Thursday, August 20


Words: Todd Sutherland

The final day proved brutal with Kiwi Chris Birch unable to beat BMW hotshot Andreas Lettenbithler. The German a surprise winner.
Birch did well to recover from having to remove a wheel and disc earlier in the event. The KTM300 performed well but Birch, it is understoond had to remove the front wheel and disc, to get out a cable that had become entangled in the machines workings.He also suffered with a few GPS problems.
Birch pushed on to overpower french legend Cybril Despres (also on a KTM) on the final day.
The event winner Andreas Lettenbithler, rode in Auckland's inaugral City Scramble eariler this year. Lettenbithler is a full time professional racer, riding for BMW.