There may be only a small handful of enthusiasts who follow the NZ MX Nationals, but that number is growing once again, thanks to events like this. Round one of this years series that was held at the Backflips Dirt Farm near Timaru earlier this month, and it was a cracker.
With a well laid out pit area, decent facilities and banners literally everywhere, it was a motorcycling festival. The only thing lacking was an actual water slide, but even that had been on the cards. What was left was a rollercoaster of an MX track, well prepped for the quality International entertainment that is our premiere MX series.
Once again it was Cody Cooper who proved to have the right mindset in the MX1 class, leading a host of overseas talent while other Kiwis like Brad Groombridge tried hard to put themselves in the mix. In the MX2’s it was hard to look past an in-form Kayne Lamont, who led all but one race, where the number one of Scotty Columb spoiled his perfect finish. Then there was the close racing in the full strength 125 class where the start made all the difference, being won by Logan Blackburn followed closely by 15 year old Josiah Natzke.
Under our tent Laurent and I managed 14th and 8th place overall with only 7 points between us. Laurent wasn’t so happy with his first and last races, but showed some of his speed during the second race with a solid eighth place.
I was just happy to survive the day without hurting my knee again after a crash two days before the event finished off an earlier injury. Considering I couldn’t bend it very far or afford to touch it on the ground, the result was pretty good, and I was pretty stoked with some last lap charges that brought the race to the final turn.
Watching the talent coming through the 125 and 250 classes has been my highlight of the year, narrowly pipping the buzz I got from riding my super sweet CRF250R while healthy. Botany Honda, JT, Backflips and Castrol have been instrumental in our push for the nationals this year, it is just a shame that I can’t be riding at full force, but we will still be repping their sweet product at each event, whether on the bike or not.