The Fast Times

What’s Happening on the Weekend of January 27 + 28?

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One of these highlights from the coming weekend will definitely keep you busy, whether it sees you in the saddle, at the bunting, or on the couch.

The Ride

Burt Farm Trail Ride

When it comes to riding in the Bay of Plenty, the Burt Farm is always one of the first choices for locals, whether it’s racin’ or ridin’. That’s ’cause the place is just so much fun to ride.

If you haven’t ridden the place before, you can take our word for it: you’ll have an epic time. But those locals (and riders that have been introduced to the trails by those kind enough to share the love) will know it’s always worth the trip. The trails are regularly changed up, and always groomed, so it’s suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels. The main loop is 20 clicks long, which doesn’t get boring. But there is a shortcut home for those riders that need it.

Remember, it’s summer, so go enjoy that sunshine.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: Burt Farm Trail Ride
The Where: Burt Farm, Mimiha Road, Matata
The When: Saturday, January 27
The Who: Burt Brothers Trail Rides

The Race

2018 International Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix

Alright, we’re here: the weekend that sees a normally nondescript paddock in the Manawatu ripped and rolled for it to become one of the most iconic motocross tracks in the Southern Hemisphere. The track hosts one of the most iconic events in the Southern Hemisphere, too, which is the 2018 International Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix.

But to Kiwis, well, we just call it “Woodville”. The event, run on the last weekend of January, is one of the country’s oldest – if not the most prestigious – motorcycle races. That’s why over 600 racers are found on the gate, in classes from the premier MX1, all the way through to the VMX and the River Race.

For 2018, the two-day event will be held over the weekend of January 27 and 28, where a veritable who’s who of Kiwi and Australian motocross will be banging ‘bars.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 2018 Honda International Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix
The Where: State Highway 3, Woodville
The When: Saturday, January 27 + Sunday, January 28
The Who: Manawatu-Orion Motorcycle Club

The Reception

2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross

At the third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the series made its return to Anaheim, and also saw the return of three riders. Those riders had been out with shoulder injuries: Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson. Sure, all were on the gate, but only one had a successful night.

For Tomac, the return to racing was better than even he could have expected. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider took the overall, even though he won just one of the three main events in the Triple Crown. Wait, what? Yes, for Anaheim 2, there was an all-new format – the first time the format had been changed since 1985 – that had three main events. It led to a lot more racing, and each race was as exciting as a “normal” main event, too.

Yeah, Tomac won the night, but he still has to make up a lot of points in the championship. But, lucky for Tomac (and race fans), it’s a long season. Next up, the circus that is Supercross heads to Arizona, where all bets are off.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 4
The Where: Glendale, Arizona
The When: Sunday, January 28
The Who: Supercross Live

Main Photo: Garth Milan | Red Bull Content Pool


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