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

 

NZ TT championships hit the extremes

It could possibly be listed as a new extreme sport, the 2019 edition of the New Zealand Miniature TT Championships at Taupiri over the weekend extreme in so many ways.

Both days started off with chilly conditions and dense fog, visibility reduced to just 30 or 40 metres, but this cleared by mid morning on both Saturday and Sunday and then the days rapidly heated up, warm jackets traded in for sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats.

While the weather traversed both extremes, the racing speeds achieved by the bike racers and the excitement levels reached were extreme too at the Kawasaki-sponsored event, which was jointly run by the Huntly and Patetonga motorcycle clubs.

The pristine grassland track allowed the riders to reach eye-watering speeds, the two-day event near Huntly pushing the racers to their limits as the mostly flat grassland paddock become rougher with each successive race and, despite the terrain’s largely placid and innocuous nature, it still required plenty of fitness and tons of respect from the competitors.

With riders almost equal in the horsepower stakes, it was the riders who started fastest and braked latest who benefitted most and the key individuals who most exhibiting those skills included former national motocross champions Kayne Lamont, David Furze, Mitch Rowe and daughter Mikayla Rowe, just-crowned national junior 250cc motocross champion Jack Dunlop and current national ATV (quad bike) champion Cam Keegan.

Hamilton’s Lamont won both the MX1 and MX2 categories at Taupiri, while New Plymouth’s Mitch Rowe won the over-45 years veterans’ class title and also the Classic pre-2000 bike title, while his Pukekohe-based daughter Mikayla won the women's title; New Plymouth’s Furze won the enduro class title; Pukekawa’s Dunlop topped the junior 14-16 year’s 250cc class and Stratford’s Keegan won the premier ATV crown.

Other title winners were Albany’s Joseph Andrell (125cc class); Oparau’s Hunter Scott (junior 12-16 125cc class); Cambridge’s Jarred Hannon (junior 13-16 years’ 85cc class); Waihi’s Luke Maitland (junior 8-12 years’ 85cc class); Hamilton’s Phillip Goodwright (veterans’ 35-44 years class); Stratford’s Kim Reid (ATV veterans' class); Taupiri’s Phillip Bryan (Classic pre-1996 bikes class); Auckland’s Hayden Draper (mini 65cc class) and Taupiri’s Jayden Bryan (mini 50cc class).

Impressive performances were also seen from the individuals who respectively finished runners-up, each of them keeping the eventual champions honest, and these riders included Te Puke's Tyler Steiner (in the MX1 class); Hamilton's Reef Wheki (MX2); Napier-based Wairoa rider Tommy Watts (in the 125cc class); Ngatea's Cole Dalley (junior 14-16 years' 250cc class); Taupo's Wil Yeoman (junior 12-16 years' 125cc); Paeroa's Ashton Whyte (junior 13-16 years' 85cc class); Pukekohe's Tyler Brown (junior 12-16 125cc class); Waitoki's Troy Holmes (junior 8-12 years’ 85cc class); Hamilton's Aime Roberts (women's class); Te Puke's Dion Steiner (veterans’ 35-44 years class); Auckland's Mark Kiely (premier ATV class) and Stratford's Nicola Reid (ATV veterans' class).

“It was a great couple of days of racing. We had hold-ups with the fog making things difficult, but it all turned out really well in the end,” said the Motorcycling New Zealand steward for the event, Stuart McCulloch.

“I think the organisers have done a great job. Running events such as these is never easy, but they made a superb effort.

“And a massive thanks also to Kawasaki New Zealand for making it possible with their sponsorship of the event.

“The racing has been spectacular and I particularly enjoyed watching the mini riders scooting around. They are, afterall, the future of our sport, he said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>

ALSO:

Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland