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

 


Whibley Wraps Up Season On the Podium


Whibley Wraps Up Season On the Podium

OCTOBER 30, 2013: Pahiatua’s Paul Whibley ended his international season on the podium at the weekend and now looks forward to a break back in New Zealand before returning to the United States to do it all over again in 2014.

The 34-year-old US No.1 took his Yamaha YZ450F to finish third overall at the 13th and final round of the Grand National Cross-country Championships at Crawfordsville, Indiana, at the weekend, the soon-to-be-dad finally putting to bed a season that had promised so much but never really delivered.

The former Manawatu forestry worker, affectionately dubbed “The Axeman” on the motorcycling scene, won two major cross-country titles in the US last season, clinching the GNCC and the Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) crown as well, although his 2013 campaign to defend both titles struck problems early on.

Injured in a training crash just before round three of the series back in April, his winning momentum was disrupted and he slipped down the rankings.

The Yamaha star then opted out of the series for rounds 10 and 11 in September as he underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, and that effectively ruined any dreams he might have had of finishing on top this season.

Regardless of his setbacks this season, the brave Kiwi fought on and finished among the top 10 on 10 separate occasions during the year, his third place overall at the weekend’s final round earning him a Pro XC1 class championship ranking of No.7, but an overall championships ranking of No.5 for 2013.

“This is the premier off-road racing series in the world, everyone dreams about coming to GNCC and for me to come over here and win championships and get podium finishes is awesome,” Whibley said.

“I’m just happy to be over here racing these guys and to come back and have two podiums at the end of the season is a good way to end it and I’m looking forward to the 2014 season.”

Just two points separated Americans Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins in the national championship standings at the start of the weekend and when Russell was able to overcome a 15-second penalty for a starting infringement and snatch the lead at the end of lap one, the writing was on the wall.

Russell was able to maintain his lead and finish 36 seconds ahead of Mullins to claim his first career XC1 Overall National Championship.

Meanwhile, fellow New Zealander Rory Mead also came on strong at the weekend.

The Wellington rider, who won the New Zealand enduro championships for Yamaha in 2011, finished fourth overall, good enough for him to finish 13th overall for 2013.

Whibley is supported by Monster Energy, Sargent Yamaha in Carterton, MotoSR suspension, BikesportNZ.com, Graphic MX Creation and Yamaha Motor New Zealand.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news