The Fast Times

What’s Happening on the Weekend of February 10 + 11?

Burt Munro Challenge
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.

Go on, make the most of your weekend, and the rest of your summer.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: Burt Farm Trail Ride
The Where: Burt Farm, Mimiha Road, Matata
The When: Saturday, February 10
The Who: Burt Brothers Trail Rides

The Race

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 Munro – 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

The Reception

2018 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 it’s a long season, with the sixth round taking the stars back to San Diego.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 6
The Where: San Diego, California
The When: Sunday, February 11
The Who: Supercross Live

Main Photo: Al Latham Archives

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