Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Flying Scotsman Adds International Flavour

Flying Scotsman Adds International Flavour


JANUARY 24, 2013: The New Zealand Motocross Championships will be a truly multi-national affair this season with news of the impending arrival of Scottish ace Billy Mackenzie.

The 28-year-old from Edinburgh is the latest high-profile signing for the JCR Yamaha Racing Team and he will race the MX1 class in New Zealand on an immaculately-prepared YZ450F.

He will have a tough task-master with his new boss none other than Josh Coppins, the former Grand Prix racer who swept his way to victory in the Australian Motocross Championships last season, before retiring from racing to take up the reins as team manager.

Mackenzie is also a former GP rider and multiple GP winner and was also British Motocross Champion in 2007 and 2008, as well as representing Great Britain on several occasions at the “Olympic Games of motocross”, the Motocross of Nations.

“I have known Billy for a long time and he started with Yamaha back in his GP days, racing for Steve Dixon in Europe,” said Coppins.

“He will ride all four rounds of the New Zealand Motocross Championships for us, hopefully win the MX1 title here and then go on to race the Australian Motocross Championships later in the year.”

Injury forced Mackenzie to the sidelines in the Australian Motocross Championships last season but he has fully recovered and Coppins has much faith in his new recruit.

“I know he will battle well against the likes of Tauranga’s (defending New Zealand MX1 champion) Ben Townley (Carlton Dry Honda CRF450) and Mount Maunganui’s Cody Cooper (Moto City Suzuki RM-Z450).”

“Billy Mackenzie is one of the fastest starters in the world and can get out of the gate and simply check out. He is an awesome rider and hopefully he’ll win a few races in New Zealand this year.”

The four-round series kicks off near Timaru on February 10, with rounds to follow at Patetonga (on February 24), Pukekohe (March 10) and, finally, Taupo on March 31.

Mackenzie will stay at the Yamaha Motor New Zealand training facility at Motueka for the first two rounds and then return to Australia, flying back to contest the second half of the series.

Mackenzie is joined on the JCR Yamaha Racing Team by 28-year-old Queenstown rider Scotty Columb, who will race a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke in the MX2 class this season.

“With Billy in the team and Scotty riding as well as he is at the moment, it is an exciting time for me and for Yamaha. I believe we can win both New Zealand titles this year,” said Coppins.

The JCR Yamaha racing team is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Yamalube, GYTR, Josh Coppins Racing, Yamaha Motor Finance, Star Moving, Holland’s Collision Centre, Fox, Alpinestars, Atlas, POD, Racetech Plastics, Renthal, DID, NGK, Pirelli, Motomuck, ilabb, Factory Effex, Boyesen, Pro Circuit and Matrix.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Obituary: Last 28th Maori Battalion A Company Veteran Dies

Charlie Petera, the final surviving member of A-Company of the 28th Maori Battalion has died at his home in Ngataki, Northland last night surrounded by his whanau. He was 91 years old. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news