The Fast Times

It’s Time for the Good, the Rad and the Gnarly: February 12, 2018

Burt Munro Challenge
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

12th Annual Burt Munro Challenge

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

On the evening of February 9, riders of all skills, on bikes of all kinds, lined up for the eight classes that take place on Oreti Beach, all part of the 12th Annual Burt Munro Challenge. As always, the highlight was the race for the Burt Munro Trophy, a 50-mile race that is as fun as it looks.

At the chequers, it was Australian Damien Coppe who dominated the race on his KTM 500 EXC-F. The Aussie was as stylish as he was fast, entertaining the crowd of several thousand with long slides, backing it in from way, way out. He didn’t run away with the win, though, as Josh Coppins – yeah, that Josh Coppins – started reeling him in towards the end. But his Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing YZ450F simply didn’t have the legs.

The entire Burt Munro Challenge appears to be smashing crowd records at every berm, justifying the change to February. It’s gone from epic to almost compulsory. If you missed it this year, we’ll see you in 2019, right?

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:

Burt Munro Trophy

1. Damien Koppe
2. Josh Coppins
3. Johnny Racz

2018 New Zealand Cross Country Championship 

Live for something or die for nothing

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Last Saturday, the New Zealand Cross Country Championship kicked off another season of racing. At the first round, it was the reigning champion who was out front, with Brad Groombridge starting his season off with a win.

Sure, down in Southland, the weather was perfect. But that wasn’t the case in the North Island. Instead of blue skies, a dry heat and a cool breeze, the cross country racers were met with dark skies, humidity you could cut with a knife, and not even the slightest of breezes. With rain falling in the days leading up to the Saturday, and more of the wet stuff during the race, it was wet. But that’s part of the challenge for the racers.

After a less than ideal start, Groombridge quickly made his way to the sharp end, trading the lead with Phillip Goodwright and Nathan Tesselaar. Using his race craft, Groombridge was able to miss the really sloppy stuff, make the quickest of pitstops for fuel, and ditch his goggles when needed, to take the win on his Kea Suzuki Racing RM-Z450.

Learn it. Know it. Live it.

The What: 2018 New Zealand Cross Country Championship
The Where: Huntly, Waikato
The When: Saturday, February 10
The Who:

Senior Overall

1. Brad Groombridge
2. Phillip Goodwright
3. Ashton Grey

Junior Overall

1. Callum Paterson
2. Adam Loveridge
3. Bryn Codd

Farm Jam 2018

Yeah, we know Farm Jam has been and gone. But the edit has just been released, and it is epic, just as expected.

The 2018 event was the best yet, which the edit shows, with the riders – of all three disciplines – going huge in the Deep South.

Now, we all have to wait ’til 2020, when the next Farm Jam is scheduled to be held.

The World Stage

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

For Jason Anderson, it’s another weekend done, and another round won. That’s back-to-back wins for the Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna Factory Racing ripper, who still leads the points in the 2018 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross. He was joined on the podium in San Diego by Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett.

Now, after taking the win at the last two rounds in Northern California and Southern California, Anderson holds a considerable lead over Justin Barcia. Unfortunately for Barcia, his night in San Diego didn’t go so well, with a mechanical issue seeing him finish eighth. But there are 11 rounds remaining, with plenty of points to be made up, which should come in the way of exciting racing.

While Barcia was able to finish the race, two other contenders found themselves out for the night – and another round or two, at the very least, it seems – due to some crazy incidents. There was one that saw Eli Tomac riding back to the pits, after crashing into other riders. But it was Ken Roczen‘s crash that had most people talking, with a series of events ending with his right arm finding its way into Cooper Webb’s rear wheel. That resulted in a broken bone in his hand, some shredded skin, and a story to tell. But, as “K-Roc” knows, it could have been much worse.

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:

450 SX

1. Jason Anderson
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Blake Baggett

250 SX West

1. Justin Hill
2. Adam Cianciarulo
3. Chase Sexton

The Viral

The victorYZone

Last week, we mentioned an upcoming announcement from Yamaha, one that was quite possibly the worst-kept secret in the industry. This week, well, we can officially report that the Yamaha YZ65 is happening.

Best of all, it’s happening sooner rather than later, too… more on that, stat.

The Gear Bag

Alpinestars Limited Edition Aviator Collection

Alpinestars Limited Edition Aviator Collection

This past weekend saw the debut of the Alpinestars Limited Edition “Aviator” Collection at the sixth round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, where the superstars of supercross battled in San Diego, and the United States Armed Forces were honoured.

In honour of Armed Forces, Alpinestars has released the Limited Edition “Aviator” Collection, which includes the Racer jersey, Racer pant, and Racefend Glove, featuring a distinctive black and navy blue combat-ready design colourway. To complete the gearset, the gold “Aviator” Tech 10 boot leaves no doubt that the pilot is in control, ready to take flight.

The exciting colourway of the Aviator boot includes black and gold features throughout the anatomically shaped Tech 10, one of the apex motocross boots, which is almost unsurpassed in protection and performance.

Why the military theme? It’s tradition for teams, riders and brands to honour the Armed Forces at one round of the series. That’s why Alpinestars released the Aviator Tech 10 boot, Racer jersey, Racer pant, and Racefend glove.

The Weekend

Pirini Motorbike Park Ride Day

2018 Suzuki RM-Z450
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 Saturday, February 17. 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: Saturday, February 17
The Who: Pirini Motorbike Park

Main Photo: Kevin Kinghan

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