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It’s Time for the Good, the Rad and the Gnarly: February 5, 2018

Tyler Bereman Farm Jam
It’s the start of a new week, so it’s time to collate all the action from the weekend, for the good, the rad and the gnarly…

The Land of the Long White Cloud

2018 New Zealand Motocross Championship

Thanks @tuffy94 for blowing up this corner for me 🤘

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Alright, that’s one round down, with three to go… yeah, that’s right, Kiwis, the 2018 New Zealand Motocross Championships are underway. Yesterday, the first round of the NZ MX Nationals was held at Barrett Motorcycle Park, hosted by the Taranaki Motorcycle Club. The weather was perfect, as was the track, which led to some racing that had the blood pumping (for both the racers and the fans).

In case you missed it, the 2018 New Zealand Motocross Championship is being live streamed. So, if we didn’t see you there, we saw you here, right? It’s the same for all three rounds, too, with each round being live streamed to your device via The Fast Times. Thanks to Motorcycling New Zealand officials and industry leaders, The Fast Times is one of the places to watch the NZ MX Nationals, no matter where you are in the world, on the day of racing.

It’s not just the motocross scene that’s taking a step forward into the future, either, as the talent on the track is doing the same. At the first round, Kayne Lamont (the former New Zealand MX2 Champion) came out swinging in the ‘Naki, taking three wins from three starts. Is this his season? There’s no doubt that the next round in Rotorua will be one to watch – on either the bunting or your device.

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:

MX1

1. Kayne Lamont
2. Cody Cooper
3. Kirk Gibbs

MX2 

1. Hamish Harwood
2. Brad Groombridge
3. Jay Wilson

National 125cc

1. Maximus Purvis
2. Mason Semmens
3. Seton Head

Woman’s Cup

1. Taylar Rampton
2. Letitia Alabaster
3. Mel Patterson

Farm Jam 2018

While one highlight of the Kiwi calendar has only just started, another is done for another year – well, two years – and it went off without a hitch. That’s Farm Jam, regarded by the world’s best as the place to be, every second February.

This year’s event was touted as being the biggest and best Jam yet, and that looks to have been the case, with the riders – of three disciplines – going huge in the Deep South.

Despite some of those riders being the biggest names in freestyle motocross, the event was won by a local rider, who “flipped and whipped” his way to victory. Yeah, Tyler Bereman shredded the freeriding session, but it was Gore’s very own Andrew Jackson who took the win in Winton over past winner (and X Games medalist) Josh Sheehan.

A couple of short edits have been released, but official edit will drop soon.

The World Stage

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

As we saw in the season opener back in Anaheim, everything can all change in a heartbeat. But that’s racing, right? After what was an epic comeback from injury, Eli Tomac went on to take two wins over two consecutive weekends, which put him back on course for 2018. But, like we said, it can all change in a heartbeat – especially one in an elevated heart rate.

So, after two wins at A2 and the following round in Arizona, what could have been a winning streak by Tomac came to an end at the fifth round in Oakland. In short, it came to a quick end, all due to an incident with Justin Barcia, who made an aggressive pass – one that he has since defended on Instagram.

There were plenty of smiling faces at the end of the night, though, in the crowds and on the podiums. The biggest smile was that of Jason Anderson, who not only took the win in Northern California, but also extended his lead in the points.

But, as we’ve said before, it’s a long season.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 5
The Where: Oakland, California
The When: Sunday, February 4
The Who:

450 SX

1. Jason Anderson
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Baggett

250 SX West

1. Aaron Plessinger
2. Joey Savatgy
3. Justin Hill

The Viral

The victorY Zone

Nope, we haven’t made a mistake when formatting that title. But, you know, if he had, you’d forgive us for just being so excited about the announcement that’s coming from Yamaha, right?

Sure, it’s the worst-kept secret in the industry, but that only adds to the excitement.

The Gear Bag

100% iTrack Glove

100% iTrack Glove
Photo: Alick Saunders Photography

Kiwis, it’s time to get a grip, which is way easier in a good glove. But what makes a good glove? For the 100% iTrack, it’s the lightweight materials and simple construction. The minimum distractions mean maximum comfort, no matter what your skill level, on the track or the trails.

The 100% iTrack gives complete connectivity between the rider and the bike. It does that by using ultra-lightweight materials, which are fused with the simplistic design top riders have come to expect from a premium glove. This balance is achieved by the commitment from 100% to design a glove that delivers maximum comfort and durability, providing the rider with complete connectivity to the bike, all with minimal distractions.

The perforated single-layer Clarino on the iTrack palm improves comfort, while reducing bunching. The Polymesh backhand improves fit over the knuckles and increases airflow. The silicon printed palm graphics on that Clarino palm improve palm and lever traction. The Trek-Dry finger gussets enhance mobility and wick away moisture. The integrated tech-thread at the end of the index fingers keeps you connected with your phone, meaning less messing about during stops.

The 100% iTrack is all about the complete connectivity between the pilot and the bike. It makes sense to have that complete connectivity, too, as your hands are the primary point of contact between you and your ride. That’s why it pays to have a good glove, like the iTrack, which aids in the connectivity. But the iTrack is also comfortable, for the duration of the ride, and can protect the rider in a fall. Remember, for the most part, your hands – in particular, your palms – will be the first thing to hit the deck (unless you’re in big trouble, that is). The 100% iTrack can do all that, for just $39.90, which is one less thing for a rider to worry about.

The Weekend

12th Annual Burt Munro Challenge 

Sure, most of the events at the Burt Munro Challenge take place on the seal, but its roots are in dirt – well, sand. The sands of Oreti Beach, that is, which provided Burt – and those who pay their respects to Burt and the “God of Speed” – with 26 kilometres of smooth sand.

But unlike other hallowed grounds, the ultimate homage to Burt and his achievements is to head to the bottom of the world to grip it and rip it down Oreti Beach, as seen in the edit from Blue Wing Honda that shows highlights from the last Burt Munro Challenge.

For those who congregate in Invercargill for “one hell of a weekend”, the iconic beach race is the highlight for most. The edit shows why that is, too. In 2016, the Red Riders documented the race, on a day that was uncharacteristically sunny – sorry, Invercargill, but it’s true – and saw bikes of all sizes and disciplines shred the sand. For 2018, the event has been shifted from the beginning of December to early February, a change of date that should see riders racing in far better conditions.

The Fast Times will be there. Will you?

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: Indian Motorcycle New Zealand Beach Racing Champs
The Where: Oreti Beach, Invercargill
The When: Friday, February 9
The Who: 12th Annual Burt Munro Challenge

Main Photo: Graeme Murray | Red Bull Content Pool 

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