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


Turnwald Within Strike Range

Turnwald Within Strike Range

JANUARY 8, 2014: Onewhero’s Jayden Turnwald is within strike range of the top of the New Zealand motocross rankings and he reckons it’s just a matter of time before he gets there.

Judging by his recent form, this may be a realistic proposition for the 14-year-old Yamaha ace.

Turnwald, who will start back at school as a year 11 student at Onewhereo Area School, near Pukekohe, finished runner-up to Hamilton’s Josiah Natzke in the junior 12-14 years’ class at the big annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville last January.

He is hoping for a repeat of that performance, or even to celebrate a slight improvement to the No.1 spot, at the 2014 edition of the iconic event in just a few weeks’ time.

His impressive form over the past 12 months certainly indicate that he’s on the right track.

He finished third overall at the Waikato Motocross Championships, again behind winner Natzke, with Ngatea’s Benjamin Broad in the runner-up position, and Turnwald achieved the same result at the Labour Weekend Motocross Extravaganza in Taupo.

Turnwald finished third overall in the 12-14 years 125cc class at the New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships in April, once again behind Waikato’s Natzke and Ngatea’s Broad, and he has continued to secure podium placings at major New Zealand events since then.

He took his YZ125 to place fourth overall in the 12-15 years’ 125cc class at the recent Whakatane Summercross, just after Christmas, and heads to the Valley Championships at Patetonga, near Morrinsville, this weekend in a confident mood and determined to achieve another top-five finish.

“I’m often on the podium but always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” he shrugged.

“Hopefully that will change soon.

“I will step up to the 15-16 years’ 125cc class for the Woodville GP, racing the juniors on Saturday and then I will also race the senior under-21 125cc class on the Sunday.”

He is studying hard for NCEA credits towards a career in either graphic designing or perhaps panel-beating, so he is fully prepared for a life outside motocross if his dream of a professional racing career in Europe or the United States doesn’t eventuate.

But, for the moment at least, he is focussed on putting his Yamaha YZ125 out front as he builds towards the Woodville GP and then the 2014 New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships later in the year.

Turnwald is supported by Yamaha Whangarei, RCK Contractors, Ward Demolition, Ride Concepts NZ, Traffix Ltd, Fox, SuperLiquor Tuakau, Koromiko Engineering and MotoX Central.

Words by Andy McGechan,


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


New Zealand Geographic: Photographer Of The Year Announced

Shaun Jeffers, has won the Landscape category at the New Zealand Geographic, Photographer of the Year awards for his stunning shot of the glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves! More>>


Howard Davis: Review - 'I, Daniel Blake' - Ken Loach's Bleak Masterpiece

'I, Daniel Blake' is a bleak masterpiece, a chilling and moving story of two people striking up an unlikely friendship under extremely adverse circumstances. It is both a polemical indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy that strips claimants of their humanity by reducing them to mere numbers, and a celebration of the decency and compassion of ordinary people who look out for one another when the state has abandoned them. More>>

Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news