Bay of Plenty’s Josiah Natzke is back home now after a long season of motocross racing in Europe, the Honda rider keen to take a break before he heads back to Germany in the New Year. 

However, all those best intentions of enjoying some rest and relaxation before rejoining his team in Europe went out the window and just the slightest of arm-twisting was needed to get the 19-year-old Honda star back on a bike while he’s home in New Zealand. With backing from Auckland company Cannon Signage Concepts and Blue Wing Honda, Mount Maunganui’s Natzke lined up in the SX2 (250cc) class at the inaugural S-X Open Auckland supercross on Saturday evening, the extreme moonscape circuit laid out inside Mt Smart Stadium.

This massive event – which attracted a crowd in excess of 21,000 – also registered as the first of three rounds of the New Zealand Supercross Championships, for this SX2 class only, as so that become even more motivation for Natzke and his sponsors to enter.

Natzke ended up third overall in the SX2 class on Saturday night, the best-performed of the Kiwis and he will now take that points advantage with him to round two of the New Zealand Supercross Championships at the Lucas Oil Motocross Park at Amisfield, in Tokoroa, this coming Saturday.

Natzke finished behind American rider Dakota Alix and Australian Ryan Marmont in the SX2 class at Mt Smart Stadium, but neither of these two men will be racing at Tokoroa.

“It’s a great way to kick-start my New Zealand Supercross title bid,” said Natzke. “I have not raced since arriving home from Europe in September, so I knew Saturday night was going to be tough. But I enjoyed it immensely. The track was brutal and riding in front of so many people made me a little nervous, but I was happy with how I performed. I’m going back to Germany at the end of January, so the New Zealand Supercross Champs will be the only racing I’m now doing at home. It’s been a while since I’ve won anything in New Zealand, so it would be nice if I can take a Kiwi title away this season.”

There was a huge Honda presence at Mt Smart on Saturday night with just-crowned Australian SX1 champion Justin Brayton, from the United States, leading the charge. He was joined on the track by fellow Honda stars Brett Metcalfe, from Australia, and American riders Josh Hansen and Christian Craig.

“I wrapped up my third Australian Supercross title in a row in Sydney (two weeks ago), but it was a little frustrating for me in Auckland,” Brayton admitted, “I had a little mechanical problem in my first heat race (a sticky throttle) and that meant I had last gate pick the whole night, which put me at a huge disadvantage, otherwise I felt like I could have done better. I just love racing and the support I have had from Honda here, in Australia and New Zealand, has been amazing. I head now to Switzerland on Wednesday to do a race over there. I had my best season ever in the United States (winning round 10 of the 2018 AMA Supercross Nationals in Daytona and finishing the series fifth overall) and now I will continue building for round one of the 2019 AMA Supercross series at Anaheim (in California, on January 5).” 

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

 

I’ve always heard good things about Forma boots, and until now I’d put them in the too good to be true / take it with a grain of salt category. But I’ve got to admit I’m glad I finally snagged a pair and found out it’s pretty much all true. As I’m currently wearing the Neo Tucson Adventure riding gear, it made perfect sense to try a set of the matching ADV Tourer boots, which are brought into NZ by Forma Distributors, Forbes & Davies.

Okay, the ADV Tourer boots aren’t your fully-fledged Adventure boot like the Forma Adventure boots Chris recently tested, but for a balance between protection and comfort they seem to have the chops for the riding I’m likely to put them through. Slipping them on for the first time, I honestly couldn’t believe how comfy they are. I’ve had some pretty comfortable riding boots in the past, but these Formas are a step ahead. And while I’ve only had the chance to wear them out and about a couple of times, I’m already kinda in love with them.

They offer decent amounts of protection, look stout, and (again) are super comfortable. The sole is probably the standout feature so far, with plenty of grip for trudging through mud, but with enough flex to allow for comfortable walking. The only downside so far is the fastening system, which takes a little bit more effort with its buckle, Velcro strap, and Velcro upper system, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get used to it.

Stay tuned for the next review to see how they go.

FEATURES

  • Outer

Full-grain oil treated & suede leather upper

Specific adv riding/touring compound rubber sole

Reinforced front plate

Plastic gear pad protection

Lower buckle plastic protection

Padded front and rear collar for added comfort

Personalized suede leather heat protector

Double velcro and lower adjustable/replaceable GH plastic buckle closure

Double rear reflective insert

  • Inner

Personalized Forma Drytex tubular lining (waterproof and breathable)

Shin and ankle TPU moulded plastic protections

Soft polymer padding with memory foam

PP Mid Dual Flex with antishock EVA midsole

Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S. (Air Pump System)

 

Tester: Mat | Price: $379.54 | Distributed by:  Forbes & Davies | Check it: www.forbesanddavies.co.nz

 

What started as a one-day event in 1998 has turned into what some people call the “MX Woodstock”.  It’s a gathering of family and friends and what they love most – dirt bikes. It not only attracts some of the fastest racers in the world and the who’s who of the moto industry but also riders from the Hollywood stunt community and moto fanatics worldwide.  To commemorate the ‘Day In The Dirt’, Bell has released a Limited Edition ‘Day In The Dirt’ helmet, with all the specialities we’ve come to love of the Moto-9 Flex in a commemorative Red Bull ‘Day In The Dirt’ colour scheme.

Bell is committed to providing purpose-built solutions that provide across-the-board head protection for the modern rider. So when it came to evolving the race proven Moto-9, we wanted to re-think fit and build on the helmet’s longstanding ability to manage energy. We’re pleased to report, we did. Leveraging the segmented liner from our Segment bike helmet, we sought to achieve a more personalized, adaptive fit, for a wide variety of head shapes. In creating a first-of-its-kind 3 layer impact liner, we utilized a revolutionary combination of polymer materials to provide a “progressive” energy management system that’s designed to absorb low, mid and high energy impacts. When it came to testing, our initial Flex samples outperformed any other motocross helmet we’ve tested to date. The result is no accident, the Moto-9 Flex is the most advanced helmet we’ve ever made and is quickly setting a new level of rider protection in motocross and off-road racing.

Features:

  • 3K Carbon Shell
  • Flex Energy Management interior liner
  • Fully adjustable Flying Bridge Visor™ with air intake vents
  • Industry-Leading Five-Year Warranty
  • Integrated Vented Roost Guard
  • Lightweight Carbon Composite shell construction
  • Magnefusion Emergency Release System (MERS)
  • Magnefusion Magnetic Strap Keeper
  • Magnefusion™ Removable Magnetic Cheekpads
  • Padded Chin-Strap with D-Ring Closure
  • Padded, Lined Helmet Bag Included
  • Velocity Flow Ventilation™ system for maximum cooling
  • X-Static® and XT-2® Padding

Specifications:

  • Weight: 1450 grams
  • Certification: ECE

The Bell Moto-9 Flex Helmet is the pinnacle of motocross helmets, featuring core technologies that surpass all industry standards for safety. A 3-layer liner manages low, medium, and high-speed impacts. Segmented and flexible, the liner allows for a more custom fit of your head, while also being designed to reduce energy transfer from oblique impacts. The rider also benefits from ‘Velocity Flow Ventilation’, aero ports that are assisted in airflow via the segmented liner.

The 3-layer liner is a progressive layering, with each individual layer designed to perform a specific reaction to impact. Firstly, the EPO (Expanded Polyolefin) layer is designed to absorb low-speed impacts, up to a rate of 3 metres per second. The second EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) layer takes up mid-speed impacts, to a rate of 5 metres per second, while the third EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) works in high-speed impacts, absorbing at 7.75 metres per second. The layers are also made to ‘slip’ on each other in the event of an angled impact, to greatly reduce rotational forces being transferred through the rider’s head into the brain, significantly reducing the potential for brain injury. This technology is being implemented in varying forms in both on- and off-road helmets, and Bell has undertaken vast testing to ensure they are delivering a class-leading product in the Moto-9 Flex.

The Composite Carbon shell carries an industry-leading Five-Year Warranty, with special technology to give the rider the most comfortable and highest safety rated helmet possible. The chin-bar is EPS lined for extra frontal protection, along with an integrated roost guard and Flying Bridge Visor™. In the event of an emergency, the Magnefusion Ememrgency Release System (MERS) ensures medical staff can safely remove the helmet without further injuring the rider. It can also be easily removed, along with the rest of the XT-2 Extended Wear Interior, for safe washing.

For a top-level motocross helmet that doesn’t sacrifice on looks safety or performance, the Bell Moto-9 Flex ‘Day In The Dirt’ Limited Edition definitely stands out, pushing the boundaries even further than ever before.

Proudly brought to New Zealand by Crown Kiwi Enterprises, you can check the special model helmet out on their website:

Crown Kiwi Enterprises – Bell Moto-9 Flex ‘Day In The Dirt’ Edition

Looking for a Moto-9 ‘Day In The Dirt’ stockist?

Contact: Brent Scammell HondaTracktion McEwan Alan HondaWhyteline |MR Motorcycles

 

 

This weekend is going to see Auckland invaded with motorcycle fans of all forms, with both the NZ Motorcycle Show being held at ASB Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, and the Monster Energy SX-Open at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday afternooon/evening.

The SX-Open have released a schedule of events, packed with entertainment for spectators:

Saturday, November 24

  • 12:00 pm – Pit Party Commences (*Open to all Ticket Holders)
  • 12:05 pm – 1:00 pm – VIP Track Walk (Grass-only next to track due to weather conditions and available only to VIP ticket holders)
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Autograph Signing (Pit Party) with all Supercross and FMX riders available to all Ticket Holders
  • 3:00 pm – Corporate Suites & SuperLounge Open (Cash Bar service from 4:00 pm)
  • 3:00 pm – VIP, Ultimate VIP & Corporate SuperLounge Entry to grandstands open for afternoon sessions:
      • SX2 Free Practice
      • SX1 Free Practice
      • SX2 Qualifying
      • SX1 Qualifying
      • Supercross rider interviews
      • KTM Junior Challenge Practice
    • FMX Free Practice
    • FMX rider interviews
  • 4:30 pm – Ultimate VIP & Corporate Track Walk (pending weather conditions, this may be held beside the track if track is too wet)
  • 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Monster Energy Rig Riot in Pit Party
  • 5:00 pmPublic Doors Open
  • 6:00 pm – 2018 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland – Event Officially Commences & Includes:
    • SX1 Heat Races
    • SX2 Heat Races
    • Boost Mobile International Showdown (ANZAC vs International)
    • SX1 Yamaha SuperPole
    • Boost Mobile Best Whip Contest
    • KTM Mini Challenge
    • Monster Energy Best-Trick Freestyle Motocross
    • SX2 – Main Event Final
    • SX1 – 3 x Triple Crown Main Event Finals
  • 10:15 pm – Event Finishes & Pyrotechnics

 

Tickets are still available, but get in quick before the last ones are snapped up! See you this weekend!

https://www.sxopen.com/tickets/

 

New Zealand fans are in for double the dazzle in March 2019 when the world’s biggest action sports show performs its jaw-dropping new tour in five stadiums nationwide.

The all-new You Got This Stadium tour (formerly known as the Next Level Tour) showcases Nitro Circus fearless riders braving the biggest ramps ever seen in both FMX and BMX, and once again New Zealand is set to reap the rewards of this boundary-breaking insanity.

Not resting on their laurels, the Nitro Circus crew has created not one, but two all-new ramps which will now make their way to New Zealand this summer.

As the tour organisers were unsure how the colossal new ramps would travel, New Zealand was due to see the proven Next Level tour setup to New Zealand – a show that has been touring Europe, Australia and North American cities in 2018.  But after unveiling the re-imagined 55-foot Giganta ramp in North America in September, complete with a takeoff kicker more than three metres taller than anything Nitro Circus has toured before, the results were too good to pass up.

“Our new and bigger Giganta ramp has been such an unprecedented success on our just completed North American tour – with audiences being blown away by the mind-boggling new tricks the guys have been able to throw down – that we made the decision to bring this ramp and show to New Zealand,” Nitro Circus President Andy Edwards explained. “So in one insane show, Kiwi fans will now get to witness not one but two new setups in FMX, and BMX/skate.  We all cannot wait to bring this show to New Zealand.”

More than 30,000 tickets to shows in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch have sold already, with Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury audiences proving they are Nitro super-fans – racking up unprecedented pre-Christmas ticket sales.

Taupo’s Jed Mildon, the world’s first triple and quad backflipping BMXer, and arguably the biggest name in New Zealand action sports, campaigned to bring the double-ramp show to his home crowd, adamant that New Zealand sees the very best version of the Nitro Circus show.

“I just knew from the moment I first hit this ramp six weeks ago in Montreal, that New Zealand had to have this ramp,” Mildon said. “The FMX boys have done such a great job progressing their sport over the past 12 months, it’s now our time to catch up on the Giganta side. With this brand new ramp technology, I cannot wait to throw down in front of my people, in what will be the best shows New Zealand has ever seen. It’s going to be epic.”

“I may be biased, but I’m not the only one on tour that says it – New Zealand fans are the most wild and passionate fans anywhere in the world. So it’s only right that they get the very best version of our show and I am honoured to have played a small role in making this happen,” he adds.

Combined, these new ramps – one a radically expanded version of Nitro’s infamous Giganta Ramp, the other the massive FMX Next Level ramp — will ensure that the March 2019 tour will be the biggest New Zealand shows in Nitro Circus history, as the best athletes in FMX, BMX, and Skate push themselves to their absolute limits on the biggest ramps in action sports. Adding to the fear factor, in true Nitro Circus style, You Got This will feature a host of new crazy contraptions that have no business flying through the air, along with a few other surprises that will be revealed as the tour dates near.

For the ultimate experience, Nitro fans can purchase the premiere seats as part of the all-new Nitro VIP package, which also includes a behind the scenes look at the show set with an exclusive pre-show track walk, allowing the VIPs to get up close and personal with the biggest ramps in action sports. A souvenir poster is also included in this package

The Nitro Circus: You Got This Stadium Tour is a wild, electrifying night of action sports excitement Kiwi fans do not want to miss.

DATE CITY VENUE
9 March Auckland Eden Park
10 March Hamilton FMG Stadium Waikato
15 March Wellington Westpac Stadium
17 March Hawke’s Bay McLean Park
23, March Christchurch Christchurch Stadium