Auckland Motorcycle Club
AMCC celebrate 2018 NZSBK success:
Held over four events and comprising twelve races in January and March, the dust is settling on the 2018 NZSBK.
With the season Champions crowned, following the final Round at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo just 2 short weeks ago, Auckland Motorcycle Club reflects on a selection of achievements, by a range of our Members who went in search of National success.
Fabulous Superbike NZTT race at Hampton Downs: Bugden leads Lawrence, Mettam and Moir – but it was changing continually. Credit: Philip Kavermann
In Superbike, Sloan Frost secured a second premier category National title, having previously taken out the Superbike title in 2016. With five wins from twelve races, Frost was only off the podium three times, and took a clean sweep of the races at Round Two at Timaru.
After finishing 4th in 2017, Daniel Mettam improved one position in 2018, to close out the season in 3rd Overall. Five podiums – including a race win at Round One at Mike Pero Motorsport Park – was a solid result.
Second in the NZTT race at Hampton Downs was a highlight of the NZSBK season, after a torrid 4-way battle with Australian 5-Time NZ Superbike Champion - Robbie Bugden, Jay Lawrence, and Scott Moir.
Arguably, it was the race of the Championship.
In Supersport 600, the racing was just as furious.
Avalon Biddle had a stellar campaign, to finish the season 3rd Overall, behind the Underground Brown Triumphs from the South Island. Biddle was a real threat on the familiar North Island circuits, taking five podiums over the final two Rounds – including an inaugural 600cc Class National win at Taupo.
It was likely the most popular win across the 2018 NZSBK.
Toby Summers was also back on a 600 in 2018, and would finish the season 5th Overall, with four podiums to his credit.
Sidecar stalwarts, the Lawrance Brothers, represented AMCC in the “chairs” - and Chris & Richard used their new LCR rig to take six podiums, including three race wins, to finish the season in 3rd Overall.
Newcomer Thomas Newton had the distinction of taking out the first “Gixxer Cup” for identical 150cc Suzuki machines.
Nine podiums, including five wins over the NZSBK was enough to top the points in the ultra-entertaining single-make class, which was making its debut on New Zealand race circuits over the summer.
However, the most successful AMCC member across the NZSBK for 2018 had to be Nathanael Diprose, riding a GSX-R450 Suzuki in Superlite, as he came back after an extended illness.
Ten wins from twelve starts, with one further podium, it was an outstanding season, and a constructive rebuilding period for Diprose as he builds back to the 600’s.
Roll on 2019.
2018 NZSBK Championship Winners:
SUPERBIKE – Sloan Frost
SUPERSPORT 600 – Jake Lewis
SUPERSPORT 300 – Dennis Charlett
650 PRO TWIN – Jordan Burley
250 PRODUCTION – Nick Cain
SUPERLITE - Nathanael Diprose
125 GP – Blayes Heaven
GIXXER CUP – Thomas Newton
SIDECARS – Peter Goodwin & Kendal Dunlop
Auckland Motorcycle Club MEDIA RELEASE 2 March, 2018.
Titles decided in the 2017-18 Auckland Motorcycle Club Series:
It was a hot and humid day of racing to close out the 2017-18 AMCC Club Series at Hampton Downs last Sunday, with the double-points finale throwing up the expected surprises in several classes.
Alastair Hoogenboezem took three dominant victories in Superbike, to secure that Club title; but back in the Senior field there was some spirited dicing going on – notably between Brendon Coad, Toby Summers and the surprise entry of 2015 NZ Superbike champion Jaden Hassan, out for a run on brother Aaron’s 600 Suzuki.
Hassan secured three wins in the Supersport class, and the double-points secured him the Club title for that category on the strength of those performances.
Brendon Coad secured the Superstock 1000 title, having taken seven wins from eight starts over the season.
Another demonstrating an exceptional level of dominance was Nathanael Diprose in Superlite; unbeaten all Club season on the 450 Suzuki, to head-off class stalwart Gavin Veltmeyer.
Matt Dunlop was winning at the right end of the season, and scored the Pro Twin 650 title by a slender 17 points from Liam Underwood, with former National champion Ben Rosendaal in third.
Rounding out the Intermediate category was the 125GP class, and Nicki Smith leveraged the double points to sweep to three wins and the Club title for the season.
In Junior, Gavin Veltmeyer took out Lightweight on his 390 KTM, while the 250 class becomes more competitive by the meeting.
Nick Burke and Jacob Stroud continue to set the standard, but Grant Cullen, Sean White, Michael Patchett and Jesse Stroud all made a mark.
Jacob Stroud secured the 250 Prolite Club title – by just five points - but the Hyosung Cup still has a Round to go, running at the Mike Pero Motofest at Hampton Downs this weekend.
Consistency won the Lawrance Brothers another sidecar Club title. On the podium in every race, they took four wins over the season.
While rounding out the classes were the various Post Classic classes, and the Clubman’s field providing entry-level riders a safe introduction to the sport.
The 2017-2018 Series was organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club – who acknowledge all our valuable partners for the season:-
The Lion Foundation, Barnes-Jenkins Insurance Brokers, Carl Cox Motorsport, Castrol, Colemans Suzuki, Counties Honda, Darbi Accessories, Hyosung NZ, Motomail, Mr Motorcycles, Nationwide Accessories, Northern Accessories, Protecta Insurance, Spectrum Motorcycles, and Red Baron – along with CTAS and MX Timing.
Till next season ….
2017-2018 AMCC Club Series Points - FINAL:
Points – Senior: SUPERBIKE
215 Alastair Hoogenboezem
120 Daniel Mettam
104 SJ Cavell
Points – Senior: SUPERSPORT 600
150 Jaden Hassan
80 Toby Summers
75 David Hall
Points – Senior: SUPERSTOCK 1000
270 Brendon Coad
205 Adrian Clare
16 Karl Christensen
Points – Senior: PRO TWIN OPEN
50 Steve Bridge
Points – Intermediate: SUPERLITE
275 Nathanael Diprose
170 Gavin Veltmeyer
148 Scott Findlay
Points – Intermediate: PRO TWIN 650
212 Matt Dunlop
195 Liam Underwood
162 Ben Rosendaal
Points – Intermediate: 125ccGP
184 Nicki Smith
102 Jason Hearn
57 Chris Malcolm
Points – Junior: LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCTION
210 Gavin Veltmeyer
182 Alistair Wilton
112 Dean Watson
Points – Junior: 250 PRO LITE
199 Jacob Stroud
194 Nick Burke
153 Sean White
Points – CARL COX MOTORSPORT HYOSUNG CUP: (1 Round remaining)
872 Jacob Stroud
693 Nick Burke
684 Michael Patchett
Points – PRE 72 JUNIOR
100 John Comer
Points – PRE 82 SENIOR
225 Matthew Ineson
40 Russell Barker
40 David Oyden
Points – PRE 82 JUNIOR
200 Alistair Wilton
174 Graeme Ogle
98 Phil Oades
Points – PRE 89 F1
236 Phil Duxbury
186 SJ Cavell
85 Mark Wigley
Points – PRE 89 F2
250 Nigel Lennox
132 Nick Brown
112 Tony Ashdown
Points – PRE 89 F3
70 Steve Collingwood
25 Mark Robinson
Points – PRE 95 F2
275 Graham Moorhead
Points – PRE 95 F3
100 Nick Olson
95 Ray Waring
50 Finn Webster
Points – SIDECARS
227 Chris Lawrance / Richard Lawrance
191 David McArthur / Tony New
187 Mark Halls / Neville Mickelson
Points – CLUBMAN SENIOR
210 Selby Inkster
115 Jonathan Skyrme
50 Aaron Lowe
Points – CLUBMAN JUNIOR
275 Amy Thurston
(35) Brendon Coad, (14) Jaden Hassan, (77) Toby Summers put on a great show in Senior
Credit: Philip Kavermann
Is it the Mike Webb from New Zealand??
I saw on an FIM Media Release about Moto3 technical information applications, see the FIM & World Championship page, the FIM Technical Director is Mike Webb, so sent him a note to ask. Here is the answer
Certainly is the same one!
It's good to hear from you again, and to know you are still in touch with the FIM information.
I've been MotoGP Technical Director for 10 years now, I took over from Jack Findlay when he retired.
Prior to that I worked as crew chief for the factory Yamaha team, first when it was run by Wayne Rainey then later when Yamaha Japan took it over again.
And before that for a privateer Yamaha 500cc team run by a near neighbour of yours Peter Clifford, so it's been 20 years or more since I was in the motorcycle industry in NZ... wow 20 years!
Next year I take over from our retiring Race Director in MotoGP.
I had a quick look at the website, very interesting. Particularly the upcoming Mini MotoGP where the school kids race the bikes they built themselves, I didn't k now that existed in NZ.
We hope to hear more from Mike as soon as he returns to his base in Andorra, where he can give us a then & now update.
Now go to "Stop Press" >> & click on "A Kiwi at the top of MotoGP" for much more.
Oh & by the way he knows about Avalon Biddle competing as a wild card in the 125 Class at Phillip Island next weekend, & hopefully will talk to her.