Manawatu-Orion MCC Calendar of Events 2017
5th June -Queens Birthday TT
2nd July -Club Champs Rnd 1
23rd July - Mighty Manawatus - VENUE: Flipp’s Property, Omanuka Road, North of Himatangi turnoff (Will be signposted from SHwy 1)
6th August -Club Champs Rnd 2
3rd September - Club Champs Rnd 3
1st October- Natural Terrains Rnd 1
5th October -Natural Terrains Rnd 2
3rd December-Natural Terrains Rnd 3
BUSH RIDERS EVENTS CALENDER 2017
May 21st Sunday Central XC Series Rnd 5 Maunsells Tinui, Masterton
Prizegiving at Tinui Café & Bar
June 23rd Friday AGM & Prizegiving Post Office Hotel, Pahiatua 7pm
Members & Supporters welcome – supper provided
July 2nd Sunday Central Enduro Rnd 4 Masterton
July 22nd Saturday 35 YEAR REUNION Flagon Room, Tui HQ 6pm
The 35th Reunion was one to remember, and this one will be
too, you don’t want to miss it. Details below
July 22nd Saturday 35th Reunion legendary Trail Ride in the Pepper Woods. Details to come.
KIWIS BOX ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT IN THE USA
NOVEMBER 7, 2016: New Zealand sportsmen have once again boxed above their weight on the world stage, with a new Kiwi champion and numerous other top-10 results a feature of the 2016 Veterans' Motocross World Championships in the United States at the weekend.
Taranaki's Daryl Hurley and Taupo's John Kirkcaldie celebrated outright wins in their respective grades at the two-day event at California's Glen Helen Raceway, on the outskirts of San Bernadino, while Motueka's Josh Coppins (30+ Pro grade), Christchurch's Dean Baird (40+ Intermediate grade) and Wellington's Darryn Henderson (50+ Expert grade) had to be satisfied with finishing runners-up in their respective classifications.
Hawera bike shop owner Hurley took his Husqvarna to finish 1-1 in the 40 plus Pro Class to take that title, while Kirkcaldie won the 40+ Expert "support" grade with 1-2 results, with Winton's Martin Axtens finishing 5-8 to settle for 7th overall in the same grade.
Coppins finished 1-2 in his 30+ Pro grade, which positioned him first equal with American former factory test rider Mike Sleeter (2-1), although he was relegated to second overall because of the count-back rule (Sleeter having the superior result in the final race).
Baird finished 2-4 in his races to earn runner-up result his 40+ Intermediate grade and Henderson finished 2-2 to claim runner-up in the 50+ Expert grade.
Taranaki's Mitch Rowe finished 4-4 in his 50+ Pro class, which gave him fourth overall for the event, while the title went to British former factory GP racer Kurt Nicoll.
With riders permitted to compete also in younger age categories than their own, 51-year-old Rowe took advantage of the opportunity to also race in the 45+ Expert grade, where he finished 6-6 and a creditable 7th overall. Also taking advantage of the "drop down" rule, Axtens (7-8) finished 8th overall in the same category.
Papakura's Tony Cooksley managed 3-4 results for third equal in the 60+ Expert grade, level on the score-sheet with American former factory rider Chuck Sun, although relegated to fourth on count-back.
Bay of Plenty's Ian Conway finished 10-11 in the 55+ Intermediate grade, good for 11th overall, while Andrew Stewart finished 8-4 for fifth overall in the 50+ Novice grade.
Tauranga's Julie Managh finished 3-4 in the Intermediate Women's grade, which gave her fourth overall for the event. She had also raced in the non-championship women's race on Saturday, finishing fifth overall alongside the Expert grade competitors.
The Women's Expert class was won on Sunday by 2011 women's world champion Steffi Laier, from Germany, indicating the high calibre of riders present at the event.
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan
The 2016 New Zealand ATV Championships
KEEGAN KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY
CAPTION: Stratford's Camo Keegan (Honda), with the main trophy back in his possession. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com
OCTOBER 25, 2016: Taranaki's Keegan brothers – Camo and Scott – are keeping the national quad bike title in the family.
Younger brother Scott won the title when the New Zealand ATV (all terrain vehicle) Motocross Championships were staged in Taranaki last season, but it was 27-year-old electrician Camo who reclaimed the main prize he last held in 2013 at this season's edition of the nationals, held near Amberley over the Saturday and Sunday of Labour Weekend.
Unfortunately for Lepperton bricklayer Scott Keegan, he collided with multi-time national champion Ian Ffitch in race five, the first of Sunday's races, and was unable to continue, instead going to hospital to have his injured hand attended to.
The national champion in 2014, Ffitch had been among the favourites to win again and it was he who came closest to beating Camo Keegan, the Amberley man winning two of the weekend's seven races in the premier grade and also finishing runner-up on three occasions.
But, in the end, nobody really had an answer to Stratford's Camo Keegan, who won five of the premier races and he finished the championship 11 points ahead of Ffitch.
Third overall in the premier class last year was 22-year-old Tauranga rider Mark Goldstone and that's where he finished again this time around, his 4-3-4-3-DNF-3-3 score-card impressive, although the one DNF was costly.
Fourth and fifth overall respectively in the premier grade were New Plymouth's Devan Whitelock and Christchurch's Jeff McIntyre.
"I was a bit lucky in one race," Camo Keegan admitted afterwards. "I knocked the engine kill switch off and had to fight back to finish fourth in that race.
"It was really closes racing between me and Ian (Ffitch), back and forth throughout the races and I was only taking the wins by a bike length in the end."
Kaiwaka 18-year-old Cullen Curtis again dominated the 450cc production class, winning five of the seven races and finishing third in the other two.
New Plymouth's Corey Whitelock settled for runner-up in the class, one position better than last season, albeit still 32 points adrift of Curtis, with Christchurch's Taylor Graham completing the podium.
"The sport is looking extremely healthy" said Ffitch, the sport's elder statesman.
"I've had my glory years," said the 46-year-old. "Now I just enjoy seeing the young guys rise up. I expect to see riders such as Cullen Curtis, Taylor Graham and the Whitelock brothers to be vying for the premier crown in a couple of years."
Other class winners were Amberley's Angus Parish (250cc production class); Christchurch's Bailey Graham (125cc production class); Christchurch's Abby Holliday (women's grade); Christchurch's Greg Graham (veterans' grade); Amberley's Caitlyn Parish (mini quad kids grade); New Plymouth's Luke Etheridge (clubmans) and Stratford's Zakiah Corrigan (junior clubman).
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan
DREAM DEBUT FOR NEW KAWASAKI TEAM
OCTOBER 24, 2016: There's a new kid on the block and it seems he might be a bit of a bully.
The big annual MX Fest at Taupo is traditionally considered the first major motocross of the season, an event where the new model bikes are aired, new teams present themselves and riders can gauge where they stand before the serious business of the national championships take their full focus.
With a large green truck and awning threatening to steal the show in pit lane at Taupo there was no doubt that the rebranded and re-armed 3Twenty3 Kawasaki Racing Team had arrived, ready for business.
By the time the dust had cleared at the end of racing on Sunday afternoon, everyone knew the men in green had to be respected, with the team's MX1 rider, Mount Maunganui's Rhys Carter, claiming the top trophy.
The 27-year-old Carter caused a few ripples when he sensationally won the first of the weekend's MX1 races, but more was to come when he showed it was no fluke, winning race two as well.
He finished third in race three and was top of the MX1 class standings with just the shoot-out series of feature races to come.
By the end of the day, the ripples had become a tidal wave, with Carter finishing runner-up to national MX1 champion Cody Cooper in the final shoot-out race, enough for him to claim overall honours, finishing six points clear of Mount Maunganui's Cooper, with Motueka's former world championship hero Josh Coppins another six points further back in third overall.
"I've not raced the MX Fest for the past two seasons as I'd been sidelined with injury. But I'm feeling good right now and knew I had the speed to win," said Carter.
"When I saw Cody (Cooper) crash in the first race, I knew I had a chance. I didn't have a great start myself and was about third from last at the start, but I put the hammer down and got the win.
"It was all about not following but being creative with line selection ... maybe going berserk around the outside of riders to get past.
"In the third race I made a mistake and stalled the bike in turn one. But then I got nudged by another rider and the bike just sparked into life again. I was a bit lucky with that. I got my way through to third but couldn't find a way past Josh (Coppins).
"Winning the overall was certainly a good way to start things with the new team."
Meanwhile, riding for the separate Whyteline Kawasaki Team, Ngatea's Ben Broad also showed he'd taken a liking to his new green bike, finishing fifth overall in the MX2 class on his first serious ride on Sunday.
National 125cc champion Broad was also the last of the MX2 riders to survive the all-capacities shoot-out feature, finishing that segment of the programme fifth overall.
"This was my first major outing on the Kawasaki and there's still a little bit of sorting to do with setting up the suspension and I knew it was going to be tough today, but it turned out to be a great start to the season," said the 17-year-old Broad, a year 13 pupil at Hauraki Plains College.
"School will be over for the year soon and so I'll be able to spend more time riding the bike and I'll be fitter and stronger by the time the nationals start (near Timaru in February), but my speed is already good."
The 3Twenty3 Kawasaki Racing Team is supported by Life Fitness, Kawasaki New Zealand, Epic Decals, Alpinestars, Bell, 100%, Addline, Koromiko Engineering, Pirelli, Pro Circuit, Hinson, KSS NZ, Giant NZ, DVS Shoes, Concept 2 NZ, Skullcandy NZ and CFX Seats.
Credit: Words by Andy McGechan
The 2016 Huka Honda MX Fest at Taupo
ALL ROADS LEAD TO TAUPO THIS WEEKEND
OCTOBER 17, 2016: Taupo will again be the centre of the motocross universe this Labour Weekend.
The big annual MX Fest at Taupo traditionally marks the start to the summer season and the event has again attracted all the nation's major riders and race teams to the steaming pumice and sand circuit.
The popularity of the two-day spectacular at the Digger McEwen Motorcycle Park, on the outskirts of the Central Plateau tourist town, ensures there won't be a motel bed to spare in the region over the coming days.
With new 2017 model bikes to be tuned and set-up for the upcoming nationals, muscles to be flexed, fresh team line-ups and allegiances to be shaped and tested, and a long weekend in which to do it, the MX Fest heralds the start of what could be another cracking motocross season.
World, national and provincial titles count for nothing, international credentials are likely to be challenged and past loyalties go out the window as the new season brings forward fresh and exciting match-ups at this Huka Honda-sponsored event on October 22-23, with riders such as Ngatea's Ben Broad, Te Puke's Logan Blackburn, Mangakino's Maximus Purvis, Te Puke's Tyler Steiner, and Tauranga's Rhys Carter, for example, all now flying different colours to last season.
Local riders such as Taupo's Brad Groombridge, Rotorua's Scotty Canham, Reporoa's Hadleigh Knight, Mangakino's Kayne Lamont and Taupo brothers Cohen and Wyatt Chase should also feature among the leaders, although former motocross Grand Prix star Josh Coppins, from Motueka, and current national MX1 champion Cody Cooper, from Mount Maunganui, are possibly the key men to beat.
Although now retired from international competition, Coppins convincingly won the MX1 class at MX Fest last year, while Cooper was a notable no-show.
Seeing a clash between these two on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon would be worth the admission price alone.
Otago's Courtney Duncan, Amberley's Micah McGoldrick, Waitakere's Ethan Martens, Tauranga's Roydon White, Dairy Flat's Claude Griffith, Cambridge's Trent Collins, Karaka's Kurtis Lilly, Coatesville's Sam Greenslade and Beachlands' Blake Gillard will also be contenders.
Duncan is another with vast international experience after she raced the women's world championships in Europe this season. It would be no surprise if she won the MX2 class outright at Taupo, just as she did at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville in January.
"This is the first big hit-out of the season and, with Speedcross set to entertain the fans on Saturday evening, the entertainment will be top-notch over the entire weekend," said host Taupo Motorcycle Club spokesman Bevan Weal.
"The Speedcross (a mix of speedway, supercross and motocross) will be a battle between New Zealand's top 'dirty dozen', with entries limited, and racing will feature multi-time former national champion and former international Darryll King, as well as riders such as Coppins, Cooper, Groombridge and Carter.
"The main track for racing on Saturday and Sunday is looking pristine at the moment, with club volunteers putting in hundreds of hours of work," said Weal.
"The saw-dust section has been refreshed and will surely trip up a few riders. It's always popular with the spectators."
Now in its 31st year, the MX Fest event is expected to attract riders in their hundreds and spectators in their thousands, with the race programme, as usual, featuring the mini, junior and women riders on Saturday and senior and veteran racers on Sunday.
Words by Andy McGechan
PABLO QUINTANILLA WINS THE ATACAMA RALLY ATACAMA RALLY Saturday, 27 August 2016 5th Stage: Bahia Inglesa - Copiapó Link section: 76,44 km – Specia
PRICE AND QUINTANILLA SIDE BY SIDE Friday, 26 August 2016 4th Stage: Bahia Inglesa - Bahia Inglesa Link section: 40.13 km – Special 1: 142.60 km –
PABLO QUINTANILLA TAKES A STROLL IN HIS GARDEN! Thursday, 25 August 2016 3e Étape : Bahia Inglesa - Bahia Inglesa Link section: 70 km – Special: 20
ATACAMA RALLY: ALL RIDERS AND DRIVERS GETTING READY FOR THE BIG START 22 bikes, 3 quads and 12 car crews will bring this leg of the FIM Cross Country
Max Ansttie on Husqvarna & Sidi boots
Maser (TV), 01 August, 2016 – It was a Sunday to remember for the Sidi Sport colours on the sandy, difficult and spectacular track in Lommel, Belgium. It was a fantastic show in the place that is considered the cradle of motocross, in front of an extraordinary crowd. Sidi completely dominated the MX2 class: the British Max Anstie came in first and Jeremy Seewer from Switzerland was second. These two riders battled in the sand and shined on the podium in their Sidi Crossfire 2 boots, the top models in Sidi’s off-road collection.
It was a legendary result. Yes, because Max Anstie (Husqvarna) became the first pilot in history to manage to win the Belgian GP for three consecutive years in Lommel; yesterday he also scored back to back victories in both rounds, dominating the Grand Prix from start to finish, coming in first in both race1 and race2.
It was a great party for Sidi. In fact, Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) came in second place by scoring fourth in race1 and second in race2. He takes home a valuable second place that helps him shave off precious points from the leader in the World rankings Jeff Herlings, who, we remind you, has not garnered any points for the last two races, since he is benched in the pit due to a shoulder injury. Now the classification puts Herlings first with 597 points and Seewer second with 510 points.
Tony Cairoli (Ktm) had an OK test in the MXGP, in what continues to be a difficult and unlucky season for the motocross super-champ. After a lacklustre sixth place in race1 Tony made up some terrain in race2, coming in second, thus managing to close out the GP race in third place.
KIWIS TO AGAIN TACKLE THE WORLD'S ELITE. Full list of starters at first round is below :
CAPTIONS: Otago's Courtney Duncan (Yamaha), ready to take on the world's elite. And Ben Townley, but for 2016 he's on the Suzuki Team
JANUARY 13, 2016: It is going to be an exciting year for Kiwi motocross fans, scanning the internet, web sites and social media or, hopefully, watching the action on television, as New Zealand riders again tackle the world championships.
It has been a couple of seasons now since New Zealanders have featured on the main stage of world motocross, but, starting in Qatar on February 27, Bay of Plenty's Ben Townley and Otago's Courtney Duncan will be flying one version or another of the Kiwi flag when they tackle the Motocross World Championships.
Former Taupo man Townley will race for the factory Suzuki team in the MX1 class and Duncan, from Palmerston, near Dunedin, will race a privateer Yamaha in the women's category.
Neither are strangers to racing at this ultimate level, with Townley having previously won the MX2 world championship outright in 2004 and Duncan having finished sixth overall in the 85cc class at the Junior Motocross World Championships in Taupo in 2009.
Adding to the thrills for Kiwi race fans this year is the fact that Hamilton's Josiah Natzke will also be racing against some of the best young riders in the world as he tackles the European 250cc Championships (EMX250) on behalf of the KTM factory.
The 31-year-old Townley spearheaded Team New Zealand's campaign at the Motocross of nations in France in September, the three-rider squad finishing eighth out of the more than 35 nations entered, with Townley ending the day as the No.3 individual in the MX1 class, and this brought the factory teams knocking on his door.
For Duncan, it's the realisation of a lifelong dream to race the world championships she has dominated the women's branch of the sport, and beaten most of the young men too, in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
A full season is not guaranteed for Duncan and she needs to impress at Qatar to ensure continued backing, perhaps even at full factory level.
She has the backing anyway of New Zealand's two-time former world No.2 Josh Coppins, of Motueka, the head of the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team, and she 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.
She is now back to full fitness and her coach and mentor, Coppins, is quietly confident that she will impress in Qatar.
"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."
A 21-year-old Italian rider, 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.
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan
FIM MXGP/MX2/Womens Motocross World Championships
Championnats du Monde FIM de Motocross MXGP/MX2
MXGP of Qatar, Losail (QAT), 27 February - Entry list
MXGP – Over 175cc to 250cc 2-stroke / 290cc to 450cc 4-stroke
No Rider Motorcycle Nat. Fed. Team
8 Townley Ben Suzuki NZL MNZ Team Suzuki World MXGP
9 de Dycker Ken Honda BEL FMB 24MX Honda Racing
12 Nagl Maximilian Husqvarna GER DMSB Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
17 Butron Jose KTM ESP RFME Marchetti Racing Team KTM
21 Paulin Gautier Honda FRA MCM Team HRC
22 Strijbos Kevin Suzuki BEL FMB Team Suzuki World MXGP
23 Charlier Christophe Husqvarna FRA FFM Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
24 Simpson Shaun KTM GBR ACU Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM
25 Desalle Clement Kawasaki BEL FMB Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team
31 Snow Alex Yamaha GBR ACU JK Racing Yamaha Active
32 Potisek Milko Yamaha FRA FFM Tip Top MP32 Racing Team
77 Lupino Alessandro Honda ITA FMI Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
89 Van Horebeek Jeremy Yamaha BEL FMB Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
92 Guillod Valentin Yamaha SUI FMS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
100 Searle Tommy Kawasaki GBR ACU Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki
191 Karro Matiss Honda LAT LAMSF 24MX Honda Racing
222 Cairoli Antonio KTM ITA FMI Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
243 Gajser Tim Honda SLO AMZS Honda Gariboldi
259 Coldenhoff Glenn KTM NED KNMV Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
400 Yamamoto Kei Honda JPN FMI Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor
461 Febvre Romain Yamaha FRA FFM Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
777 Bobryshev Evgeny Honda RUS MUL Team HRC
911 Tixier Jordi Kawasaki FRA FFM Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team
999 Goncalves Rui Husqvarna POR FMP NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna
MX2 – Over 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke / 175cc to 250cc 4-stroke
No Rider Motorcycle Nat. Fed. Team
6 Paturel Benoit Yamaha FRA FFM Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
10 Vlaanderen Calvin KTM NED KNMV HSF Logistics Motorsport Team
14 Valente Christopher KTM SUI FMS Marchetti Racing Team KTM
18 Brylyakov Vsevolod Kawasaki RUS MFR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki
29 Jacobi Henry Honda GER DMSB JTECH Honda
33 Lieber Julien Yamaha BEL FMB Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha
41 Jonass Pauls KTM LAT LAMSF Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
43 De Bortoli Davide Husqvarna ITA FMI NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna
46 Pootjes Davy KTM NED KNMV Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
64 Covington Thomas Husqvarna USA AMA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
71 Graulus Damon Honda BEL FMB JTECH Honda
84 Herlings Jeffrey KTM NED KNMV Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
91 Seewer Jeremy Suzuki SUI FMS Team Suzuki World MX2
97 Ivanov Maykal Grisha KTM BUL QMMF Marchetti Racing Team KTM
99 Anstie Max Husqvarna GBR ACU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
101 Zaragoza Jorge Honda ESP RFME Honda Gariboldi
128 Monticelli Ivo KTM ITA FMI Marchetti Racing Team KTM
172 Van doninck Brent Yamaha BEL FMB Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
174 Smith Alfie Yamaha GBR ACU JK Racing Yamaha Active
189 Bogers Brian KTM NED KNMV HSF Logistics Motorsport Team
223 Tropepe Giuseppe Husqvarna ITA FMI NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna
251 Getteman Jens KTM BEL FMB Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action
811 Sterry Adam KTM GBR ACU Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM
Women’s Motocross – Over 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke / 175cc to 250cc 4-stroke
No Rider Motorcycle Nat. Fed. Team
8 Fontanesi Kiara Honda ITA FMI
25 Fisher Stacey KTM GBR ACU
32 MacEachern Elaine KTM GBR ACU
44 Kane Natalie KTM IRL MCUI
45 Haans Gwenda Husqvarna NED KNMV
52 Charroux Justine Yamaha FRA FFM
67 Van Der Werff Britt Suzuki NED KNMV
85 Van De Ven Nancy Yamaha NED KNMV
111 Borchers Anne Suzuki GER DMSB
114 Lancelot Livia Kawasaki FRA FFM Team One One Four
116 Nocera Francesca Suzuki ITA FMI
151 Duncan Courtney Yamaha NZL MNZ
174 Giudici Giorgia Husqvarna ITA FMI NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna
188 van der Vlist Shana Yamaha NED KNMV
193 Braam Kimberley Kawasaki NED KNMV
274 Verstappen Amandine KTM BEL FMB Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action
386 Muilwijk Lianne Honda NED KNMV
555 Dahl Emelie Yamaha SWE SVEMO
811 Vaage Genette KTM NOR NMF CEC Scandinavian Racing Sports
991 Leonteva Liubov Yamaha RUS MFR
WATERHOUSE SISTERS LEAD A YAMAHA CLEAN SWEEP
CAPTION: Tauranga sisters Casey (left) and Jessie Waterhouse, who finished 1-2 at the big annual Whakatane Summercross. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com
DECEMBER 30, 2015: An it was a stunning Yamaha 1-2-3 in the women's class at the weekend's big annual Whakatane Summercross motocross event near Matata.
And leading the way were sibling rivals Jessie and Casey Waterhouse, with Taihape's former national women's champion Sarah Elwin settling for the third step on the podium.
It was a massive field of riders who lined up for women's class action on Monday, the second of two days for the popular post-Christmas event, with 36 entrants on the start gate.
This was a far cry from just a few years ago, when fewer than 20 female riders would be the norm.
But 21-year-old Jessie Waterhouse was up to it, even with her taking a Yamaha YZ125 two-stroke into battle against the Yamaha YZ250 four-stroke machines of nearest rivals Casey Waterhouse and Sarah Elwin.
Jessie Waterhouse compiled a 2-1-1 score-card over her three races, giving her a massive 21-point win over her 23-year-old sister Casey Waterhouse – who finished 1-8-3 in her three outings.
Elwin suffered a crash in race one, to finish 12th in that race, and, unfortunately for her, Elwin's two impressive runner-up finishes that followed were not enough to make up for that disaster and she ended up five points short of catching Casey Waterhouse.
"It was an awesome day's racing," said Jessie Waterhouse afterwards.
"It was so good to see so many women racing and so many of them were very quick too.
"I have not done much racing lately because I've been busy training as a nurse and then working fulltime. But I have a job now that allows me a bit of time to go riding. It has been the same for Casey too. She's been training as a child carer.
"I knew it would be hard for me with the 125cc bike up against the 250cc bike riders but I love my YZ125. I nearly got the holeshots," she smiled.
And that didn't matter, because she was in front when it mattered, at the chequered flag.
Other class winners at Summercross were Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper (MX1 class); Hamilton's Josiah Natzke (MX2 class); Cambridge's Trent Collins (junior 12-17 years 250cc class and Youth MX class); Motueka's Josh Coppins (veterans 35-44 years); Hamilton's Darryll King (veterans over-45 years); Taupo's Wyatt Chase (junior 16-17 years 125cc); Mangakino's Maximus Purvis (junior 12-15 years 125cc); Okato's Zak Hetherington (junior 14-16 years 85cc); Matamata's Brodie Connolly (junior 12-13 years 85cc); Tauranga's Madoc Dixon (junior 8-11 years 85cc); Hamilton's Nick Westgate (pro 65cc class).