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2022-23 New Zealand Road-Race Nationals
REVS BUILDING FOR START TO NZ ROAD-RACE NATIONALS

Round 3 Dates at Ruapuna are January 7th and 8th
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2022-23 New Zealand Road-Race Nationals

REVS BUILDING FOR START TO NZ ROAD-RACE NATIONALS

CAPTION: Rangiora's Avalon Biddle (Kawasaki), hoping to repeat her national title-winning performance from the 2019 season. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

The revs are starting to build as plans fall neatly into place ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 New Zealand Motorcycle Road-Race Nationals.

The Suzuki International Series and the New Zealand Superbike Championships are collaborating for the first time to kick-start the 2022-23 national road-racing season, with the people behind the two annual series working in conjunction to ensure an explosive resumption to high-calibre road bike racing in this country.

It is a tremendously pleasing and positive way for the bike community to recover after two years of being stifled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are really pleased to put the final pieces in place for the New Zealand Motorcycle Road-Race Nationals," said Motorcycling New Zealand road-race commissioner Andy Skelton.

"We still have some logistics and administration matters to resolve, but, in essence, we now have six dates to work with.

It's been a great process to see so many stakeholders collaborate and come to together for the benefit of the sport and it's looking like a great series.

"We now have the first two rounds of the Suzuki International Series in December, at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park and Feilding's Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon respectively, have been incorporated into the nationals spectacle and, with the eclectic mix of bikes amalgamated alongside the traditional championship classes, it should make for some great racing," Skelton enthused.

The third and final round of the Suzuki International Series is, as usual, set for the public streets of Whanganui, the world famous Cemetery Circuit, to run on Boxing Day.

This street fight won't be part of the nationals, but remains the jewel in the crown for the three-round Suzuki International Series.

"The nationals resume when we then move to the South Island in the New Year with racing at Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna), on the outskirts of Christchurch. The following weekend the series arrives at Teretonga Park Raceway, near Invercargill, for round four.

"We then a have a few weeks' break and resume racing with round five a key part of Hampton Downs' Moto Fest extravaganza, before it all wraps up the following weekend with the final round taking riders back to the Taupo circuit.

"I would like to thank so many people who have worked so hard behind the scenes to try to make the series a success.

"We can't speak highly enough of the organisers and sponsors of the Suzuki International Series, who committed so early in the process to support the initiative, and the management teams at Hampton Downs and Taupo, who juggled dates to accommodate the series and who have committed tirelessly to support our motorcycle road racing endeavours.

"Finally, I would like to acknowledge all the clubs who have been in communication from the start of the process and have dedicated themselves to achieve and support what should be a celebration of motorcycling.

"The host clubs and their members, who do a huge job and work as volunteers, are the backbone of the sport and ensure the racing license holders can all enjoy this opportunity.

"We may play with the format and feature some double points rounds, just to add some spice, but we will announce this at a later date.

"I'm just so pleased and chuffed that we have so much buy-in from so many stakeholders to try to deliver the series and celebrate the sport," said Skelton.

"The COVID-19 pandemic decimated the past two years, so what a great opportunity to get back up to speed again.

"I am also pleased to see the work the clubs have done to create inclusion for so many different classes besides the championship classes. It is attracting racers who wouldn’t normally take part and who will now have the opportunity to be involved. Case in point is the potential for the Carl Cox Cup to be within the 300 Supersport Class. Wouldn’t that be great to see as many as 40 bikes on a grid in our championship series?

"Anyway, let’s build on the initiative for the future and enjoy the series for what it's meant to be ... an opportunity to race our bikes."

The pandemic has caused all sorts of disruptions to major sporting events world-wide and New Zealand has not been immune to these, the annual New Zealand Superbike Championships series being cut short in 2020, similarly reduced in size to just three rounds in 2021 and unable to be raced at all in the early part of 2022.

With this latest collaboration, the road-racing community in New Zealand is showing incredible strength and resolve to get back to a "new normal" as regards to top-level motorcycle racing in this country.

The combined series would not be possible without support from the following groups: Victoria MCC, Hampton Downs, Auckland MCC, MCI, Hamilton MCC, Southland Motorcycle Club, South Canterbury Motorcycle Club, Cemetery Circuit, MNZ and all the supporting sponsors.

CALENDAR:

Suzuki Series:
• Round 1, Taupo, Dec 3rd and 4th
• Round 2, Manfeild, Dec 10th and 11th
South Island:
• Round 3, Ruapuna, Jan 7th and 8th
• Round 4, Teretonga, Jan 14th and 15th
North Island:
• Round 5, Hampton Downs, part of Moto Fest, Mar 4th and 5th
• Round 6, Taupo, Mar 11th and 12th

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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2022-23 New Zealand Road-Race Nationals

REVS BUILDING FOR START TO NZ ROAD-RACE NATIONALS

CAPTION: Rangioras Avalon Biddle (Kawasaki), hoping to repeat her national title-winning performance from the 2019 season. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

The revs are starting to build as plans fall neatly into place ahead of the upcoming 2022-23 New Zealand Motorcycle Road-Race Nationals. 

The Suzuki International Series and the New Zealand Superbike Championships are collaborating for the first time to kick-start the 2022-23 national road-racing season, with the people behind the two annual series working in conjunction to ensure an explosive resumption to high-calibre road bike racing in this country. 

It is a tremendously pleasing and positive way for the bike community to recover after two years of being stifled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are really pleased to put the final pieces in place for the New Zealand Motorcycle Road-Race Nationals, said Motorcycling New Zealand road-race commissioner Andy Skelton.

We still have some logistics and administration matters to resolve, but, in essence, we now have six dates to work with.

Its been a great process to see so many stakeholders collaborate and come to together for the benefit of the sport and its looking like a great series.

We now have the first two rounds of the Suzuki International Series in December, at Taupos Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park and Feildings Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon respectively, have been incorporated into the nationals spectacle and, with the eclectic mix of bikes amalgamated alongside the traditional championship classes, it should make for some great racing, Skelton enthused.

The third and final round of the Suzuki International Series is, as usual, set for the public streets of Whanganui, the world famous Cemetery Circuit, to run on Boxing Day.

This street fight wont be part of the nationals, but remains the jewel in the crown for the three-round Suzuki International Series.

The nationals resume when we then move to the South Island in the New Year with racing at Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna), on the outskirts of Christchurch. The following weekend the series arrives at Teretonga Park Raceway, near Invercargill, for round four. 

We then a have a few weeks break and resume racing with round five a key part of Hampton Downs Moto Fest extravaganza, before it all wraps up the following weekend with the final round taking riders back to the Taupo circuit.

I would like to thank so many people who have worked so hard behind the scenes to try to make the series a success.

We cant speak highly enough of the organisers and sponsors of the Suzuki International Series, who committed so early in the process to support the initiative, and the management teams at Hampton Downs and Taupo, who juggled dates to accommodate the series and who have committed tirelessly to support our motorcycle road racing endeavours.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge all the clubs who have been in communication from the start of the process and have dedicated themselves to achieve and support what should be a celebration of motorcycling.

The host clubs and their members, who do a huge job and work as volunteers, are the backbone of the sport and ensure the racing license holders can all enjoy this opportunity.

We may play with the format and feature some double points rounds, just to add some spice, but we will announce this at a later date.

Im just so pleased and chuffed that we have so much buy-in from so many stakeholders to try to deliver the series and celebrate the sport, said Skelton.

The COVID-19 pandemic decimated the past two years, so what a great opportunity to get back up to speed again.

I am also pleased to see the work the clubs have done to create inclusion for so many different classes besides the championship classes. It is attracting racers who wouldn’t normally take part and who will now have the opportunity to be involved. Case in point is the potential for the Carl Cox Cup to be within the 300 Supersport Class. Wouldn’t that be great to see as many as 40 bikes on a grid in our championship series?

Anyway, let’s build on the initiative for the future and enjoy the series for what its meant to be ... an opportunity to race our bikes.

The pandemic has caused all sorts of disruptions to major sporting events world-wide and New Zealand has not been immune to these, the annual New Zealand Superbike Championships series being cut short in 2020, similarly reduced in size to just three rounds in 2021 and unable to be raced at all in the early part of 2022.

With this latest collaboration, the road-racing community in New Zealand is showing incredible strength and resolve to get back to a new normal as regards to top-level motorcycle racing in this country.

The combined series would not be possible without support from the following groups: Victoria MCC, Hampton Downs, Auckland MCC, MCI, Hamilton MCC, Southland Motorcycle Club, South Canterbury Motorcycle Club, Cemetery Circuit, MNZ and all the supporting sponsors.

CALENDAR:

Suzuki Series: 
• Round 1, Taupo, Dec 3rd and 4th 
• Round 2, Manfeild, Dec 10th and 11th
South Island:
• Round 3, Ruapuna, Jan 7th and 8th  
• Round 4, Teretonga, Jan 14th and 15th
North Island:
• Round 5, Hampton Downs, part of Moto Fest, Mar 4th and 5th
• Round 6, Taupo, Mar 11th and 12th

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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I’ll be there in the Nth Isl rounds can’t wait bring it on 😝

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 06 August
Free day
Sunday 07 August
Club Champs Rd 3 - hosted by Manawatu Orion MCC @ Flipps MX Park, Himatangi (Motocross)
Club Day - hosted by South Canterbury MCC @ Rosewill, Timaru (Motocross)
Club Trial - hosted by Ixion MCC @ Maungakotuku Valley, Paraparaumu (Trial)
Club Fun day - hosted by Christchurch Off Road MCC @ Boundary Creek Road, Leeston (Motocross)
Kaitoke Buckets Points Cup - hosted by Bucket Racing NZ @ Kartsport Wellington, Upper Hutt (Miniature Road Race)
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WHATS ON THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 06 August
Free day
Sunday 07 August
Club Champs Rd 3 - hosted by Manawatu Orion MCC @ Flipps MX Park, Himatangi (Motocross)
Club Day - hosted by South Canterbury MCC @ Rosewill, Timaru (Motocross)
Club Trial - hosted by Ixion MCC @ Maungakotuku Valley, Paraparaumu (Trial)
Club Fun day - hosted by Christchurch Off Road MCC @ Boundary Creek Road, Leeston (Motocross)
Kaitoke Buckets Points Cup - hosted by Bucket Racing NZ @ Kartsport Wellington, Upper Hutt (Miniature Road Race)

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 30 July
Another sleep in..
Sunday 31 July
Western Valley Trial - hosted by Pioneer MCC @ Little River (Trial)
Winter Series Rd 4 - hosted by Taupo MCC @ Digger McEwen Motocross Park, Taupo (Motocross)
Dirt Sprint Series Rd 1 - hosted by Christchurch Off Road MCC @ Amberley (Enduro)
July Buckets Club Day - hosted by Bucket Racing NZ @ Todd Energy Raceway, Taranaki (Miniature Road Race)
Have A Go Day - hosted by Motorcycling Canterbury @ Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna (Road Race)
Club Champs Rd 4 - hosted by Hamilton MCC @ Te Pahu (Trial)
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WHATS ON THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 30 July
Another sleep in..
Sunday 31 July
Western Valley Trial - hosted by Pioneer MCC @ Little River (Trial)
Winter Series Rd 4 - hosted by Taupo MCC @ Digger McEwen Motocross Park, Taupo (Motocross)
Dirt Sprint Series Rd 1 - hosted by Christchurch Off Road MCC @ Amberley (Enduro)
July Buckets Club Day -  hosted by Bucket Racing NZ @ Todd Energy Raceway, Taranaki (Miniature Road Race)
Have A Go Day - hosted by Motorcycling Canterbury @ Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna (Road Race)
Club Champs Rd 4 - hosted by Hamilton MCC @ Te Pahu (Trial)

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The Dirt Sprint Series - Round one this weekend has been postponed - we will update one a new date is known.

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Can we still compete even if we dont go to school?

Ben Hollier Stu Hollier

2022 New Zealand Motocross TT Nationals

FULL THROTTLE RACING A TEST OF NERVES AND SKILLS TOO

CAPTION: Dunedin’s Sam Cuthbertson (Honda), likely to be among the leading riders at this year's New Zealand Motocross TT Nationals. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

If you can picture superbike racing on a grass track, then you’ll have no trouble at all imagining what it may look like at the annual New Zealand Motocross TT Nationals near Timaru on the weekend of August 27 and 28.

Riders from all the various dirt bike codes – including a few road-racers too – are expected to flock to the course at 227 Munro Road, Pareora, just south of Timaru, for the 2022 edition of the popular TT nationals.

TT racing is like superbike racing on soil instead of tarmac – the racing is off-road and the competitors use dirt bikes, but, unlike motocross, there are no steep hills or skyward launch ramps to slow things down.

The entry list for the Fabtech-sponsored two-day event is likely to include the stars of motocross, cross-country, enduro and even road-racing and super motard, and they will hit eye-watering speeds as they chase national glory.

Racing on the grassland track will no doubt push the athletes to their limits, particularly when the mostly flat grassland paddock becomes progressively rougher after each race.

With riders almost equal in the horsepower stakes, it will be the individuals who start fastest, accelerate soonest and brake latest who will benefit the most.

"We are grateful that the South Canterbury Motorcycle Club has stepped up to host the TT Nationals," said Motorcycling New Zealand motocross commissioner Lindsey Heileson.

"We are pleased that so many riders support this event. It's a great two days. Camping is available at the track, so it's more of a fun, family atmosphere. It's good to be able to offer a more natural terrain motocross meeting to MNZ members.

"This event caters for a wide variety of motorcycling codes and a diverse range of competitors. It should be a great spectacle."

Inglewood's Renny Johnston was outstanding in winning the premier MX1 class when the TT nationals were held at Taupiri, north of Hamilton last season, while Te Aroha's Luke van der Lee was unbeaten in the MX2 class.

Auckland's Damon Nield was unstoppable in the senior 125cc class and in the enduro class as well, while Hamilton’s Mikayla Rowe dominated the senior women’s class.

Rotorua's Ticayla Manson narrowly won the junior women’s 12-16 years' 150cc & 250cc class last year, while Waimauku's Ruby Leach narrowly won the junior women’s 8-16 years' 85cc and 150cc class as well.

New Plymouth's Mitch Rowe almost unstoppable in the veterans' over-45 years and in the Classic Pre-1996 bikes class last year.

Other class winners last year were Te Awamutu's Jack Carmichael (junior 14-16 years', 250cc); Waihi's Luke Maitland (junior 12-16 years', 125cc); Hamilton's Carson Mackie (junior 12-16 years', 85cc); Wairoa's Connor Cavaney (mini 65cc) and Helensville's Adam Bockett (mini 50cc).

Some of these same individuals, plus plenty of other talented riders, could expect to be contenders in Timaru this time around too.

With racing for 10 separate championship classes over the two days, as well as support and mini classes being run, the term "flat track" may be a little misleading, with the track expected to be rough and rutted by late Sunday afternoon, when rider fitness will play as much a part in the outcomes as any riders' bravery, skill or horsepower advantage.

Track access is off Pooke Road, Pareora, Timaru (signposted from Caltex Pareora Fuel stop on State Highway 1). Entries close on August 17 at 5pm.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
... Read MoreSee Less

2022 New Zealand Motocross TT Nationals

FULL THROTTLE RACING A TEST OF NERVES AND SKILLS TOO

CAPTION: Dunedin’s Sam Cuthbertson (Honda), likely to be among the leading riders at this years New Zealand Motocross TT Nationals. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

If you can picture superbike racing on a grass track, then you’ll have no trouble at all imagining what it may look like at the annual New Zealand Motocross TT Nationals near Timaru on the weekend of August 27 and 28.

Riders from all the various dirt bike codes – including a few road-racers too – are expected to flock to the course at 227 Munro Road, Pareora, just south of Timaru, for the 2022 edition of the popular TT nationals.

TT racing is like superbike racing on soil instead of tarmac – the racing is off-road and the competitors use dirt bikes, but, unlike motocross, there are no steep hills or skyward launch ramps to slow things down.

The entry list for the Fabtech-sponsored two-day event is likely to include the stars of motocross, cross-country, enduro and even road-racing and super motard, and they will hit eye-watering speeds as they chase national glory.

Racing on the grassland track will no doubt push the athletes to their limits, particularly when the mostly flat grassland paddock becomes progressively rougher after each race.

With riders almost equal in the horsepower stakes, it will be the individuals who start fastest, accelerate soonest and brake latest who will benefit the most.

We are grateful that the South Canterbury Motorcycle Club has stepped up to host the TT Nationals, said Motorcycling New Zealand motocross commissioner Lindsey Heileson. 

We are pleased that so many riders support this event. Its a great two days. Camping is available at the track, so its more of a fun, family atmosphere. Its good to be able to offer a more natural terrain motocross meeting to MNZ members.

This event caters for a wide variety of motorcycling codes and a diverse range of competitors. It should be a great spectacle.

Inglewoods Renny Johnston was outstanding in winning the premier MX1 class when the TT nationals were held at Taupiri, north of Hamilton last season, while Te Arohas Luke van der Lee was unbeaten in the MX2 class. 

Aucklands Damon Nield was unstoppable in the senior 125cc class and in the enduro class as well, while Hamilton’s Mikayla Rowe dominated the senior women’s class. 

Rotoruas Ticayla Manson narrowly won the junior women’s 12-16 years 150cc & 250cc class last year, while Waimaukus Ruby Leach narrowly won the junior women’s 8-16 years 85cc and 150cc class as well.

New Plymouths Mitch Rowe almost unstoppable in the veterans over-45 years and in the Classic Pre-1996 bikes class last year.

Other class winners last year were Te Awamutus Jack Carmichael (junior 14-16 years, 250cc); Waihis Luke Maitland (junior 12-16 years, 125cc); Hamiltons Carson Mackie (junior 12-16 years, 85cc); Wairoas Connor Cavaney (mini 65cc) and Helensvilles Adam Bockett (mini 50cc).

Some of these same individuals, plus plenty of other talented riders, could expect to be contenders in Timaru this time around too.

With racing for 10 separate championship classes over the two days, as well as support and mini classes being run, the term flat track may be a little misleading, with the track expected to be rough and rutted by late Sunday afternoon, when rider fitness will play as much a part in the outcomes as any riders bravery, skill or horsepower advantage. 

Track access is off Pooke Road, Pareora, Timaru (signposted from Caltex Pareora Fuel stop on State Highway 1). Entries close on August 17 at 5pm.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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Whats the track like down there guys

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