The Fast Times

What’s Happening on the Weekend of February 3 + 4?

1996 KTM 360 SX
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

Pirini Motorbike Park Ride Day

Pirini Motorbike Park
Photo: Alick Saunders Photography

Each and every weekend, on alternating Saturdays and Sundays, Pirini Motorbike Park opens its track and trails to those who like to ride. This weekend, it’s the Sunday, February 4. The weather is looking good, too, which means you should already be planning the trip down, over, or up to Pongakawa.

Those in the know will be returning for another ride. For those who don’t, you can be sure you’ll have an epic day on the bike, no matter if you prefer the track or the trails – and you’ll return for more, too.

Like always, if you see The Fast Times there, make sure to come grab a decal. If you don’t see us, snap a photo of “The Maverick” logo that’s pasted on the cabin, tag us on Instagram, and we’ll send you one. The first person to do so was Broxy (but he’s always been pretty quick).

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: Pirini Motorbike Park Ride Day
The Where: 935 Pongakawa Bush Road, Te Puke
The When: Sunday, February 4
The Who: Pirini Motorbike Park

The Ramps

Farm Jam 2018 

With revamped courses, major new sponsors and some of the world’s best riders confirmed, Dan and Brett Frew are pulling out all the stops to ensure Farm Jam – their biennial event at the bottom of the South Island – continues to build a reputation as a must-do for the world’s top BMX, MTB and FMX athletes. For 2018, Farm Jam might possibly be the biggest and best, ever, with FMX and freeriding legends Tyler Bereman and Josh Sheehan set to attend Aotearoa’s premier two-wheeled event on Saturday, February 3.

This year, the riders and spectators will be treated to some significant course improvements at the Frew Farm, a picturesque landscape in Otapiri Gorge, near Winton. The pushbike lines have benefitted from numerous revamps to the dirt jumps (as there are no steel ramps at Farm Jam), while the viewing opportunities for the punters have been maximised, thanks with the reshaping of the embankment that overlooks the action. The FMX course and obstacles have also had a whole lot of work done to enable the riders to carry more speed and throw their best tricks over the multitude of natural terrain jumps and lines.

Now held every other year, Farm Jam brings the world’s best riders from three different disciplines to the bottom of the planet, where the eponymous farm is located. The Frew family’s farm is made up of 2,600 acres of land that’s used to farm sheep. But, just like any motocrosser would do, the Frew brothers carved some new lines and kickers that brought something new to freestyle competition – it will be the same for 2018, too.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: Farm Jam 2018
The Where: Frew Farm, Winton, Southland
The When: Saturday, February 3
The Who: Southern Freeriders

The Reception

2018 New Zealand Motocross Championship

Sure, there are a few highlights on the moto calendar in Aotearoa – from MX Fest to Woodville – but it all comes down to one series: the NZ MX Nationals. It’s the series that crowns the national champions of each class, from the premier MX1 class, through to the all-new Woman’s Cup.

That’s right, in October of 2017, Motorcycling New Zealand announced the introduction of two new cup classes that will run over the four rounds of the 2018 NZ MX Nationals. The first of the new cup classes is the 2018 Woman’s Cup, to be held over the first two rounds, the first of which is  at Barrett Motorcycle Park on Sunday. The final two rounds will host the 2018 Under 19’s Cup. The class begins in Hawke’s Bay on March 11, and ends a fortnight later in Taupo, on March 24.

The big news for 2018 is that NZ MX Nationals will be live streamed. So, if we don’t see you there (on the bunting or on the gate), we’ll see here. Yeah, thanks to Motorcycling New Zealand officials and industry leaders, The Fast Times will be one of the places to watch the NZ MX Nationals – no matter where you are in the world.

The live streaming is made possible by the hard work and support of the sponsors – Fox Racing, Workshop Graphics, ICG Print, Yamaha New Zealand, KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles, Kawasaki New Zealand, Blue Wing Honda, Eni, Pirelli and Crombie Lockwood – and officials behind the series.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 2018 New Zealand Motocross Championships – Round 1
The Where: Barrett Motorcycle Park
The When: Sunday, February 4
The Who: Taranaki Motorcycle Club

Main Photo: Jason Beacham

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