Monster Energy Motocross of Nations: NZ Team Announced
New Zealand Team Announced
by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
August 15, 2012
Motorcycling New Zealand’s Motocross Commissioner Bryan Davidson today announced the New Zealand Team to contest the 2012 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belguim on 30 September 2012, the "Olympics of Motorcycling".
The Team will be Motueka’s Josh Coppins, Mount Maunganui’s Cody Cooper and Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont in the Under-23 class.
Also attending as Reserves will be Mount Maunganui’s Rhys Carter and Takaka’s Hamish Harwood.
The team will be managed by 2007 World Veteran Motocross Champion Pukekohe’s Tony Cooksley.
Motorcycling New Zealand have been fortunate to receive funding from the FIM (World Governing Body) to assist in sending a team to the Motocross of Nations.
The funding application emphasised a development team as Motorcycling New Zealand acknowledges the need to start developing riders at this level, especially given the service received in the past from our International Champions will not continue too much longer.
“It is not often that we are given the opportunity to develop rider at International Level, to have this assistance to future proof sending a team to this prestigious event.
“That is viewed by millions of people Worldwide is something that Motorcycling New Zealand is very grateful for. Without the assistance of the FIM, Motorcycling New Zealand would not be in this position of sending a team plus riders who have been targeted to represent New Zealand in the future at the Motocross of Nations.” said Commissioner Davidson, from his Marton Base.
“Of the riders who applied to be part of the team, we have targeted two additional riders who will be able to represent New Zealand in the future, with the view of their development.
“They will be attending the event to work with the team prior to and at the event to have an understanding of the magnitude of the event, these riders will be contracted to MNZ with performance indicators to meet for the future. Each year it will be the aim of Motorcycling New Zealand to have additional targeted riders,” added Davidson.