Racing underway in the championship finals

Motocross series a huge success

by Paul Campbell

After competition rounds in Dargaville and Maungaturoto, the roar of engines has ended after the finals of the Northland MX Championship last weekend in Rodney with Kaipara riders to the fore in the series, which averaged more than 200 riders for each event.

The first round was held at the Dargaville MX and ATV club track and the second and third in Maungaturoto. Now into its fifth year, the competition has moved from a small collection of local riders into a full-blown series with classes ranging from mini novice to MX open with all riders of any age catered for. This year’s series was based on the same formula as the national competitions with points accumulated during the four rounds and a prize-giving held after the final round.

“All of the host clubs have done an amazing job. The clubs are blessed with a great group of committee members and helpers who do this, all as volunteers, and the Northland Champs series has been going from strength to strength since its inception,” said Rodney MX Club secretary, Ian Standring.

“Matt Gunson of the Whangarei Motorcycle Club has done an amazing job getting this series up and running, attracting sponsors with Penrite Oil becoming the naming sponsor for 2019.

“Riders were greeted by different track conditions at each round with sandy conditions at Dargaville, the mud at Maungaturoto and the Whangarei event had to be moved after the sudden death of the venue owner, Mark Sands.

The third round was moved to Maungaturoto where the riders were greeted with a freshly prepped track, and the racing line was very fast.”

The final round was held last weekend at Ahuroa where a wide and fast-flowing track of 1.8km was marked out.

“The Ahuroa school were on-site to keep everyone fed and watered on the day, luckily we only had some short showers, which kept dust at bay until late afternoon,” Ian said.

“Racing was very exciting with some local, national pro riders making an appearance including Hamish Dobbyn KTM 450 and Blake Gillard KTM 250 who only entered the final round and put on a great display of fast riding.

Also opted not to score points as to keep the racing close between the riders who had competed in all of the rounds.”

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