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


Taupo Again to Host Final-Round Thriller

Taupo Again to Host Final-Round Thriller

MARCH 20, 2017: The shifting sands of Taupo's popular Digger McEwen Motocross Park will once again be the venue for a thrilling championship finale.

The fourth and final round of this season's New Zealand Motocross Championships will be held on Saturday at this world-famous circuit that was once the venue of the Junior Motocross World Championships and host to such international superstars as Jeremy Seewer and Glen Coldenhoff, not to mention Belgian legends Stefan Everts and Joel Smets or American hero Eli Tomac.

This weekend it will be the turn of New Zealand's own crop of internationals – riders such as Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper, Takaka's Hamish Harwood, Christchurch's Dylan Walsh and Mount Maunganui's Rhys Carter, to name a few – who will go into battle.

This year's Mazda and DRD magazine-sponsored nationals will go right down to the wire in all three bike categories, with virtually nothing to separate the various class leaders from their chief rivals.

The premier MX1 class is finely balanced, with Australian MX1 champion Dean Ferris hoping to also add the Kiwi MX1 crown to his trophy cabinet.

Ferris is currently just one point ahead of defending national champion Cooper, with fellow Australians Todd Waters and Luke Styke not too far behind in third and fourth position respectively.

Kiwi heroes Carter, Mangakino's Kayne Lamont and Taupo's Brad Groombridge make up the top seven in this class and all these three riders have an enviable reputation on this circuit.

Perhaps home turf knowledge will assist them on Saturday.

Cooper, Harwood, Carter, Lamont and Groombridge have all represented New Zealand as part of the three-rider Motocross of Nations team in past years – racing the world's elite in countries such as Italy, France, the United States and Belgium – and so the pressure of a big occasion is not likely to unsettle them.

The MX2 (250cc) class should provide another explosive confrontation on Saturday.

It is tight at the top in this category, with defending champion Harwood just 11 points ahead of his nearest challenger, Walsh.

If Walsh wins every MX2 race at Taupo on Saturday and Harwood finishes runner-up each time, as happened at the previous round at Himatangi two weeks ago, then Harwood will retain his title by just two points.

If not, it's anybody's guess where that trophy will go.

In addition to Walsh, Waitakere's Ethan Martens, Te Puke's Logan Blackburn or Reporoa's Hadleigh Knight could be expected to win the day at Taupo, with Cambridge's Trent Collins and visiting Australian Kaleb Barham also possible winners.

It is intense at the top of the 125cc class too, with just eight points to separate Taihape's class leader Hayden Smith from Karaka's Kurtis Lilly.

Racing kicks off on Saturday at about 10am.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Masters Games Close: “The Best Games Ever!”

The 2017 Games had met all the professional standards expected of Auckland with all venues in perfect condition. “To this we can add the warm kindness we have received from our new friends in this beautiful country. And especially one group made these Games absolutely fantastic – our volunteers!” More>>


Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>


Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news