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


Martens to Take on the Aussies

Martens to Take on the Aussies

Andy McGechan

AUGUST 8, 2012: Multi-time New Zealand motocross champion Ethan Martens has his sights set on Australia.

The 20-year-old Yamaha ace will shortly cross the Tasman to tackle the remaining two rounds of the Australian Motocross Championships, starting with the ninth round of 10 at Moree, in New South Wales, on August 19.

“I’ve always wanted to race over there and this is a chance for me to test the waters, so to speak, perhaps ahead of racing a full season campaign next year,” he said.

Martens’ plan has two aims, to warm up for the nationals at home and to introduce himself to the movers and shakers in the sport in Australia.

“I just need to get a roll on ahead of the upcoming New Zealand Motocross Championships and also get my foot in the door in Australia.

“I will have a factory Yamaha provided for me, so that should be fine. I’m working full-time now, as a truck driver, so it has been a matter of squeezing in bike practice at the weekends and I’ve really been motivated for that.

“Driving a truck for 55-hour weeks makes you hungry for a bit of motocross racing at the weekends. I’ve learned to be pretty disciplined. I have to get to get out of bed by 5am and I’m not wasting any of my day after that.”

Martens will race a Yamaha YZ250F in the MX2 class in Australia, the same model bike he has been racing with great success in New Zealand.

“I don’t know what to expect from racing in Australia ... maybe I can achieve fifth to 10th and maybe finish among the top five a couple of times ... I need to turn a few heads. I should be on the pace. I’ll certainly be there to give it a good crack.”

Martens has also been training on sand tracks in preparation for the final round of the Australian nationals, set for Coolum, in Queensland, on August 26.

Fellow Kiwi Josh Coppins (Yamaha YZ450F) currently leads the MX1 class, the Motueka man a solid 12 points ahead of Australian rival Todd Waters.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland