the time went.

Traveling around the world chasing our dreams and realizing many of them. Now it’s time to

take a step to the side and help little Colton chase his.

So from Myself, Katherine and Colton we thank you all for your great support and friendship

over the years. And if your ever in New Zealand please drop us a line.

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Race Report: OMA Rnd 8 Moose Run Illinois               

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 2nd

The final OMA of the season was the infamous Moose Run held in Illinois. The unique layout of

a 40 mile lap with contrasting terrain of flat out corn fields separated by tight and twisty fresh

woods made bike setup a compromise. The YZ 450 could have pulled and extra gear across the

fields or made use of some super mellow power to thread through the at times maze of logs

the resembled a collapsed jenga puzzle.

I got a good start and grabbed the FMF hole shot and lead the way through the first 8 miles.

Once into the fresh single track Russell Bobbit and Nick Fahringer joined me up front as we

took turns discovering what hidden surprises lay under the leaf litter. Nick and Russell both run

a fast pace in the virgin trail and being more similar to a National Enduro than a regular OMA

soon turned up the pace. As we came into the fuel stop halfway around the lap, Russell elected

to go for it and didn’t stop. Everyone else stopped for gas but Russell’s gamble paid off as he

gapped us and was able to run and hide. On the second lap with the trail clear of leaves I

pushed hard to break away from Nick and catch Russell. But it seemed no matter how hard I

pushed the gap stayed the same to Russell up front. He was riding really well and I had to

settle for second in the end. Thanks to Sam from G2 for his support and gassing me at the

race.

Would have been nice to have won the last round but with the Championship already wrapped

up, it was little more than bragging rights. But those bragging rights sure would have been

sweet. Good ride Russ.

1st: Russell Bobbit

2nd: Paul Whibley, New Zealand

3rd: Nick Fahringer

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HONDA RIDER PHILLIPS THE CHIEF IN WAIKATO

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2014: Bay of Plenty’s John Phillips means business.

 

The 21-year-old Kiwi international from Rotorua (Honda CRF450) was at his scintillating best at the annual two-day Waikato Motocross Championships, on the outskirts of Te Kuiti at the weekend, running away to an impressive hat-trick of wins in the premier MX1 class.

 

Riding for The Honda Shop Racing Team, the farm worker didn’t have it all his own way and had to fight for his wins, with fast-starting Waitakere rider Ethan Martens keeping Phillips honest at the front, but, once in clear air, the Rotorua rider seemed unstoppable.

 

“I always enjoy racing against Ethan. He’s a safe rider and does nothing silly,” said Phillips.

 

“I made a few mistakes today but managed to claw my way back from third in race one to take the lead and the win. I had a poor start in race two and then had mud caught up in my rear brakes. I kicked the mud free and put down a bit of a charge.

 

“I think I managed to pressure (race leader) Ethan Martens into making a mistake and he crashed on the final lap, allowing me to take another win.

 

“I tried a few different lines in the third and final race and put a bit of a gap between me and Ethan.

 

“The bike was brilliant and the Pirelli tyres hooked up perfectly. I’m really looking forward to my next race, probably the Auckland Motocross Championships (near Pukekohe on December 7).”

 

Phillips’ elder brother, Michael, a two-time former national motocross champion, slipped into a “fill-in role, keeping the seat warm” on the team’s Honda CRF250 in the MX2 class while team regular Aaron Wiltshier, of Tauranga, recovers from injury sustained the previous weekend.

 

Despite having had very little race time recently, Rotorua’s Michael Phillips still impressed, finishing third overall in the MX2 class on Sunday.

 

A junior member of The Honda Shop Racing Team squad, Cambridge’s Trent Collins, also had a satisfying weekend, finishing a close runner-up to Mangakino’s Maximus Purvis in the 12-16 years’ 65-85cc class during junior racing on Saturday and then backing that up with a hat-trick of wins in the 12-16 years’ 125cc junior class races on Sunday.

 

Otorohanga Honda rider Aaron King had a very busy but mixed weekend, winning the junior 14-16 years’ 250cc class with a hat-trick of wins on Saturday, but forced to settle for seventh overall in the senior MX2 (250cc) class and third overall in the senior 125cc class the following day.

 

The Honda Shop Racing Team is supported by Motul, Dr Trim, Pirelli tyres, Ndub Designs, Alpinestars, Oakley goggles, Bell helmets, Zeta, Pro Circuit, DRC, Talon, Twin Air, Tag, Supersprox, Hinson Clutch, Works Connection, Tsubaki chains, EBC Brakes, Diesel Mechanical and Picton Auto Electrical.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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 Race Report: GNCC Rnd 13 Crawfordsville IN
 Rider: Paul Whibley   Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha   Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F   Result: 8th


The final round of the 2014 GNCC series was a good one. Soil was primed and some new trails
added to the usual hill climbs and corn fields.
I grabbed a good start and nabbed another Allballs Holeshot. Once out on the newly formed
National MX track Ryan Sipes made a quick pass on me, obviously comfortable on a track he
did well on during the Outdoor series. I stalled the bike just after we entered the woods then
water splashed between my tear-offs on one off the creek crossings.

With blurry vision I tried to continue to push but ended up riding tight and getting the worst arm pump of the season. I
pulled all the tearoffs and wiped the water off but then the roost began to cause vision
problems.

After 1 lap I stopped and grabbed some clean goggles. I had lost a lot of positions
and now had to ride smoothly while waiting patiently for my arm pump to go down.
After the fuel stop I began to loosen up and was able to up the pace.

The track was really fun and I was having a blast. I was a long way back and didn’t really have anyone around. I got pit
boards a lap later saying Grant Baylor was catching and was only 10 seconds behind. I pushed
hard and slowly edged away with the next pit board showing a 25 second buffer and that
continued to grow. Late in the race a moved past a slowing Charlie Mullins who was struggling
with injuries he suffered earlier this year.
Overall I had a lot of fun at this track, probably my favourite of the year. Just disappointed I got
such bad arm pump and was unable to get in the mix.
1st: Kailub Russell

2nd: Josh Strang
3rd: Ryan Sipes

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Race Report: GNCC Rnd 12 St Clairesville OH

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 8th XC1

Cold and rain during Saturday gave the feeling of winters boney fingers reaching out and

grabbing a hold and dragging you in. Sunday dawned fine and we were able to loosen the icy

grip. The temperatures were still pretty cool but the racing was hot.

I grabbed the Allballs holeshot but Kailub Russell quickly got by and led the way. I stuck with

him for a couple miles but wasn’t feeling that comfortable on the slick hardpack track. A few

front washes and the back end trying to pass me a couple time had me backing it down. I lost a

couple positions with an average line at a mud hole. I think I was riding too conservatively and

not hanging it out enough. When the guys came past they were getting loose too but just going

with it. Mid race I found myself in a battle with Takeshi Koikeda. He was on my tail for a long

time and when I tucked the front he took the position. I quickly regrouped and sort to take

back the spot. I hunted for lap after lap but couldn’t make anything happen. We were running

an ok pace, at time we would gain time on Aussie Daniel Milner in front of us and catch a

glimpse of him, usually at the finish line grasstrack. Finally on the last lap I was able to drop the

hammer a make a pass on Takeshi. I reeled in Daniel again but I didn’t leave myself anytime to

work with.

Racing was pretty intense up front with a massive battle going on for the win. Big congrats to

Josh Strang for taking the win. Jordan Ashburn made it two Yamahas on the podium.

1st: Josh Strang

2nd: Kailub Russell

3rd: Jordan Ashburn

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Race Report: OMA Rnd 7 Council Bluffs Iowa                 

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 1st

Little late getting this report out but the 18 hour trek home from the OMA took a little time. A

blow out in the motorhome on I 74 added to the journey. We limped off the closest exit and

pulled into a small gas station in Andover Illinois. I set about changing the wheel but struggled

to find the jack. After a while a friendly local who lived behind the gas station came over with

his 2 ton jack. Then he went and borrowed his cousin’s 3 ton jack when his couldn’t lift the

motorhome. Anyway with his help we got the job done and were back on the road. Big Thanks.

At the track though the racing went well. I grabbed the FMF holeshot and got out to a

comfortable lead quickly and was able to watch the gap to the guys behind me.

The 8 mile track was half deep sand and half hard pack. Kinda a weird combo but I really had a

lot of fun in the sandy part. Some short whoop sections but mostly it was single track that got

some nice deep turns.

My lead steadily grew throughout the race and after 2 hours and 20 min I had taken the win

along with the Championship for the season.

This making my 6th Championship in the OMA series.

Big Thanks to all the supporters and sponsors for their help. All the crew at the N Fab Am Pro

Yamaha team and of course Katherine who has her hands full looking after me and little Colton

now.

1st: Paul Whibley, New Zealand

2nd: Adam Bonneur

3rd: Jason Thomas

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Race Report: GNCC Rnd 11 Somerset, Pensylvainia

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 5th XC1

A return to the Somerset PA venue brought back memories of vast rock gardens although this

year the track seemed a lot faster and had less of the knarly sections that we had come to

expect.

I got a good start and snatched the Allballs holeshot award. Rain late in the morning race had

dampened down the extremely dusty conditions and made the fast sections slightly safer. I

continued to lead till a couple miles from the end of the first lap. My teammate Jordan

Ashburn came flying past and set off on a quick pace. I was struggling to see with some water

splashing on my Smith goggles from a branch and getting in between my tearoffs. I pulled the

tearoffs to get rid of the blur then ate some roost so continued to struggle.

Another downpour during the third lap made things pretty slick in the rocks and hard pack

sections but continued to improve the dusty areas of the track. I grabbed a fresh pair of Smiths

and was back up to speed.

A lap later we gassed up ready for the second half of the race. I soon got into a battle with

Ryan Sipes. He came by me with three laps to go. I tried to stick with him but it was tough in

some of the faster sections. A lap later I found myself right on his tail in one of the tighter

woods sections. I pushed hard and tried to set something up only to have a rough last lap with

a small tip over and a couple mistakes in the rocks costing some time.

Otherwise it was a fun race, with the rain definitely saving what could have been a terribly

dusty event.

1st: Kailub Russell

2nd: Jordan Ashburn

3rd: Andrew Delong

4th Ryan Snipes

5th Paul Whibley, New Zealand

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Race Report: OMA Rnd 6 Plainview Illinois

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 1st

Some seriously hot and humid conditions dominated the weekend at round 6 of the OMA

series. But a really fun and flowing course made up for the scorching conditions. There was a

surprizing amount of elevation change considering the surrounding area is dominated by corn

fields.

I grabbed the holeshot even with the surprise addition of the Pro 2 class joining us on the front

row. You know those guys are hungry and will die trying to get that extra $100 from FMF. Once

into the woods I tried to go early and open up a gap. I didn’t want this to be a battle down to

the wire in the heat. I think I had 40 sec on the first lap and was able to continue to pad that

throughout the race. Jason Thomas ran in second early in the race but is still suffering from the

crash at the last round in South Dakota and dropped back. Jimmy Jarrett moved into second

and had a battle on his hands with Adam Bonneur putting some pressure on and was only

seconds behind at the finish.

The race was also cut short a lap due to the heat. In the end we finished right on 2 hours.

Overall it was a good day with some more points added to the tally.

1st: Paul Whibley, New Zealand

2nd: Jimmy Jarrett

3rd: Adam Bonneur

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Race Report: Tennessee Knock Out

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 7th

Lining up for the 2014 TKO on my GNCC/OMA YZ 450 may have not been the best choice with

some gnarly rocky creeks and technical sections laid out for competitors. But with some help

from top sponsors the YZ was tuned to tackle all that the TKO could dish up.

The Vortex ignition was switched to a smooth map, the G2 throttle cam system was tuned with

a slower opening cam, the seat was trimmed down and a gripper Motoseat cover held me in

place and Kenda hooked us up with some super sticky tires. With Unibiker protecting the

radiators and cases we were ready to go.

The hot lap went ok but I missed a few lines that I wanted to hit after walking the short course.

In the first elimination race I got stuck on a basic hill and had to have a couple goes to get up

and lost a few positions. Still I made it through to the next qualifying race. As we were in

staging for this the dark clouds were building fast. Not long after were began the second

qualifier it started to bucket down. The track got harder and harder. By the time we got to the

rock waterfall section it was just survival. You had to be in the top 15 to qualify to the final

from this race. Only 15 riders made it to the finish so that simplified things.

The final race went good, riding steady and moved up from my third row start. On the last lap

up the rock waterfall section we were all bunched up. The obvious lines were choked with

bikes and riders trying to push their way to the top. The one open line was not going to be

ridden up but I figured I could lift my bike up. I eventually got up with a little help from Ricky

Russell who had pulled in behind me. Once up I gave him a hand to drag his bike up. A bit more

pushing and shoving and we cleared the section and on to the finish. Placing 7th. Would have

liked to finish a little higher up but this was one of those races that just to make it to the

checked flag is an accomplishment.

1st: Cody Webb

2nd: Taylor Robert

3rd: Grant Baylor

7th - Paul Whibley, New Zealand

Thanks to Brehob for the pic.

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 Race Report: OMA Rnd 5 Sturgis, South Dakota
 Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F   Result: 2nd


Round Five of the OMA series was held in Sturgis, South Dakota. Home of the legendary Stugus
Bike Week were the town is overrun with Bikers from all over the States.
It was not the normal OMA either with a shorter and a lot faster trail laid out for the riders.
Another change was the race format, two 1 hour 15 minute races would be the go for this
event. Something Gusse was trialling to attract some of our chrome riding brothers to come
out and see how we get down and dirty.
Unfortunately I took a digger in Saturdays practice session and picked up a concussion. I was
feeling pretty rough on Saturday night and not really sure how it was going to go come race
day.
The first race on Sunday went surprisingly well considering the brain fog that still lingered. I
grabbed the holeshot and lead the first lap but was riding pretty conservatively. KTM rider
Taylor Robert passed me out in the fast grass track with Jimmy Jarrett not far behind him
getting a sniff too. I was able to hold Jimmy off and settled into second for the race.
The second moto I holeshot again. I was feeling a little better and felt ready to challenge for
the win. A rock or something caught my front end and I had a weird moment were I pulled
some kinda superman hand stand in the tight trees. As I was recovering Taylor snuck by and
into the lead. I pushed harder this moto and followed as close as I could in the dust. I got close
to making something happen a couple of laps in the trees but had nothing for him in the fast
open sections.
Overall happy to come away with some solid points.
1st: Taylor Robert
2nd: Paul Whibley (New Zealand)
3rd: Jimmy Jarrett

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KIARA FONTANESI GIVES SIDI SPORT A TRIPLE CROWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
She is the WMX World Champion for the third consecutive time
 

Maser (Treviso), 28 July, 2014 - . On the Loket track in the Czech Republic, Kiara took home her third World Championship title in the WMX class, the world elite in women’s motocross.

Kiara raced with grit and determination but moreover with her head, attacking when necessary and playing on her advantage at the right time. In the GP of the Czech Republic, after winning race1 on Saturday and thanks to the third place she gained on Sunday in race2, Kiara decidedly quelled the resistance of her first closest rival, Australian Megan Rutledge. For Kiara Fontanesi, the dream of being crowned World Champion for the third year in a row has come true.
The final classification finds Kiara Fontanesi (Yamaha) in first place with 255 points; Meghan Rutledge (Kawasaki) is in second place with 250.

Sidi Sport was also thrilled and gratified to be there, accompanying Kiara on her winning ride with our Sidi Crossfire2 boots, which thus remain the number one in motocross. Hers were specifically designed by Sidi for their Queen in a special pink version for a look that’s always in style, gutsy and appealing, just like the World Champion’s own personality.

Kiara Fontanesi was born in Parma in 1994. Now, at the tender age of 20 she has three World titles in her pocket and she is keenly aware of the fact that she could still write some more important pages in the history of motocross. The present and future of women’s motocross belong to her, and Sidi is ready to help their Queen write a new chapter in this enthusiastic adventure.

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Cross Country Race Report: OMA Rnd 4 Indiana, USA

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 1st

Round four of the OMA series was held at the Interlake recreation area near Lynville Indiana.

Conditions were pretty dry and some of the trail seemed a tad uninspiring with hard packed

that was tight, dusty and in places quite overgrown. Most of the trail was from the National

Enduro that was held there the year before. This would suit Nick Fahringer as he is the current

point’s leader in the Enduro series. But I also knew that the start was going to be crucial, with

tight trails and dusty conditions passing was going to be really tough.

Off the start I got a good jump, but so did Nick. I had the slight edge going into turn one and

also the inside line. I took the FMF holeshot and control of the race. The morning race had

been run through the same track and had done a nice job of squashing a line through the long

grass in the overgrown sections. I just settled into a good pace and tried to thread my 450

through the tight trees and clean as possible.

Late in the second lap Nick got close to me in one of the less dusty sections and wasn’t too far

behind as we came in for gas. But I exited the pits still in the lead and consciously made an

effort to go faster through the section Nick caught me in the last lap. The plan worked with a

bit more breathing room coming into scoring before heading out on the 4th and final lap.

A safe last lap had me collecting win number four at the OMAs this season.

1st: Paul Whibley, New Zealand

2nd: Nick Fahringer

3rd: Jason Thomas

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Race Report: GNCC Rnd 9 Snow Shoe, WV

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro YamahaBike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 8th  XC1

A pretty disappointing result from the weekends race. 8th place in XC1 is definitely not were I

want to be finishing.

I had a good start from the second row and caught the first row only to throw it away and stall

the bike and drop back while trying to re-fire it. The trail ran down the ski slopes and into the

woods and I quickly began to notice the bike wasn’t working how I would like. I continued with

the lap but really struggled. I came into the pits after the lap was completed and made some

major changes. This improved the bike and I was able to pick up the pace a little. But to be

honest, I had lost so much time fighting with the bike through the first lap and the extended pit

stop I was so far behind that there was little hope for a decent finish at this point. I tried to

refocus and push but I was so frustrated with the situation that it affected my performance

even after the pit stop.

Lucky for me the Snow Shoe track is kinda tough and my Hare and the Tortoise approach

allowed me to pick off a few guys late in the race as the track wore them down.

We (re)learned a few lessons at the race and made some basic mistakes. We need to be way

more prepared for these races and need to test new products before we race them.

We have a two month break in the GNCC schedule now so hopefully we can regroup and finish

the season off strong when we return.

1st: Kailub Russell

2nd: Jordan Ashburn

3rd: Andrew Delong

Thanks to Joyce Riddle for the pic

Paul Whibley is supported by:

AmPro Yamaha, Monster Energy, Shoei, Sidi, Smith,

G2,Asterisk, Moto SR, Vortex Ignitions, EC3D, Bush Riders

MCC, Darbis, GHQ, Sargent Motorcycles, Yamaha NZ, Rosscos

Start Up Services, Works Connection, Pro Taper, Race Pace

Services, Unabiker, Leatt Brace, Tire Balls, bikesportnz.com,

Stuk, KettleClamp, Alliance Offroad, Ride Eng. MotoSeat

The AmPro

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Race Report: OMA Rnd 3 Newark MO

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 1st

Three wins from three starts so far in the OMA series.

Taking the win at the third round in Newark Missouri over the weekend and extending the

points lead I have in the series. A strong pro row with plenty of talent turned up for the race.

Chris Bach (GNCC#3) took second place on his JCR Honda after a battle with Jason Thomas who

is a former GNCC XC2 champion. Jason held onto third and sits in second in the points. Nick

Fahringer is the current National Enduro point’s leader and took home fourth in Missouri on

his Husky. Also 4x OMA Champion Jimmy Jarrett was back in action and running up front for a

few laps at the start of the race. Jimmy and I battled together for years in this series and we

reminisced after the race that it was just like the good old days.

At the wave of the checkered flag I had a comfortable lead but I had to work for it. After the

gas stop I was able to really put my head down and open up a lead. In the early laps I had made

a bit of a meal out of it. I went down twice on the opening lap, after hitting hidden logs in the

leaves and undergrowth. After each crash I was able to climb my way back to the front.

The day started out strong, taking the FMF holeshot award and leading the race into the

woods. Soil was again in prime condition for this event with a single track loamy trail weaving

through the woods.

1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Chris Bach

3rd : Jason Thomas

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Race Report: GNCC Rnd 8 Millfield Ohio

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 4th XC1

A good start and I snatched the holeshot from Stu Baylor. Running a little deep into turn two I

handed a couple positions back. I followed Stu for a few miles until he went down on the slick

clay track made slicker by the rain only an hour earlier. I lost sight of the leaders not long

before we entered the "Penton Section" and managed to take a wrong turn. I walked this

section the day before but the track had been changed. Problem was the tape that was put up

was too high and I went under it without realizing at first. I quickly noticed there were no fresh

tracks in front of me and spun around but lost a lot of time. I later heard that I wasn’t the only

one who made this mistake and took the old track.

Nearing the end of the lap I got briefly stuck in the mulch pit. It was one of those bizarre times

when you just wonder what’s going on. I basically tried to avoid a downed rider and got cross

rutted. When I tried to get going again I broke through the top layer of the mulch into some

slop underneath. A bit of pushing and some help and I was freed quickly. I found myself kinda

in no-man’s land playing catch up. I felt like I was riding well but didn’t seem to be making an

impression on the gap to the guys in front. Over the last couple laps I started to erode the

distance to the guys in front of me. Pit board splits were dropping. On the last lap I caught and

passed Chris Bach and Stu Baylor. And as we came into the pits about a half mile before the

finish I caught sight of Jordan Ashburn. I pushed hard on the MX track and took my shot as we

came into the scoring chicane. I got alongside Jordan but short of punting him off the track

there was no room to make a pass on the slick clay.

1st: Kailub Russell

2nd: Josh Strang

3rd: Jordan Ashburn

4th Paul Whibley, NZ

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Race Report: Mid East Rnd 7, Jonesville SC
   Rider: Paul Whibley
   Team: N-Fab AmPro Yamaha   Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  
Result: 1st
Conditions were pretty dry but the Pea Ridge track is always a fun one. A large turnout of
riders had the start line packed waiting for the flag to fly.
I grabbed the hole shot and made the most of some clear air before we got back around into
traffic early on the second lap. I knew I wasn’t far behind the last row as I came around on lap
one as the track was still getting changed to direct us into the scoring chicane. And quickly I
caught the first dust cloud being kicked up by a gaggle of riders. Passing was tough with a lot of
these riders not aware the leaders had already come around to lap them. It also makes it tough
to get through when the riders are in groups of five or more as they are all over the place
trying to pass each other. I collided with one guy and went down after the first creek jump at
the muddy crossing when he didn’t realize we were coming through. Once a few laps had been
completed and the traffic spread out, passing improved a little but there were still a lot of
riders on the track.
The big creek jump drew a good crowd of spectators and as the up ramp wore down the
landing got harsh, creating a few puckering moments I’m sure. At the gas stop, Takeshi’s wife
and Daughter gassed me up and gave me goggles. Big thanks for their help.
After two hours I got the flag and the win. It was a tough day with so many riders on a short
track. A longer loop really needs to be used when entry numbers get so high so everyone can
enjoy their ride.
 
1st: Paul Whibley, New Zealand
2nd: Takeshi Koikeda
3rd: Casey Leatherman

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Race Report: GNCC Rnd 7, Masontown WV
 Rider: Paul Whibley
 Team: N Fab, AmPro Yamaha
 Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F
 Result: 8th XC1

 
I spent a few day leading up to the event riding and practicing at a friend’s place in
Pennsylvania in similar terrain to what we would be racing. Slick rocks would be the dominate
feature at the track so some set up tweaking with G2 Throttle Cams and an alternate map
selection on the Vortex ECU had the bike setup dialled in.
I got a good jump of the line and came into turn one in good shape, but washed the front. I
saved it but ran a little wide allowing Kailub Russell and Jason Thomas up the inside. Heading
through turn three Jason slid a little and I clipped his back wheel and went down. It was pretty
dusty and I ended up getting run over. Feeling a little banged up from an earlier practice crash,
the skid marks up my side just added insult to injury. The bars were also bent and clamps
twisted. Back on the bike I managed to kick the handguard up and out of the way. Once I got
into the woods I found a suitable tree to give the front end a quick realign. Back rolling I
seemed to struggle to push and close the gap to the pack in front. I picked off a couple guys
during the race and finished in the points but it was far from the result I was looking for.
Overall a disappointing result from the weekends racing at the GNCC in West Virginia and a lot
of work to do to get back onto the box at the next one.
 
1st: Kailub Russell
2nd: Charlie Mullins
3rd: Josh Strang

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  Race Report: GNCC Rnd 6 Lorretta Lyns, Tennessee
   Rider: Paul Whibley
   Team: N Fab AmPro Yamaha
   Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F
   Result: 7th
A downpour as we were gearing up to head to the start line left a lot of surface water in the
pits. This quickly ran off the surrounding hills that held the bulk of the trail and we didn’t really
expect any mud as the soil is pretty rocky at the Lorretta Lyn venue. What it did do was make
turns one, two and three extremely slick, with guys going down all over the place. I got a poor
jump of the line and ended up getting filled in and dodging bikes as they went down.
I was mid pack as we went into the trees and wasn’t really feeling comfortable in the slick
conditions. The trail was pretty hard pack in a lot of places and the slippery trail didn’t inspire
confidence. The few sections of fresh trail were nice but they seemed few and far between and
we spent the majority of time on well used trail. I had to come in for a fresh set of Smith
goggles after a lap, with a lot of trees hanging low over the trail I used more tear-offs than
normal.
In the second lap conditions were starting to improve and the face slappers had most of the
water knocked off. The trail was still pretty slick but continued to improve during the race. I got
going mid race and made a pass happen on Jason Thomas. Late in the race I was also catching
Andrew Delong on the Husky. On the second to last lap I tangled with a lapped rider on a hill
and his bike ended up falling on mine, costing valuable time that I was not able to make up.
Coming to the line on the last lap I had Andrew in my sights but was in no position to try for a
pass and had to settle for seventh. A pretty disappointing result and one I will be working hard
not to repeat any time soon.
1st: Charlie Mullins
2nd: Kailub Russell
3rd: Josh Strang
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  Ivan Cervantes (KTM)

ENDURO: IVAN CERVANTES SCORES A THIRD SUCCESS & SIDI
After Spain and Portugal Cervantes also owns the Greek GP

Maser (Treviso), 13 May, 2014 - Enduro has its master and he goes by the name of Ivan Cervantes (KTM). After dominating the first two world series tests in the E3 class in Spain and Portugal, Cervantes also captured the Greek GP that took place in Kalambaka last weekend. Australian Matthew Phillips and Frenchman Mathias Bellino, who are also his closest rivals in the championship rankings, tried their best to put up a fight but in the end both of them had to settle for places of honor on the podium. 

As always Cervantes was accompanied in the race and on the podium by his Sidi Crossfire2 Srs (Sole Replacement System) boots featuring the Enduro sole, with special graphics custom made for the Spanish rider. The only negative note on the weekend was that in the very last lap Cervantes injured a foot but Sidi sincerely hopes that this incident doesn’t interfere with his quest for the World Title. 

Sidi’s success in Greece was completed by Frenchman Johnny Aubert (Beta) who had a good test in the E2 class that got him third place in the Gran Prix and also consolidated his third place in the world series standings. 

The 2014 enduro World Series will return to the stage next June 7th and 8th with the GP in Heinola, Finland for the race marking the halfway point in the championship. 

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 Race Report: OMA Rnd 2 Greensburg KY
 Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N Fab, AmPro Yamaha   Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F   Result: 1st
 
A terrible start had me playing catch up on the first lap of round two of the OMA series. I
quickly caught the back of the main pack and had to settle there for a while with some dusty
sections in the early part of the lap. At the big downhill and following hill climb I was able to
make a couple passes. Then going down one of the rocky creek beds I moved passed Jimmy
Jarrett and slotted in behind Jordan Ashburn. I knew we were coming to a dusty grass track
section and I wanted to make a quick pass on Jordan if I could. Sliding up the inside in a turn I
briefly had a pass made but Jordan quickly countered and retook the position. The next
sweeping turn I just held it on a little longer and got the job done. I could see Nick Fahringer in
the lead and pushed to latch onto him before he could run and hide. Following Nick for a lap, I
took some time to look for opportunities to make something happen. On a slick hill climb
coming out of the creek my 450 got a little better traction that his 2 stroke and the pass
happened. Now in the lead I tried to put in some solid laps and do as Nick had planned and
open up a gap all for myself. It slowly happened and over the next hour I built a solid minute
gap.
After the fuel stop I worked to minimize any mistakes and just maintain the lead. Nick had a bit
of a buffer over third place. But Jordan had a battle on his hands if he wanted to keep the final
podium spot from Jason Thomas. The two came into scoring nose to tail for the final time with
Jordan holding of Jason.
The new venue for the series provided a mixed bag of terrain. Some cool rocky creeks with
some nice fresh trails, hill climbs and steep descents to challenge all.
 
1st: Paul Whibley, New Zealand
2nd: Nick Fahringer
3rd: Jordan Ashburn

4th Jason Thomas
 

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YAMAHA ACE UNTOUCHABLE AT JUNIOR NATIONALS

APRIL 29, 2014: With five wins from five starts, Nelson’s Reece Walker certainly sent a clear message to his rivals at the weekend.

 The Yamaha ace was simply untouchable as he rocketed to victory in the 12-14 years’ 125cc class at the in the 2014 New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships at Waipuna Station, Ikamatua, Westland, over the Anzac weekend.

 Poor weather in the lead-up to the weekend forced organised to shave back the programme from seven races per class to just five over the weekend, but fine weather blessed riders for much of the racing and the riders seemed to have no problems finding traction on the farmland course.

But the young man who found the most traction was Walker, the Nelson Boys’ College year 10 student finishing the annual championships a massive 17 points clear of his nearest rival in the class, Te Puke’s Tyler Steiner, with another Yamaha star, Masterton’s Camden Butler, taking third step on the podium, 10 points further back.

 Walker was consistently 1-2 seconds a lap quicker than his rivals and so, despite having bad starts for most of the weekend and crashing several times, he was still the runaway winner each time.

 “I mucked up the first race of the weekend actually when I accidentally knocked my gear-shift lever into third gear on the start line,” said Walker.

 “The big bogged out of the start gate and I was in about last position through turn one. I caught up to the leaders but then crashed. Luckily I managed to get up and get going again and eventually took the win anyway.

 “I had some good advice from (former Grand Prix star and Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team manager) Josh Coppins. He told me to just to relax and just keep my momentum going ... to treat the racing like it was just another practice day. That seemed to work for me.

 “It was pretty hard work because the track was very technical, but I liked it a lot.

 “Winning the national title is the biggest success of my career so far. I have had a lot of bad luck at the nationals over the years, but it all came together for me this year.”

 The next major event for Walker will be to contest the Peter Brown Memorial Motocross near Blenheim in a week’s time, before heading off to tackle the big annual Michael Godfrey Memorial Motocross near Christchurch on May 31.

 Walker will dip his toes into senior competition at these events but says he will still remain a junior competitor for the next two seasons and must surely rate among the favourites to win national titles again in 2015 and 2016 as well.

 Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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 Race Report: GNCC Rnd 5 Indiana
 Rider: Paul Whibley Team: N fab, AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 4th XC1

 
The tricky off-camber start line is becoming a bit of a feature at the Indiana GNCC. I got a good
drive off the line and came into turn one right beside Stu Baylor on the 2 stroke KTM. He had
the inside line and I drove it in hard and came round the outside side by side heading into turn
two and the holeshot line. I braked really late and took the holeshot and was able to turn on
the loam on the outside of turn two and held the lead as we worked our way towards the
woods. Leading the first half of the lap at a pretty conservative pace, I was expecting to be
dropping positions rapidly. My pace was a little slow after a crash in practice left me with chest
pain in my sternum. I wasn’t even sure I was going to race with breathing and sneezing being
particularly difficult leading up to the race. Once on the bike and some adrenaline started to
flow I found I was able to ride relatively pain free as long as no mistakes or sudden dabs were
taken.
I was soon passed by a few riders and settled into about 5th. I found I could ride this pace
comfortably and not risk any further injury. That was until Japanese rider Takashi Koikeda
passed me and sparked my inner desire to race. My pace soon increased and I found myself
retaking the position from Takashi and also my team mate Jordan Ashburn who passed me on
lap one.
I rode most of the race in third place till late in the lap when I slowed again, and Kailub Russell
took the position. I think the adrenaline had started to wear off.
In the end a solid finish from a race that I wasn’t sure I would see the checkered flag.
 
1st: - Charlie Mullins
2nd:  - Thad Duvall
3rd: - Kailub Russell
4th - Paul Whibley, New Zealand

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 Race Report: OMA Rnd 1 Missouri
 Rider: Paul Whibley   Team: N Fab, AmPro Yamaha   Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 1st
 

A brand new venue with woods that have not seen dirt bike wheels is something you don’t get
every day. The soil looked good from the pits and with no walking the track we would have to
wait till the race to get a true gage.
I grabbed the holeshot and money put up by FMF and also the bonus for this round put up by
the farmer. I led the first lap around the 6 and a half mile track. The trail turned out to be
everything most dirt bike riders dream of. The soil was super tacky loam in the woods with
lines forming quickly. The fields were pretty fast but had a fun factor that we usually don’t see
till the Moose Run at the end of the year.
Jason Thomas moved into the lead just after we begain the second lap and started a battle that
would last till the checkered flag. We pushed each other and passes occurred frequently
although Jason was in front most of the time when we passed through scoring. Nick Farhringer
at one point passed me and got between Jason and myself but I soon moved back by him and
resumed the battle with Jason.
After the fuel stop, (Thanks Bonez) the race continued. I think it was the third to last lap Stu
Baylor joined us at the front. On the second to last lap at one of the mud holes I caught a good
line pointed out by Jimmy Jarrett and got into the lead and was able to put my head down and
make a break. Over the last lap I extended the lead and when I took the flag at the end it was
the biggest lead anyone had all day. A fun race and some close racing. A good start to the OMA
season.
 
1st: Paul Whibley, New Zealand
2nd: Jason Thomas
3rd: Stu Baylor
 
 
Paul Whibley is supported by:
AmPro Yamaha, Monster Energy, Shoei, Sidi

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Race Report: Mid East Rnd 3 Rockhouse NC 

Rider: Paul Whibley Team: AmPro Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 2nd

Another Sunday, another race. This time we had a dusty event which made a change from all

the wet races we have had this year. And while I still prefer mud over dust, it was nice to have

a change.        

A good start had Josh Strang and myself running one and two once we moved past fast starter

Matt Beaty. There had been some logging on the property and the tracks in these areas where

dusty and it was hard to keep Josh in sight. I think on lap one he pulled 10 seconds on me. I

think he made about the same on the second lap. During the third lap I pulled the time back in

and was hot on his heels as we came into scoring. He stopped for gas, I went one more lap

before gassing. Josh came back by while I was gassing on the fourth lap and retook the lead.

Lapped traffic was pretty tough to battle through at this event and with the seemingly growing

popularity of this series, I’m sure it’s going to be like this at most rounds. Anyway a few guys

got between the two of us and Josh got away on the last lap. I have got a feeling a similar thing

happened to Josh, that he may have got held up, earlier in the race when I caught back up to

him.

The track actually got better with some moisture coming up through the dirt in the logged

areas that helped dampen the dust and the short sand section by the creek offered perfect

traction. JCR Honda rider Chris Bach ran a strong third all day.

1st: Josh Strang

2nd : Paul Whibley, New Zealand

3rd: Chris Bach

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Race Report: GNCC Rnd 3 North Carolina

Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: AmPro Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: DNF

It looked to be another wet race with steady rain on Saturday, and for the quads, it was, but

come Sunday the track had dried a little and wasn’t too bad by race time for the afternoon

event.

I got a good start and lead the first mile until I was pointed a bad line. I discovered there was

nothing wrong with the main line after Kailub Russell and Stu Baylor passed me on it so I’m not

sure what this guy was thinking pointing me on a clearly slower line. As it would turn out that

was to be the least of my problems for the day. A couple miles into the first lap I dug the front

into a real soft spot and went over the bars. I lost another couple of positions. I was riding a

little tight after this in the early laps and hadn’t made any forward progress by the fuel stop.

Half a lap later my race came to an sudden end when the bike stopped. I tried to bump start it

down a hill but no go. I was a long way from the pits but pushed it back in the hope of reentering

the race if the problem could be found and rectified. Back under the N-Fab Am-Pro

Yamaha tent Bonez worked his magic but it seemed the bikes problem was terminal.

With no firm diagnoses the bike is now back at the workshop getting torn down looking for the

issue.

As disappointing as my day was, it was swiftly put back into perspective. Fellow Kiwi, Rory

Mead crashed while battling for a podium position and suffered some serious injuries. Our

thoughts are with Rory and his families at this tough time and we are all hoping for some

positive news soon.

1st: Kailub Russell

2nd: Charlie Mullins

3rd: Josh Strang

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 Race Report: Mid East Rnd 2 Laurinburg
 Rider: Paul Whibley Team: NFab AmPro Yamaha Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F  Result: 3rd

 
There was a fairly large International field for a local series at round two of the Mid East series.
With Josh Strang from Australia, Myself and Callan May from New Zealand and Takashi
Koikeda from Japan. Add to that mix Pro MX/SX rider Zach Osborne also turned up.
Off the start I got an ok start in third but moved past Zach and the leader quickly and broke in
the trail up front. The track was fairly flowing sand and as the laps ticked by got better and
better. I lead almost all the way to the fuel stop, until I tucked the front in a soft turn allowing
Josh and Zach by. As we came out of the pits Zach was leading, I held second with Josh hot on
my tail. The racing was close the whole time with Takashi mixing it up with us as well. It was
kind of hard to make a break with quite a lot of traffic to push through.
As the race wound down it looked like Zach may have the win. He was riding strong and I
couldn’t find a way past him. Mid last lap Josh pulled a good pass on me on a fast sandy road,
then some how he got passed Zach as well. Takashi dropped back a little over the last lap.
Callan had some brake problems early in the event and had to settle for 8th I think.
Overall it was a good, fun race with plenty of close racing and position swapping.
 
1st: Josh Strang
2nd: Zach Osborne
3rd: Paul Whibley, New Zealand
 

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WAIKATO TEEN RE-WRITES KIWI MX HISTORY

 

CAPTION: Hamilton's Josiah Natzke (CMR Red Bull KTM 125), who, at the tender age of 15, won his first senior national motocross title on Saturday. MARCH 23, 2014: Waikato has a long and proud history of success on the national motorcycling scene.

 

From nine-time former superbike champion Andrew Stroud, to multi-time former national champion and two-time former world motocross No.2 Darryll King, to former 600cc road-race champion Nick Cole, to name a few, the region has much to be proud of in terms of two-wheeled achievements over recent years.

 

And now it can boast another very special championship win.

 

Hamilton teenager Josiah Natzke took his CMR Red Bull KTM 125 to win the New Zealand Motocross Championships in the 125cc class at the final round in Taupo on Saturday, that feat writing his name into the history books as nation's youngest ever senior national motocross champion.

 

He is still eligible to race in junior competition, but opted instead to make the bold step into the senior ranks this season, and he sensationally tasted immediate success.

 

Aged just 15 years and 81 days, the Te Kura School year 11 pupil arrived at Taupo's series finale with more than a race win up his sleeve and, when he scored another hat-trick of wins in the three 125cc class races on Saturday, he capped off his overwhelming dominance of the competition this season.

 

Natzke finished the series a whopping 74 points -- nearly three race wins -- ahead of his nearest rival, his own CMR Red Bull team-mate Hadleigh Knight, of Atiamuri, with Te Puke's Logan Blackburn settling for third overall but still a massive 25 points behind Knight.

 

"I wouldn't say it was easy," said Natzke afterwards.

 

"Most people didn't see the hard work I put in off the track to ensure that it was easier for me on race days.

 

"I have won junior motocross titles in the past but this senior win was special. There were a few tears shed after I crossed the finish line.

 

"I didn't have to ride the last race but I wanted to do it for my sponsors. When I crashed in the first turn I then made it a mission to go through the field and try to win it from dead last. I did that ... I like to win.

 

"My next step is to race overseas some more but nothing is sorted out just yet."

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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HUSQVARNA'S LAMONT SHOWS SPEED AND COURAGE

 

CAPTION: Mangakino's Kayne Lamont (Husqvarna Red Bull WIL Sport BikesportNZ.com TC250), who won his first senior motocross title with a race to spare on Saturday. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

 

MARCH 23, 2014: Here's the short story ... South Waikato's Kayne Lamont won the MX2 (250cc) title at this season's New Zealand Motocross Championships' final round in Taupo on Saturday.

 

The long version reads more like a fairytale, although, be warned, it's not for the squeamish.

 

Lamont and his Husqvarna Red Bull WIL Sport race team arrived at Taupo's fourth and final round of the 2014 New Zealand Motocross Championships with just three more MX2 class races on the programme to wrap up the series, but Lamont actually blessed with more than an entire race win up his sleeve.

 

The BikesportNZ.com-supported rider had done enough at the previous rounds to amass a massive 38-point advantage over his nearest rival, Dargaville's Hamish Dobbyn (KTM), and so the plan was to wrap up the title on Saturday with two good results in the early part of the day.

 

Lamont managed fourth and third placings early in the day, but it was a far cry from the convincing hat-trick of wins he'd produced at the previous round at Pukekohe and surely Taupo was his home track wasn't it?

 

What was wrong? Did it matter? Those two result were enough for him to seal the MX2 crown for 2014.

 

However, when he peeled off his race shirt after that all-important second race, he revealed a mass of medical bandaging across his chest and abdomen.

 

Lamont had kept it very quiet, but he had been on an operating theatre table at Rotorua Hospital just two days earlier, there to undergo key-hole surgery to remove his appendix.

 

Heavily-strapped and dosed up only with aspirin, he withstood the pain to achieve his results on Saturday and then opted out of the series' final battle, that race won instead by Mount Maunganui's Rhys Carter, and Lamont still won the title by 11 points from Dobbyn.

 

Australian visitor Jay Wilson finished third overall in the MX2 championship, 27 points behind Dobbyn.

 

The second incredible feature of Lamont's title win is that it signified the Husqvarna brand's first New Zealand title win in 14 years. Not since Hamilton's Darryll King won the national 250cc title on a Husqvarna in 2000 has the brand finished on top of the podium.

 

However, the ease with which Lamont won the title this year suggests it might happen a little more frequently in the future, Lamont obviously hoping he can maintain the winning momentum and also enjoy success in Australia this season -- the just-crowned New Zealand champion kicking off his 10-round Australian Motocross Championships campaign near Melbourne next weekend.

 

"I had just finished playing a round of golf on Thursday when I was driving home and had to stop by the road-side and vomit. I went to the doctor and he rushed me to hospital," Lamont explained.

 

"I was taken straight in for surgery at 9.30pm. The doctor said it would be okay for me to ride, so I just had everything strapped up.

 

"My legs felt like jelly in the second race on Saturday because I was trying to stand up a lot. I had to put a pretty hard pass on Jay Wilson in t hat race to push through for third place, to ensure I had enough points not to have to ride the final race. I went over and apologised to him afterwards for that.

 

"I was in a lot of pain and really glad I didn't have to endure another 20-minute race.&q uot;

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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 Race Report: GNCC Rnd 2 Georgia
 Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: N Fab AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F   Result: 3rd XC1

 
Rain and more rain is what we got at Round two of the GNCC series. It was so wet that all the
water pretty much washed most of the mud away. The amount of water was the problem with
all ruts and hollows full of the brown murky stuff. Determining whether it was an inch deep or
bottomless was the biggest challenge.
Off the start I got a good jump and followed Josh Strang for the first few miles until a third
Yamaha joined us up front. Jordan Ashburn was riding good and took his turn leading.
The pace was pretty mellow the first lap as we dipped our toes in the puddles to discover the
depth. I ended up leading most of the second lap till I hit something hidden in one water hole,
blowing my hands off the bars and going down. I’m sure everyone had several moments like
this during the race. I remounted and re-joined the pack.

Not sure of position or who it was I
was racing with most of the time as everyone was now the same colour. The race continued
like this for the duration with multiple lead changes. I think I lead some, not really sure what
position I was in most of the time.

I also think any number of riders could have won the race. If
you had finished the race on a different lap, earlier or later, I think there was a good chance
the podium positions would have been shuffled again to who knows what combination of the
top 5 or 6 riders.
To come away from another tough race with good points is great. It would have been too easy
to drown out or get wedged in some bottomless rut and prematurely end your day.
Big Thanks to the boys in Blue who got down and dirty in the trenches for this one.
 
1st: Kailub Russell
2nd: Jordan Ashburn
3rd: Paul Whibley, New Zealand
 

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CHAMPION VOWS TO SHAKE OFF BAD LUCK

 MARCH 13, 2014: They say it’s often harder to defend a championship that to win it in the first place.

 

And Mokau’s defending national cross-country champion Adrian Smith (Yamaha) would probably agree with that opinion after the string of bad luck that has hampered his 2014 season thus far.

 

Not much has been going right for the three-time former and current New Zealand cross-country champion in recent weeks.

 

He crashed and injured himself when within sight of the finish line at the opening round of the national enduro championships near Whangamata last month – although he finished runner-up at round two near Porirua last weekend – and he was forced to battle through from dead last to settle for fourth place after a shocking start at Taranaki’s opening round of the New Zealand Cross-country Championships, also last month.

 

South Island rider Ethan Bruce (Yamaha) finished one minute and 40 seconds ahead of Raglan’s Jason Dickey (Kawasaki) in winning the three-hour senior race at Taranaki, with Morrinsville’s Nathan Tesselaar (KTM) in third spot and an exhausted Smith arriving at the finish flag fourth but nearly two minutes behind Tesselaar.

 

Smith’s ride was certainly courageous but not the way he’d have liked to begin his title defence.

 

The second of four rounds in the national cross-country series is set for this Saturday afternoon, on steep hill country farmland at Waerenga, near Huntly, and Smith is determined to shake off the bad luck that’s been dogging him.

 

The points from only three of the four rounds are to be counted towards the title, with riders to discard their worst result, so Smith has possibly already sent his result from round one straight to the rubbish bin.

 

“To have a bad day (at round one) and still finish fourth is not too bad,” Smith shrugged. “But I really need to win this weekend.”

 

Waipukurau 16-year-old Ben Fryer (Yamaha) won the 90-minute junior race at Taranaki last month by more than two minutes from Otorohanga’s  Aaron King (Honda) and he is probably firm favourite to win again this weekend, although riders such as King, Marton’s Ethan Breuer, Te Kuiti’s Sean Kelly and Wanganui’s Seth Readon may have something to say about that.

 

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

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 Race Report: GNCC Rnd 1 Florida, USA
 Rider: Paul Whibley :  Team: AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 2nd
A new venue closer to Daytona had everyone guessing as to what the track would be like. One
thing that’s almost for certain is sand whoops in Florida. Well not this year! We pretty much
had a mud race. After walking the track it was clear this was not your typical Florida track. The
grass track section revealed some hard park while in the trees the surface water was keeping
everyone guessing as to how deep it was going to go. By the time we lined up the track had
been rerouted and reworked after the quads and am bikes that much of what had been walked
was either unrecognizable or unusable.
The flag flew and the 2014 season was underway. I was third round turn one but moved into
the lead before entering the woods. I didn’t really want to lead the way through the maze of
bogs but someone’s got to do it. I lead the way most of the way through the second lap until
Charlie Mullins got me in the grass section leading to scoring. Charlie was riding well and we
started to open a gap. We both ended up gassing early, I needed goggles. I came out of the pits
in the lead again and then got stuck in one nasty mud hole. Charlie used the outside line that
just opened up to retake the lead. I pushed hard to close the gap and later in the race found
myself back in the lead after Charlie went down in the fast grass track. Charlie again retook the
lead just before scoring. Early in the second to last lap, I clipped something in a deep rut that
bent my brake lever back to my foot peg. I stopped and kicked it out so the wheel would roll. I
stopped again further down the track when I saw some help (thanks Todd ) to lay the boot into
it cause it was so far bent I would stand on the brake when I stood one the pegs. By this time
Charlie was gone and now I just need to hold onto second. The brake kept snagging in ruts and
bending out again so I just kept kicking it in when I could and made it to the line.
 
1st: Charlie Mullins
2nd: Paul Whibley, New Zealand

3rd : Josh Strang

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 Race Report: Mid East Rnd 1 Palmetto Raceway


 Rider: Paul Whibley  Team: AmPro Yamaha  Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F Result: 6th
 
Bit of a tough start to the season with a sixth place finish at the first Rnd of the Mid East Series.
I got a good jump off the line from an average gate pick on the outside. I ran deep into the turn
and nearly took the holeshot but had to settle into second for a mile until I could push through
to the front. Once in the lead I tried to go early as there was a large entry for this event and I
knew lappers were going to be tough. I opened up a gap on Josh Strang and Ricky Russell who
were running 2nd and 3rd. I mile or so from the end of the lap I think I had maybe 10 or 15
seconds lead, and my rear brake went out. I almost crashed twice not being able to stop for
turns and ploughed into the woods. I decided to back it down and pull into the pits when I
could, to assess the problem. I pulled over and let Josh and Ricky by, then Takashi and Bollinger
came by too with Matt Nix and Callan May from New Zealand also, right behind me when I pulled off the track.
Darrell Raines lent a hand and helped fix the problem but by the time I re-joined the race I was
a long way back.
I decided to keep riding and complete the race, to get some good bike time before the
upcoming GNCC in Florida in a week.
 
1st: Josh Strang
2nd: Ricky Russell
3rd: Takashi Koikeda

6th Paul Whibley

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New African Superbike - see it on "Stop Press"

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The 2014 Honda New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville this weekend 25/26 January.

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Where all the video & audio action come from during our live presentations. Grant Collingwood from Ctas does multiple things at once while perched high up on scaffoldings at circuits. He also mixes the sound to ensure the commentary & engine noises are satisfactorily balanced, monitors "Live Chat", checks emails, ensures the Internet & Telecom coverage is adequate, otherwise he use a satellite dish to ensure our viewers get the best possible audio & video available.

 

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Coming up early into the New Year are the first 2 rounds of the Motorcycling New Zealand Road Race Championships, both in our South Island - 4/5 January at Mike Pero Motor Sport Park, Ruapuna near Christchurch then the following weekend at Levels Race Circuit near Timaru. Follow us "LIVE" on the Live tab of this website, select "NZSBK MNZ 2014 Road Race Series. Jan 4/5, Jan. 11/12", & click on "LIVE Here". Select audio & video streaming to see & hear it all from Grant Collingwood's Ctas camera.

 

Australian Phil Lovett a former Australian Enduro Champion will contest the NZ Road Race Championships on a Kawasaki ZX10R, at no less than 57 years of age! He was 9th in the 2013 Australian Superbike Championships. Daughter Sophie will also be riding in the Superbike class on a ZX10R, but will miss the first round as she's competing in a triathlon!

Terry Stevenson photos

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2013 Suzuki Series, Boxing Day, 2013 Nick Cole cleans up at Wanganui. Go to "Road racing" for report & pics

The 2013 Honda Whakatane Summercross  SUMMERCROSS A CLASH OF THE TITANS.  >>       Go to "MX/Off Road

Charlett Snatches lead in Suzuki Series . Boxing Day Final at Cemetery Circuit will be a cracker!Go to "Road Racing" for story

2013 Suzuki Series  Nick Cole leads Suzuki Series Go to Road Racing for full classes report

Paul Whibley back home in New Zealand but still winning cross country - MX/Off Road > rider reports

SUPERCROSS GLORY SHARED AROUND Go to MX/SX for the details

List of riders provisionally entered for the 2014 Moto3™, Moto2 & MotoGP classes World Championship season:. Go to Stop Press > FIM World Championships

TV Superstar to Race in Suzuki Series Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day. Go to "Road Racing" for the news

A SAD FAREWELL TO KURT CASELLI... Go to Stop Press > News.asp

 Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix, Auckland Domain - Where genius meets the ridiculous         Nov. 10th, 2013      

For results go to MyLaps Results on this site then click on this event, click on result & enjoy  

Here is the link >> http://www.mylaps.com/en/classification/2929173

WHITAKER MAKES IT SEVEN IN A ROW New Zealand Moto Trials Championships in the Bay of Plenty over Labour Weekend.>

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  Oct 20th Jake Lewis from New Zealand wins the race & the European Junior Cup Title with his PATA Honda at Jerez in Spain.

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From USA comes this news : AHRMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP   Nick Cole has taken out both world championship titles. Go to "Road Racing > sub to Road racing. asp

New Zealand Secondary schools Mini Moto at Manfeild wet but successful. Go to "Stop Press" >> Mini Moto

BMW PULLS OUT OF SBK

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Completely out of the blue I got this email link from Latvia about motorcycle events.

  "Welcome to Latvian Motorcycle events  http://www.motoaplis.lv/raksts.php?id=127&lapa=1&his=1

    If you click on it there's a button to translate to English. Translation is quite amusing, especially about flags, but  also interesting that they share a common sport with us in NZ.
Seems like they also have bucket races.
Latvia is one on the Baltic countries so about as far as we can go to the other side of the world.
This weekend July 6/7 Latvia Hosts a round of the World MX1 & MX2 Championships
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Until MyLaps get their new website into a useable state we can understand & work with, our resident "super nerd" Grant Collingwood from www.Ctas.co.nz has set up a shortcut to all the Championship classes we are timing. So click on the ones that interest you & see how you're going. Thanks Grant from Tim & www.motorcyclesport.co.nz go to "MyLaps Results" & click.

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World Superbike "Hall of Fame"!

Who started Superbikes? It might surprise you to know they

were originally started by Kiwis with the help of Australians &

Americans. The story is gradually unfolding & will appear here.

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It is in the Italian blood! It's all about lean!!

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Coming events

Saturday July 21 - Event 3 of Vic Club Winter Road Race Series at Manfeild. Go to Live timing then select the event >

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2012 New Zealand Moto-X GP the famous river race. as seen by a Swiss visitor Kurt. Watch for the 2014 event in January.  

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