The Land of the Long White Cloud
Mike Pero MotoFest
If you made it to Mike Pero MotoFest, you had a lot to do, see and ride. That’s ’cause it wasn’t just a freestyle motocross exhibition by Levi Sherwood and The Fast Times‘ very own Nick Franklin. Since it’s a festival of all things two-wheeled, Motofest had everything from superbike racing, to that FMX show, and even an all-new trail ride.
That’s right, dirt bikes riders had the chance to say they’ve ridden at Hampton Downs Motorsports Park, even if they don’t have a set of motard wheels. It’s all due to the festival having included that trail ride, held on land adjacent to Hampton Downs Motorsports Park. The Kawasaki Trail Ride let riders – of all ages and skill levels – “cruise along the banks of the Waikato River, before enjoying undulating farmland and special play areas.”
With great weather, and only a small amount of wind, Mike Pero MotoFest was the perfect way to spend the last Saturday of the summer.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: Mike Pero MotoFest
The Where: Hampton Downs Motorsports Park
The When: Saturday, March 3 + 4
The Who: Mike Pero MotoFest
Scott 6 Hour
Have you ridden at the Burt Farm? We have, and we love it, and that’s why we know it takes a special kind of person to ride, let alone race, those trails for six hours. That sums up the Scott 6 Hour, a stalwart on the New Zealand off-road racing calendar, where riders of all skills and speed come together to shred the trails of Matata.
While it takes a special kind of rider, with the right kind of grit, to race the event as part of a team, it takes a rider of a whole ‘nother level to go it alone in the Ironman and Ironwoman classes. In the former, it was Brad Groombridge who took the win, proving that he’s not to be underestimated when he lines up to race any event on the dirt. He wasn’t the only one, though, with Rachael Archer – who just finished up the Woman’s Cup in the NZ MX Nationals – taking out the Ironwoman class. The other classes included the Team Small Bore, won by Zane Ericksen and Shane Howard, and Team Mixed, taken out by Nicolette Epps and Ben Townley.
The Fast Times will have a full report, stat.
The World Stage
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
It’s another weekend down, one that saw another round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the second stop of the all-new Triple Crown format. That means there was three times the amount of racing in Atlanta, Georgia, and also three times the excitement.
If being consistent wasn’t enough, Jason Anderson decided to step up his season, by taking the overall win on the night in Atlanta by going 2-1-4. At the end of the night, “El Hombre” was joined on the podium by Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac, taking the second and third spots. Now past the halfway point in the series, Anderson has a significant lead over Musquin, who trails El Hombre in the championship points by 52 points. But, there are eight rounds left, and plenty of points to be made up in those races.
Next up, it’s Daytona, a race that can see things change pretty quickly.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 9
The Where: Atlanta, Georgia
The When: Sunday, March 4
1. Jason Anderson
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Eli Tomac
250 SX East
1. Austin Forkner
2. Zach Osborne
3. Jordan Smith
Down on the farm
There’s no doubt about it, Farm Jam truly is one of the world’s premier action sports events, further establishing itself as a must-do.
That much is clear when you watch the edit posted by Tyler Bereman, who visited Aotearoa and the Frew Farm for the first time in February, and will no doubt be back in 2020.
The Gear Bag
We weren’t going to mention it, but Shoei acknowledged that, yes, the VFX-W – the brand’s flagship dirt bike helmet – has done its time, and done it well. The next generation of the VFX was long overdue, though. But evolution takes time, as does world-class design, engineering and quality, all of which Shoei is known for.
Being fully loaded with next-level performance, safety, style and progression, the all-new VFX-WR proudly boasts the Shoei-exclusive Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.], strategically engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident.
The VFX-WR is completely reimagined and re-engineered, all without sacrificing an ounce of the quality and performance that have given Shoei riders the championship-worthy confidence for nearly a decade.
So, what can riders expect from the VFX-WR? Instead of reading from the highlight of the press kit, The Fast Times got the inside from those in the know. But, along with the safety, style and progression that Shoei has always know for – a legacy that looks set to continue – the VFX-WR brings new tech that is exclusive to Shoei’s next flagship helmet: Motion Energy Distribution System (M.E.D.S.). For Shoei, M.E.D.S. is strategically engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident. Basically, it keeps your brain from bouncing off your skull during falls, no matter what speed you hit the ground at.
The Shoei VFX-WR is now available to Kiwis, being distributed across Aotearoa by White’s Powersports.
2018 New Zealand Motocross Championship
EDIT: Due to inclement weather, Round 3 has been cancelled – standby for more details.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Round 3 wasn’t cancelled, but postponed until Saturday, March 17. The race schedule stays the same.
The second stop of the NZ MX Nationals – AKA New Zealand Motocross Championship – went off without a hitch in Rotorua, and saw a new winner in the form of Australian Kirk Gibbs. The CML KTM Racing rider took the overall, and let Aotearoa know that the premier class title wasn’t just down to “Coops” or Lamont, making for a championship that gets better with every round.
At the halfway point of the championship, the pressure is on for those contenders to stay at the pointy end of the pack, and earn valuable points. Will Coops retain the title for the seventh time? It looks like we won’t know ’til the very end of Round 4. But that’s how it should be. Heading into the third round in Hawke’s Bay, Lamont still has the points lead, with Gibbs nine points back, and Cooper a further five behind the Aussie.
If we don’t see you at Ngaruroro Raceway, we’ll see you here, right? As with the first two rounds, the NZ MX Nationals will be live streamed, and The Fast Times is just one place for you to view the racing.
Learn it. Know it. Live it.
The What: 2018 New Zealand Motocross Championships – Round 3
The Where: 160 Mere Road, Fernhill, Hastings
The When: Sunday, March 11
The Who: Hawke’s Bay Motorcycle Club
Main Photo: Jason Dawe | Sportspro Racing