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.
2018 NZ MX Nationals – Round 3
Round 3: Sunday, March 11
Racing Begins: 10.30am
Support the supporters
Remember, the live streaming is only 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, so be sure to support those good people.
From Burt Munro rocketing across the salt of Bonneville, to Tim Gibbes scrambling behind the Iron Curtain, and Ben Townley standing on podiums in Europe and the United States, you could say that Aotearoa has a rich history when it comes to motorcycling on the dirt. That’s why the live stream is a huge step forward for New Zealand motocross, which can only help the sport grow, something that is needed for the future.
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: Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing