Patetonga was host to the first ever Hauraki Plains College Schools Motocross this month and there were a few sweaty palms to say the least. For organizer Amanda Fitzpatrick there were some nervous moments as the rain closed in. Of course the race nerves are always there for the riders which were either slightly calmed or heightened depending on how good they were at mud riding. Then there was Broxy, hoping to do a better job of calling the action than his poor effort at the FMX national champs earlier in the year where experienced professionals seemed too good to match. He needn’t have worried at this event however as expectations weren’t too high so long as Gonk didn’t take over!
The slippery track had its go at playing havoc where upramps became mountains. One rider stood out on his CRF80 machine. With the little wheels and low ground clearance he could hardly make it through the ruts let alone up the hills but he never once showed frustration and didn’t give up until he had finally clawed his way over the top. It was a mammoth effort and worthy of praise.
Out front there were a few standout performers such as Cameron Blackie, Jacob Kneebone and Nathan Henderson, hardly letting the conditions affect them. However Aaron Manning and Curtis Lilly had a real tussle, finishing tied on points. It should make good fodder for their next battle on track.
Come time for the 8-11yrs 85cc class it was decided the day had to end there as the conditions were just too difficult with getting everyone home on time being a big consideration. So after two rounds for most classes the points were tallied up and stacks of trophies given out to the top five in each class, enough to make any new racer happy.
Showing it wasn’t just a home track advantage that took them to their overall win at the schools MX held in Rotorua recently it was Western Heights that took out the top honours, followed closely by the locals this time around, Hauraki Plains!
A final prize awarded for the most outstanding effort went to a rider who had only raced twice before, had been taken out in the first corner and still managed a credible 8th placing. It is named the “Wow” award for good reason and there were plenty of riders close behind him in sportsmanship and attitude such as the huge team that came all the way from the East coast near Gisborne especially for the event.
Well done to all the winners, Amanda and the rest of the team that made this great event happen. The next event is already in the works so look out for that to happen later in the year, who knows, they might even want Broxy back?!