Caution pays off in Superbike Championships
30 March 2014
Caution pays off in Superbike Championships
Caution proved a winning formula as the New Zealand Superbike championships wound up at Manfeild today.
Dennis Charlett set the example yesterday as he won his first Superbike championship – at the age of 45 – with two careful rides that brought lower placings but capitalised on his big points lead to clinch the top title.
In the final race today he was able to throw that caution to the wind as he led almost all the way under intense pressure from behind, only to be passed on the last corner by Australian Linden Magee.
With six riders battling at close quarters up front, it was a fitting finale to this highly competitive season, though Charlett was disappointed he was not able to finish his championship season with the flourish of another victory. Magee had come right through from eighth early on.
John Ross followed Charlett’s example today as a careful ride in his first race sewed up the 600cc title in Supersport, the second most important category. He and Charlett both rode Suzuks.
“You just do what you have to do,” Ross said after winning his class for the second year running. “It’s been very competitive this season, the best for years.”
A third Christchurch rider, 19-year-old Matthew Hoogenboezem, also went into cruise mode during his final race to make sure of winning the 125 GP championship on his Honda.
“It’s the same bike my brother Alastair won the championship on a few years ago,” he said.
The bike had been lengthened because both the Hoogenboezems are too tall to fit on the tiny 125cc bikes otherwise.
Alastair Hoogenboezem missed out on second in the Supersport championship when his Suzuki’s engine failed in the second-last race after he had earlier claimed three victories in a row. He ended up third, behind Taupo Yamaha rider Toby Summers.
Hawke’s Bay rider Adam Chambers scored his debut victory in Supersport yesterday and followed up with two more today on his Honda.
Today’s first Superbike race went to Feilding racer Craig Shirriffs, making him the eighth different winner this season. He battled through the front pack to head off 19-year Aucklander Jaden Hassan and experienced Whakatane racer Tony Rees. Rees rode a Honda, the other two Suzukis.
That could be Shirriffs’ swansong, as he said he is thinking of retiring.
The minor placings in the Superbike championship ended up very close, Magee taking second just one point ahead of Wellington Suzuki rider Sloan Frost, who won a race yesterday. Hassan was fourth – a remarkable result in his rookie season – and Taupo’s Scott Moir was fifth on his Suzuki.
Taranaki rider Hayden Fitzgerald had a great weekend in two different categories, scoring a series of high placings in Superbikes with his Suzuki and winning the Superlite championship on his father Terry’s Suzuki SV650.
“That’s my first national championship -- and dad won the championship on the same bike 10 years ago,” Fitzgerald said. “And we just seemed to click on the Superbike this weekend.”
Champions in other classes are: Pro Twins, Royd Walker-Holt (Kawakawa, Suzuki SV650); 250 Production, Bailie Perriton (Ashburton, Kawasaki Ninja 250); and Sidecars, Spike Taylor-Astrid Hartnell (Masterton, LCR).
New Zealand Superbike Championships, final round double-header, Manfeild, provisional results.
Superbikes – Race one: Jaden Hassan (Auckland) Suzuki 1; Hayden Fitzgerald (Taranaki) Suzuki 2; Tony Rees (Whakatane) Honda 3; James Smith (Christchurch) Honda 4; Craig Shirriffs (Feilding) Suzuki 5.
Race two: Sloan Frost (Wellington) Suzuki 1; Fitzgerald 2; Scott Moir (Taupo) Suzuki 2; Rees 3; Hassan 4; Shirriffs 5.
Race three: Linden Magee (Australia) BMW 1; Hassan 2; Fitzgerald 3; Rees 4; Frost 5.
Race four: Shirriffs 1; Hassan 2; Rees 3; Fitzgerald 4; Magee 5.
Race five: Magee 1; Dennis Charlett (Christchurch) Suzuki 2; Fitzgerald 3; Shirriffs 4; Frost 5.
Final championship points: Charlett 211, Magee 153, Frost 152, Hassan 147, Scott Moir (Taupo, Suzuki) 146.
Supersport – Race one: Alastair Hoogenboezem (Christchurch) Suzuki 1; John Ross (Christchurch) Suzuki 2; Adam Chambers (Clive) Honda 3; Jayden Carrick (Wanganui) 4; Toby Summers (Taupo) Yamaha 5.
Race two: Chambers 1; Ross
2; Hoogenboezem 3; Summers 4; Carrick 5.
Race three: Carrick 1; A Hoogenboezem 2; Ross 3; Chambers 4; Jeremy Holmes (Invercargill) Honda 5.
Race four: Chambers 1; Carrick 2; Summers 3; Ross 4; Daniel Mettam (Auckland) Suzuki 5.
Race five: Chambers 1; Summers 2; Carrick 3;
Holmes 4; A Hoogenboezem 5,
Points: Ross 272, Summers 233; A Hoogenboezem 227, Chambers 185, Holmes 155.
Superlite – Race one: Jason Nairn (New Plymouth) Suzuki SV650, 1; Hayden Fitzgerald (New Plymouth) Suzuki SV650, 2; Gavin Veltmeyer (Auckland) Suzuki SV650 3. Race two: Zayne Agate (Oamaru) Kawasaki ZXR450, 1; Veltmeyer 2; Nairn 3. Race three: Fitzgerald 1;Agate 2; Veltmeyer 3. Race four: Agate 1; Fitzgerald 2; Veltmeyer 3. Race five: Fitzgerald 1; Agate 2; Nairn 3. Points: Fitzgerald 281.5, Agate 232.5, Veltmeyer 198.5.
125 GP – Race one: Troy Guenther (Australia) Honda 1; Matthew Hoogenboezem (Christchurch) Honda 2; Tyler Lincoln (Hawke’s Bay) Honda 3. Race two: M Hoogenboezem 1; Guenther 2; James Jarman (Whangarei) Honda 3. Race three: Guenther 1; Lincoln 2; M Hoogenboezem 3. Race four: Guenther 1; Lincoln 2; M Hoogenboezem 3. Race five: Lincoln 1; Guenther 2; Jarman 3. Points: M Hoogenboezem 233.5, Lincoln 229.5, Jarman 208.5.
Pro Twins – Race one:, 1; Royd Walker-Holt (Kawakawa) Suzuki SV650 1; Robert Whittall (Raglan) Suzuki SV650, 2; Doug Stockwell (Auckland) SuzukiV650, 3. Race two: Walker-Holt 1; Whittall 2; Stockwell 3. Race three: Walker-Holt 1; Whittall 2; Stockwell 3. Race four: Walker-Holt 1; Stockwell 2; Dean Bentley (Lower Hutt) Suzuki SV650, 3. Race five: Walker-Holt 1; Whittall 2; Sarah Elliot (Foxton) Suzuki SV650, 3. Points: Walker-Holt 349, Stockwell 222, Whittall 199.
250 Production – Race one: Lachlan Epis (Australia) Kawasaki 1; Baillie Perriton (Ashburton) Kawasaki 2; Tim McArthur (Blenheim) Kawasaki 3. Race two: McArthur 1; Perriton 2; Alex Bowers (Christchurch) Kawasaki 3. Race three: Epis 1; Perriton 2; McArthur 3. Race four: Epis 1; Perriton 2; McArthur 3. Race five: Perriton 1; Epis 2; McArthur 3. Points: Perriton 319, McArthur 149, Epis 143.
Sidecars – Race one: Barry Smith-Robbie Shorter (Te Puke) Windle Suzuki 1; Spike Taylor-Astrid Hartnell (Masterton) LCR, 2; Peter Goodwin-Darren Prentis (Northland) LCR Windle, 3. Race two: Smith-Shorter 1; Taylor-Hartnell 2; Goodwin-Prentis 3. Race three: Smith-Shorter 1; Goodwin-Prentis 2; Michael Wolland-Neville Mickleson, Derbyshire 1000, 3. Race four: Smith-Shorter 1; Taylor-Hartnell 2; Goodwin-Prentis 3. Race five: Smith-Shorter 1; Taylor-Hartnell 2; Goodwin-Prentis 3. Points: Taylor-Hartnell 247, Smith-Shorter 244, Goodwin-Prentis 210.5.