The Land of the Long White Cloud
2017 New Zealand Veteran and Women’s Motocross Championship
Over the weekend, the women and veterans of New Zealand moto took to The Hack Track for the 2017 New Zealand Veteran and Women’s Motocross Championship. The popular track – located between Hawera and Eltham – was developed with the help of Daryl Hurley, a Kiwi legend who also cleaned up at the two-day event, hosted by the Taranaki Motorcycle Club.
For “Hurlz”, it was another weekend done and another championship won, as the Taranaki local took the top step in the 40–44 Years class. Other legends who took the win in their classes include another ‘Naki legend, Mitch Rowe, who was out the gate on his KX500. In the 55–59 Years class, Gaudenz Gisler took the win, also adding to his multitude of titles that he’s won around the world.
As expected, Tony Cooksley came out on top in the In the 60+ class. Heading into this race, Cooksley spent a weekend racing the World Vet Motocross Championship AKA “The World Vet” at Glen Helen Raceway, where he finished third.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: 2017 New Zealand Veteran and Women’s Motocross Championship
The Where: The Hack Track
The When: Saturday, November 25 + Sunday, November 26
30–34 Years Class
1. Steven Craig
2. Neil Robinson
3. James Ashton
35–39 Years Class
1. Larry Blair
2. Nick Enstrom
3. Nathan West
40–44 Years Class
1. Daryl Hurley
2. Daniel Scrimgeour
3. Tony Parker
45–49 Years Class
1. Darren Capill
2. Greg Ngeru
3. Glenn Clarke
50–54 Years Class
1. Mitch Rowe
2. David Furze
3. Kevin Archer
55–59 Years Class
1. Gaudenz Gisler
2. Glenn Brown
3. Mark Terry
1. Tony Cooksley
2. Neil Sutton
3. Graham Adams
1. Shelby Catley
2. Rachael Archer
3. Roma Edwards
1. Sam Guise
2. Nick Hornby
3. Lucas Gisler
1. Taylor Rampton
2. Letitia Alabaster
3. Mel Patterson
1. Nicole Marshall
2. Catherine Knight
3. Kris Milne
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Wait a second… that wasn’t a dirt bike race! When he’s not going fast on the motocross track, or the trails of the Tarawera 100, Cody Cooper is going fast on a bicycle. On Saturday, it was at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, where “Coops” finished the day with a time of 3 hours and 54 minutes. That’s not bad for a weekend off, huh?
The World Stage
2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
It’s the silly season, which has racers trying to find their feet on new bikes and in fresh boots. But that also means it’s pretty quiet on the international racing scene, since we’re still seven weeks from the start of a new season of supercross racing. For 2018, Monster Energy AMA Supercross will introduce some changes to the show, too. That includes a revised points system, a new qualifying format, and even amateur racing.
Of course, it’s the revised points system that is the most notable change. Beginning in January, there will an additional point added to each spot on the podium. That means the gaps between first, second and third remain the same, unlike the overall points. This new system will allocate points out evenly over all 22 finishing positions. It is said to ensure that the race to the championship will be much more competitive throughout the season.
With the countdown to January 6, 2018 (which is actually a Sunday arvo for Kiwis tuning in) underway, the bench racing has started, as has the hyperbole. Who’s your money on? Will Marvin Musquin takeover from where his former Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Ryan Dungey left off? Or is it Eli Tomac‘s time to shine indoors? The new season will also see the return of Ken Roczen, too, one year on from the digger that almost ended his career.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 1
The Where: Anaheim, California
The When: Saturday, January 6
The Who: Supercross Live
The rippers gonna rip
Now, if you’re going to get passed on the trails (and it does happen to the best of us), it’s best to make sure it’s by rippers who are really, really fast, like Ben Townley and Liam Everts. How does The Fast Times know? Again, it happens to the best of us.
As the son of Stefan Everts and grandson of Harry Everts, it’s safe to say that the youngest Everts was born to ride a motocross track. Now, after spending time in Aotearoa to train with BT101, it looks like he’ll be spending a lot of time on the trails, too. It’s not a bad way to spend the spring Down Under, is it?
The Gear Bag
Fox Racing V3 Helmet
So, what’s the worst digger you’ve had? Sometimes, the unlucky ones – or is it lucky ones? – won’t even remember the worst accident. If that was the case, it means you probably took a good whack to the head. With that whack, any memory of what happened before or after the crash could have been wiped clean. For those who have never had such a knock, just know that amnesia – either retrograde or anterograde – is the most common symptom of a concussion. While it can happen at any speed, most concussions are actually the result of a slow-to-mid speed crash, making it something that most riders are actually at risk of. That’s exactly why Fox Racing have continued to develop its iconic V3.
For 2018, the V3 helmet introduces the next level of visor technology: Fox’s exclusive Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS). This pro-level patent pending feature removes the three visor screws and replaces them with magnets to allow the visor to release from the helmet in the event of a crash, while also securely staying in place when needed to protect from roost and aiding in clear vision.
With the introduction of a size medium specific shell size, the 2018 V3 helmet now features four shells and four EPS dimensions. This exhaustive range of helmet sizes provides the most accurate fitting helmet we have ever created. The V3 helmet is also equipped with the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). Mimicking the cerebrospinal fluid, MIPS adds a low-friction layer between the helmet and the head. This technology reduces the rotational violence otherwise transmitted to the brain.
The interior features 14 intake and four exhaust vents to channel fresh air through the helmet and allow hot air to escape, while a DriLex comfort liner feels luxuriously soft against your skin and rapidly wicks sweat to keep you dry.
With the inclusion of both MIPS and MVRS, the Fox V3 is all about keeping you safer in a crash, no matter what the speed. It’s not just protection that Fox has focused on, but also performance, which it does by testing with some of the world’s fastest riders. The Fox V3 can help keep you safer, help you ride for longer, all while looking cool in one of the ten colourways available (from Matte Carbon to the Limited Edition Rodka).
Spectro Trail Ride Series
This coming weekend, the summer unofficially kicks off. That means a lot of things, like barbecues, dips in the ocean and the Spectro Trail Ride Series.
The series, which began at Scott’s Farm, moves to Wayne’s Farm. From there, it heads to George and Wendy’s Farm, then Rat’s Farm, before rounding the summer out at Gaylene’s Farm. Given the name of those locations, you can see the series of trail rides is a grassroots affair, which is perfect for families.
While the rides are suitable for the whole family, don’t think the more skilled riders won’t enjoy themselves, ’cause there is something for everybody. Except quads, that is. For this season, quads aren’t welcome. That’s due to the excessive dust that is created, which can lead to some hairy moments on the narrow parts of the trails. Also, if you’re not wearing a helmet and moto boots, you won’t be riding, either.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: Spectro Trail Ride Series
The Where: Wayne’s Farm, 408 Tauhoa Road, Kaipara Flats
The When: Sunday, December 3
The Who: Kaipara Motorcycle Club
Main Photo: Alick Saunders Photography