TWO KIWI RIDERS ATTEND YZ65 CUP

The first round of the Yamaha YZ65 cup took place at MX Central alongside the Raymond Terrace
round of the 2018 MX Nationals in Newcastle Australia over the weekend, between 14-15 July.
Yamaha Motor New Zealand was delighted to have two Kiwi riders (Will Harvey and Richard
Spencer) represent New Zealand at the event as well as provide an opportunity for the riders to have
a full bLU cRU experience.

Developed for Yamaha’s newest bLU cRU members, the YZ65 cup experience aims to provide riders
with a money-can’t buy experience of racing in front of a national crowd.
The two Kiwi riders, Will Harvey and Richard Spencer had their throttles wide open in every Moto to
gain a well-deserved overall position in the final cup.

Both Harvey and Spencer were incredibly excited to have an opportunity for the full factory race
experience, being able to pit under the bLU cRU truck awning, with assistance from Yamaha factory
technicians. Another event highlight was attending a bLU cRU BBQ on Saturday evening with the
Yamaha factory teams, an opportunity for autographs and signed merchandise.

The all new YZ65 is fitted with Yamaha’s YPVS system, this feisty two-stroke has heaps of easy-to-use
torque and handling is predictable and assured thanks to tried and tested chassis design and
industry leading KYB suspension.
YZ65 offers all the fun, performance and dependability of Yamaha’s bigger YZs. It’s the first step on a
long journey – a journey that will keep young guns with the bLU cRU and firmly within the
VictorYZone.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is looking at hosting regional training clinics in the coming months for
riders who have purchased a YZ65 in New Zealand. All YZ65 riders are encouraged to contact their
local Yamaha dealer to register their interest for a locally based training event.

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The newly formed World Enduro Super Series is set to kick off this weekend and stretch out to November, utilising some of the best off-road and extreme events from around the world. Here are the riders to look out for.


With the opening round of the 2018 World Enduro Super Series now just 10 days away, it’s time to take a closer look at some of the Riders To Watch. With WESS offering a varied mix of disciplines and terrains it’s unsurprising that those vying for glory are equally as diverse as the championship itself.

With Enduro World Champions, Indoor Enduro World Champions, Beach Race winners plus Hard Enduro and Cross-Country specialists all taking to the start line, we can be sure that the battle to become this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION will be both closely contested and unpredictable…

Billy Bolt – Great Britain
At just 20 years of age, Billy Bolt is one of the youngest WESS competitors. But what he lacks in experience over some of his expected closest rivals, the British youngster more than makes up for with raw natural talent. Most comfortable in Hard Enduro, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider has worked tirelessly pre-season to improve his Classic Enduro skills and could prove a dark horse in this year’s title chase.

Cody Webb – USA
Arguably one of America’s leading off-road riders, Cody Webb looks to fight for victory with Europe’s best. Fired up for glory outdoors following his SuperEnduro world title, the FMF KTM Factory Racing rider will be a fierce competitor at the opening two Hard Enduro rounds where he has his sights set on the top step of the podium.

Taddy Blazusiak – Poland
As one of the most decorated Enduro riders, Taddy Blazusiak was enticed out of retirement by the World Enduro Super Series. Considering it ‘the championship he’s been waiting for all of his career’ the vastly experienced Polish star has his sights set on ending 2018 as the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

 

Jonny Walker – Great Britain
Best known for his Hard Enduro skills, Jonny Walker also has a very strong turn of speed when it comes to Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and even Beach Racing. Possessing a well-rounded skill set, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider is unquestionably among the favourites overall top honours.

Josep Garcia – Spain
As the reigning Enduro 2 World Champion, Spaniard Josep Garcia’s talent, speed and focus are unquestionable. Simply world class when it comes to Classic Enduro and high-speed riding, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider will be the man to beat between the special test timing beams.

Graham Jarvis – Great Britain
Regarded as the greatest Hard Enduro rider of all time, Graham Jarvis looks for a new challenge of proving himself as one of Enduro’s best all-rounders. Already a multi-time winner of three WESS events – Extreme XL Lagares, Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble and Red Bull Romaniacs – the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider will be a favourite for top honours in all Hard Enduro rounds. How well can Graham do in the Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Race events?

Alfredo Gomez – Spain
Injured in pre-season training, Alfredo Gomez will hope to race his way back up to speed when he begins his 2018 WESS campaign at round four – Red Bull Romaniacs. As a three-time Extreme XL Lagares winner and 2017 Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble champion, the Spaniard will undoubtedly have ambitions of securing podium results as soon as he returns to competition.

Colton Haaker – USA
With a solid work ethic and desire to succeed, USA’s Colton Haaker looks to transform his Indoor Enduro success into outdoor wins during the 2018 WESS season. Supremely capable across all terrain and disciplines, Haaker will no doubt consistently challenge for his place at the sharp end of the results.

Mario Roman – Spain

Already claiming multiple pre-season victories, Spain’s Mario Roman will be a formidable threat for the top step of the podium at the series’ opener in Portugal. Clearly firing on all cylinders, the Sherco Factory Racing rider is striving for nothing less than the win in WESS.

Riders riding the course at Red Bull Knock Out in Scheveningen, The Hague, The Netherlands on the 19 November 2016

Wade Young – South Africa

As the 2017 Extreme XL Lagares winner, it’s South Africa’s Wade Young who beings round one of WESS in Portugal with the largest target on his back. Eager to prove last year’s victory was no fluke, the Sherco Factory Racing rider will hope to grab some early momentum over his rivals.

Paul Bolton – Great Britain
Privateer Paul Bolton is not just one of Enduro’s most charismatic personalities, he’s lightning fast too. A podium finisher in the 2017 Red Bull Romaniacs, the British rider will aim for a repeat performance there in July, while also looking for additional podium results throughout the championship.

Nathan Watson – Great Britain
During the last couple of years Nathan Watson has proved himself as one of off-road motorcycling’s most versatile riders. Making a seamless switch from Motocross to Enduro and Beach Racing, the quietly spoken British rider has claimed multiple victories and podiums at the highest level possible. Fast to adapt and quick to learn, Watson will be a force to be reckoned with in WESS.

Lars Enockl – Austria
Switching to Gas Gas Factory Racing for 2018, Austria’s Lars Enockl has the factory support he’s waited for all his career. Incredibly strong in Hard Enduro, expect Enockl to cause some upset results.

Travis Teasdale – South Africa
Focused on the Hard Enduro races with Beta Factory Racing, South Africa’s Travis Teasdale is a rising talent in Enduro. Runner-up to Wade Young in the 2017 Roof of Africa, he’s made of tough stuff and will want to make his presence felt in WESS.

Jonny Walker performs at Red Bull Megawatt 111 in Kleszczow, Poland on September 10, 2017

Adding further spice to the mix, Enduro’s leading women riders Kirsten Landman (South Africa) and Sandra Gomez (Spain) will take on the WESS challenge at selected rounds. The duo will be determined to show their male counterparts a thing or two, while playing their part in this year’s search for the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

The 2018 World Enduro Super Series begins at Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal, May 11-13.

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WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE

Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13

Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 31-June 3

Rnd 3. Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) June 8-10

Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28

Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9

Rnd 6. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27

Rnd 7. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

If he hasn’t spent enough time at the top of the trials world, Toni Bou went ahead an won again, wrapping up the FIM X-Trial indoor crown for the 12th consecutive time. Bou, who was coming back from a serious injury, that put him out of action for over a month, could only manage fifth on the night at the Paris X-Trial but it was enough to clinch the world title.

This takes his grand total of World Titles to a massive 23 – really proving he is the GOAT of indoor trials. This short clip from Paris shows the skill it takes to win a World Title.