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Summer 2019

Thanks Sandra & Roy

Sandra and Roy Hallie have decided to take a break from the committee this year while they move house and spend some time caravaning. Sandra first joined the committee in 1978 and has been on it since then apart from a few years when she and Roy lived in Taranaki and when Katrina was young. Roy is also a longstanding committee member and a former president.

Thanks both, we appreciate your long and significant contribution to the club.

Club notices

* This year’s AGM is on 7 March at 7.30 pm at the Pioneer Leisure Centre. The supper will a good one because Al is bringing along some of his home baking. * The 2019 Club calendar is now on the Pioneer website.

* It’s time to renew your membership for 2019. This can be done online through the website.

MNZ Trials Commissioner

Paul Jackson is the new trials commissioner. Rat has been involved in trials for over 30 years, and has ridden overseas in Australia and Scotland so he brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the role. Dylan joins the Beta team

In December the Beta Company announced that they have selected Dylan Ball as one of the two young riders that they will be supporting in the World Trial 125 class this year. Dylan and Nick will be competing in the world rounds in Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. They were also planning to go to the UK round but unfortunately this has been cancelled. There is a fundraising page for Dylan (see p.2).

Dylan is congratulated by John Lawton after signing to ride for Beta in 2019. John has provided Dylan with a 250 Factory to ride in NZ. 2

Sad news

The trials community was shocked to hear the news that Siobhan Robson, Carl’s wife passed away in January. Siobhan was also the Ixion Club’s treasurer.

In November Paul Lagan died after a long battle with cancer. Paul was a member of the Pioneer club in the late 1970s and edited the Megaphone for a year in 1978. In the early 1980s he lived in Australia and while there he imported Fantics. He won the veterans title at the Aussie nationals in 1982.

Ira Chambers also passed away in January. Ira attended and observed at many trials in the 1960s to 1980s period. Our condolences to Dave, Lyndsay and Craig.

Have a go days

Jules and Josh have run two "have a go" days recently, with seven children turning up to the one held on 3 Feb. Some of the adults who have accompanied the children have also been having a go. The Beta electric is getting good use, but we have decided not to purchase the smaller wheel Gas Gas.

Help Dylan to ride in Europe The Givealittle fund raising page for Dylan is: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-dylan-with-his-dream-to-become-world-125cc

Trials article

Megaphone is the newsletter of the Pioneer Motorcycle Club Inc. Editor: Peter Hosking, email: pmctrialnews@gmail.com

Club website: http://pioneertrials.co.nz and we’re on Facebook

The Dec/Jan 2019 issue of Dirt Rider Downunder had a very good article on trials by Jessie Meek of Motorsport Media Solutions. Jess wrote this after spectating at the Oceania and talking to Josh about trials. There are some interesting photos of the Oceania/nationals on Jess’ website https://www.jessiemeek.co.nz and she has also been promoting our events on her Facebook page. Thanks Jess!

Jess riding Georgina’s 125 at the Waimak have a go day on 3 Feb.

Jess is now working as a freelance copywriter, and is available to help businesses with email marketing, blogs and content.


Josh & Jeni have announced their engagement. 3

Prize giving

This year’s prize giving was held at Bishop Brothers Public House and attended by 27 members and family. Kahu needed a box to carry home his trophies after another very successful year.

2018 cup winners: Laurenson cup (Expert)

Glenn Smith

Intermediate cup

Ross Bristol

Clubman cup

Kahu Jones

Hallie cup (twin shock)

Paul Jackson

Whyte cup (women)

Stef Downes

Blandford cup (under 19)

Kahu Jones

France cup (under 21)

Kahu Jones

Peter Bennett cup (best first year rider)

Simon Hopkins

The Knitters Shield (most fives)

Ashley Duncan

BSA shield (best 125cc)

Kahu Jones

Big Tree challenge cup (sidechair)

Rob & Laura McKay

Bonnington cup

Ross Bristol

Kaikoura 3 day winners

Triumph no. 2 cup (expert)

Jules Huguenin

Wynne York cup (intermediate)

Ross Bristol

S.A.M. trophy (sidechair)

Paul Jackson & Emma McKay

Moir cup (clubman B)

Mark Hockey (Nelson MCC)

Falconer cup (best first year rider)

Emily Willard (Ixion MCC)

Kaikoura family cup

Simon & Kahu Jones



Number 229 – Feb 2019

I know, been a while, right? And so, in the spirit of full and frank disclosure and, by way of explanation, I want to be transparent and engage in some accountability, here’s why it’s taken me so long to get the newsletter out: I had a thing on.

Okay, good talk.

Let’s blast into this, no dilly-dallying….except for this little item probably worth mentioning…probably.

In a former life I used to be a sales manager and, occasionally, they’d fly us around the world (Auckland) to hear some dude waffle on about how to be really good instead of shithouse at selling.

One of things he said is that even after the agreement has been and gone and it was all very successful, even after all the dust has settled you can still extract some more goodwill from the sale by simply going back to the client some time later with a wrap up and a thank you.

Frankly, if falls squarely into the ‘feel-goodery’ realm of things but, apparently, reminds the client of your existence and leaves them feeling well-loved, open to another transaction on another occasion.

Well, suck me dry and call me Dusty, this came through the mail from you know who down south:

2018 FIM Oceania and New Zealand Trial Championship

Hi Phil

Thanks for participating in the recent 2018 FIM Oceania and New Zealand Trial Championship. I would just like to thank you for taking the time, effort and expense to attend and help make this the success that it was. Attached are the final comprehensive results for your information.

Once again, thanks for entering and I hope you had a great weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.


Derek Scott

Understandably, I started tearing up, gush everywhere, eventually pulled myself together and concluded that those Pioneering types, damn, they got mad marketing/customer relations skills and know how to run an event before and after.

Just saying….

First up, let’s cover off the news officially, at least in this publication, that is huge, to say the leas, the ongoing exploits of Dylan Ball….


Great timing, of course, with millions of Brits buggering off from the EU, Dylan enters the equation under the banner, ‘Local boy makes good’.

Most will know the details by now that Dylan has cracked Factory team membership as a junior and, can you believe it, it even made the MNZ website:

Congratulations Dylan Ball!

Dylan will be part of the Beta factory team "Betamotor" for 2019, competing in FIM Trial 125 World Cup across Europe and Japan.

This is a huge opportunity for 14 year old Dylan who will be basing himself in Spain in May. Unfortunately he won’t be able to do all the rounds due to school and costs, but he hopes to make the final round in the UK in September. Dylan was awarded "Best Up and Coming Off-Road Rider" at the 2018 NZ Motorcycle Awards. He says "I hope this inspires other young riders from this side of the world, that with hard work you can succeed."

Great stuff Dylan - we look forward to following your progress!

Some further choice details: Dylan will be looking to do 4 of the 5 world junior rounds and has upgraded from his 125 (which, frankly, never seemed to be disadvantageous to him,

largely due to the million of revs he managd to crank out of it) to a 250 so there’ll be no stopping him now.

Nick’s (aka dad) has set up a Givealittle page if you want to help with the understandable and unavoidable costs of making it all happen:

Help Dylan to ride in Europe, The Givealittle fund raising page for Dylan is:

Help Dylan get to Europe

Johnboy Walton looking pretty happy with the development, and why shouldn’t he? Great for the Beta brand and, apart from the last couple of years, Dylan’s progression from someone I think I might even have beaten once or twice - probably when he was still a foetus - to a young man well on the road to being a world beater, has been on a Beta machine.


MNZ Trials Commissioner news

Paul Jackson is the new trials commissioner.

Rat has been involved in trials for over 30 years, and has ridden overseas in Australia and Scotland so he brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the role.

Also, one time at a SI trials, I saw John Lawton give him a cold beer at the end of the day and he seemed mighty appreciative so, with that on your CV, he was always going to be shoo-in.

Have to say, though, couldn’t see much resemblance to that much-maligned mammal that scurries about under the house so not sure where the nickname came from, seemed like a pretty regular looking biped to me….


Okay, we’re racing along so let’s take a breather with a little light distraction from, who else, but Marky-Mark Sidevalve who was good enough to send this little ripper in with accompanying text:

‘Yo. Attached, one picture of an ancient shitter polished up by some old curmudgeon’.

You’ve got to admire the brevity of that summary but it’s probably important to point out that any resemblance to any particular person or persons, alive or dead, is completely coincidental…..well, that’s how I read it.

But the banter continued when I asked about that whalloping great spring over the front wheel, just the sort of question to pose to an engineer:

They're called girder forks and nothing to do with Britten (John Brtten - Ed) because it's all hinged off the usual steering head that the telescopics are hinged off.

The dampers on this particular icon of Brutish design are by friction. That is to say stiction. Yucky,….’

And I’ve redacted the last part because Ixion’s already reeling from a number of newsletter provoked defamation lawsuits, largely due to the maverick utterances of the editor who appears absolutely oblivious to the wholesale offence he or she causes on a semi-regular basis. Frankly, people, we’re on our knees but, waddya gonna do, you can’t sack these people, they’re not even employed…or employable…..


Okay, moving right along, let’s applaud those two heroes from our last meeting who, by all accounts, went over and beyond the call of duty to carve out a very challenging Mototrial from the rugged and hostile terrain up at Moonshine i.e., Neil and Sidey.

Huge amount of effort and we are applauding their sacrifice and the great outcome with both hands….both.

Sidey picks up the action for us…..

Setting this one was just going to be a challenge due to all the good bulldozer work done by KapiMana club. But not all the area is a motocross track, so Neil and I turned up the Saturday 26 Jan and just started looking. It was hot so we wanted to get it done quickly.

The stream seemed too flat and there's hardly any big boulders, but if you look a bit further you'll find that the banks can be interesting, if a little overgrown. We only had loppers with us, so waded in and did what we could with them and bare hands. I thought the stream was all played out but

Marky-Mark showing us how to negotiate the water feature….dude was on fire on the day, coming in 2nd behind Caleb, clearly making good use of his marine skillset.

Neil walked a bit further and found the wonderful side creek that became section 10. Never underestimate the power of persistance! Thanks Neil … But of course it needed a heap of clearing too so we did a heap more clearing. So much for getting it done quickly!

That log was a complete and utter bastard with no parents, none…..doesn’t seem to bothering Carl, though, so I’m just going to take it personally.

Shit oh dear, look at the angle! Wait till he rocks up in Europe, Britain will probably want to come back into the EU just to see him, and who could blame them.

Looking a bit further shows that there's been logging of eucalyptus up around the top of the track, giving us the log sections 6 and 7 and a gate into the Akatarawa forest was open, revealing some great sections in the trees. Chainsaw needed though, which we didn't have. Heaps to do with bare hands moving logs around though, so more time was spent …

I went back with said chainy the following Wednesday. A big thick chain and huge padlock had appeared on the gate to the great sections in the trees. I just assumed Neil had shut the gate behind him and that the key would be on the KapiMana keyring, so went and did a heap of work building a killer section. It was hot again. Saturday 2 Feb, early start made a bit late because Sidey's radiator sprang a leak. Quick diversion to Super Cheap in Porirua, ten bucks worth of goo in a can and the van lives to fight another day without having to be worked on or parts bought. Ah, the miracles of science! Anyway, turns out the chain was put on by the council and we didn't have a key. Bummer! Two more sections had to be found in a hurry, which is why sections 1 and 2 were on the bank opposite the carpark, not in the nice shady trees! 3 hours clearing later and we'd only set 2 sections. Hmm, gonna be (another) long day. And of course, it was hot …

Matt going big - it was all I could do to get up that bank, he’s using it as a kicker….brutal.

The indestructible Dick Phillipps, bulletproof.

Y'all have Neil to thank for the weedwhacker work. He did that, and much easier it was for everyone not having to walk and ride sections full of long grass. Cheers mate! Then a KapiMana guy turned up and showed us the key they have for the gate … turns out the Council aren't keen on keeping us out after all.

Me, winning….yeah, nah.

Sunday came, and strangely enough … it was hot! Turnout only 19, bit disappointing. But the sections were fantastic. I asked Neil and he actually said very fantastic, so I guess it's true. Good thing it didn't rain 'cos 4 of them were in the creek and it comes up real fast when there's rain. February is probably the best month to go here. Two sections full of logs, one winding around some trees on a big steep bank, one in the bit of bush just

behind the MX finish line, and of course the labour intensive 1 and 2 full of stumps, tyres and 209 litre drums. Did I mention it was hot?

Well, we managed to take ¾ of a point a section from Dylan so I guess it was reasonable training for his world rounds coming up this year. Mostly just that big stump in section 1 mind you. I thought some of the other stuff might have caught him but mostly he just sailed over like it was nothing. Matty too actually. Strangely I think our best rider is also the one improving the most so who knows how far he can go! 1.4 points per section for the winner of red and blue grades so that was a bit hard, 0.87 for Prezzies so just right for them. Seems the yellow and socials might have suffered a bit though; sorry guys but you just can't please all of 'em all of the time.

‘If I can just clean out the air filter while I’m here…’. Funny thing about some obstacles, easier they look……

As you know it was hot, but the creek is full of deep bits so a number of us knocked off to sit in the creek and splash around. Nice to cool off and not to go home all sweaty. So there you have it: the MX track rain and wind jinx appears to be broken, seems you can set a ripper trial there after all.

Hasn’t Emily come a long way…..sister can ride! Here she is telling a log to f#@& off….her words, not mine.

The next generation….the little one, not the big one.

We saw a lot of this on the day, grown men wandering aimlessly, bereft of all hope, bike hurled to the ground, the onset of the eternal question, ‘Why am I here?’…

The indefatigable KT, never tyring….as it were.

It’s not good for your self-esteem but is still quite a wondrous thing to see: those super-casual Adlams boys. They rock up sporadically, never practise, then clean up……talent to burn. Frankly, I’m seeing a mini-series, working title, ‘The Adlam Family’, the whacky exploits of a couple of boys with too much skill and a fist-shaking dad yelling, ‘You’re doing the dishes tonight!’….lol.

(And on one final note, right at the start of the day, Riccardo Latimo rolled in waving something or other that had tickled his fancy and, once we got to see it, we could see why - whole new level of gutsy……………

……fair to say the little critter has a good point. Thanks for the write-up, Marky, jolly good read - Ed)


I worked for some people for eight years, pass them in the street now, don’t bother stopping for a chat and neither do they. Fact is, we weren’t there for the love of it, just the bikkies, so there was no connection.

Mototrials, however, ain’t like that. We’re about as different as can be - do different things, different values, different jobs - but our passion for the two wheels and no feet transcends it all, brings us together, provides a rapport of sorts, a shared thing of value in our lives and we’re both lucky to have it and richer (figuratively) for it.

Anyway, better get on with it, tearing up. Is it any wonder, then, that when someone shows some keenness for the sport and wants to learn, they get a large show of hands and plenty of help.

Which brings us to Emily……. Brendan Wadsworth boldly told her he’d show her the ropes awhile back and damned if he didn’t actually get around to it, never mind that he lives down south somewhere, but probably still in New Zealand, dunno.

So I thought it might be useful if Emily penned a bit of the gold onto paper in the spirit of sharing and she agreed, Here’s what she came up with….

I have been so lucky with the support I've received in the Trials community since I started riding 3 years ago. It's a small community in Motorsport terms (even smaller in the amount of women riders) and I think that helps foster wanting to bring newbies on board. The more of us that share the passion the better! I truly appreciate every little bit of advice and even though I can't always string it all together each time, it's all cached in the memory bank and building on my knowledge and skills that I'm improving on all the time.

So recently, I've been getting in a few more rides between trials. A recent "Church" ride on Sunday in the Maungatuks really tested my skills. Bob, Kevin, Declan, Rich M and Brian were all super encouraging. I managed some pretty tricky stuff (for me) but it was great to see and recognise my progress from a year ago. Things I never could have thought of tackling like Team Track which was very steep in places where you shouldn't/couldn't just stop, to the Western Front that I enjoyed much more this time because I managed the difficult parts so much better. So.. I've really been trying to get rides like this in between club trial events. They build a confidence in using your bike in different situations, you become a different kind of rider, a more confident rider, as opposed to riding club trials only.

The other weekend Brendon from Marlborough Trials Centre in Blenheim said he was heading up to Wellington and had promised some riders at last years Nationals some training time. Bring it on! While having a look at my bike and assessing a few maintenance items and helping fix them, I also got a few great hours of dedicated training and tips from Brendon and Gareth Wadsworth and Steve Wade which was gold.

I had a couple of big takeaways from the day. The first was that the basics are still the key to conquering almost everything else. To be honest, it's the same with Squash which I also play and quite possibly many other sports. In trials it's balance, weighting your body in the right way at the right time, using your body and weight as an extension of the bike to use it like a spring. Not to mention throttle and clutch control - at the right time. That's a lot of stuff to control in each manoeuvre so it's not surprising that it takes time to get right! Very quick and easy to get wrong, like pulling on your front brake too hard and your front wheel sliding instead of guiding you around a corner - I'm still working on that one.

The other takeaway was the lesson Steve gave me in how moving your weight back on an uphill makes the front wheel just slide over things. His demonstration was me, on my bike, pointing uphill, stationary. When I moved my body back, even by only 20-25cm, he could lift my front wheel with just two fingers. When I moved my weight forward, he couldn't lift it.

That really showed me how light the front can get and what an advantage that is to getting yourself over some tricky obstacles on an uphill.

One of the first tests was coasting over a patch of tree roots, on a reasonably flat gradient. The idea was that you got power on before hitting the roots and getting good momentum and a bit more throttle to power you across them and lift the front a bit - rather than trying to use power as you're on them, and potentially have the back wheel slip. I have a habit of leaning forward on obstacles which can un-weight the back and I lose traction when I need it. So I focused on trying to keep my weight back, lightening the front and driving the back wheel before you hit anything slippery. You need enough momentum and height in the front that the bike just coasts over the tricky ground - boom! Ok, so I still didn't quite 'boom' this but I get it - so more practice required.

Next was taking on a tight-ish, uphill off-camber turn (270 degree angle) over tree roots and around an obstacle. I have to admit, I find this a real challenge.

Tackling this still comes down to basics which apparently you can learn on the flat but need to practice and progress slowly to steeper terrain. Practice your figure of eights, starting on the flat but progressing to steeper gradients. Tighten them as you progress, moving your weight/hanging your bum out on the outside corners, bending the knees, splaying the legs and getting your weight in the right place so that you're body is still straight up-right/perpendicular but you're leaning the bike into the corner. You can get a great degree of lean on the bike, thereby helping you get around the corner. If you look at the physics of what you're doing it seems completely logical and I know this as I'm approaching something but it still takes skill and strength in the body to make it happen and get it right. Get practicing! All practice builds your strength and muscle memory :)

Another lesson I really took on board from the team was that when looking at a section, there might look like an easier route by avoiding a tree root or rock, but, keeping in mind that your front tyre can run over things quite smoothly without even thinking about it, especially if you move your weight back, think about taking a slightly rougher line, riding over roots to give you a wider turning circle. At first I was looking at these as obstacles and trying to avoid them. Then when given advice to go over them, I was still giving it too much power and coming into the next obstacle, a tight turn, with too much oompf. The key was remembering how the bike handles these smaller obstacles. Don't over power it, take it slow and steady but with enough momentum to just get you over so that you're still in control and you'll be in a great position to pull through a tight turn afterwards or approach the next obstacle. Breaking down a section into parts and working out what is needed at each of these really helps. Trials is a thinking game and a strategy really helps.

Some other great tips:

- On slippery up-hills, keep the power steady but fairly low so the back wheel doesn't just spin. Move your weight to the back, bend the knees and let the tyre grip.

- If the above doesn't work, try the opposite - give it heaps (hey, it works in some situations)

- power on the flat and coast on the rise. e.g a bank. You want all your power and momentum in the bike before you hit the bank

- practice balancing on your bike - often! Wheel lock both sides.

- practice your figure of 8's - make them tighter as you get better

Things I'm still getting wrong:

- pulling on my front brake too hard on a downhill turn, especially on loose ground, the front wheel digs in and you're going nowhere but sideways

- not moving my weight correctly - some steep sharp corners downhill then shifting weight for turning uphill are bloody hard

- Not enough power/throttle on the flat before I hit a bank/obstacle, I still try driving through it which doesn't always work

- pulling in the clutch as I attack an obstacle because I'm scared of getting it wrong - this is really dumb and I realise I do it. My new tactic is to take my hand off the clutch altogether and that really helps.

Still so much to learn, but loving it! Get in there, get more practice and the time invested will pay off!

Thanks to all my Tutors! :)

(Good stuff, Ems, really comprehensive and bloody good of everyone to help you out with this stuff – Ed)


I had the best laid plans to attend this event but circumstances conspired against me. Here’s a much appreciated report from Julian Rivers…..

The Classic Motorcycle Trial at the 2019 Masters Games was great fun! In previous years it had been run as a 2 day event with natural sections on the first day and man made sections the following day. This year the organisers from the Mid West Classic Trials group decided to run it as a one day event, with natural terrain sections in the morning and man made sections in the afternoon. For those of us who travelled up from Wellington for the day, it made for an early start and a very long day. A couple of riders came up from Christchurch, but they had the sense to come up early and stay overnight in Whanganui. The venue was at Queens Park, right in the centre of Whanganui.

The Natural terrain sections were spread around the sides of the park, while the man made obstacles were set up on the flat area at the top. This was a great set up for spectators and we had a good number of people watching the old guys (and girl) on old bikes during the day. The weather was cool and overcast, with even a couple of spits of rain in the morning.

We had 21 riders on the day, with 3 Experts, 3 Beginners, and the rest Intermediate. A couple of riders decided to swap between Beginner and Intermediate lines at lunchtime.

With the high numbers in Intermediate, the organisers split the class into 2 age groups (under 55 and 55 and over). Bikes had to be pre 1995 and ranged from a BSA engined Yamaha TY175 to a 1993 Yamaha TYZ (the only water cooled bike). Japanese bikes were generally the order of the day, with a dominance of Honda (7) and Yamaha (6). We also had a Kawasaki KT250 and a Suzuki RL250. The Italians were represented by 4 Fantics, and from the Spanish there was 1 Montesa and 1 Bultaco (although I did see an Ossa MAR waiting on a ute as a backup machine).

The natural sections in the morning were fairly easy, with 4 Intermediate riders finishing on zero points - including BOTH Christchurch visitors. A couple of silly ‘ones’ incurred on easy

slopes (albeit covered in gum nuts) put the writer well down the order. Tie breakers were resolved by adding together the rider and motorcycle ages, with the highest points winning - sometimes it pays to ride an older bike….

The afternoon sections were quite a bit harder and took some points, although the top Expert rider finished on only 5 points. Sections consisted of a pallet-clad car, trailers, tyres, old drums, seesaws, armco railing, zig zag planks, and a wheelie

Results from the Masters Games

(You’ll see some redaction going in one of the columns - FYI, they run a Nicest Guy Award too and everyone came first equal but humility prevented publication of their phones numbers….it’s the endless phone calls of congratulations, the media inquiries, it’s just brutal)

And on the back of that, we segue way nicely into details from Richard re: this year’s Classic Series…

……but, whatever you want to call them the club plans to run them again in 2019.

We have scheduled five for this year – the second Sunday of March, May, July, September and November, subject to change if they conflict with championship events. Venues for this year will be a mix of the traditional Maungies with cameos from Richard McKenzie’s, Top Pub and maybe Otaki Scouts.

All levels of rider are welcome and there will be lines available for ‘most any kind of trials-oriented bike. The hardest lines will be roughly equivalent to a ‘soft’ yellow at normal club events so they will be suitable for experienced clubman riders looking for a challenge, while the rest of our blue and social riders should have a ball on the easier lines.

We will be catering for the growing number of "electric kids" at all events. While they may have some variations due to range and small wheels it will be great for them (and us) to ride together.

Events will be permitted as "have a go days" so MNZ licences, while desirable, will not be mandatory. Bikes need to be in reasonable mechanical condition – power is optional but brakes and lanyard kill switches are highly recommended.

First up this year will be on Sunday 10th March at the Maungies Carpark – sign on from 9, briefing at 10.

(They’ll even have you going over some abandoned car that someone’s converted from the night before and left in a section - make no mistake, these Classic boys are ruthless and resourceful in equal measure – Ed)


Couple of quick memos from Richard:

? It’s the end of the club year so all trophies need to be back to me by 10 March so I can get them engraved. Cleaned and polished would be great

? March 3 at Alexander’s is the last trial of the club year which means the Anniversary Cup is up for grabs – lowest score any (competitive) grade


(Wherein we salute the valiant and generous contributions of our hard working politburo, tirelessly doing all that stuff we don’t even want to know about - bloody good of them – Ed)

Ixion Motorcycle Club

Committee Meetin5/2/19

Present: K Tither, M Dench, C & N Sturmfels, C Presto, G Foon.

Apologies: R Latimer, C Robson.

General Business:

? Wellington National: K Tither to contact Dimnicks regards to using property for trials.

? K Tither to talk to Richard Latimer regards score sheets for Nationals.

? Chris Presto put forward having a ten trials card.

? Cheryl Sturmferls & Chris Presto put forward the need to update incorporated society details.

? Meeting closed 850pm

(Can’t run a club without a committee - Somalia’s been trying it for the last few years, doesn’t work, everyone becomes a pirate - so our ongoing thanks to these few, who do so much, for so many – Ed…again)


And there you have, sweet as a nut.

Right on the very last page you’ll see a Trials Calendar for the year that Kevin Pinfold put together. Super handy and so I think I’m right in saying what he can’t do with a spreadsheet probably ain’t worth doing - good on ya’, Kev.

Meantime, here’s out usual calendar of events.

BTW: Brent, if you’ve made it this far, could you get some of these dates up on Silverbuller? Or perhaps John Rushworth, since you appear to be invested in these URLs that keep lycanthropes at bay, feel free to whack these up………please.




3rd IXION Alexander’s back property


7th IXION Applegarths AGM – gated trial - kids welcome


11th 12th Ixion North Island National Rounds - venues tbc

1) As ever, head to http://www.silver-bullet.co.nz for the latest comprehensive event dates and locations

2) And your brand new ‘Where We Ride’ page is up and live on https://ixion.org.nz/where-we-ride/ telling you exactly where to go, what to do when you there, how to whistle Dixie, and how to get home again



Snail mail: 71 Colson St, Avalon, Lower Hutt 5011 Website: www.ixion.org.nz

President: Kevin Tither 04 904 1760 bernietither@gmail.com

Club Captain: Neil Sturmfels 0276328202 neck@xtra.co.nz

Secretary: Gerry Foon 388 8263 karenlabone@gmail.com

Treasurer: Cheryll Sturnfels 0272296701 neck@xtra.co.nz

Convenor: Chris Presto 04 904 8691 chrispresto60@gmail.com

Committee: Mike Dench 971 8385 denchmtha@gmail.com

Brent Douglas brenty888@gmail.com

Carl Robson csrobson13@gmail.com

Results: Richard Latimer 565 0086 richard.latimer@xtra.co.nz

Website: Brent Douglas brenty888@gmail.com

Newsletter: Phil Costello 027 4475503 philcostello@outlook.com

Cycle Torque is presented for the entertainment of the members and nothing herein is warranted to be factual or the opinion of the club or even of the person whose opinion it was at the time. Cycle Torque is generally published the week before the club’s regular event, the wonderful Ixion Club Trial; which is generally held on the first Sunday of the month, rain hail or shine. Sections are set to cater from everyone from raw beginner to NZ championship "A" grade; something for everyone. Be there at 9am for a 10:00 start at the latest. Finish time is 3pm or when everyone is finished, whichever is sooner. There’s time for quick lunch after the first round if you don’t mess about too much. Cost: $15 per rider, $5 for students. Please bring $5 notes and be aware due to insurance requirements that there is NO RIDING AT ALL BEFORE YOU SIGN UP.

DOGS are strictly forbidden at Trials because we ride due to the kindness of the farmers who own the land. Dogs make farmers unkind. The last 10 riders to sign in each get to bring in the pegs for one section. So turn up early if you want to leave early! See the President about this, the rules are not applied strictly. Brand new people can ride without an MNZ license for two trials; after that it is necessary to join MNZ (Motorcycling NZ), our national body. It's a cool hundred bucks a year, or $130 for a champs licence, which is only necessary for Junior, President and Expert classes at Island or National level. In addition to the Club Trial, Ixion generally holds a two-day North Island Championship Trial each year, which is considered (by all Ixion members) to be the premier event in the World Trials Calendar. There are sometimes Twilight Trials during the summer starting at 3pm, often followed by a BBQ.The friendly Committee Meeting is held on the Tuesday after the Club Trial at the Lighthouse in Pauahatanui at 7:30 pm. Ring Kevin to make sure, before turning up. Club fees are $40 per year and $20 for fulltime students or social members, $60 for families. These very reasonable fees are unchanged since the AGM, so pay up and as always …

Keep calm and keep your feet up!

2019 Events Calendar - kindly supplied by Kev ‘I’m Not Injury Prone’ Pinfold


Hi all, Hannah has come through with her report on last Sunday’s Pink & Manning Shield trial held at Hannah’s Hunterville Hideaway. Thanks Hannah, a good one as usual from you.

 Oh and by the way Hannah you done such a good job (with mum’s help of course) that we took a vote, in your absence, and you are now setting out all the club trials this year. And that includes doing all reports too not to mention the results that you have been doing so well all along anyway.

 So that should keep you off the streets and out of trouble................

 Results http://www.moto-trials.co.nz/results/15196

 Great to see the new people riding last Sunday too. Don’t think we have had so many newbies at the same time including two kids and women. So welcome Lucy, Mike, Connor, Paul and Carter. Hope to see you all back again.

 If you intend to compete on a regular basis I recommend you pursue getting a Motorcycling NZ competition licence. It’s cheaper in the long run than buying a “one event licence” at $25 a time. Bit of a rigamarole to get a licence for the first time but unfortunately there isn’t any way around it. Our club is affiliated to MNZ as are most clubs and that’s what we have to run with. I emailed the below info on getting a licence and joining our club before last weekends trial but I’ve sent it again as I know there are a couple of new email address’ on my list now.

 The Application form and details can be found on the MNZ website here. If any queries or problems email/talk to me and I should be able to help. The theory “test” mostly relates to MX or road race which is typical. I’m sure trials doesn’t exist for some within the organisation...........


 Note: Two one event licences will get you a $30 discount off the licence fee, so remember to keep the OEL’s if you have purchased any.

 You will also need to join an affiliated motorcycle club. The Manawatu Orion Club annual fee is $25 for senior, $20 Junior or $35 family. The application form can be downloaded here.


 Or see me at any trial and I have forms and club cards and can sign you up on the spot. Just have the correct amount of cash please.

 The club year runs from April 1 to March 31. Being so close to the end of this year (March 31) anyone joining now will get membership through to March 31 2020.

 The MNZ licence year ends June 30 but they have just announced that as of July 1 this year a licence will be for a year from when you purchased it. So if you got a licence on August 20 for instance it would be until Aug 19 the following year.

 Unfortunately anyone getting a licence now it will only be valid until June 30 this year. The cost of a “Club licence” is $80 or a full licence for Mototrials is $185. You only need a full licence if you intend to ride in a “Championship class” at a national championship event. So my advice to any of you new riders is to only get the $80 club licence. You can upgrade to a full licence later if you intend competing in a champs class at a NI or NZ champs event.

 So if you can decipher all that you will actually be better off purchasing one event licences for the next 3 club events (March, April, May) as that will cost you $75 against $80 for a club licence that’ll expire on June 30. Plus when you do apply for a club licence after June 30 you can get a $30 discount if you present two OEL’s – so keep that white copy that you spent $25 on last weekend.

 Just too complicated................

 Other news.

 MNZ in their wisdom have had a wee back pedal on the new sprocket/disc cover up rule and instead of being “effective immediately” (we ignored it anyway) we now have until May 1 to comply. After that we won’t be ignoring it. Hopefully I will have some stick on sprocket covers available soon and I do have some full front disc covers (Ossa ones) that are $25 if anyone wants one. Should fit any bike.

 Coming events.

 Tomorrow the Ixion club have a trial.

 March Club trial // Alexanders back property (maungatooks rd)

 March 16/17. Rounds 1&2 of the NI Trials Champs in Waihi and near Pirongia in the Waikato. Entries close soon and if you haven’t seen an entry form and want one contact me and I’ll email it to you.

 March 24. MOMCC trial – round 1 of the club champs. Venue to be advised.

 And now a commercial break.

 Spanish Trial NZ have new stocks of trials helmets and clothing and Vertigo trials bikes. 1 x 250 and 16” 50cc kids bikes (same size as an Oset 16). Plus much more like brake pads etc. Even some Gas Gas parts. Nothing for Beta’s though.

Email me kptrials@xtra.co.nz  or call me on 0210319897

 And for anything Beta John Lawton’s your man at Kapiti Motorcycles – nztrials@xtra.co.nz or call 0276233011

 See you all soon

 Kevin Pinfold


Hi all from Kevin Pinfold - worth a read!

 This coming Sunday we have our first Manawatu Orion MCC trial for the year. Details as follows. Click on the link below which will take you to Silver Bullet.


 Hopefully that has all the detail you require. Basically find Hunterville on SH1 and turn left at the pub on the corner. We will have a trial sign up somewhere that should help too.

 Hannah has already been and set out 8 sections which is an awesome effort. But as usual when we have a trial there is rain forecast for Sunday. If so that could make for slippery conditions. I’m sure the forest fire at Nelson would have been out the next day if only they had organised a trial..............

 I know there will be a few new riders there and since I won’t be competing I will endeavour to assist you guys with some guidance/coaching during the day.

 If you don’t have a MNZ (Motorcycling NZ) competition licence you can pay an extra $25 over and above your entry fee and purchase a “one event licence”.

 Ideally you should apply for and get a MNZ comp licence from MNZ. It’s a bit of a rigamarole to go through if you are a first timer but once you have jumped through all the hoops it’s no drama to renew every year. The MNZ year runs from July 1 to June 31.

 The Application form and details can be found on the MNZ website here. If any queries or problems talk to me and I should be able to help. The stupid “test” mostly relates to MX or road race which is typical. I’m sure trials doesn’t exist for some within the organisation...........


 Note: Two one event licences will get you a $30 discount off the licence fee, so remember to keep the OEL’s if you have purchased any.

 You will also need to join an affiliated motorcycle club. The Manawatu Orion Club annual fee is $25 for senior, $20 Junior or $35 family. The application form can be downloaded here.


 Or see me at any trial and I have forms and club cards and can sign you up on the spot. Just have the correct amount of cash please.

The club year runs from April 1 to March 31. Being so close to the end of this year (March 31) anyone joining now will get membership through to March 31 2020.

 Note: MNZ have just last week sprung a new rule on trials competition effective immediately. This is a bike safety rule pertaining to rear sprockets and front discs and probably come about since a rider lost a thumb in an accident last October. Most newer bikes should be ok but most older bikes will need to be sorted.

 These are the new rules


 Please be advised of the following addition to Chapter 23 (Off-Road) of the Manual of Motorcycle Sport, pertaining to Moto Trials. This safety rule addition comes into effect immediately.

 23.3 Rear driven sprocket

23.3a A chain guard must be fitted in such a way to prevent trapping between the lower chain run and the final driven sprocket at the rear wheel.

23.3b Either:

i. The external side of the rear sprocket must be completely covered by a solid protective cover. No holes on the sprocket may remain visible. Or;

ii. A solid disc rear sprocket be used.


23.4 Front disc brake guard

23.4a Either:

i. The external side of the front disc brake must be completely covered by a protective cover. No holes on the disc may remain visible. Or;

ii. A solid disc from the hub to the outer diameter be used.

It’s absolutely stupid that this rule has been made effective immediately and a grace period of at least a month minimum not given. Those that need to make their bikes comply will need some time to source the appropriate covers etc. Not something that can happen overnight for most. Not a lot of upstairs for thinking goes on sometimes within some organisations.

 It’s not a silly rule and won’t cost much for those with bikes that don’t comply to implement , just silly the way it’s been sprung on us just as most clubs are getting their first trials of the year under way. And I’m sure not too many fingers and thumbs would be lost if we were given a month’s grace considering I know of only one in my 43 years of riding.

 So if your bike doesn’t comply don’t let this stop you from coming to the trial on Sunday............

 I do have three rear sprocket stick on vinyl covers available and a few full front plastic disc covers. And before Sunday I will look into sourcing more and should be able to advise you come Sunday of the best/least expensive way to get your bike up to scratch if it doesn’t comply.

 See all you keen ones Sunday. Regards Kevin Pinfold


Bush Riders Motorcycle Club Coming Events 2019 >>


Hi all,

Adrian finally put a report together on the trial held on Oct 14 and sent it to me a week ago and quick as a flash I forgot to send it on. 

Report attached and Results here  http://www.moto-trials.co.nz/results/14451

BSA Shield report.

Yes we finally wrestled the BSA Shield off the Ixion Club yesterday for the first time since 2013. We had a small team go down to Paraparaumu on and we pulled it off.

The trial was on the easy side as a result of the Ixion boys setting the sections on Saturday in the rain when things were very slippery. But it cleared by Sunday morning and with the wind that was blowing things dried out to the extent that no one was fighting for grip.

Hannah and I rode in the A Grade and we beat both our Ixion opposition (John L and Brent D). I suppose I should mention in passing that Hannah was actually first on 4 points and I was second on 6. No big deal, nothing to make a big song and dance about, it was going to happen one day. Yea well moving on...........

Na actually Hannah was dead chuffed and that was the first time she's ever beaten me so congratulations Hannah.(Sulk sulk why didn't it rain all day......). All Hannah's 4 points were lost on the first lap which meant she then went 3 laps clean. I went 2, 2, 1, 1 so couldn't even pull off a clean lap - I cracked under pressure. After the first lap Hannah's riding went up a gear and she just rode so smoothly it didn't look like she was going to make a mistake. Maybe she learnt something from that hammering on the final day at Christchurch two weeks ago..........

Ok enough accolades for the kid or she'll need to go up a helmet size.

In the B (Intermediate) grade Chris Morrison dropped 9 points for first and Adrian Walcroft 10 for second with the Ixion riders Neil Sturmfells and Jamie Mead a wee bit behind on 16 and 18.

Our new rider Nick Longstaff, riding just his third trial, was our only Clubman rider and dropped a measly 2 points for an easy win. Can't remember who he rode against - maybe Dave Kennedy. 

So that was A Grade, Inters and Clubman sewn up.

Merv George was our sole representative in the President Grade and having his first ride on his new (well newer model) Gas Gas 125. Up against the experienced Chris Presto he had a good ride but unfortunately not quite good enough as Chris pipped him.

And finally we had our young junior Vinnie Veltman on his Gas Gas 50 competing against Ixion's young Russell McKenzie. Petrol v electric. Unfortunately electric power won today but Vinnie had some good rides and it was good to include the youngsters.

Although we didn't win all grades we won enough to take the shield so thanks guys and girl, job well done.

Results  http://www.moto-trials.co.nz/results/15040

We had one other new (as in joined up yesterday) club member there. Mike Ward from Bulls had a very enjoyable day on his 125 Gas Gas. He bought the bike for his 11 year old son Connor but Connor's finding the full size 125 just a wee bit big at present so Mikes on the lookout for a smaller bike like a GG or Beta 80. So if anyone knows of anything let me know.

And while we're on buy sell or exchange Merv has his 05ish yellow GG 125 for sale. Ph Merv on 06 323 2509.

Kevin P



Hi team

 It’s the annual BSA Shield Challenge against the Ixion MCC team this Sunday down Paraparaumu way.

 The venue is on Valley Road at the back of Pram. Easy to find following my simple instructions – famous last words........

 Head south on SH 1 down the new Kapiti Expressway and exit at the Paraparaumu off ramp. Left at the traffic lights and follow your nose along Kapiti Road through a couple of sets of lights, across the old SH1 intersection, across the railway lines and right into Hinemoa Street. Then left into Ruapehu Drive and all the way up Ruapehu which leads onto Valley Road which quickly takes you out of town and along past the golf course. Cruise along Valley Road until you see the trial sign turning you into a long drive on your right. You have arrived.


 It usually takes me about 1hr 20 from Ashhurst.

 Kick off will be 10.30 so aim to be there at 9.45 and you should have plenty of time.

 Not a bad venue although if this rain keeps up all week it’ll be slippery.

Cheers Kevin Pinfold


2018 Oceania and NZ Trials Champs in Christchurch over Labour weekend - a really good read & well worth praise Kevin. Great to have a man so keen to help others & show them how to when he's competing with them!

Thought you might all like to know how the dynamic Manawatu Orion duo of Hannah Rushworth and Kevin Pinfold went at the 2018 Oceania and NZ Trials Champs in Christchurch over Labour weekend. Well pretty good if I say so myself. Hannah’s goal was to take the NZ Women title and hold her end up as the NZ women rider in the Oceania team and mine was to finish in the top three of the Intermediate Grade. Not an official NZ Champs grade but a support grade, but highly competitive all the same. This grade sported the largest field and with half a dozen riders who could win. A mixture of young and old talent.


It didn’t get off to the best of starts – well for me anyway. I came down with a stinker of a cold straight after our club trial the previous Sunday and felt dog all week, and then Thursday afternoon I ended up with a bad eye infection. Ugliest looking eye you’ve ever seen. Got some anti biotic drops from the chemist on the way home from work and threw them in my right eye every 4 hours. Finally got to bed about midnight after packing bikes and Vertigo spares and Mots clothing and you name it in the van, and needed to be on the road at 6 am to catch the ferry. Bad sleep as coughing up green gunge all night and was getting very worried about the state of my health. Staying home seemed like a good option, but how would Hannah get there............


Listened to the 5 am news only to hear that the road was closed south of Pukerua Bay due to a truck falling on its lid and biffing some toxic substance everywhere. All traffic diverted over the Paikakareiki hill road which is a narrow twisty road which. I thought na, that’s going to be a disaster so let’s pull finger and head off via the Waiararapa which is usually about half an hour longer to the ferry. Hannah had stayed the night so we got our a’s into g and were out of here like a dog shot up the backside just before 6am. Trip to the ferry was a bit slower than hoped for due to trucks and the slow Rimutaka’s, and traffic on the Hutt motorway. Anyway got the ferry with 30 mins to spare. At least we didn’t get to que – drove straight on.


My eye was a wee bit better but still not brilliant and I wasn’t coughing too much gunge but I thought I might seek some medical assistance in Blenheim. Was worried about getting a lung infection and needing anti b’s to sort it. Doctor didn’t think I needed anti b’s so all good. Gave me some anti b ointment for my eye and said under no circumstances should I use contact lenses while I have an eye infection – which I knew anyway. I wear contacts when I ride. That’s going to be fun then isn’t it as I’ve never ridden with glasses. Only need + 1.5’s but without I can’t see clearly enough to ride confidently – old age..............


Anyway we eventually arrived at Roy and Sandra Hallie’s in Rangiora about 7 pm a bit travel weary. Too tired to make the trip into Ch Ch for sign in – we’ll do that in the morning at the trial.


At least I got the best night’s sleep I’d had all week. Think Hannah slept ok. She was in the house and I was in the caravan which was a good thing as I could cough my lungs out all night and not keep everyone awake.


Only problem camping at Rangiora was the distance to each day’s event. Day one was about one hour away at Diamond Harbour. 10.30 am kick off for the trial with about 65 riders. Hannah and I rode Intermediate which had the largest number of riders – about 18. And Hannah as I’ve already mentioned was the women member of the NZ Oceania team and up against Sarah Chivers from Aussie. Sarah is 18 and Hannah 15. One other women was competing, Gabby Gundry from Tauranga and also in Inters. So not only did Hannah want to beat the Aussie girl she also wanted to beat the more experienced 24 year old Gabby. I think Hannah was a bit nervous as we had no idea how good Sarah was. She had competed for Australia at the womens TDN and when Hannah rode in Aussie last year she didn’t go up against Sarah who rode in “Open Women” while Hannah rode Junior Women.


We had 12 sections, three laps and mostly in and around a small slippery stream up a gully in bush so rocks, tree roots etc. Also two in dry rocks on a hillside. I had a bad first lap and couldn’t cope with wearing my Warehouse “special” glasses. Also felt a bit drained and felt my glass was half empty. And it was a hot day. Confidence was not there. I lost 19 points on that lap which had me in 9th= - not good. Hannah had a wobbly first lap for 26, two in front of Sarah but 9 behind Gabby.


So I made the call to ditch the glasses and whack some contacts in and take the risk. Also slurped down a heap of glucose dosed water and got back into it. My energy and confidence suddenly appeared and I ripped off a lap of 9 which gave me the best lap by 2. Hannah upped her game for a lap of 18 which had her 2nd of the three women, behind Gabby, going into the last lap but a country mile ahead of the ocker who’d had a shocker.


So out for the last lap and I was feeling a million bucks and ripped around for 5 points with only one other in single figures on 8. Hannah had her best lap with 16 lost whereas Gabby had a shocker of a lap of 38. So the results had me a clear winner on 33 with the young 14 year old Aussie Junior team member Tom Woodhouse second on 40. Hannah was in 12th and really happy to be ahead of the other girls.


Unfortunately Team Aus was ahead as both our Expert (Jules Huguenin) and Junior (Daniel Herbert) were beat by their rivals, Kevin Zarczynski and Tom Woodhouse. At least Hannah held her end up.


Day two was even further away at Little River. Another hot day and a brilliant venue with a creek of slippery rocks that just stay slippery all day – I call them soap rocks. Also a few tree roots and dirt climbs. I had a slow start as when I was preparing to ride the first section I had team Sherco in my ear looking for a flywheel key. Yes team Vertigo had one so that wasted 10 minutes looking for that. Cleaned the first two sections and then messed up the third when I headed up the clubman line but soon realised my error but it cost me two dabs to get through a pile of ugly rocks back to my line – dick head. Then on the way to the fifth section the bike started steering funny and hello a flat front tyre. Haven’t had one of those for maybe 15 years, but I did hit in fairly hard on a rock on the section I’d just ridden. So back to the van and flash a tube. I just kept calm about it as I knew we had plenty of time.


Only thing was I got behind the pack so didn’t get to see any other Intermediates that first lap to see how the sections were riding. I got going again and the next group of sections were quite gnarly ones on slippery rocks. But maybe riding on my own helped as I absolutely blitzed them. Cleaned everything in my path but did drop a couple of dabs on easier sections to finish the lap on 4. Absolutely destroyed the opposition with the next best being Matt Woodhouse (Tom’s dad) from Australia on 14. I’m sure that score must have demoralised the other riders. Still don’t know how I did it, just one of those laps you pull out of the bag once in a blue moon.


Hannah had a ripper lap too and lost 21 which had her 8th =. That included a good crash on section 6  – her only 5 of the day. That had her 14 and 15 points ahead of the other girls. Team MOMCC acing it.............


My second and third laps weren’t so good and I wasn’t too worried as I was pretty confident no one would topple me. In fact on the second lap I was best = with the young Aussie on 13 but only had the 6th best lap on the last. But I’d done all I need to take a comfortable win on 32 from the 14 year old Aussie on 41. Our young fella’s must have been gutted as not only was the oldest in the class winning but the youngest was sitting in second – and an Australian to boot. Good kid though.


Hannah had an even better second lap being 6th best. A very good ride indeed and one she should be proud of. Those sections weren’t easy and need to be ridden with pinpoint accuracy if you didn’t want to end up paddling out the end on three or worse still sitting on your backside in the water. She flagged a bit on the last lap as she got tired but still trounced the other girls and a good number of the boys too. She lost 60 points for 10th place. Sarah dropped 105 and Gabby 110.


Team NZ got two rider over the line today with Jules winning Expert and of course Hannah doing the business. And in a separate side competition on the day, the North V South trophy was on the line. I was our nominated Inter rider and we just snuck in to take the trophy.


So into the final day with Australia and NZ tied up for the Oceania. The venue was another cracker out towards Little River with another “soap rock” creek plus a few dry rocks on a hill. And a few bigger rocks to get over today too. And the hottest day too I think – mid 20’s. I was still feeling confident although a wee bit jaded as I’d been coughing all night and hadn’t slept well. Hannah was a bit tired but still up for it although I think she was putting pressure on herself by thinking just one last day and I really want to take all three over the other girls.


Mind you I had in the back of my mind that it was still mine to lose too, as young Aussie Tom was only 6 Championship points behind me and a bad ride could easily see me 6 or so places behind him and heading out the door in second.  45 years of riding does mean you are old but well experienced too............


I thought perhaps I should help our 16 year old junior Daniel  get over the line at least once against his Aussie opposition. I’ve helped Daniel the past couple of years off and on, and it’s only early this year he beat me for the first time and went on to finish 2nd in the NI series one place ahead of me. But he’d seemed content to do his own thing all weekend so far. In fact I guessed he’d probably come ask if he could ride with me Monday and sure enough before riders brief he sidled up to me and said in his quiet teenager grunt speak “Kevin can I ride with you today”. So I said in my grumpy old man speak “yes as long as you don’t beat me and get between me and Tom”.


I was looking forward to helping him get one up on the his Aussie opposition. Daniel’s a good kid and a blimmin good rider and I like riding with him, but he can get his bottom lip on the ground if he has a few bad rides. And at the end of the day he helps me as much as I help him as we seem to work well in the sections together. Often he just needs a bit of guidance on the first lap and often then just goes his own way for the rest of the trial.


But not today. He stuck to me like glue and I really enjoyed the competition that went on between us. Inters had to start on section four and when we got there it was like yea we’re in for a hard day if they’re all like this. Quite long with a few good size rocks at different angles and to finish off a drop back into the stream and a very tricky U turn over slippery rocks before exiting out on the grass. Of course Daniel always likes me to go first but I was happy to today as my goal was to help him beat Tom. After the first lap he was happy to go first sometimes. Anyway we both kicked off with a 3 as did all the other Inters on this section I think. No, in fact Hannah 5’d it as did Gabby. Aussie girl had a 3.


The rest of the sections bar a couple were a bit easier than section 4. Funny thing happened to Daniel on section 7 when riding it. A clump of dead Mingy bush got caught by his rear wheel and got wrapped around the wheel and sprocket. Just as he got the front wheel out of the section for clean it jammed so tight it killed the Beta 125  engine dead. If he hadn’t got way off line it wouldn’t have happened. Took a while to un-jam that carry on. Then on the very slippery rocky section 9 the unthinkable happened when Daniel’s foot slipped when taking a dab and he instantly sat on his bum with the bike on top of him. Ha ha Kev got a 2 and was happy with that. The sort of section that anything less than 3 is a bonus. There was only one clean by an Inter on this section all day and it wasn’t either of us – Kevin Gundry actually. We both got a 1 & 2 each on the other laps.


So I came in on 6 points and Danny boy on 10. Jason Day was also on 6 with the next best being Tom on 13. Bit close Daniel, pull finger lad. So he did and put in a lap of one but I kept close on 4 to maintain a one point lead. The Aussie kid done a 9 and Jason 8. A close day. But Hannah’s wheels fell off poor girl. She dropped 37 and was sitting last 5 points behind Aussie – not good Hannah. Mind you I wasn’t aware of what she was up too at this stage. I was too focused on what Daniel and I were doing.


I kept the pressure up on the last lap and went around for 6 but Daniel threw away a few soft dabs on the easier sections for a round of 7 which had me home on a total of 16 and Dan boy 18. He was annoyed with himself for losing the few silly ones but happy as he knew Tom couldn’t beat him as he was already on 22 after two laps – mission accomplished Aussie wise. But then Jason came in on 3 and burst Daniels bubble – got him by one point but I was ok as Jace was still one behind me – yea done it, three wins, sorry young fella’s, come back next year. Think they might go A grade next year. Been there done that got the scars.................


Hannah had a much improved second lap to drop 20 but fell away on the last for 29. Hannah was 4 points ahead of Sarah going into the final lap and came in first on the final lap. Hannah’s total was 86 so we waited for Sarah to come in hoping she’d be on a lap of 26 or more but no she blitzed around for 18, so her total was 79. And to rub salt in the wound Gabby dropped 80 for the day. Poor Hannah, dead last in Intermediate and last of the girls. I think she felt she’d let the Oceania team down. I felt I’d let her down by not helping her that last day, but then she’d blitzed that hard second day with no help – from me anyway. Yes it was tiring but it was for everyone, and I’m sure if she’d tagged along with Daniel and I we’d have got her over the line. We’ll never know. But on the upside she is 2018 NZ Women’s Champion so not all was lost. And she was the only member of the Oceania NZ team to get two wins over her rival, the others only got one each. So she can be proud of that.


Hannah did come away with a few bruises that last day. I was standing only a few feet away when she rode the hard section 4 for the last time. She’d got through the hard large rocks for a dab and when dropping back into the creek for the final bit she went down like a sack of spuds with her bike on top of her. In the process she tried to smash a rock with her left elbow. Rock 1, Hannah nil......... But she still came up with a smile – eventually, and a broken clutch lever. And she had another little tip off on section 5 and hurt the top her right foot. Well she thinks that’s where it happened as the foot was ok until she woke up Tuesday morning hurting and limping. I said you’ll be ok, they’ll likely put your foot in plaster and the six weeks will go pretty fast.


Which leads to the sad fact that Australia won the Oceania as Jules also came in behind Kevin Z that last day. Let’s hope the AB’s don’t get beat by Australia too this weekend.


So a very successful 3 days for the MOMCC duo - winners all round. I won in Wellington last year with a second and two wins but somehow this win seemed better. Probably because the young Taranaki boys Jason and Daniel had improved this year and had beaten me in the NI’s whereas last year I went in as NI winner. Plus I felt I haven’t been riding quite so well this year what with hernia’s and a lack of practice and all that. And with the stinking cold on top I just didn’t expect to be bringing home the shield again. But we’ll take it and who knows what next year will bring.


And not only that but Team Vertigo had two riders take home a first place. Myself of course in Intermediate but also Ray Skinner from Auckland riding President grade – winner all three days. And Vertigo riders Carl Robson picked up 3rd  place in A Grade as did Francis Sydenham in Clubman. Not bad considering we only had 5 riders there on the green machines.


Results here          http://pioneertrials.co.nz/


The Pioneer club done an awesome job and in my opinion it was one of the best NZ 3 day champs I’ve ever ridden. Sections were spot on, challenging but not too hard and not too long. Great job the Pioneer team. The Ixion boys done a brilliant job last year but I’d rate the Pioneer event a few points higher. The difference being the brilliant venues they have down there around Christchurch.


So that’s another NZ champs out of the way and the news on the street is next year will be in the Hawkes Bay, so hopefully we’ll get a bigger team from Manawatu Orion there. I’m sure the HB boys can put on a good event too as they have some ripper venues. Their NI rounds this year were good so they can do it.


And thanks Hannah for being an awesome travelling companion and helping fly the MOMCC banner. And sorry if my coughing drove you mad............


And if anyone’s looking for a shite cold I’ve still got it and its going free – in fact I’ll pay you to take it.


And don’t forget we have the BSA Shield Trial in just over a week on Nov 4 down Paraparaumu way. Details to follow.



Kevin Pinfold


 Bush Riders Motorcycle Club, Pahiatua Coming Events


Sunday 28th October Rnd 2 Natural Terrain – Nikau Road Pahiatua


Sunday 11th November Rnd 1 Central XC Series - Waipukurau

Friday 16th November Bisset Honda Mini Night


Friday 14th December Bisset Honda Mini Night

Sunday 16thDecember Rnd 2 Central XC Series - Woodville

Sunday 23rd December Christmas Trail Ride


Sunday 13th January Pre Woodville Blowout, Mangamaire MX Park


Sunday 3rd February Makuri School Trail Ride

Sunday 17th February Rnd 3 Central XC Series

Friday 22nd February Bisset Honda Mini Night

Sunday 17th March Rnd 4 Central XC Series

Friday 22nd March Bisset Honda Mini Night

Sunday 7th April Rnd 5 Central XC Series


The next Manawatu Orion Mototrial is on October 14.

 See event notice below for details.

 One event MNZ competition licenses available ($25) for those without a current license.

 I can sign you up for a club membership on the day. Senior $25, Junior (under 17) $20, Family $35.

 Merv George will be setting the sections on Saturday the 13th. If anyone is free to help him I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

 Other events.

 This Sunday Oct 7 the Ixion club have their monthly trial. Venue is “the Maungatooks”. That’s up Maungatukutuku Road off Valley Road at Paraparaumu. Good venue if it’s not been raining all week.

Sign on 9.30 am. Kick off about 10.00.


MotoTrials: October Meeting.

Club champs Round 5

When: Sunday October 14th

10.30 am to approx. 3pm

Sign on 9.45 to 10.15

Where: Davisons Farm, No272, near the far end of No3 Line off the

Pohangina Valley East Rd .

GPS -40.212484, 175.819764

Directions: Approx 20 minutes from Ashhurst. Head through Ashhurst

towards Pohangina and take the Pohangina Valley East

Road. (look for sign posts from here).

Spectators welcome No Dogs please.

For more information

Phone 06 326 8666 or 021 031 9897, Kevin Pinfold. kptrials@xtra.co.nz

06 323 2509, Merv George. h.c@farmside.co.nz

Web Site: http://www.manawatu-orion.com and click on Events - Moto Trials




Moto Trials - Hi everyone,

Please find below a report on last weekend's MOMCC trial in Wanganui. Thanks Jane and my apologies for not getting it forwarded on sooner.

Results http://www.moto-trials.co.nz/results/14450

Chris might only have 50 acres just north of Wanganui with only about 10% (probably less) suitable for setting out sections but boy did he utilise what was there brilliantly. Top effort Chris. And the good thing is there's enough scope within what he used to set another 8 sections and not have them the same. Luckily the weather played ball for a change otherwise it could have been a tad slippery........

Next months MOMCC trial has been moved from the original date, which clashes with Labour weekend and the NZ Champs. The date is now set for October 14. This will be the final round of the club champs and venue will be on No 3 Line off the Pohangina Valley West Rd. More detail later.

And while on dates the next event after that will be the BSA Shield Trial. This is our annual inter club challenge with the Ixion Club and this year it is their turn to host the event which will be at Paraparaumu on November 4th. So lock that one into your calendar and we'll see if we can't get that shield off them. It's been a while..........

Cheers Kevin

MOMCC September Trial 16-9-18

This month’s trial was held at Chris Morrison’s property at Whanganui. Chris had been busy all

week nutting out sections for us, and did a great job. The trial followed a stream gully with nice

steep sides, crossed with stock tracks. It was a good mix of downhills and uphills with tight turns.

3 and 4 were on open farmland, the ground was hard and dry, it had been pugged up during winter

by the stock, so was no bowling green, especially my line on section 3, for me it was a good

element to deal with. The rest of the sections were sheltered under mature pines, with plenty of tree

roots to add to the mix. A root on section 5 gave me a surprise 5, because my back wheel slipped

sideways and down.

There was a good turn out, considering we clashed dates with Ixions’s classic trial. The Herbert’s

came down from New Plymouth and new member Nick Longstaff travelled from Dannevirke to

compete at his 1st trial, riding Kevin’s Vertigo he cleaned up clubman. Kevin and Nick were still

riding after everyone else left.

In A grade Kevin was on form on his Ossa, he pulled a win against Warrick and Daniel and put on a

good show for the many young spectators.

Daniel had a good number of cleans, but unfortunately too many fives too. It seemed an all or

nothing day for him. Daniel and Hannah have been chosen for the Oceania Team, exciting but also

putting on added pressure for them to ride well at the Nationals coming up on Labour Weekend.

There were a good amount of spectators, a family from Bulls, who are pretty keen to get into trials

and Chris’s neighbour with his dirt bike riding kids and their friends who came over to watch in the


I was riding with Barry, a local ride for him since he’s recently moved to Whanganui. He stepped up

and rode clubman, I stayed in sportsman, which is just as well considering my high score. Thanks

Merv for adding those purple arrows at the start of the day.

It was pleasant spring weather and a great days riding.

See result here http://moto-trials.co.nz/results/14450


The next Manawatu Orion Mototrial is this coming Sunday. Details as follows

 Date: September 16

 Venue:  Chris Morrison’s “dirt” , 201 State Hwy 3 ,  Wanganui

From Wanganui , head toward New Plymouth following State Hwy 3 ( main route to N.P.)

From the 100 kph road sign at the edge of Wanganui , the venue is 3 km.

From the Caltex Service Station , it is 2 km.

Venue will be signposted 200m from gateway and at gate.

Gateway on left , on blind road bend so TAKE CARE.

 Entries on the day – senior $15, junior (under 17) $10

Sign on 9.45am  Start 10.30 am

 All grades from beginner to A grade catered for.

 MNZ competition licence required. One event licence available on the day for $25 for those without a licence.

 Section setter: Chris Morrison

 COC: Merv George Steward: Kevin Pinfold

 Info: This event is a bit outside our Manawatu area but Chris is one of our members, and with venues hard to come by at this time of year due to lambing, it was good of Chris to offer his bit of dirt. So we get to travel to Chris’ rather than him travelling over to the Manawatu for a change. Sorry it’s a bit far for you Hawkes Bay and Wellington riders. Not so far for the Taranaki riders but I see they have an event too. So do Ixion with a twin shocking trial at Paraparaumu. One day we’ll all avoid clashing dates!!!!!

 Chris has 50 acres and there probably won’t be a rock on the place, so it’ll be banks and hills, and he tells me there is a pine plantation too so maybe a slippery tree root will pop up and get you. I’m sure it’ll be very slippery if wet but we may be lucky as the long term forecast looks ok. Let’s hope so because I’m over cleaning muddy bikes for this year...............

 Have had a call tonight from a possible new rider (or even two) looking for bike for an 11 year old. Preferably a 125 so dad can ride too. Anyone know of anything? Let me know if you do.

 Bye for now  Kevin Pinfold 021 031 9897


Moto Trials

Hi Guys, An Ixion trial on Sunday – see below email from Phil C. Judds is at the top of the Haywards on the way over to the Hutt from Pahitanui. I may go depending on the weather and other ducks lining up.

I see the twinshockers are clashing with our date again on the 16th. Second month in a row now............

 Chris has the peg bags and will be busy setting sections on his 50 acres over Wanganui ready for us on the 16th. I’ll email more detail next week.

 Four Manawatu riders at the final two NI rounds last weekend in Tauranga and the Waikato. Adrian, Callum, Hannah and myself. Callum had two seconds in Clubman. Dad was 4th and 5th in Clubman. Hannah was 10th (er um last) on Saturday and 6th Sunday in Inter’s and I had 2nd’s in Inters. Both days slippery. Fine day on Saturday but all the sections were in bush and it had rained heaps prior so was greasy. Sunday’s weather over in the Waikato was not good. Rains came after midnight just like our day two and stayed off and on all day plus wind to boot. All sections were on grassy hills with big rocks but they gave plenty of room to attack things so even though sections cut up all were still do-able to the end. Both trials good with Sunday turning out the easiest.

 Results  http://trialscores.com/ Cheers Kevin


From: Philip Costello [mailto:philcostello@outlook.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 4 September 2018 8:10 p.m.
To: Philip Costello
Subject: Upcoming rides

We're all go this weekend for our monthly Ixion Club ride  -  here's a quick copy and paste (Ctrl + v) from the last newsletter:


SEPTEMBER 9TH                                   IXION MOTOTRIAL                Judds (same location as last time                                                                                                                but different area) 

 ...I note Silverbullet has it down as 'TBA' but I've always thought that venue sucked so thank god we're not there again...

 Also, those fellas with the excessive rear-ends aren't going on a diet anytime soon so here's their next outing, compliments of Ricardo:

 Twin Shocks on 16 September at Kapiti 4x4 Maungies, Kapiti


Manawatu-Orion MCC August Trial 19/8/18  and keep in mind Next MOMCC Mototrial - September 16. Details to follow.

It doesn’t happen very often at this time of the year, but we managed to get a fine Sunday and a mostly dry hillside all at once. The Woodville gorge limestone quarry never disappoints. Some pine trees, some mud and lots of crumbly limestone was the setting for the 8 sections of the day. 19 riders showed up to conquer these sections, including William Easton along for his first trial. Good to see some Ixion riders up for the day including the 3 experts that put on a good display for the rest of us. I think everyone stopped what they were doing and looked every time these 3 attempted the big rock step on section 6. Kevin and Phil did an excellent job of setting out the sections, very enjoyable not too hard not too easy, this was reflected in the scores with a good spread over all grades. Battle raged on in A grade between the cripples. Hannah had some excellent rides, but lack of aggression saw her slip behind. I narrowly managed to keep Kevin at bay for the day, always makes me work for it. A vast spread of scores in Intermediate meant some testing rides. John Lawton left very happy after cleaning up on 30 points. I didn’t manage to see much of the other grades during the day but looked to be some good riding going on, and a few off the bike moments from Merv. Vinnie showing some good progression, won’t be long before hes moving up through the grades. All in all a very enjoyable day and some good riding had by all.

Cheers Warrick.

Results - http://www.moto-trials.co.nz/results/14449


The next Manawatu Orion Mototrial is this Sunday.

 Details as follows.

 Event: Club Champs Rnd 3

Date: August 19

 Venue: The lime quarry at the Woodville end of the Manawatu Gorge.

 Directions: Now that StateHighway 3 through the Gorge is now permanently closed  you need to find your way to SH3 on the Woodville side of the Ruahine Ranges via the Saddle Road  or Pahiatua Track (which is a sealed road and not a track). Then head towards the Gorge and the quarry entrance is just past the Balance bridge on your right. We’ll have signs out.

 Sign on: 9.45 AM

 Start time: 10.30 AM

 COC/section setter: Kevin. If I don’t get all done on Saturday I’ll send an email Saturday evening to MOMCC members so you can get there early on Sunday and finish the job.

 MNZ Steward: Merv

 Extra info: I hope everyone has renewed their MNZ competition license. One event licenses available on the day for $25.

 See some of you there Sunday. Regards Kevin Pinfold


Winter Cup, 22nd July 2018, Report by Hannah Rushworth, she's not just anybody, she's good! 

Most clubs have a few locations that get used over and over again. MOMCC is no different. Every

year there are a few trials up the Pohangina Valley, one or two at the Mangatainoka Quarry, another

at the Gorge Quarry, one at Boltons at Ashhurst, and one at Coppermine Creek. You'd think it would

get a bit repetitive going to the same old places, year after year, but, at least for me, it doesn't. It's

sort of like visiting a friend and, quite often, that friend has changed a bit.

Coppermine creek has changed even in the few years that I have been doing trials. There are some

new baby pine trees where some sections used to be. These are currently out of bounds until they

grow up a bit. Sections three and four are now flanked by scrubby regrowth, and the river is always

altering, even if some of those changes are subtle.

I've always thought of Coppermine creek as slippery. I remember falling off there once as a

beginner and the last few times (at least in my memory) have seemed a tad greasy. This time there

was rocky farmland, pine covered banks, and a creek. Add in a few brief showers during the day

and finding traction at the right times was always going to be a challenge.

Everyone had to get there early to help set up. I quite like these days. It's good to have some

practice in setting sections without the pressure of having to do a whole event. Merv had scoped out

a general plan for the trial and directed mum and I to a gravelly area next to the car park where we

set section one. Mum did what she was told although I did let her have a little say about the social

line. We must have got something right because Hugo said section one was the best social section.

We only had to pay a half price entry fee because it was advertised as a practice trial / training day.

Our 15 entries was a much better turn out than the eight competitors at our last event. And, because

he is still in recovery mode after his hernia operation, Kevin made himself available for coaching

and spent the day wandering the sections and offering advice.

The sections were deceptively difficult. There was nothing that looked daunting but it was so easy

to score a five. Sections five to eight were particularly greasy and, once stopped, it wasn't easy to

get going again. Let's just say that Cleans and Ones were quite hard to come by.

It probably wasn't a great trial for new riders. The scores would seem to suggest that the sections

were set a little too hard for the conditions. Having said that, it's hard to see how they could have

been much easier without being too easy. And the reason we ride trials is to challenge and test

ourselves and this certainly did that.

Mum said that there were a few falls but, apart from my own little tumble on lap three, I didn't see

anyone fall off.

My favorite section was three. It was quite tight with a couple of banks and a hill climb, all under

pine trees. Maybe I liked it because it wasn't slippery but I've always liked tight, twisty, and offcamber.

The best I got on it was a one. I should have cleaned it.

Trials is definitely a mind game and my mind was losing the battle, with my day going downhill

after the first lap. I'm sure a few other riders had similar feelings. My second lap was actually the

best score-wise, but I was fading.

And then, on my third lap, I ripped my pants on my broken mudguard, then I fell off trying to get up

a bank. I landed on my back on top of a small stone. This was painful enough. Then my bike fell on


My excuse was that I was still recovering from a bad cold and my elbow was sore but the truth is

that I buckled under a little pressure. So what if most of the sections were a bit challenging. Despite

my crash, they weren't dangerous, and I quite liked them.

Mum and Peter Ladyman were the last to come in because they were practising on the sections and

having a great time. So obviously not everyone was beaten into submission.


It’s all go for the MOMCC Mototrial and training day this Sunday.


Event: Winter Cup Mototrial and training day

Date: 22/07/2018

Venue: Galloway Farm, Coppermine Road, near Woodville.

 How to get there: If coming from Palmy North side of the ranges drive over the Saddle Road from Ashhurst and don’t go into Woodville but keep straight ahead on Oxford Rd until you hit the T intersection with Pinfold Road where we’ll have a “trial” sign. Turn left and drive to the very end of Pinfold Road where it Tee’s with Coppermine Road. Left into Coppermine and a few hundred metres and right into the venue.

If coming from Hawkes Bay or through Woodville you will find Pinfold Rd on the northern edge of Woodville. Just follow Pinfold Rd all the way to Coppermine.

Oh, and there will be a “Pinfold family toll” for using Pinfold Rd. I’ll collect that on behalf of my great grandfather at the trial.

 Allow 30 mins from Ashhurst.

 Section set up time for MOMCC members: From 8.30 am.

Sign on: 9.45 am

Start time: 10.30 am

 Info: I won’t be riding due to still recovering from my wee hernia op last week but will be there to help with training.

 Since we used this venue last year there have been new pine trees planted where the old one were cut down a couple of years ago. So no riding where these new trees are or we will be in trouble big time. There’s also a firewood guy up there with his gear set up and we have been asked to steer clear of his area too.

The riding area is a good k or so from the road with an all weather access track including a stream ford. The farmer says the ford is in good condition at present but if you have a low car it may present a problem. If so unload your bike and ride up to the car park and I can drive down in my van and collect your kit you’ll need for the day.

Could be a bit of rain Sunday but probably not a lot if there is.

 That’s about all I think.

 See some of you there

 Kevin Pinfold  MOMCC


Bush Riders Motorcycle Club



Just a quick email to say our next Manawatu Orion mototrial is on July 22. In theory it should have been this coming Sunday, as it’s the third Sunday, but for some reason our calendar came out early in the year with the 22nd listed so we are sticking to that date.


Venue is Coppermine road over Woodville way. I’ll send out more detail later this week/early next week.

 In the mean time check out this bit of nostalgia and see if you can spot yours truly. Of course I was riding in those good old days..................


 Cheers  Kevin Pinfold


MOMCC Mototrial

Club Champs Rnd 2 17/6/2018

I said I’d do a report on April’s trial but never quite got there. Let me think. Oh yes

it was at up Opawe Road up the Poh’ Valley and 14 riders fronted up. Not a bad wee

trial that was set up in trying conditions by Adrian Walcroft. Weather wasn’t being

kind to him and when he went up mid week to throw some sections in there were

cattle camped everywhere so that job was aborted for a day or so.

Conditions were a bit damp in places and probably the wettest we’ve seen at this place

for many years. Unfortunately it was probably our last event there as the farmer is

fencing off the creek and kinda indicated it’d be last time we can use it. Bugger!

And Warrick beat me by two points too bugger. Results below.


Back to the main object which is to report on this month’s trial. And the weather

wasn’t kind again. The Awahou South Road, Poh’ Valley venue is more dry weather

friendly than wet weather and there’s been a bit of rain lately if you haven’t noticed.

Merv went out Saturday on his Jack Jones (own) and set out eight sections which was

a good effort. And like April there was a mob of cattle in the front paddock to

contend with.

I kind of think this made it a better trial as Merv was forced to look further into the

property and put all eight sections in the upper two paddocks where we haven’t been

for a year or two. He found some new sections as well as a few in familiar spots.

And what did it do Saturday night, yea rained all night. Just can’t win this year. I’m

sure this put a few off riding as only seven weather weary soles turned up. And a

newby, Ian Richards, turned up for a look although he didn’t bring his recently

acquired, ex Adrian Walcroft, Beta with him. Thought he’d just come and have a wee

look first and join the club. Welcome Ian and we hope the wet and slippery looking

conditions didn’t put you off.

But heh it didn’t rain all day and the sun even poked it’s nose out for five minutes and

a bit of a breeze even came along which may have helped dry a few sections by a % or

two. Yes conditions were very slippery but Merv’s sections coped well and it wasn’t a

case of fives or fighting three’s that I imagined it would have been.

Most sections were up and down hills and banks with the odd log thrown in. Most

sections were quite long and even one (section 7) that Merv described during riders

briefing as being 4 chains long. He didn’t mean drive chain or dog chain or anything

like that. A chain is an old fashioned unit of length - A chain is a unit of length that

measures 66 feet, 22 yards, 100 links,or 4 rods (20.1168 m). There are 10 chains in a

furlong, and 80 chains in one statute mile. An acre is the area of 10 square chains (that is,

an area of one chain by one furlong).

Ok then, that clarifies what a chain is, and I’m thinking Merv may have under

estimated a bit there. It was perhaps 5 chains for us riding A grade. We had to head

back up stream for a wee while at one stage. This was the only section that involved

the stream apart from section 4 that had most of us riding across it before we got to

test ourselves on tight turns and steep little banks good section.

Warrick, Hannah and myself were the only A Grader’s and we rode together. As he

does these days Warrick set the pace and I was keeping him honest snapping at his

heals ready to pounce if he messed up. He did on section 5 on the first lap where he

copped a five when he hit his head on a lowish branch which pretty much knocked him

off his bike . My chance to gain a few here I thought. But bugger, I managed to stall

my bike before I was half way through the section – clown……………. Hannah managed a

three so had the last laugh that time.

I generally rode ok except there were a few times when I rode a bit too cautiously

and this cost me a few points with my total adding up to 17. Warrick made few

mistakes all day, apart from the head butting incident, and deserved his win on a lowly

11 points lost. Now Hannah will tell you she had a bad day with her tally adding up to

66. Her first lap was definitely a shocker adding up to 29. The sections definitely had

some tricky bits in them and some required a wee bit of aggression at the right time

or you’d come to a wheel spinning halt.

I think Hannah was a bit too cautious on some of these climbs and probably didn’t

have belief in herself that she could conquer them. But with a bit of encouragement,

and I’m also sure she gave herself a good talking to, the second lap improved to 11

points. When she gets focused and sets her mind to it Hannah can make things look so

easy on that 125 Beta and she certainly did a few times on the harder sections. You

didnt ride bad all day Hannah, just some of the day. Dont worry, Id hardly ridden a

motorbike at 15 (Did a 1949 James 197cc with no rear suspension count……………) let

alone become Aussie Junior Women Champion.

Dont be cross at her dad, in the big picture shes doing it good!

The thing is with a 125, it requires a different technique on some sections and

especially on steep abrupt banks such as the first bank on section 4. Whereas

Warrick and I riding 300’s could pop the bank in 2nd gear with minimal run up and a

blip of the throttle the 125 requires a wee bit more room and a bigger handful of

throttle to safely pop to the top. So a bit more aggression required on the throttle in

combination with controlled clutch engagement. A bit less room for error on a 125 and

this does catch Hannah out sometimes. Likewise on big climbs the bigger engine bikes

can accelerate quicker and use that extra momentum to carry you over the top. At

the same time those 300’s can get you into trouble too where a 125 won’t.

Adrian had his first trial on his new ex Nick Parkinson Beta 250 and I’m thinking he

was probably a tad disappointed with his score of 52 in the Inters grade, ten behind

Paul Wheatley and wopping 30 behind Chris Morrison good ride Chris.

Merv was the sole President rider and posted the highest score of anyone on the day

of 75. He can’t complain though since he was the section setter.

Good to see young Vinnie Veltman back out on his Gas Gas 50. He looks very

comfortable and confident and happy when he’s riding. And by the end of the day he

was conquering those stream crossings between sections.

So not a bad day all round and made even better when Hannah and Vinnie’s wee sister

(whose name eludes me) busted out the home baking. Not only can Hannah ride a

trials bike good but she can also turn out top notch biscuits and cake. And so to can

Vinnie’s mum. Not sure she can pedal a trials bike as good as Hannah though!

Results - http://www.moto-trials.co.nz/results/14447

Next MOMCC mototrial Winter Cup, July 22, up Coppermine Road - over the Saddle

Road and up Pinfold Road to get there.



Committee Meetings: First Thursday of each month, 7.30pm at the Post Office Hotel, Pahiatua


Friday 15th June Bush Riders Prizegiving & AGM

Post Office Hotel, Pahiatua - ALL WELCOME

7pm Complimentary Feed and Drinks

7.30pm AGM & Prizegiving

Sunday 1st July Central Enduro Rnd 4 and North Island Enduro Rnd 5

Venue: Callaghan’s, 366 Mangarei Road, Masterton


Please find attached official results from Rnds 3 & 4 of the NI Mototrials Champs.

Hi everyone,

Hope you all arrived home safely from your weekend of fun in the Manawatu.

 Sorry they are a bit slow being sent out.........

 You will also find the results on Silver Bullet - http://silverbullet.co.nz/shownews.php

 The Manawatu Orion club would like to thank all those that rode and made it a successful weekend in spite of the weather. Also a big thanks to all the helpers/observers on the day and those that put in a big effort with the organisation and section setting – Phil, Merv, Adrian, Warrick, Hannah, Callum, Mark, Malcolm (results) and if your name is missing from the list it wasn’t intentional. And a special thanks to Sandra for stepping into the Stewards role at the last minute when our regular Wade pulled out.

 And weren’t Phil’s certificates just awesome. Can’t wait to see Ray’s reaction when he gets his 1st place Pressie certificate. I’ll hand it over at the Naki rounds.

 Also a big thanks to the land owners, Stuart Davison and Stuart Bolton. Oh and not to forget Lynley and Abe Herbert for jumping on the BBQ.

 It was just so unfortunate it decided to rain heavily on Saturday night and turn what was a dry and grippy patch of bush on Saturday evening into a very slippery patch of bush on Sunday morning. Warrick and I had our work cut out there for a while easing up the bush sections. It was so gutting having to rearrange a few weekends work and even pull one section altogether. When the weather decides to dump on you there’s nothing you can do to stop it. It was a gamble using that venue but we were keen to give you something new and different. At least it wasn’t cold and the sun came out too.

 We dodged a bullet with the Saturday venue though. The farmer phoned me on Monday night and said the stream was running so high Sunday morning it would have been impassable. Now that would have been a problem......................

See you all in the Naki at the end of June. Cheers Kevin Pinfold

  Results - 2018 North Island Moto Trials Championship - Round 3 - MOMCC, May 12                                                                                                                                                        
    Sections Cleans to 5's               Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4
Class Rider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 0 1 2 3 5 L1 L2 L3 Ti* Total Place Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Expert Matt FOSTER 2 1 0 1 5 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 2 2 2 1 2 1 3 3 1 1 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 1 7 16 8 4 1 19 22 8   49 1 25 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 19 1 5 1 0 3 2 2 3 0 1 2 2 22 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 8                          
  Dylan BALL 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 2 2 3 3 5 1 5 2 5 3 3 3 0 1 3 3 3 2 0 3 0 3 2 2 3 2 0 1 3 6 3 11 13 3 24 27 28   79 2 22 0 3 2 3 1 5 3 3 2 0 2 0 24 2 2 2 3 5 3 0 3 0 3 3 1 27 2 0 2 5 2 3 1 3 3 2 2 3 28                          
  Stuart LAWTON 3 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 5 3 3 5 1 3 3 2 3 2 5 5 0 3 1 1 3 3 0 5 1 2 7 5 7 11 6 34 25 23   82 3 20 3 5 0 2 2 3 1 2 5 3 3 5 34 2 1 0 0 3 3 3 3 5 1 3 1 25 3 2 0 0 5 5 3 2 0 1 0 2 23                          
Intermediate Andrew CLEMENT 3 0 1 5 3 2 0 1 3 0 1 0 3 3 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 2 0 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 13 9 5 8 1 20 18 10   48 1 25 3 5 0 0 3 0 1 3 1 3 0 1 20 0 3 1 1 3 1 2 2 2 0 0 3 18 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 10                          
  Daniel HERBERT 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 2 3 5 5 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 3 11 10 5 8 2 17 18 19   54 2 22 0 0 1 3 2 0 2 5 0 2 1 1 17 1 3 0 0 3 0 2 5 0 1 2 1 18 1 0 0 1 1 3 3 3 0 3 1 3 19                          
  Kevin PINFOLD 3 1 2 0 2 1 0 3 2 2 0 1 1 3 3 2 3 5 3 1 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 3 2 0 9 8 8 9 2 19 22 20   61 3 20 3 0 0 2 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 3 19 1 2 3 0 3 3 1 5 0 2 0 2 22 2 1 2 1 3 5 2 1 0 3 0 0 20                          
  Jason DAY 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 1 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 1 2 3 1 2 2 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 1 7 9 9 10 1 16 21 25   62 4 18 0 0 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 2 0 3 16 1 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 2 1 21 3 1 2 3 3 5 3 2 2 0 0 1 25                          
  Gary SAMSON 2 1 2 2 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 3 5 1 3 3 0 3 3 1 3 3 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 0 1 3 3 3 6 7 6 15 2 21 23 30   74 5 16 2 2 1 0 5 1 0 1 2 3 1 3 21 1 3 0 0 3 3 3 3 2 2 0 3 23 2 3 0 3 5 3 3 3 1 3 1 3 30                          
  Kevin GUNDRY 1 1 5 2 1 2 0 0 2 1 2 0 3 3 2 1 3 3 3 2 3 2 0 3 0 1 1 3 3 2 3 5 2 1 3 5 5 8 9 11 3 20 24 30   74 6 15 1 2 0 1 3 1 3 2 0 3 3 1 20 1 1 0 2 3 3 2 0 1 3 5 3 24 5 2 2 0 2 3 3 3 1 2 2 5 30                          
  Grant THWAITES 2 1 1 2 1 0 2 2 0 1 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 5 1 1 0 5 3 3 2 5 3 3 3 5 3 7 9 13 4 29 27 28   84 7 14 2 2 2 1 3 3 3 2 1 5 2 3 29 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 1 1 3 5 3 27 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 5 0 3 3 5 28                          
  Mark SIDEBOTHAM 2 3 3 5 0 3 0 2 1 1 2 5 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 0 3 2 0 5 3 3 3 3 2 1 5 2 4 3 8 16 5 32 30 30   92 8 13 2 5 0 1 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 1 32 3 0 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 5 30 3 3 1 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 2 2 30                          
  Colin DOWNS 2 2 1 3 3 3 2 2 1 3 1 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 2 5 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 3 3 3 1 5 7 20 3 34 31 29   94 9 12 2 3 2 3 3 3 3 5 2 2 3 3 34 2 3 2 1 3 3 3 3 5 3 0 3 31 1 3 1 3 5 3 3 3 1 2 1 3 29                          
  Hannah RUSHWORTH 3 2 1 3 5 5 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 1 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 2 4 3 4 20 5 32 37 27   96 10 11 3 3 2 3 0 3 5 1 3 3 3 3 32 2 5 1 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 37 1 5 0 0 3 3 5 3 2 3 0 2 27                          
  Colin GODSELL 3 3 1 5 3 3 5 3 3 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 1 0 0 2 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 5 2 5 3 22 4 37 30 30   97 11 10 3 5 5 1 3 3 3 5 0 3 3 3 37 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 1 2 3 3 1 30 1 3 3 2 3 3 3 0 1 3 3 5 30                          
  Alistair NEVILLE 3 3 1 3 3 3 0 3 3 3 2 1 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 5 2 1 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 26 3 36 33 31   100 12 9 3 3 0 3 3 5 3 5 2 3 3 3 36 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 33 1 3 3 1 3 3 3 5 0 3 3 3 31                          
  Flynn GODSELL 3 1 2 5 5 5 5 3 5 1 2 1 1 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 3 0 1 5 5 5 2 1 2 5 3 3 1 7 4 14 10 41 32 34   107 13 8 3 5 5 1 1 5 3 3 3 5 2 5 41 1 5 3 2 3 3 3 3 0 5 1 3 32 2 5 5 1 3 3 3 1 1 5 2 3 34                          
  Laine VICKERS 5 3 3 3 1 3 5 5 3 1 3 0 3 3 2 3 5 3 3 3 5 3 5 3 5 2 2 3 3 5 0 5 0 5 3 2 3 2 4 17 10 39 41 31   111 14 7 5 3 5 1 3 3 3 3 5 3 0 5 39 3 1 5 3 3 5 3 5 2 3 5 3 41 3 3 3 0 2 3 5 3 2 5 0 2 31                          
  Gabby GUNDRY 5 3 5 5 5 3 0 3 3 3 3 2 3 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 0 1 0 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 3 3 1 1 16 15 42 44 40   126 15 6 5 5 0 3 3 5 3 5 0 5 5 3 42 3 5 3 3 5 3 3 3 1 5 5 5 44 5 3 3 2 5 3 3 3 0 5 5 3 40                          
  Brent DOUGLAS                                   DNF DNF DNF   DNF DNF                           DNF                         DNF                         DNF                          
  Kerry LOWNDES 2 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1 2 3   14 DNF DNF   DNF DNF   2 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 14                         DNF                         DNF                          
President Ray SKINNER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 28 7   1   1 3 6   10 1 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 6                          
  John LAWTON 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 22 10 1 3   10 7 4   21 2 22 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 1 10 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 7 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4                          
  Nigel SHILTON 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 2 3 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 21 6 6 3   11 9 7   27 3 20 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 11 0 0 0 3 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 7                          
  Bob WADE 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 2 1 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 16 14 1 4 1 13 11 9   33 4 CL 1 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 3 0 1 11 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 9                          
  Peter OSBORNE 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 5 5 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 5 0 3 2 0 17 8 3 3 5 9 29 10   48 5 18 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 3 9 0 5 1 1 0 3 2 5 0 5 5 2 29 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 10                          
  Kevin TITHER 1 1 5 2 5 0 2 0 1 2 1 0 3 3 0 1 1 3 1 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 5 5 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 11 12 5 4 4 21 20 13   54 6 CL 1 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 1 5 0 1 21 1 5 0 1 3 1 2 0 1 5 0 1 20 5 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 13                          
  Neil STURMFELLS 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 2 3 5 3 3 0 2 3 3 3 2 3 2 0 1 0 3 1 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 10 8 6 11 1 20 21 17   58 7 16 0 1 3 2 3 2 3 2 0 3 0 1 20 1 0 2 3 3 3 2 0 3 3 0 1 21 0 0 0 5 0 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 17                          
Clubman Warren DAY 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 1 19 14 2 1   9 7 5   21 1 25 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 5                          
  Francis SYDENHAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 2 2 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 22 6 4 4   6 8 12   26 2 22 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 0 0 3 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 2 12                          
  Andy ANDERSON 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 1 0 0 3 0 3 18 11 2 4 1 10 5 17   32 3 20 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 1 3 0 2 1 1 1 5 0 3 17                          
  Paul WHEATLEY 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 3 3 3 19 7 3 5 2 13 14 11   38 4 18 0 5 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 13 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 3 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 3 11                          
  Jamie MEAD 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 2 1 3 5 3 14 9 8 4 1 11 19 12   42 5 16 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 11 0 1 3 1 0 2 3 0 0 2 2 5 19 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 12                          
  Nathan DAY 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 5 5 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 3 15 8 4 6 3 18 7 24   49 6 15 1 0 0 1 5 3 1 0 3 1 0 3 18 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 5 1 2 5 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 24                          
  Steve ARMISTEAD 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 3 5 3 2 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 5 0 0 0 3 1 3 13 10 2 8 3 14 18 21   53 7 14 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 14 0 0 1 1 1 5 3 1 0 5 0 1 18 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 0 1 5 0 3 21                          
  Peter ROBSON 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 3 1 1 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 5 1 3 1 3 0 3 3 3 5 10 1 18 2 26 27 23   76 8 13 0 0 3 1 3 3 3 3 1 5 1 3 26 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 3 3 27 0 0 1 5 3 3 3 1 1 3 0 3 23                          
  Mark GRAY 0 1 3 2 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 3 3 5 2 3 2 1 3 3 0 1 0 5 3 3 3 2 3 1 3 3 6 4 4 20 2 23 28 31   82 9 12 0 2 3 3 0 3 2 1 0 5 3 1 23 1 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 3 2 3 28 3 0 3 3 3 5 2 3 0 3 3 3 31                          
  Barry NICHOLLS 1 0 5 3 0 0 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 5 5 3 3 3 5 3 3 0 3 5 0 1 5 5 5 3 5 5 3 5 3 3 7 5   13 11 31 32 36   99 10 11 1 3 1 3 0 3 5 0 0 5 5 5 31 0 0 1 3 5 3 3 3 1 5 5 3 32 5 0 1 0 5 3 3 5 5 3 3 3 36                          
Jnr (< 17) Dylan BALL 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 2 2 3 3 5 1 5 2 5 3 3 3 0 1 3 3 3 2 0 3 0 3 2 2 3 2 0 1 3 6 3 11 13 3 24 27 28   79 1 25 0 3 2 3 1 5 3 3 2 0 2 0 24 2 2 2 3 5 3 0 3 0 3 3 1 27 2 0 2 5 2 3 1 3 3 2 2 3 28                          
  Daniel HERBERT 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 2 3 5 5 3 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 3 11 10 5 8 2 17 18 19   54 2 22 0 0 1 3 2 0 2 5 0 2 1 1 17 1 3 0 0 3 0 2 5 0 1 2 1 18 1 0 0 1 1 3 3 3 0 3 1 3 19                          
  Hannah RUSHWORTH 3 2 1 3 5 5 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 1 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 2 4 3 4 20 5 32 37 27   96 3 20 3 3 2 3 0 3 5 1 3 3 3 3 32 2 5 1 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 37 1 5 0 0 3 3 5 3 2 3 0 2 27                          
  Nathan DAY 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 5 5 0 3 3 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 3 15 8 4 6 3 18 7 24   49 4 18 1 0 0 1 5 3 1 0 3 1 0 3 18 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 5 1 2 5 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 24                          
Women Hannah RUSHWORTH 3 2 1 3 5 5 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 5 5 5 1 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 2 4 3 4 20 5 32 37 27   96 1 25 3 3 2 3 0 3 5 1 3 3 3 3 32 2 5 1 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 3 37 1 5 0 0 3 3 5 3 2 3 0 2 27                          
  Gabby GUNDRY 5 3 5 5 5 3 0 3 3 3 3 2 3 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 0 1 0 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 5 3 3 1 1 16 15 42 44 40   126 2 22 5 5 0 3 3 5 3 5 0 5 5 3 42 3 5 3 3 5 3 3 3 1 5 5 5 44 5 3 3 2 5 3 3 3 0 5 5 3 40                          
Twin Shock Steve ARMISTEAD 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 3 5 3 2 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 5 5 0 0 0 3 1 3 13 10 2 8 3 14 18 21   53 1 25 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 1 3 0 0 3 14 0 0 1 1 1 5 3 1 0 5 0 1 18 1 0 0 2 3 3 3 0 1 5 0 3 21                          


Bush Riders MCC Calendar

 Sunday 29th April Central XC Series Rnd 5 FINAL, Castlehill Road, Alfredton

PRIZEGIVING at the Alfredton Hall at end of the day

Friday 22nd June Bush Riders MCC Prizegiving and AGM

Saturday 24th June Battle of the Clubs – Taupo

Sunday 1st July Central Enduro Rnd 4 and North Island Enduro Rnd 5

Venue: Callaghan’s, Masterton


Central Series Dates

? Round 1 14 Apr - Moonshine 1

? Round 2 09 Jun - Santoft 1

? Round 3 10 Jun - Martinborough

? Round 4 01 Jul - Masterton Bush Riders hosting

? Round 5 22 Sep - Moonshine 2

? Round 6 6 Oct - Santoft 2 (Enduro Sprint)

North Island Series Dates

? Round 1 21 Apr - Whangamata

? Round 2 22 Apr - Tokoroa

? Round 3 09 Jun - Santoft

? Round 4 10 Jun - Martinborough

? Round 5 01 Jul - Masterton Bush Riders hosting

? Round 6 22 Sep - Moonshine 2

? Round 7 6 Oct - Santoft 2 (Enduro Sprint)

National Championship Dates

? Round 1 21 Apr - Whangamata

? Round 2 22 Apr - Tokoroa

? Round 3 26 May - Nelson

? Round 4 06 May - Christchurch

? Round 4 09 Jun - Santoft

? Round 5 10 Jun - Martinborough





Race Report Hannah Rushworth - South Australain & Australian Trials Championships - New Zealand are winners!

Going to Australia was a last minute opportunity and I’m really glad I got to go. The main reason was to be a part of the NZ team to contest the Oceania Challenge. This started in 1975 as the Trans Tasman Shield and was fought for by our best riders. It became the Oceania Challenge in 2003 and, since 2007, has been contested by riders from different grades. In 2010 women were finally included. Both NZ and Australia were very keen to continue the tradition of a woman rider in the team but neither of our top two women were available. That left me. Originally I was going to ride the Open Women class but their women all have international experience and there was some question over whether I would even be eligible because of my age. In the end it was decided that I should contest the Junior Women class.

I went with my elder sister Hazel. The plan was to be there for about 10 days so that we could take part in the whole of their Trial week. This started with the South Australian Champs in Tungkillo on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September. The weather was good apart from a wind that was so strong it was almost another obstacle. I didn’t know what to expect and was a little disappointed that the sections were so easy, compared to what I normally ride here. I could have and probably should have entered the Senior Women at this event. I am sure that I would have done well. As it was, on my first lap, with Hazel and I trying to be so careful, I missed a flag and got a FIVE. It made me realise that it’s not that easy to get a zero day. On the Sunday we doubled down on the concentration and I finally got my first ever zero day. It also meant that I had the best score of all 20 riders on the White line. This also gave me the South Australian Junior Women Title.

The mid-week trial should have been the best. There was no pressure and I rode up a few grades. The sections had big rocks and were a bit intimidating. In NZ we don’t usually ride that sort of stuff in Intermediate. Carl Robson from Wellington rode with Daniel Herbert and I and offered as much help and encouragement as he could. There was actually plenty of grip and, by the end of the day, it was feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, towards the end of the last lap, my bike went POP! We didn’t know it at the time but we now think that a piece of the piston skirt had broken away and then, after bouncing around for a while, got caught between the transfer port and the piston. Luckily organiser Peter Arnold lent me his bike for the last few sections but it was a pretty sad end to the day. Hazel and Carl started taking the bike to bits that night but there was too much damage and not enough time. For a while it looked like I wouldn’t be riding at all in the Australian Champs but, finally, John Cowan offered me his 2011 GasGas 125. He was embarrassed because it wasn’t a well-maintained bike but I was delighted to have anything that even resembled a trials bike. After all of that, the Aussie Champs was almost an anti-climax. I was hoping for a ZERO weekend but mucked that up in one of the first sections when I touched the back brake and there was nothing there. I went over the tape and scored a FIVE. After that I knew what to expect and it started to get better. I got a ZERO day on the Sunday and took out the Australian Junior Women title. Even better was 13 year old Dylan Ball’s ZERO weekend in the Open Junior class, and Carl Robson’s win over his Master’s opponent. This meant that we had the Oceania Title by 3 – 0. The trip cost in the vicinity of $7850. This was way more than we initially estimated. Some of this cost was Hazel’s travel and accommodation but most of the cost was mine.

Despite all the warnings we found the Australians to be super friendly and extremely helpful. For instance, we were in an AirBnB house and the owners took us and our broken bike to their workshop and drove us around and helped out as much as they could. It was amazing how many women were riding. And Juniors, of one sort or another, made up nearly half the field. I love competing in trials. I’m also glad that this is how I am learning to ride. I actually don’t understand why there aren’t more people involved in such a cool sport. Maybe we’re a bit behind Australia in this regard. For instance, this is their minis at their Nationals Apart from 13 year old Dylan Ball, I’m just about the youngest person at our Nationals. Brent Douglas, from the Ixion club, is doing really cool stuff at the "Kapiti Trials Academy." On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month he has a dozen or so little kids on their electric Osets doing easy sections, drills and fun games. Anyway, I just want to say thank-you very much to the Bush Riders club. It was a really worth-while trip and I couldn’t have done it without you.



Christchurch's Angus Macdonald (Sherco 300 SEF-R), on his way to victory In the Motorcycling New Zealand Enduro Championship at the final onn Queen's Birthday Monday.

JUNE 6, 2017: New Zealand has a new national enduro champion, with Canterbury's Angus Macdonald surviving a flurry of attacks and taking the title following an intense Queen's Birthday Weekend of racing.

The double-header final weekend saw positional changes for all but one of the top 10 expert grade riders as the 2017 New Zealand Enduro Championships wrapped up with back-to-back events, rounds five and six, held just two days apart and at two vastly different North Island venues.

Fortunes changed dramatically over the two events – on muddy farmland at Waitiwhiti, east of Pahiatua, on Saturday and in forestry south of Tokoroa on Monday – with the eventual rankings changing for nine of the top 10 riders.

Macdonald was the only top-10 rider unaffected by this last-ditch, mad scramble for points, his position seemingly secure from the start of the weekend thanks to his consistent results at the earlier rounds.

The Sherco rider started the weekend on top of the standings and that's where he finished.

Macdonald would have had to finish eighth or worse at Monday's final round if he was to have the title slip from his grasp.

In the end, he finished fourth at Waitiwhiti and fourth again at Tokoroa, easily enough for him to take the top trophy for 2017. Macdonald also won the over-300cc four-stroke bike class.

Taupo's defending national champion Brad Groombridge (Suzuki RM-Z250), finished runner-up at Waitiwhiti and then took his bigger RM-Z450 bike to win the day at Tokoroa, but it was too little and too late for him to salvage his season after he'd crashed out of the day spectacularly at round three near Wellington in March.

It was perhaps some consolation for Groombridge that he did finish runner-up, and he also won the under-300cc four-stroke class title, especially considering he'd been so far back in the points after his Wellington mishap.

Fortunes fluctuated also for all the other riders, with rankings changing at Tokoroa for nine of the top 10 men.

Macdonald's younger brother, Hamish Macdonald (Sherco 300 SE-R), slipped from second at the start of the day at Tokoroa to settle for third overall in the championship; Helensville’s Tom Buxton (KTM 350 EXC-F) dropped from fourth to fifth overall at the final round; Mokau's Adrian Smith (Yamaha YZ250X) finished runner-up at Tokoroa and rose from fifth to fourth overall for the series; Cambridge's Simon Lansdaal (Husqvarna FX350) did not finish the day at Tokoroa and he therefore slipped from sixth to seventh overall; fellow Cambridge man Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna TE250) took advantage to move up from seventh to sixth; Coatesville's Sam Greenslade (KTM 250 EXC-F) was the biggest mover at Tokoroa, finishing third on the day and elevating himself from 12th to eighth in the final standings; Aucklander Carl Steadman (Yamaha YZ250X) went from eighth to ninth, while Titirangi's Callan May (Yamaha WRF450) was a no-show at Tokoroa and he slipped from ninth to tenth.

Hamish Macdonald won the over-200cc two-stroke class; Kaikohe's Mitchell Nield (Yamaha YZ125) won the under-200cc two-stroke class and New Plymouth's Dougy Herbert (Husaberg TE300) was crowned veterans' (over-40 years) class champion.

Meanwhile, it was a battle between two young up-and-comers for intermediate grade honours at Tokoroa.

In only her first appearance in the enduro nationals this season, 15-year-old Te Awamutu girl Rachael Archer (Husqvarna TX125) was in scintillating form to win the intermediate grade on Monday by nearly a minute from the series leader and eventual champion, 16-year-old Whitianga rider Blake Wilkins (Husqvarna TX125).

Ellerslie rider Jeff Van Hout (KTM 350 XC-F) was sixth in the grade at Tokoroa and this was enough for the 54-year-old to claim intermediate grade overall runner-up honours for the series. Fellow Aucklander Cameron Manley (KTM 250 EXC) finished the series third overall in the intermediate grade.

Christchurch's Angus Macdonald (Sherco 300 SEF-R), on his way to victory at Tokoroa on Queen's Birthday Monday. Andy McGechan

Overall honours for Sam Sunderland and Rafal Sonik Qatar Cross Country Rally Saturday 22 April Fifth stage: Losail - Losail Connection: 92,74 km -


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Overall honours for Sam Sunderland and Rafal Sonik


Qatar Cross Country Rally
Saturday 22 April
Fifth stage: Losail - Losail
Connection: 92,74 km - Special: 343,32 km - Connection: 96,66 km - Total: 532,72 km

The final stage of 343,32 km of the Qatar Cross Country Rally was probably the most difficult of the week and was won by Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) in the motorcycle class and the Peruvian Alexis Hernandez (Yamaha) in the quad competition.


Sam Sunderland©RallyZone

After five days of fighting for the overall honours of this second round of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship it was Sam Sunderland (KTM) who was triumphant and whom seems invincible this year and, in the quad class Rafal Sonik (Yamaha) was the worthy outright winner.

This fifth and final special stage started in the north-east of the country, not far from the Al-Zubara Fort and then followed the sea before heading south and finishing on the beach at Sealine. Sam Sunderland (KTM) opened the special stage and arrived first: "It was another very difficult day because once again the navigation was very complicated. But I am happy because no rider has caught up with me and it is very positive for my self-confidence. This victory in Qatar is a good thing because it was a very hard race. Now we have a little rest before going to Chile for the third round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship! "

The Dubai-based British man finished the rally with a lead of 7'42 over Paulo Gonçalves (Honda) and 13'11 over his team-mate Matthias Walkner (KTM). "For this last stage, I did my job trying to beat my opponents," said Paulo Gonçalves (Honda). “I am on the second step of the podium, it was a great satisfaction because I gave the best throughout the race and the bike was perfect. We have to stay focused on the job and I will try to be better for my next race! "


Rafal Sonik©RallyZone

In the quad class, Rafal Sonik (Yamaha) returned with the victory after his disappointment in Abu Dhabi. "I suspected that this race would not be easy because I have some tough opponents this year: Alexis Hernandez and Kees Koolen. Yesterday I had big problems with my suspension arm and almost lost a wheel but the other riders also had their share of worries and finally I won the race for the fourth time in Qatar! "

Second was the Peruvian, Alexis Hernandez (Yamaha) who had recovered from his troubles of yesterday and won the last stage, ranking second overall: "Today was even more difficult than yesterday," he says, “But I was better in navigation. It was even hotter than the other days but the last 30 miles of dunes were fantastic! I am second in the quad class and really happy with this position because it was a very hard race! "

The next round of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship will take place in August in Chile: the Atacama Rally, followed by the Ruta 40 **in Argentina, the fourth event of the Championship.


Provisional classification of SS5
1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally 3hr 46min 55sec
2. Paolo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda 450 CRF Rally 3hr 47min 03sec
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM 450 Rally 3hr 49min 47sec
4. Hannah Montana (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally3hr 49min 56sec
5. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally 3hr 51min 55sec
6. Kevin Benavides (ARG) Honda 450 CRF Rally 3hr 52min 44sec

1. Alexis Hernandez (PER) Yamaha Raptor 700R5hr 01min 33sec
2. Rafal Sonik (POL) Yamaha YFM 700 R 5hr 04min 36sec
3. Kees Koolen (NLD) Barren Racer One 690 5hr 07min 26sec
4. Rodolfo Schippers (GUA) Yamaha Raptor 700R 5hr 50min11sec

Provisional general classification
1. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally 15hr 50min 18sec
2. Paolo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda 450 CRF Rally 15hr 58min 00sec
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM 450 Rally 16hr 03min 29sec
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally 16hr 05min 20sec
5. Kevin Benavides (ARG) Honda 450 CRF Rally16hr 08min 06sec
6. Pierre Alexander Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally 16hr 10min 19sec
7. Antoine Meo (FRA) KTM 450 Rally 18hr 07min 43sec
8. Mohammed Al-Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica 19hr 24min 54sec

1. Rafal Sonik (POL) Yamaha YFM 700 R 21hr 20min 19sec
2. Alexis Hernandez (PER) Yamaha Raptor 700R 22hr 04min 06sec
3. Kees Koolen (NLD) Barren Racer One 690 22hr 16min 50sec
4. Rodolfo Schippers (GUA) Yamaha Raptor 700R 24hr 26min 35sec
5. Camelia Liparoti (ITA) Yamaha Raptor 700 R 55hr 35min 00sec


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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.




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Strong Pre-Entry list for the 92nd edition of the FIM ISDE

With still five months to go before the 2017 FIM International Six Days of Enduro (FIM ISDE) in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France from 28 August to 2 September, the pre-entry list for this historic event is already incredibly strong with almost seven hundred riders signed up.

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Defending FIM World Trophy class title holders Unites States of America headline this list and will return to Europe to attempt to win this most prestigious prize for only the second time in the long history of an event that is the most venerable of the FIM’s competitions. A total of thirty-one riders from the USA will descend on the French town of Brive-la-Gaillarde later this year.

A contingent of sixteen Swedish riders will also be present including three members of their FIM Junior World Trophy class who will again look to secure this hotly fought for title. With thirteen competitors listed, Australia will also be well represented as they have teams entered in all three main classes including the FIM Women’s World Trophy class, which they will look to retain for yet another year.

There are currently more than seven hundred riders on the pre-entry list but only 650 will be selected at the end of June to take part in the event. They will represent thirty-two different nations from as far afield as South America and Asia and with a healthy showing from all the European countries that have had a long association with this event. These include Italy, Great Britain, Germany, The Netherlands and of course the host nation France, that boasts almost two hundred riders who will proudly fly the famous three coloured flag. Typically, the Scandinavian countries are well represented by Sweden, Finland and Norway.

Alongside the main event, the second edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy also has an equally impressive tally of riders on its pre-entry list and over ninety competitors out of a possible 150 have already confirmed their participation. After the highly successful and widely applauded inaugural edition held in Spain last year, this event for motorcycles of yesteryear will again take place over the last three days of the ISDE and will include an acceleration test, an enduro and a cross test to determine the eventual winners.

All the competitors of the 2017 ISDE will be aware of the area’s sporting reputation. The region of Correze is well known to Enduro, having hosted the FIM Enduro World Championship in Servières-le-Château (1994) and in Uzerche (2008), plus the ISDE in 2001, which was declared a success by all who took part in it. The dynamic town of Brive-la-Gaillarde itself has played host to many sporting events and will provide the ideal set-up for the 2017 FIM ISDE.

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  •    32 nations represented
  •    21 teams in the FIM World Trophy
  •    17 teams in the FIM Junior World Trophy
  •    10 teams in the FIM Women World Trophy
  •    91 riders in the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy
  •    184 Clubs teams
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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.

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FIM and Motorex extend their partnership in 2017

The FIM and Motorex are pleased to announce that they have concluded an agreement for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

FIM and Motorex extend their partnership

The FIM International Six Days of Enduro is a demanding competition for riders, team assistance and motorcycles that must be serviced quickly and efficiently at the end of each day. The objective of the FIM is to develop partnerships in order to offer the competitors quality services and products.

After a first year of partnership as an official sponsor of the FIM ISDE 2016, Motorex has decided to strengthen its involvement in the Six Days.

As a Main Partner, Motorex will not only support the participants directly through a unique partnership that was already well accepted when it was launched in 2016, but also the organisers.

Faithful to its motto “support the sport”, Motorex is offering all ISDE Club Teams Award category and Vintage Trophy riders the chance to enter the “Motorex Challenge”.

Participation in the Motorex Challenge gives competitors access to a free on-site supply of Motorex premium lubricants and care products to cover their needs for the FIM ISDE or the Vintage Trophy.


Riders will have the opportunity to use lubricants and care products that meet the technical needs for modern Enduro motorcycles but also for vintage models, with Motorex’ special "Classic Line” product range covering all eras from 1900! In addition, participants will have the chance to win a special Motorex award as well as a Motorex product support package worth € 2.000 for the motorcycle club they are competing for.

Commenting on this long term partnership, Mr Steve Aeschlimann, FIM CEO said: “The FIM is really pleased to be able to confirm this relationship between Motorex and the FIM ISDE. It is one of the FIM’s goals to create durable synergies with high level partners from the off-road industry and Motorex is one of these. We are sure that with the development of the Motorex Challenge, the organisers and teams in both modern and vintage Enduro will benefit from the support of a premium product brand. We are gratified by Motorex’s commitment to being part of the FIM family as a Main Partner of this prestigious team competition.”

Mr Edi Fischer, CEO of the Bucher-Motorex Group added: “I am really happy that we are able to confirm, after a first very positive experience at the 2016 FIM ISDE, our position as a Main Partner of this great event for the next three editions. As the leading lubricant manufacturer in Enduro we want to support the sport as a whole, as well riders of all levels, from amateur to pro, and the FIM ISDE is the ideal occasion to do so. 2017 is a very special year for our company as we are celebrating our centenary and we are looking forward to celebrating it together with all participants of the FIM ISDE in France.

About Motorex:
Since its foundation in 1917, the largest independent oil blending company in Switzerland, with its headquarters in Langenthal in the heart of Switzerland, has been active in research, development and production of innovative lubricants and chemicals, which are established on the world market. Highly motivated employees are behind the incomparable MOTOREX products. Every day, experienced tribology specialists, engineers, chemists, technicians and marketing specialists devote their efforts to helping MOTOREX maintain its position as a market leader.


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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.


The victor’s laurels go to Marck Ackerman (Husqvarna) in the motorcycle class and Fahad al Musalam (Yamaha) in quad! Dubai International Baja Saturd


Once again Haaker is champion for the second year in a row at Albi. Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS is with him.

Maser (Treviso), 21 March, 2017 – Colton Haaker, the American rider from team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, has reaffirmed himself as World Champion on the FIM SuperEnduro circuit.

All Colton Haaker needed to clinch the 2017 title was a final third place in the fourth and final stage held in Albi, France. This is his second consecutive title (2016 and 2017). Haaker made it to the podium in all three heats of the race, with two seconds and a third, as he vied for position against his season rivals Alfredo Gomez and Jonny Walker.

Last year, in his first SuperEnduro championship, Haaker won the title thanks to a spectacular overtake pass in the last lap of the last heat, literally in the last curve of the championship. Instead this year he started the series as the man to beat, and he was able nevertheless to outsmart the competition by managing the advantage he gained in the first three tests in Poland, Germany and Spain.

This is another great satisfaction for Sidi. In addition to being an official sponsor of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, the company is also a sponsor and official supplier to team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. Their Enduro, SuperEnduro and Extreme Enduro riders based in Europe all use Crossfire 3 SRS boots, the top models in the Sidi off-road collection.

The final standings in the FIM SuperEnduro 2017 World title are: in first place Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) with 216 points; second place goes to Alfredo Gomez (KTM) with 209; Jonny Walker (KTM) is third with 201. The Sidi and Husqvarna houses also watched their “rookie” Pascal Rauchenecker have an excellent season; he was seventh in France and fifth in the final World Series classification.

Furthermore, Sidi can also celebrate the final third place of the English rider Jonny Walker, who has confirmed his status as one of the major talents on the international SuperEnduro and Extreme Enduro scene; he was also always in the thick of things with his Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS boots.


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The victor’s laurels go to Marck Ackerman (Husqvarna) in the motorcycle class and Fahad al Musalam (Yamaha) in quad!

Dubai International Baja

Saturday 11 March
Second stage: Al Qudra Desert
Link section: 32.56 km - Special: 174.20 km – Link section: 31.63 km - Total: 238.39 km

This morning, the wind was whistling across the crests of the dunes in the Al Qudra desert but the sun was shining as the participants set off for this second day of the Dubai International Baja. A notable absentee this morning under the arch was Sam Sunderland, who chose to withdraw rather than leave the door open to the other competitors.


Marck Ackerman (Husqvarna) ©RallyZone

Mark Ackerman (Husqvarna) seized his chance, going all out and taking the third Special. “Today”, he explained, “the Special was really technical, especially with the gusts of wind that caught us off balance, but I managed to catch Benjamin Melot. He was riding fast and I just had to hang on to his coat tails to win the special. I am really happy with my performance!”
This feat enabled the rider from Germany to take first place on the leader board and win the Dubai International Baja with a lead of 29 seconds over Benjamin Melot (KTM 500EXC). “It was more or less the same itinerary as yesterday, but more difficult because of the weather”, observed the Frenchman. “It was great for me to win yesterday’s stage but today I came second, unfortunately. That’s racing, and I really had a great time!”
Just 7’29 adrift of the winner, Al Balooshi (KTM) took third place. “I was a bit tired after yesterday and I didn’t feel comfortable on the bike”, he admits, “but that’s no excuse. The guys in front attacked hard and, with the lack of visibility, I didn’t want to take any more risks. Now I shall be focusing on the next Rally, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.”

So the first win in the first event of the FIM Bajas World Cup goes to Marck Ackerman ahead of Mohammed Al Balooshi and Alessandro Ruoso (KTM).
In fourth position, Mohammed Jaffar (KTM) is followed by David McBride (KTM), Tim Trenker (Husqvarna) and Shannon O’Connor (KTM).



In quad, the victor is Fahad al Musalam ahead of Humaid Almashghouni and the incredible Camelia Liparoti who takes the third step of the podium and the laurels in the women’s category. “I am really happy to come third in this first FIM Baja of the season”, says Camelia. “It was tough to beat the locals and I had to dig deep. I wasn’t born in the desert, unlike the local guys who know how to find their way through the dunes! But I’m proud to be the first European woman to have left all the Kazakhs behind. Today, I didn’t push too hard. It was dangerous as we were retracing our tracks from yesterday and the cars had ploughed up the landings after the dunes. Several times my quad had two wheels in the air and I couldn’t keep control. Anyway, I’m not tired and I can’t wait to get out into the dunes again on my quad!”

The first Baja of the FIM World Cup is over and everyone agrees that it was a fabulous event that gives novices a chance to race in the desert, get to know the road book and the GPS and try their hand at navigation in a safe environment with excellent organisation.
See you again soon for new adventures in Abu Dhabi in early April!

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Camelia Liparoti ©RallyZone


Benjamin Melot (KTM) ©RallyZone


Mohammed Al Balooshi (KTM) ©RallyZone

1. 5 ACKERMAN M. 4:15:50.0

2. 9 MELOT B. 4:16:19.0

3. 3 AL BALOOSHI M. 4:23:19.0

4. 7 RUOSO A. 4:31:03.0

5. 8 MESHARI M. 4:35:52.0

6. 2 MCBRIDE D. 4:36:59.0

7. 11 TRENKER T. 4:46:36.0

8. 6 O'CONNOR S. 4:49:48.0

9. 203 AL MUSALLAM F. 4:52:53.0

10. 21 KHAMIS OZAIR K. 4:52:56.0

1. 5 ACKERMAN M. 4:15:50.0

2. 3 AL BALOOSHI M. 4:23:19.0
3. 7 RUOSO A. 4:31:03.0

4. 8 JAFFAR M. 4:35:52.0

5. 2 MCBRIDE D. 4:36:59.0

6. 11 TRENKER T. 4:46:36.0

7. 6 O'CONNOR S. 4:49:48.0

8. 21 KHAMIS OZAIR K. 4:52:56.0

9. 10 LUCCHESE M. 5:00:29.0

10. 22 DUNN C. 5:09:09.0

1. 203 AL MUSALLAM F. 4:52:53.0

2. 202 ALMASHGHOUNI H. 5:10:58.0

3. 201 LIPAROTI C. 5:56:10.0

4. 206 BAIZHIYENOV T. 6:53:25.0

5. 207 SOLOKHA K. 6:59:35.0



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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.


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The 2016 New Zealand Moto Trials Championships



   CAPTION: Wellington's Dylan Ball, a winner in two separate categories at the weekend.

OCTOBER 26, 2016: It was very much a "one-horse contest" in the upper echelon of New Zealand's moto trials community at the nationals at the weekend.


Visiting international star Jack Sheppard scampered away with the main trophy at the annual New Zealand Moto Trials Championships in the South Island, the British rider simply stunning over the three-day event.


This was exactly as most pundits probably expected, however, with record eight-time national champion Jake Whitaker unable to compete at the Blenheim event because of injury.


The Wainuiomata man was convalescing after recent knee surgery and had to content himself with checking in on results on-line as this season’s championships unfolded over the Labour Weekend (October 22-24).


Runner-up to Sheppard was Nelson's Peter Oliver, with visiting French rider Jules Huguenin third, while Oliver's elder brother Nick Oliver and Blenheim's multi-time South Island champion Jason Baker rounded out the top five in the Expert Grade.


This was Sheppard's second visit to New Zealand and also his second title win here.


Sheppard was world No.13 when he last visited New Zealand in 2014 and he proved to be a sensation at the nationals that year too, certainly clever enough to put a kink in Whitaker's win streak and steal the title for himself.


Fourth in the Scottish Six-Day Trial earlier this year, the 23-year-old Sheppard would have been even more heavily favoured this time around and he certainly made light work of the gnarly New Zealand terrain at the weekend, recording "clean" results through 105 of the 108 sections he had to face.


In contrast, runner-up Oliver managed to go clean through 43 sections over the three days.


Meanwhile, Wellington's Stuart Lawton, Kaikoura's David Trewin and Wellington’s Carl Robson topped the A Grade.


A stand-out rider over the weekend was Wellington's Dylan Ball, the youngster winning titles in two separate categories – he topped the intermediate grade, finishing ahead of Ashhurst's Kevin Pinfold, and Ball was also No.1 in the junior grade, finishing ahead of Mapua's Dylan Cox.


In May this year, Ball was a finalist in the Best Up And Coming Off Road Rider category at Motorcycling New Zealand's Hall of Fame awards ceremony.


Other grade winners at the weekend were Taumarunui's Cody Davey (clubmans' grade); Christchurch's Stefanie Downes (women's grade); Nelson's Stephen Oliver (presidents); Nelson's Karl Clark (twin-shock); Tauranga's Nigel Shilton (sportsman's grade).


With this branch of motorcycling sport, the emphasis is not on speed, but on fine balance, bravery and throttle control.


The prime aim is to conquer the extreme terrain without touching feet on the ground or falling off. Points are lost for these “faults” and a rider with the lowest score wins.


The championships were sponsored this year by MTF Vehicle Finance.


Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan,


KiSS Navarra
an important moment for the FIM ISDE

The occasion of the 91st edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) to be held in Navarra, Spain from 11th to 16th October will see yet another landmark moment in the long history of this unique event as KiSS Navarra (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) becomes the first time that this type of programme has been brought to the discipline of Enduro.

This particular initiative is highly important and significant as the FIM continues to work persistently to deliver sustainable events in all the disciplines with the FIM Ride Green Programme. Environmental awareness, sustainability and responsibility is vitally important for events such as the ISDE which operate in potentially sensitive areas.

Reinforcing this point, the woodland areas in the Navarra region are an integral part of the culture, tradition and livelihood of the local community with them representing one of Europe’s largest forests in terms of coverage proportional to the size of the region.
The routes that the ISDE will follow over the six days of competition have been designed in cooperation with the Department of the Environment of the Government of Navarra, and all the municipalities and councils through which the course will pass have had the opportunity to express their preferences and suggest modifications in order to minimise the impact of the event on the region.
In its constant plight to organise and deliver sustainable sport, the FIM ensures that all its competitions comply with environmental standards through a series of measures that include:
• Application of the regulations to protect the environment contained within the FIM Environmental Code.
• Technical verification to control sound levels in order to ensure that the motorcycles produce acceptable sound levels with the aim of protecting the environment, the riders, the spectators and the officials.
• Compulsory use of environmental mats at all times during refuelling and mechanical work including in the parc fermé.
• Use of unleaded fuels.
• Use of special “ecological” tyres to minimise erosion.
As part of the 2016 FIM International Six Days of Enduro, and within the framework of the FIM Ride Green programme, there will be a number of initiatives in and around this event designed to offset any negative impact on the environment. Some of these are in line with the standards imposed by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme while others are initiatives of the organisers themselves. These projects will be pioneered at this year’s event, and hopefully incorporated into future editions.

Below are three key elements that make the 2016 FIM ISDE a climate-friendly event:

1. This will be the first motorcycle Enduro event in the world to aim at a low carbon footprint through offsetting of emissions into the atmosphere via certified projects to help reduce the overall impact.

2. For the first time, we are also creating the position of environmental ambassador by country, with students of a well-known University in Navarra, in order to raise environmental awareness among the participants.

3. The creation of the “Ride Green Cup” trophy for the participating country that shows the best environmental behaviour.

The KiSS Programme was launched in 2013, at the legendary Mugello circuit, with the aim of minimising the environmental impact caused by the event and encouraging the participation of the fans. One of the fundamental aims of the programme is to include the normal environmental standards applicable to all our events and to incorporate other actions for the benefit of the environment and to reduce the footprint of the event, thereby contributing to sustainable sport and the achievement of all the objectives of sustainable development.
Speaking ahead of next week’s ISDE event Kattia Juarez HERNANDEZ – FIM Director of  International Environment Commission (CIE) said. “KiSS Navarra marks an important moment for the ISDE, Enduro and for the FIM The Ride Green Programme. Enduro is a discipline that operates in some of the most sensitive areas on our planet, so it is a great opportunity to show to the World and to the local community that through careful management and respect of the natural terrain, that motorcycle sport can exist in a region such as Navarra in a responsible and sustainable way.”


              Spain ready to welcome               91st edition of the ISDE

The ninety-first edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) is set to take place in Navarra from 11th to 16th October when the event returns to Spain for the first time since 2000. Held then in Granada where Italy and Spain won the World Trophy and Junior World Trophy categories respectively, this time around twenty-two World Trophy teams, twenty Junior Trophy teams, seven Women’s Trophy teams and more than three hundred and eighty Club team riders will take to the start of this iconic event being held in the north east of the country.

Dominating the 2016 edition of the event in Slovakia last year Australia return looking to continue their winning ways. Topping the World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women’s Trophy classes in Košice, Australia will be hoping for more of the same in Navarra, but face tough competition in their bid to successfully repeat their amazing winning performance in all three classes.

With the 2015 ISDE delivering a number of memorable firsts – Australia claimed their first ever World Trophy team victory while USA’s Ryan Sipes became the first American to top the overall individual results, it is expected that Australia and the USA will be the two leading nations in the battle for World Trophy team victory this year. Whatever team does win will be the first to do so under the new four-rider World Trophy team rules.

Fielding what is arguably one of their strongest World Trophy squads of recent years, Daniel Milner – Yamaha, and Daniel Sanders – KTM will compete together with Josh Strang – Husqvarna, and Lachlan Stanford – Husqvarna, for Australia. Bringing together a team filled with experience, youthfulness and determination the Australian quartet will likely see their biggest threat come from the USA.

Despite losing Ryan Sipes – Husqvarna to injury at the eleventh hour, Team USA are unquestionably looking to capture the World Trophy team win. Kailub Russell – KTM, Taylor Robert – KTM and Thad Duvall – Husqvarna form a formidable trio who together with an as yet unnamed fourth member of the team will certainly give Australia a run for their money. The question everyone is asking is will Team USA finally secure the ISDE’s biggest prize?

Spain will be lead by Ivan Cervantes – KTM, as the former five-time FIM World title winner teams up with Victor Guerrero – KTM, Jaume Betriu – KTM, and Jonathan Barragan – Gas Gas in their bid for a World Trophy podium result.

In the Junior World Trophy category Australia start as defending champions with their three-rider team of Tom McCormack – Yamaha, Jack Simpson – KTM, and Nic Tomlinson - KTM. However with numerous nations putting forward teams capable of fighting for the Junior World Trophy win the likes of the USA, Sweden, Great Britain, Finland and Italy are all ready to challenge for the podium.

Without question it is Australia’s Women’s World Trophy team who start as favourites for class victory as Jessica Gardiner - Yamaha, Tayla Jones – Yamaha, and Jemma Wilson – Yamaha, aim for yet more ISDE success and a fourth consecutive win. The most dominant team in ISDE competition in recent years, the experienced trio will again likely set a pace few others can match having finished close to one-hour ahead of their closest challengers in last year’s event. Leading the battle to challenge Australia, are Sweden, USA, Slovakia, Canada, Germany and Spain who are all hopeful of a trouble free run through the ninety-first edition of the International Six Days Enduro.

The 2016 ISDE takes place in Navarra, Spain from 11th to 16th October.


               2016 ISDE  - Key Facts  

  •     91st Edition of ISDE – Navarra, Spain
  •    Australia ready to defend World / Junior / Women’s titles
  •    22 x World Trophy Teams
  •    20 x Junior Trophy Teams
  •    7 x Women’s Trophy Teams
  •    +380 x Club Riders


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Among its 50 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. Furthermore, the FIM is also active and involved in the following areas: public affairs, road safety, touring and protection of the environment. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994.


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Cervantes ready to lead Spain at home ISDE

On Tuesday 11th October the FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE), the longest running FIM off road motorcycle competition, will begin in Navarra, Spain. For one rider in particular the event will be a truly memorable occasion. Ivan Cervantes – KTM, Spain’s most successful international enduro racer with five FIM World titles and one overall ISDE victory – will compete in what will be both his first and last ISDE on home soil.

Competing as a member of Spain’s World Trophy team aboard a 450cc KTM, the fact that the 2016 ISDE takes place in Navarra, Spain ensures Ivan’s career as a professional enduro racer will come to a celebratory close. Not competing in the 2000 ISDE in Granada (the last time the ISDE was held in Spain) and having announced his retirement from full-time enduro competition only a few weeks ago, Ivan’s participation in Navarra will be a special occasion not only for himself personally, but also for Spanish enduro as well as the ISDE, as it says goodbye to one of the great enduro champions of the last decade.

“The ISDE is a very important race for me and especially for the Spanish team,” commented Ivan. “Spain has never won the World Trophy team competition, and this year we believe we can fight for the victory. We have a very good team so we will do all we can to win. It’s a very special event for us and there will be a lot of support. For me persnally it will be my last ever ISDE.”
As Spain’s leading enduro racer Ivan is no stranger to success. In 2008, at the ISDE in Serres, Greece, he became the first and so far only Spanish rider to win the ISDE outright. “I’ve enjoyed the ISDE so much over the years, I have some incredible memories. Winning the event overall in Greece in 2008 was one of the highlights of my career. I was very fortunate to win because many riders had problems. It was a tough race that ended in the best way for me. It was fantastic to make history by becoming the first Spanish rider to win an ISDE overall.”
“The ISDE has given me a lot of great memories over the years,” added Ivan. “I know I’m not as fast as I used to be, but together with my team mates I believe Spain has a very good chance of fighting for the World Trophy team win. So much can happen during the ISDE, like it did in Serres in 2008. Working together as a team is very important and something the Spanish riders are very good at. I want to enjoy the race, my last Six Days race. It will be a very special event, one that I am very much looking forward to.”


               Ivan Cervantes - Key Facts  

  •     First / Last ISDE on home soil
  •    2008 ISDE Overall winner - Greece
  •    First ever Spanish FIM Enduro World Champion
  •    4 x FIM Enduro World Champion 2005 / 2006 / 2007  2009
  •    1 x FIM Indoor Enduro World Cup Winner 2009
  •    2016 Spanish World Trophy Member



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)



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,


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.

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.



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,


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


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


1st: Paul Whibley

2nd: Simon Landsdaal

3rd: Scott Birch


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


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


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


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 ?


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


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


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


Event: Sandpit 2 Man Series Rnd 2

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


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



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!



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


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.


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


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


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


James Galpin 2015 NZ MX & XC Championship report     

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.




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.


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.


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.


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


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


 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:

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The 2015 NZ Cross-country Championships


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


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


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


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


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