A mother duck is much like a top sportsman- to succeed you need all your ducks in a row. As a motocrosser I had a great, injury free run of practice and training all the way up to the final round at Taupo. My support crew was enthusiastic, sponsors supportive and a Bel-Ray/ Botany Honda CRF250R doing the business. Unfortunately I had two things out of place- my starts and my groove. The starts was due to a lack of practice on the pumicey soil and the groovliness was due to a practice/ qualifying where I never found a good rhythm I could use to start pushing safely with.
Qualifying in 13th I lined up to the inside which is a great way to sneak around the inside of everyone through that chaotic first turn. Despite pretty bad jump off the gates (Duck #1) and then getting held up a bit by a rider sliding in front of me I was in a good position as I railed around John Phillips- or so I thought. Suddenly changing lines he jumped into what I had chosen as my rut and I went down in a massive heap. Fortunately no one rubbed in my embarrassment by running me over and I picked up the bike and started my charge from last. That was the only time I can remember something like that to happen, unfortunately it was soon repeated a few laps later where another rider I was passing suddenly changed lines and I went down again, this time getting stuck in the fence. Starting my second charge through the pack it was made clear to me that I was not meant to do well in this race when my bike suddenly died a few more laps later, losing all the positions I had made up. All my kicking only confirmed the bike was not going to go. I checked the fuel and checked the kill switch mechanism but no problems there so in a desperate bid I checked the spark plug lead. It gave me a satisfying pop as I pushed down on the lead and a few kicks later she fired back to life and I started charge number three, managing to make it back to 20th place at the chequered flag.
Despite my best attempts the second race was worse in a different way. I managed 8th place but achieved it without any of the pace or rhythm I have been building and finished without hardly a bead of sweat on my brow, while Rhys Carter, my competition for third place overall in the championship got a great start and went on to win the race.
This time I was determined to change things and practiced some starts out the back of the track before race three. This helped me to a better start but my groove was miles out of line (Duck #3) and while I was pushing hard it was horrible, finished by a fall on a random corner that not only took me out of a chance for third overall but finished Scotty Columbs chance at winning the Championship as well. Daryll King went on to win the race and the Championship while I clawed my way back to 10th place with Rhys Carter right behind, enough to give him the podium overall while I was to take fourth.
My team and sponsors deserved at least a podium for this years series so I was disappointed to not give that to them. The consolation comes in having been able to race with them to the top of this years podium a number of times and still end up injury free with a top 5 finish overall. And all is not lost with a great year on the horizon including some very exciting prospects for all so stay tuned.
Broxy’s 2012 MX Nationals Campaign was proudly supported by Bel-Ray, Botany Honda, Pirelli, Backflips, Yoshimura, TCX, Ariete, Troy Lee Designs, RK, Braking, Suomy and of course the lovely Sarah!