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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 12 June
NZ Enduro Champs Round 4 hosted by Bush Riders Motorcycle Club

Sunday 13 June
NZ Enduro Champs Round 5 hosted by Kapi Mana Motorcycle Club
Action Moto Winter Series Round 2 hosted by Taranaki Motorcycle Club
Winter Series Round 1 hosted by Whangarei Motorcycle Club
MX Club Day hosted by South Canterbury Motorcycle Club
Mosgiel District Club XC hosted by Mosgiel District Motorcycle Club
2021 Magic Series Round 3 hosted by Hawkes Bay Motorcycle Club
Ixion Club Trial hosted by Ixion Motorcycle Club
Club Champs Round 2 hosted by Tauranga Motorcycle Club
Winter Series Round 2 hosted by B.E.A.R.S. Motorcycle Club
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WHATS ON THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 12 June
NZ Enduro Champs Round 4 hosted by Bush Riders Motorcycle Club

Sunday 13 June
NZ Enduro Champs Round 5 hosted by Kapi Mana Motorcycle Club
Action Moto Winter Series Round 2 hosted by Taranaki Motorcycle Club
Winter Series Round 1 hosted by Whangarei Motorcycle Club
MX Club Day hosted by South Canterbury Motorcycle Club
Mosgiel District Club XC hosted by Mosgiel District Motorcycle Club
2021 Magic Series Round 3 hosted by Hawkes Bay Motorcycle Club
Ixion Club Trial hosted by Ixion Motorcycle Club
Club Champs Round 2 hosted by Tauranga Motorcycle Club
Winter Series Round 2 hosted by B.E.A.R.S. Motorcycle Club

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Wildman round 3 at Ardmore!!!

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships

NZ ENDURO TITLE CHASE COULD GO DOWN TO THE WIRE

CAPTION: Whanganui's Seth Reardon (Yamaha), in a solid fourth spot overall with just two rounds left to run in the national series. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

The 2021 New Zealand Enduro Championships will no doubt go down to the wire after another thrilling set of dirt bike battles just north of Wellington over the Queen's Birthday Weekend.

The third round of five in the Yamaha-sponsored series was held in forestry in the Moonshine Valley, halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, last weekend and the gruelling action there has set up for a thrilling double-header climax in the Wairarapa Region this coming weekend.

It could be a winner-takes-all final two days of racing, at separate venues in the Wairarapa. Round four is set for farmland near Masterton on Saturday (June 12), with the fifth and final round due to be fought near Martinborough the following day.

Cambridge's Dylan Yearbury leads the series overall in the premier grade after three rounds, but he has close friend and fierce rival Tommy Buxton, from Helensville, snapping at his rear wheel and anything can still happen in this most unpredictable of sports.

Oparau's James Scott is a motocross ace but enduro rookie and he's in third position, while Whanganui's 2019 national enduro champion Seth Reardon and Taupo's national junior cross-country champion Wil Yeoman round out the top five on the championship table and there's really very little to separate them.

In fact, the margins at the top of those sport are so tight that only a solitary second separated the leading duo after two days of brutal racing at Moonshine last weekend.

Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Justin Stevenson said he was "looking forward to a thrilling weekend" in the Wairarapa.

"It is still possible for any of the top six riders to clinch the series overall," he said.

The battle for individual bike class honours will also be sorted out this coming weekend, although Reardon (expert under 300cc 4-stroke class), Yeoman (expert under 200cc 2-stroke class) and Tokoroa's Sean Clarke (expert veterans over-40 years class) seem to have a solid lock on their respective classes.

The tussle for overall championship honours and also for the trophy in the expert over 301cc 4-stroke class could go anywhere, although Yearbury and Buxton are the two favourites, assuming they can both stay out of trouble this weekend.

The fight for the top spot in the expert veterans over-40 years class is tight between Tokoroa's Sean Clarke and Rotorua's Spence McClintock, while it is extraordinarily close between Cambridge's Ashton Grey and Wainuiomata's Jake Whitaker in the expert over-201cc 2-stroke class.

In terms of capturing an individual class win, riders will discard their one worst result, ensuring the chase for class titles will be tight until the end. However, all five rounds of the series are counted in determining the overall championship winner.

The 2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships are supported by Mitas tyres Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine.

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Champs calendar:

Round 1 – Saturday, April 11 – Tokoroa;

Round 2 – Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 – Marlborough;

Round 3 – Saturday and Sunday June 5-6 – Moonshine, Kapi-Mana;

Round 4 – Saturday, June 12 – Masterton;

Round 5 – Sunday, June 13 – Martinborough.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships

NZ ENDURO TITLE CHASE COULD GO DOWN TO THE WIRE

CAPTION: Whanganuis Seth Reardon (Yamaha), in a solid fourth spot overall with just two rounds left to run in the national series. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

The 2021 New Zealand Enduro Championships will no doubt go down to the wire after another thrilling set of dirt bike battles just north of Wellington over the Queens Birthday Weekend.

The third round of five in the Yamaha-sponsored series was held in forestry in the Moonshine Valley, halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, last weekend and the gruelling action there has set up for a thrilling double-header climax in the Wairarapa Region this coming weekend.

It could be a winner-takes-all final two days of racing, at separate venues in the Wairarapa. Round four is set for farmland near Masterton on Saturday (June 12), with the fifth and final round due to be fought near Martinborough the following day.

Cambridges Dylan Yearbury leads the series overall in the premier grade after three rounds, but he has close friend and fierce rival Tommy Buxton, from Helensville, snapping at his rear wheel and anything can still happen in this most unpredictable of sports.

Oparaus James Scott is a motocross ace but enduro rookie and hes in third position, while Whanganuis 2019 national enduro champion Seth Reardon and Taupos national junior cross-country champion Wil Yeoman round out the top five on the championship table and theres really very little to separate them.

In fact, the margins at the top of those sport are so tight that only a solitary second separated the leading duo after two days of brutal racing at Moonshine last weekend.

Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Justin Stevenson said he was looking forward to a thrilling weekend in the Wairarapa.

It is still possible for any of the top six riders to clinch the series overall, he said.

The battle for individual bike class honours will also be sorted out this coming weekend, although Reardon (expert under 300cc 4-stroke class), Yeoman (expert under 200cc 2-stroke class) and Tokoroas Sean Clarke (expert veterans over-40 years class) seem to have a solid lock on their respective classes. 

The tussle for overall championship honours and also for the trophy in the expert over 301cc 4-stroke class could go anywhere, although Yearbury and Buxton are the two favourites, assuming they can both stay out of trouble this weekend.

The fight for the top spot in the expert veterans over-40 years class is tight between Tokoroas Sean Clarke and Rotoruas Spence McClintock, while it is extraordinarily close between Cambridges Ashton Grey and Wainuiomatas Jake Whitaker in the expert over-201cc 2-stroke class. 

In terms of capturing an individual class win, riders will discard their one worst result, ensuring the chase for class titles will be tight until the end. However, all five rounds of the series are counted in determining the overall championship winner.

The 2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships are supported by Mitas tyres Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine. 

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Champs calendar:

Round 1 – Saturday, April 11 – Tokoroa;

Round 2 – Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 – Marlborough;

Round 3 – Saturday and Sunday June 5-6 – Moonshine, Kapi-Mana;

Round 4 – Saturday, June 12 – Masterton;

Round 5 – Sunday, June 13 – Martinborough.

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

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships


JUST ONE SECOND TO SEPARATE TOP RIDERS AFTER TWO DAYS

CAPTION: Cambridge's Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna), on his way to cementing his position at the top of the standings at the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

Even after two brutal and unforgiving, back-to-back days of racing, there was just one second to separate the top two finishers at round three of the 2021 New Zealand Enduro Championships at the weekend.

The third round of five in the Yamaha-sponsored series was held in forestry in the Moonshine Valley, halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, over the Queen's Birthday Weekend, the tricky terrain certainly putting riders to the test and ensuring the margins between success and failure were ever so small.

It was a gruelling double-header event, with riders racing two consecutive days in the Akatarawa Forest, albeit with Sunday's racing in a few different sectors of the forest than had been raced on the previous day, and it was the cream of New Zealand's dirt bike racing talent that rose to the top.

Best of the bunch were close friends and fierce rivals Dylan Yearbury and Tommy Buxton, with Oparau's young enduro racing rookie James Scott, Whanganui's 2019 national enduro champion Seth Reardon and Taupo's national junior cross-country champion Wil Yeoman the most impressive.

Thames' multi-time former New Zealand and international championship winner Chris Birch, Palmerston North's two-time former United States cross-country champion Paul Whibley, Wainuiomata's eight-time former New Zealand trials champion Jake Whitaker and Wairoa's 2021 national cross-country champion Tommy Watts also shone out at the weekend.

Helensville's Buxton won Saturday's phase of the action by 13 seconds from Cambridge rider Yearbury.

Yearbury responded by going on the attack on Sunday, the Waikato man wiping out the time deficit and reasserting himself at the top of the standings.

Yearbury won day two by 14 seconds from Buxton and he therefore took the weekend's overall honours by a solitary second.

The 19-year-old Scott finished the weekend third overall, 53 seconds behind Buxton, the recently-crowned national motocross championships No.2 (in the 250cc class) showing great versatility to take a 450cc enduro bike and seamlessly transfer his skills from one bike code to the other.

Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Justin Stevenson said the course at Moonshine was certainly tough, but he was also pleased to report that there were no injuries all weekend.

"That's a credit to the host club. The course featured a few very steep down-hills, but the club did a wonderful job of marking it well to ensure the safety of riders."

It could be a winner-takes-all final two days of racing, at separate venues in the Wairarapa Region, next weekend. Round four is set for farmland near Masterton on Saturday, June 12, with the fifth and final round due to be fought near Martinborough the following day.

The 2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships are supported by Mitas tyres Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine.

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Champs calendar:
Round 1 – Saturday, April 11 – Tokoroa;
Round 2 – Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 – Marlborough;
Round 3 – Saturday and Sunday June 5-6 – Moonshine, Kapi-Mana;
Round 4 – Saturday, June 12 – Masterton;
Round 5 – Sunday, June 13 – Martinborough.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships

 
JUST ONE SECOND TO SEPARATE TOP RIDERS AFTER TWO DAYS

CAPTION: Cambridges Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna), on his way to cementing his position at the top of the standings at the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

Even after two brutal and unforgiving, back-to-back days of racing, there was just one second to separate the top two finishers at round three of the 2021 New Zealand Enduro Championships at the weekend.

The third round of five in the Yamaha-sponsored series was held in forestry in the Moonshine Valley, halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, over the Queens Birthday Weekend, the tricky terrain certainly putting riders to the test and ensuring the margins between success and failure were ever so small.

It was a gruelling double-header event, with riders racing two consecutive days in the Akatarawa Forest, albeit with Sundays racing in a few different sectors of the forest than had been raced on the previous day, and it was the cream of New Zealands dirt bike racing talent that rose to the top.

Best of the bunch were close friends and fierce rivals Dylan Yearbury and Tommy Buxton, with Oparaus young enduro racing rookie James Scott, Whanganuis 2019 national enduro champion Seth Reardon and Taupos national junior cross-country champion Wil Yeoman the most impressive.
 
Thames multi-time former New Zealand and international championship winner Chris Birch, Palmerston Norths two-time former United States cross-country champion Paul Whibley, Wainuiomatas eight-time former New Zealand trials champion Jake Whitaker and Wairoas 2021 national cross-country champion Tommy Watts also shone out at the weekend.

Helensvilles Buxton won Saturdays phase of the action by 13 seconds from Cambridge rider Yearbury.

Yearbury responded by going on the attack on Sunday, the Waikato man wiping out the time deficit and reasserting himself at the top of the standings.

Yearbury won day two by 14 seconds from Buxton and he therefore took the weekends overall honours by a solitary second.

The 19-year-old Scott finished the weekend third overall, 53 seconds behind Buxton, the recently-crowned national motocross championships No.2 (in the 250cc class) showing great versatility to take a 450cc enduro bike and seamlessly transfer his skills from one bike code to the other.  

Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Justin Stevenson said the course at Moonshine was certainly tough, but he was also pleased to report that there were no injuries all weekend.

Thats a credit to the host club. The course featured a few very steep down-hills, but the club did a wonderful job of marking it well to ensure the safety of riders.

It could be a winner-takes-all final two days of racing, at separate venues in the Wairarapa Region, next weekend. Round four is set for farmland near Masterton on Saturday, June 12, with the fifth and final round due to be fought near Martinborough the following day.

The 2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships are supported by Mitas tyres Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine.

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Champs calendar:
Round 1 – Saturday, April 11 – Tokoroa;
Round 2 – Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 – Marlborough;
Round 3 – Saturday and Sunday June 5-6 – Moonshine, Kapi-Mana;
Round 4 – Saturday, June 12 – Masterton;
Round 5 – Sunday, June 13 – Martinborough.

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

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 05 June
Round 3 of the 2021 New Zealand Enduro Champs - hosted by Kapi Mana Motorcycle Club
Kaikoura 3 Day 75th Anniversary Trial - hosted by Pioneer Motorcycle Club
Sunday 06 June
Winter Series Round 3 - hosted by South Waikato Motorcycle Cub
Monday 07 June
JNP Fun Day TT - hosted by Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club
Winter Series Round 1 - hosted by North Harbour Mini Motocross
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WHATS ON THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 05 June
Round 3 of the 2021 New Zealand Enduro Champs - hosted by Kapi Mana Motorcycle Club
Kaikoura 3 Day 75th Anniversary Trial - hosted by Pioneer Motorcycle Club
Sunday 06 June
Winter Series Round 3 - hosted by South Waikato Motorcycle Cub
Monday 07 June
JNP Fun Day TT - hosted by Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club
Winter Series Round 1 - hosted by North Harbour Mini Motocross

WOMEN'S COMMISSION A WELCOME BOOST FOR MOTORCYCLING

CAPTION: Whangamata's Sandra Perry, bringing a huge amount of experience to her role as Motorcycling New Zealand's Women's Commissioner. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

They make up 50% of the population, so it stands to reason that females make up a huge percentage of the motorcycling community too.

And, in recognition of that, motorcycle sport's governing body in this part of the world, Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ), has created a dedicated Women's Commission, focussed on supporting all women who compete, volunteer, work in and are passionate about motorcycling in this country.

Recently-appointed MNZ women's commissioner Sandra Perry is perhaps the perfect person to undertake the voluntary role. The MNZ Life Member was formerly the Chief Executive Officer and the former President of MNZ and so she brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Perry leads a group of like-minded people, there to assist her in the role and these individuals include, among others, former women's European and New Zealand road-race champion Avalon Biddle and Upper Hutt City Councillor Angela McLeod, who is also a member of the Manatū Wāhine, Ministry for Women.

"The purpose of the MNZ Women’s Commission is to ensure women are well represented and treated fairly in motorcycling," said Perry, from Whangamata.

"We will do this by acting as a network within MNZ to support, enable and empower women and girls as competitors, administrators and governors; by providing comment, advice and feedback to the MNZ Board and other Commissions where we see support or change is needed for the fair treatment of women in motorcycling and by building the capacity and capability of women as competitors and governors in motorcycling

"We have three key points that are our strategic goals," said Perry.

"We need to increase the availability, relevance and quality of participation opportunities available to women and girls and ensure these opportunities are safe, appropriate and empowering for everyone involved.

"We aim to better value the voice of women and girls by providing equitable access for women and girls in leadership within our sport – be it through volunteering, administration, coaching, management, governance or other leadership opportunities and we seek to ensure that all women and girls, in all roles, are visible, feel positive about the contribution they make and value being involved and participating in all levels of our sport."

It's worth noting too that Perry's husband, Murray Perry, is also a Life Member of MNZ, has been a senior steward and has also served the sport in a myriad of ways over many years.

For further information: Contact Sandra Perry at 021-849-901

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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WOMENS COMMISSION A WELCOME BOOST FOR MOTORCYCLING

CAPTION: Whangamatas Sandra Perry, bringing a huge amount of experience to her role as Motorcycling New Zealands Womens Commissioner. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

They make up 50% of the population, so it stands to reason that females make up a huge percentage of the motorcycling community too.

And, in recognition of that, motorcycle sports governing body in this part of the world, Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ), has created a dedicated Womens Commission, focussed on supporting all women who compete, volunteer, work in and are passionate about motorcycling in this country.

Recently-appointed MNZ womens commissioner Sandra Perry is perhaps the perfect person to undertake the voluntary role. The MNZ Life Member was formerly the Chief Executive Officer and the former President of MNZ and so she brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Perry leads a group of like-minded people, there to assist her in the role and these individuals include, among others, former womens European and New Zealand road-race champion Avalon Biddle and Upper Hutt City Councillor Angela McLeod, who is also a member of the Manatū Wāhine, Ministry for Women.

The purpose of the MNZ Women’s Commission is to ensure women are well represented and treated fairly in motorcycling, said Perry, from Whangamata.

We will do this by acting as a network within MNZ to support, enable and empower women and girls as competitors, administrators and governors; by providing comment, advice and feedback to the MNZ Board and other Commissions where we see support or change is needed for the fair treatment of women in motorcycling and by building the capacity and capability of women as competitors and governors in motorcycling 

We have three key points that are our strategic goals, said Perry.

We need to increase the availability, relevance and quality of participation opportunities available to women and girls and ensure these opportunities are safe, appropriate and empowering for everyone involved.

We aim to better value the voice of women and girls by providing equitable access for women and girls in leadership within our sport – be it through volunteering, administration, coaching, management, governance or other leadership opportunities and we seek to ensure that all women and girls, in all roles, are visible, feel positive about the contribution they make and value being involved and participating in all levels of our sport.

Its worth noting too that Perrys husband, Murray Perry, is also a Life Member of MNZ, has been a senior steward and has also served the sport in a myriad of ways over many years.

For further information: Contact Sandra Perry at 021-849-901

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

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Congrats Sandra

Excellent!!

Awesome Sandra! Congratulations 👏

Perfect

Good choice congratulations Sandra from the Holden Family

Outstanding news and congratulations.

Congratulations Sandra all the best if u need help let me know it's about time.

MNZ could not have appointed a better women's commissioner well done, if I can help let me know.

Congratulations best person to have by a county mile 🙂

Great choice for the role ✔️✔️

Congratulations Sandra

Congratulations Sandra - you will a great asset and role model to MNZ

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Couldn't think of anyone better for this role, congatulations Sandra

Is there going to be a men’s commission also to ensure that men are treated fairly, empowered and supported? Also while we are at it I feel a LGBTQIA+ commission would be another relevant waste of time and money 👍🏻

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2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships

ROOKIE RIDERS TAKE ON THE BIG GUNS AT ENDURO CHAMPS

CAPTION: Napier-based Wairoa man Tommy Watts (Yamaha YZF450), on the charge for national enduro honours this season. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

It could truly be the "battle of the rookies" by the time the 2021 New Zealand Enduro Championships wrap up in the Wairarapa region in just a few weeks' time.

Oparau's James Scott and Napier-based former Wairoa man Tommy Watts are relative novices when it comes to enduro bike racing, but, just a handful of races into their 2021 enduro campaigns, they have both been able to humble some of the established stars of the sport.

Round three of the Yamaha-sponsored series, another double-header, is scheduled for Moonshine Valley, near the Kapiti Coast, halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, this coming Queen's Birthday Weekend, June 5-6, and Scott and Watts have now shown they will surely be a couple of riders worth watching out for.

Scott has even managed to put himself on the top step of the podium this season.

The talented 19-year-old, a fencing contractor during the week and motocross star at the weekends, tackled his first ever enduro event just last year and it's hard to believe he's actually a rookie after seeing his recent results – at round one of the series near Tokoroa in early April and the double-header, two-day second round in Marlborough three weeks later.

Scott, the 2021 national 250cc motocross No.2, finished fourth overall at round one of the enduro nationals near Tokoroa and then, encouraged by that success, he headed south for the two-dayer in Marlborough.

Scott finished fifth overall on Saturday's first of two days of racing in Marlborough, but then stunned everyone he won day two outright, finishing 54 seconds overall ahead of Cambridge's national enduro No.2 Dylan Yearbury.

Yearbury had won the previous day and so these combined results gave Yearbury the overall win for the weekend, with Scott finishing runner-up and Helensville's Tom Buxton claiming third.

So, after two of five rounds thus far, Yearbury is in the No.1 position for the championship overall, with Buxton in second and Scott now holding onto third overall.

"I rode the enduro nationals last year just for fun, but now I can see I'm going well enough to take it more seriously," said Scott.

"If I can keep my momentum up, I know I can do well in the enduro champs. It's a great activity for my motocross off-season. It helps me to improve my skills and teaches me how to ride the more difficult terrain (than motocross)."

As for fellow teenager Watts, he also comes from a motocross background, although cross-country racing could also be described as his forte, having won the New Zealand Cross-country Championships overall for the first time earlier this year.

The 19-year-old Watts scored his best enduro result, a third overall on the first of two days in Marlborough in April, but, because he crashed and failed to finish day two in Marlborough, he is currently positioned only 18th overall in the series.

Other riders to impress in the series thus far include Palmerston North's Paul Whibley, Whanganui's Seth Reardon, Taupo's Wil Yeoman, Omihi's Ethan McBreen and Tokoroa's Jake Wightman, to name a few, and the battle for outright honours remains tight.

All rounds are counted towards the championship overall, but riders are to count only four of their five results in terms of capturing an individual class win, ensuring it will also be tight to the finish in the chase for bike class honours.

The venue for the weekend's event, on steep forest land off Moonshine Road, will be signposted from State Highway 58 (Haywards Hill Road) and it's probably hard to believe that such rugged terrain can be found so close to New Zealand's Capital city.

The 2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships are supported by Mitas tyres Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine.

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Champs calendar:

Round 1 – Saturday, April 11 – Tokoroa;

Round 2 – Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 – Marlborough;

Round 3 – Saturday and Sunday June 5-6 – Moonshine, Kapi-Mana;

Round 4 – Saturday, June 12 – Masterton;

Round 5 – Sunday, June 13 – Martinborough.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships

ROOKIE RIDERS TAKE ON THE BIG GUNS AT ENDURO CHAMPS 

CAPTION: Napier-based Wairoa man Tommy Watts (Yamaha YZF450), on the charge for national enduro honours this season. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

It could truly be the battle of the rookies by the time the 2021 New Zealand Enduro Championships wrap up in the Wairarapa region in just a few weeks time.

Oparaus James Scott and Napier-based former Wairoa man Tommy Watts are relative novices when it comes to enduro bike racing, but, just a handful of races into their 2021 enduro campaigns, they have both been able to humble some of the established stars of the sport.

Round three of the Yamaha-sponsored series, another double-header, is scheduled for Moonshine Valley, near the Kapiti Coast, halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, this coming Queens Birthday Weekend, June 5-6, and Scott and Watts have now shown they will surely be a couple of riders worth watching out for. 

Scott has even managed to put himself on the top step of the podium this season.

The talented 19-year-old, a fencing contractor during the week and motocross star at the weekends, tackled his first ever enduro event just last year and its hard to believe hes actually a rookie after seeing his recent results – at round one of the series near Tokoroa in early April and the double-header, two-day second round in Marlborough three weeks later.

Scott, the 2021 national 250cc motocross No.2, finished fourth overall at round one of the enduro nationals near Tokoroa and then, encouraged by that success, he headed south for the two-dayer in Marlborough. 

Scott finished fifth overall on Saturdays first of two days of racing in Marlborough, but then stunned everyone he won day two outright, finishing 54 seconds overall ahead of Cambridges national enduro No.2 Dylan Yearbury.

Yearbury had won the previous day and so these combined results gave Yearbury the overall win for the weekend, with Scott finishing runner-up and Helensvilles Tom Buxton claiming third.

So, after two of five rounds thus far, Yearbury is in the No.1 position for the championship overall, with Buxton in second and Scott now holding onto third overall.

I rode the enduro nationals last year just for fun, but now I can see Im going well enough to take it more seriously, said Scott.

If I can keep my momentum up, I know I can do well in the enduro champs. Its a great activity for my motocross off-season. It helps me to improve my skills and teaches me how to ride the more difficult terrain (than motocross).

As for fellow teenager Watts, he also comes from a motocross background, although cross-country racing could also be described as his forte, having won the New Zealand Cross-country Championships overall for the first time earlier this year. 

The 19-year-old Watts scored his best enduro result, a third overall on the first of two days in Marlborough in April, but, because he crashed and failed to finish day two in Marlborough, he is currently positioned only 18th overall in the series.

Other riders to impress in the series thus far include Palmerston Norths Paul Whibley, Whanganuis Seth Reardon, Taupos Wil Yeoman, Omihis Ethan McBreen and Tokoroas Jake Wightman, to name a few, and the battle for outright honours remains tight.

All rounds are counted towards the championship overall, but riders are to count only four of their five results in terms of capturing an individual class win, ensuring it will also be tight to the finish in the chase for bike class honours.

The venue for the weekends event, on steep forest land off Moonshine Road, will be signposted from State Highway 58 (Haywards Hill Road) and its probably hard to believe that such rugged terrain can be found so close to New Zealands Capital city.

The 2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championships are supported by Mitas tyres Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine. 

2021 Yamaha NZ Enduro Champs calendar:

Round 1 – Saturday, April 11 – Tokoroa;

Round 2 – Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25 – Marlborough;

Round 3 – Saturday and Sunday June 5-6 – Moonshine, Kapi-Mana;

Round 4 – Saturday, June 12 – Masterton;

Round 5 – Sunday, June 13 – Martinborough.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
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Round 3 of the @nzsbk entries close Friday! See link on the Facebook page to get them sorted out 👌 Photo @aaron.staples.photography ...

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