Auckland Motorcycle Club MEDIA RELEASE 25 March, 2016.
Auckland Motorcycle Club riders claim three NZSBK National Titles:
The dust has well and truly settled on a very successful Round Four of
the New Zealand Superbike Championships; the final being hosted by
Auckland Motorcycle Club in early March at Hampton Downs.
After some intense racing over the final weekend, three National titles
were secured by AMCC riders, testament to the Auckland Club’s ongoing
investment in the promotion and support of Motorcycle Road Racing since
its inception some 90 years ago.
Following several seasons on a 600 Yamaha, Toby Summers moved up a class
and secured the Superstock 1000 title on his Kawasaki ZX10R. After a
season-long battle with Dillon Telford on the Aprilia, it was a worthy
result in his first season on the 1-litre machinery.
Daniel Mettam was the second National title winner – scooping the
ultra-competitive Supersport 600 title away from Christchurch’s Cameron
Hudson, with a blistering performance in the final Round.
Mettam was 37.5 points behind Hudson coming into Hampton Downs, but at
his “home” circuit he was not to be denied, and in a masterful
performance took three wins and a second placing to secure the Title by
just 5.5 points. Fellow Club member Aaron Hassan rode a similar Suzuki
GSX-R600 into third overall, and will be a serious contender on the
600’s next season.
And Colin Buckley (teamed with Robbie Shorter) swept the Sidecar
Championship, with ten wins from twelve starts. Buckley/Shorter were
beaten only twice – both times at the final - by fellow AMCC member Stu
Dawe (teamed with Ben Bygrave).
Dawe/Bygrave only competed at this one Round, and yet finished up sixth
overall in the standings.
Other notable performances came across several classes.
Gavin Veltmeyer finished second in Superlite, as well as fifth in
Lightweight – one of just a handful of riders attempting to compete in
more than class at National level.
650cc Pro Twin saw former National Champion Ben Rosendaal finish third,
with Nathan Jane in fourth, Karl Messiter in seventh, Josh Augustine in
eighth, and Phillip Munt in ninth – a sterling effort for the Kamo-based
Chris Cain contested 125GP – on the podium at three Rounds, and third
overall in the points; while Ray Clee again represented in Superbike on
the RCM Suzuki GSX-R1000, to place ninth overall.
Special mention also must be made of AMCC’s Greg Percival. The current
Road-Race Commissioner for MNZ has for the past few years supplied his
own Yamaha R450 Superlite bike for use by a number of developing riders
at both Club and National level.
Avalon Biddle returned a National Superlite title last season on this
bike, and this season Jacob Stroud used the same machine to repeat the
achievement for No-Hair Racing.
To these, and all other Club riders who participated, AMCC extends our
Alongside our regular sponsors - Red Baron Motorcycles, Motomail, Jimz
Motorcycle Ride Experience, Hyosung New Zealand, Protecta Insurance, and
WIL Sport; Auckland Motorcycle Club wishes to acknowledge the
contribution of Pelorus Trust, Youthtown and First Sovereign Trust in
ensuring a successful race meeting to conclude the 2016 NZSBK National
2016 NZSBK National Champions:
Superbike Sloan Frost
SuperStock 1000 Toby Summers
SuperSport 600 Daniel Mettam
650 Pro Twin Baillie Perriton
125GP Rogan Chandler
Superlite Jacob Stroud
Lightweight Dennis Charlett
250 Production Lewis Dray
Sidecars Colin Buckley and Robbie Shorter
AMCC’s 2016 National Champions:
Toby Summers – SuperStock 1000
Daniel Mettam – SuperSport 600
Colin Buckley (& Robbie Shorter) – Sidecar
Credit: Philip Kavermann
THE TRICK IS NOT TO KEEP YOU IN SUSPENSE
CAPTION: Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson, unstoppable on his K-Tech suspended Kawasaki at the big annual Battle of the Streets in Paeroa. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com
FEBRUARY 29, 2016: When it comes to winning motorcycle races, it pays to have a talented rider and a powerful engine, but all of that counts for little if the rider can't get that power to the ground.
And that's where Taupo's Kerry Dukie comes in.
Dukie works for K-Tech Australasia Limited and so many of the motorcycles and suspension components that he has worked on this season are taking their riders straight to the podium.
The results speak for themselves.
It was a totally dominant performance by riders shod with K-Tech suspension at the Battle of the Streets race event on the public roads of Paeroa a week ago.
K-Tech riders finished 1-2-3 in the premier superbike class, 1-2 in the 600cc Formula two class and 1-2-3-4 in the King of the Streets feature race, as well as K-Tech riders finishing first, second and fourth in the super motard (road-race converted dirk bike) class.
“Our riders have won the main trophy at Paeroa on seven of the past eight occasions, with Australians Gareth Jones and Dan Stauffer and Whakatane's Tony Rees winning the King of the Streets title," said Dukie.
After three of four rounds of the New Zealand Superbike Championships, Manukau's Toby Summers is leading the 1000cc Superstock class on a Kawasaki fitted with a K-Tech 35DDS Pro shock. Riders doing their own thing with K-Tech products are also getting great results, like Christchurch rider Cameron Hudson, who is winning the 600cc supersport class on a Yamaha using K-Tech 20DDS fork cartridges.
Dukie works to make sure that racing stays thrilling, but the riders aren't kept in suspense. Quite the opposite is important and Dukie says he'd rather the race-winning motorcycles he produces are safe, predictable and stable.
"This K-Tech suspension is simply sublime. It works straight out of the box. Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson dominated the 600cc class at Paeroa this year ... he simply unpacked the product and put it on his bike. and was achieving lap record pace immediately. That’s so typical of this product, race ready out of the box.
"Tony Rees broke the lap record at Paeroa this year, a record that was held by Gareth Jones for six or seven years.
"We can get riders up and running with K-Tech suspension right there at the track, on race day. They just need to approach us and ask."
The best way to contact Kerry Dukie at K-Tech is via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
And the success story doesn't stop there either, with many top motocross riders using K-Tech suspension to give them the edge.
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan
RICHARDSON AND HIS KAWASAKI FIZZING AT PAEROA
FEBRUARY 23, 2016: It's the nature of high-speed, high-risk, high-excitement motorcycle racing that luck will sometimes play a big part and Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson is more aware of that than most competitors.
The Kawasaki ace was cruelly robbed of what had seemed a certain Formula Two class victory at the pre-season Suzuki Tri Series when, with one hand firmly on the trophy, he crashed spectacularly at the final round, on the public streets of Whanganui on Boxing Day.
But the 20-year-old apprentice joiner is now learning to take the good with the bad.
Richardson (Kawasaki ZX6R) was seemingly unstoppable on the public streets of Paeroa at Sunday's 25th annual Battle of the Streets race meeting, the sister event to Whanganui's annual post-Christmas Cemetery Circuit affair.
Richardson impressively won both F2 races on Sunday, each time finishing ahead of Whakatane's Damon Rees, with Taumarunui's Jette Josiah completing the podium.
Luck played a small part in Richardson's class win, as he revealed an after-market kill-switch on the handlebars unhooked just as he crossed the finish line in race one. He eventually rolled to a stop, but if that had happened a lap earlier it would have been a non-finish for him.
Then, in the all-capacities King of the Streets feature race, Richardson managed fourth overall, the best-performed 600cc bike rider, finishing that 10-lapper behind 1000cc superbike riders Tony Rees (Whakatane), Scott Moir (Taupo) and Toby Summers (Manukau).
"This is the same bike I have been racing at the New Zealand Superbike Championships and pretty much straight out of the crate, but we installed stiffer front springs for the street racing," he explained.
"I actually got bad starts all day and had to make my passing moves quickly, before the leaders got away. In the second race my start was pretty average again, but I managed to get up the inside of Damon (Rees) heading into turn one ... it's about 300 metres or so from the starting grid to turn one (along the main street of Paeroa, State Highway 2) and a lot can happen before you get to turn one," he smiled.
"Once I was in the lead I didn't want to push too much harder. Sure, I went fast, but not to breaking point."
Richardson now switches his focus back to the superbike nationals, with the fourth and final round set for Hampton Downs in two weeks' time.
"I'm currently only third overall in the 600 supersport class and a long way behind the leaders, but that's not too bad considering I've blown up two motors and had a DNF when I popped a 10-cent fuse.
"I still have massive potential to be on the box (podium) though and so that's the aim."
Other class winners at Paeroa on Sunday were Whakatane's Tony Rees (King of the Streets feature race winner); Taupo's Scott Moir (Formula One); Auckland's Gavin Veltmeyer (Formula Three); Taupo's Scott Moir (Supermotard); Auckland's Mark Wigley (Pre-89 Post Classics); Auckland's Mark Robinson (Pre-82 Post Classics); Sanson's Mark Perry (Bears, non-Japanese bikes); Auckland's Mark Halls (Senior Classics); Auckland's Brendon Honey (Junior Classics); Auckland's Adam Unsworth and Stu Dawes (Sidecars); Pahiatua's John Blaymires and Charles Hill (Post Classic Sidecars).