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

 


Superbike ace to miss championship final

aMedia release from Motorcycling New Zealand Thursday 27 March

Superbike ace to miss championship final

Superbike star Dennis Charlett is upset that his main championship rival will not be able to race in the final round of the series starting at Manfeild tomorrow (Friday).

Christchurch racer Charlett heads into the double-header meeting with a 24-point lead over Hamilton’s Nick Cole. With five races over the weekend, and a win worth 25 points, fans were hoping to see a battle royal as each strived to win the top title for the first time.

But Cole and his Kawasaki will not be there – he is in hospital as the result of an assault in Taupo on Sunday night.

“I’m very disappointed,” Charlett, who had won two of the three previous rounds on his Suzuki, said after testing at the track today. “I was looking forward to the showdown.”

He knows he still needs good finishes to clinch the title, no easy task in a highly competitive field.

“I’ll just put it out of my mind and keep on doing what we do and do the best we can and if I’m in front that’ll be good,” he said.

“I definitely feel more comfortable here than I did at Taupo last weekend; I’ve done a lot more laps around here.”

The meeting sees one race for each class tomorrow, then two each on Saturday and Sunday. One of the Sunday races is a long one, 20 laps.

“That’ll weed out the fit ones from the not-so-fit ones,” Charlett, who is extremely fit himself, said.

Cole‘s withdrawal leaves Charlett with an effective 47-point lead over Taupo rider Scott Moir. Moir won a race at Taupo and so did Wellington’s Sloan Frost, also on a Suzuki.

The depth of strength in New Zealand racing is now such that any of about 10 riders are capable of racing right at the front.

The fierce competition over the last seven seasons between nine-times champion Andrew Stroud and Australian Robbie Bugden has forced the rest to lift their game. Now Stroud has retired and Bugden is not here this season, and the field is wide-open.

Christchurch rider James Smith, who races for Honda, is also a race-winner this season. Fast Australian Linden Magee, on a BMW, adds an international flavour to the championship and other riders expected to be dicing at the front include Tony Rees (Whakatane, Honda), Ryan Hampton (Christchurch, Honda) and four more Suzuki racers – Craig Shirriffs (Feilding), Hayden Fitzgerald (Taranaki), Ray Clee (Kumeu) and Jaden Hassan (Auckland).

Hassan, 19, is in his first Superbike season after showing great speed in 600cc Supersport. He has not taken long to get the hang of the high-power Superbike and posted a fourth and fifth at Taupo.

In Supersport defending champion John Ross (Christchurch, Suzuki) enjoys a 28-point lead over Toby Summers (Taupo, Yamaha) with young Alastair Hoogenboezem (Christchurch, Suzuki) not much further back. Ross will have to keep his pace up to clinch the title as the hard-riding Hoogenboezem won two races at Taupo and Summers one.

Leaders in other championship classes are: Superlite, Hayden Fitzgerald (Taranaki, Suzuki); Pro Twins, Royd Walker-Holt (Kawakawa) Suzuki; 125 GP, Tyler Lincoln (Hawke’s Bay, Honda); 250 Production, Bailie Perriton (Ashburton, Kawasaki); and Sidecars, Spike Taylor-Astrid Hartnell (Masterton, LCR).

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news