Already considered the biggest and most prestigious motocross event on the Kiwi race calendar, the Woodville GP will once again be recognised as an FIM Oceania event, hosting the 2019 FIM Oceania Event at next year’s 58th annual running on January 26 and 27. The spectacular two-day Honda-sponsored New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville, in just six weeks’ time, welcomes the enhancement as a true international competition, with the FIM Oceania status attracting huge interest from overseas.
The FIM Event includes racing for both junior and senior riders, with many of Australia’s finest expected to arrive and all of them determined to hammer their Kiwi counterparts. Participating riders from Australia and New Zealand have yet to be confirmed, but there is no shortage of willing candidates keen to lock horns in this inspired trans-Tasman showdown.
New Zealand eventually won the FIM Oceania Event last season by 886 points to 829, with Auckland rider Hamish Harwood the main Kiwi aggressor. A fresh and potent Australian contingent is expected to make the trip across the Tasman Sea for this clash, the international class of the visitors sure to test the Kiwi hosts.
The Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club (MOMCC) has hosted the Woodville GP every year since its inception in 1961 and is proud to again be chosen to stage this FIM Oceania Event. MOMCC president Brett Wistrand said he wanted to thank FIM Oceania for giving the Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club this opportunity again.
“We want to give the crowd great entertainment, something they can really get behind and there really is nothing better than the sporting rivalry that exists between Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
Racing over the two days at Woodville caters for minis, juniors, women and veteran racers, with the novelty river race on Sunday also a major crowd-pleaser.
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan