Thursday, October 11

VETERANS AND WOMEN TAKE TO THE TRACK

The 2012 New Zealand Veterans’ and Women’s Motocross Championships hit Marlborough this weekend with a bumper crop of the nation’s past a present champions all signed up to race.

The venue is Wadsworth’s farm, Fabiens Valley Road, Northbank, Marlborough, and the entry list reads like a who's who and who-used-to-be-who of the sport.

Marlborough Motorcycle Club spokesman Craig Douglas said the early forecast indicated that the riders could expect damp conditions on Saturday but the weather would clear for the final round of races on Sunday.

“It doesn’t really matter. This track can cope pretty well with any adverse weather. It’s the same venue that hosted the New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships in 2010, although we’ve re-sown it and fine-tuned it quite a bit since then.”

He said there would be three races for each class on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Home track advantage could be just what defending over-50 years’ champion Moston Wadsworth needs if he is to keep his crown. He had his work cut out last season fending off former veterans’ world champion Tony Cooksley, of Auckland, and a fiery clash between these two men is again expected.

Perhaps closest of all the battles last year was the race for senior women’s class honours, where defending champion Kimberley Murphy, of Rangiora, had to make way for fantastic duelling ahead of her on the track between Mangakino’s Alex Dillon and Taupo’s Emma Davis.

Murphy eventually had to settle for fourth overall, behind Dillon, Davis and Bombay’s Courtney Lindsay.

Other title winners last season were Te Puke’s Dion Steiner (30-34 years’ under-300cc), Hamilton’s Dwayne Rameka (35-39 years’ under-300cc), Whakatane’s Darren Capill (40-44 years’ under-300cc and over-300cc), New Plymouth’s Mitch Rowe (45-59 years under-300cc and over-300cc), New Plymouth’s Richard Adamson (30-34 years’ over-300cc), Cambridge’s Nick Price (35-39 years’ over-300cc), Matakohe’s Simone Sidwell (junior women class one), New Plymouth’s Zoe Jurd (junior women class two) and Taupo’s Katrina Lee (veteran women, over-30 years).

Credit: Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com