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

 Yamaha Motor New Zealand is pleased to announce the YZ65 Cup is going Trans-Tasman and will be coming to Harrisville, Pukekohe for the third round of the MX Nationals on the 24th February 2019.

The YZ65 Cup will provide a money-can’t-buy racing experience in front of a national crowd. And best of all – Yamaha is covering the $50 dollar entry fee for riders participating in the Cup. All riders must be aged between 7 and 11 years and will require a junior or mini competition license to compete.

Yamaha dealers across New Zealand have been asked to invite a rider to represent them. Yamaha Motor New Zealand will also offer the opportunity for two wildcard entries through their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. Numbers will be capped at 40 entrants. Yamaha’s aim is to offer a full bLU cRU race experience. Riders will be able to pit under the bLU cRU race tent, with assistance from Yamaha factory technicians. Each rider will receive bLU cRU merchandise. More unique activities will be announced closer to the event.

Yamaha will film and capture high res images of the event which we anticipate to be a super fun day aimed at driving excitement around the bLU cRU and the new YZ65. Details of further events will be announced in due course. Interested riders are asked to contact their local NZ Yamaha dealer before 15th January 2019. Note that all competitors must have a Junior National Competition Licence to enter.

National Manager of Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Alan Petrie says “Given the success of the Yamaha YZ65 Cup in Australia, we are really excited to be bringing this event to New Zealand to provide our young, local bLU cRU riders an opportunity of a lifetime.”

 

 

They’re not called the Bush Riders for nothing.

The renowned Bush Riders’ Motorcycle Club, based in Pahiatua, holds an enviable reputation for staging cross-country dirt bike races and, with such diverse and interesting terrain all within an easy drive of the town, it’s not hard to see why this is so.

Starting this coming weekend, November 11, the 2018 edition of the popular Central Cross-country Series kicks off near Waipukurau with many of New Zealand’s leading motocross, cross-country and enduro racers expected to line up. As well as serious senior-grade riders, the five-round competition also caters for veterans, intermediates, “social” trail bike riders, women and juniors, with the 90-minute junior race set to go at 10am and the two-hour senior race set to blast off at midday. Additional prize-money of $100 is offered to the rider who holeshots (snatches the lead at the first corner of) the senior race (sponsored by George and Luce Williams of Grassendale Genetics) and there’s also $50 on offer for the junior holeshot rider (sponsored by Jacob Hyslop of Hilltop Contractors).

Leading riders expected to line up on Sunday include former New Zealand and United States cross-country champion Paul Whibley, from Himatangi, last season’s Central Cross-country Series XC1 class champion Adam Easton and fellow Masterton man Allan Gannon, who was outright winner of the series last season. Others likely to shine on Sunday include Napier’s Bryn Codd, Stratford’s Karl Roberts, Eketahuna’s Daniel Christie, Feilding’s Hugh Lintott, Masterton’s Sam Callaghan, Marton’s Ethan Breuer, Whanganui’s Seth Reardon, Eltham’s Adam Loveridge, Masterton’s Jacob Hyslop and Hunterville’s Hannah Rushworth, to name a few.

Bush Riders’ Motorcycle Club president Grant Christie was keen to emphasise the ‘famous hospitality’ offered. “It’s a real family atmosphere at these events. The social side of these races are as good as the racing, with our legendary free venison barbecue and free refreshments at the end of racing. This is not like a motocross, where everyone just packs up and leaves when the racing is done,” he said. “We are again looking forward to providing a great series and a competition that offers both a challenge for serious racers and a great afternoon’s riding for the less serious riders too. I think we must be doing something right because the series has continued to grow over the years and attracts riders from near and far.”

Always a well-attended series, it can trace its beginnings to 1989, although there have been several name changes over the years and, in 2012, it became known as the Central Cross Country Series.

The series is supported by Hewitts Motorcycles, Dannevirke Honda, Farmlands Waipukurau, Mills Honda, Axis Design, Nulook CHB, Stevenson & Taylor Ltd, Bushett Contracting, Hilltop Contractors 2015 Ltd, Dirtbike Parts Ltd, BJ Dickson Building Ltd, Grassendale Genetics, Bisset Honda, Ag Tech Machinery, K & N Livestock, Tararua Shearing, Chunky’s Contracting, Ramsay Earthmoving, Sargent Motorcycles, Lintott Construction Ltd, Langlands Motorcycles, AFC Motorcycles, Nixin Contractors, TSS Red Barron Motorcycles, TFM Tractors, Maunsell Contracting Ltd, Codd Builders, Motoland Hawke’s Bay, Bay Motorcycles, 02 Engineering.

The Rescue Helicopter Services will benefit from a $10 donation for each rider entered on Sunday.

At each round there will be trophies for first, second and third for the leading overall senior and junior riders and, at the final round, there will be a prize-giving with trophies for the series overall winners and the various class winners.

 

2018-19 Central Cross-country Series calendar:

Round one, November 11, Waipukarau

Round two, December 16, Woodville

Round three, February 17, Hawke’s Bay

Round four, March 17, Marton

Round five, April 7, Eketahuna

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

It is anybody’s series to win now after the weekend’s third round of four in this year’s inaugural NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship series in Hawke’s Bay.
The series continues to grow momentum after the Motorcycling New Zealand-sanctioned series registered its third different winner in as many events, with Glen Eden’s Chris Birch (KTM 300 EXC) prevailing on this occasion, and this means it’s anybody’s guess as to who might eventually win the main trophy.
Hamilton’s Phil Singleton (Husqvarna FE350) had won the series opener at Whangamata, in August, while round two, in the Akatarawa Forest, near Wellington, in September was won by Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker (KTM EXC300). Whitaker ended the day at round two in the Akatarawa Forest finishing more than two minutes ahead of runner-up rider Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna FX350), from Cambridge, while Singleton had to settle for third overall and Birch was a no-show.
Singleton and Whitaker were certainly expected to come out swinging at the two-day Hawke’s Bay event, billed as the “Over The Top” enduro and organised by multi-time New Zealand moto trials champion Warren Laugesen, but there would have been no raised eyebrows when it was Birch who instead posted the winning result, despite this being his first appearance in the series.
Kiwi international Birch is a multi-time New Zealand enduro champion and certainly no stranger to winning at the top level.
It was Yearbury who was again overall runner-up in the weekend’s two-day event – a prologue near Taradale on Saturday, followed by the enduro at Tutira on Sunday.
Napier’s Mackenzie Wiig (KTM 300 EXC) won the prologue, ahead of Birch and then Helensville’s Tom Buxton (KTM 350 EXC-F), but it was Sunday’s main race that earned all the glory.
Yearbury finished more than 12 minutes behind Birch after four-and-a-half hours of grueling riding on Sunday, but, because he had skipped round one, Yearbury has to settle for third overall in the series standings after three rounds.
Singleton continues to lead the series standings in the Gold Grade, ahead of Auckland’s Mitchell Gallagher (KTM 250 EXC) and then Yearbury.
Cambridge’s Beau Taylor leads the Silver Grade points standings, ahead of Auckland’s David Steen and Whangarei’s Wayne Cox, while Tauranga’s Matt Reece tops the Bronze Grade standings, ahead of Whitianga’s James Kerr and Hastings rider Brett Gunson.

The series will wrap up with round four at Oxford, near Christchurch, on November 16-17.
Only three of the four rounds of the NZ Xtreme Off-road Championship are to be counted, with riders to discard their one worst score from the three North Island rounds, while double points are offered for the final round in the South Island, making it still possible for any one of half a dozen riders to win the series outright.

The 2018 NZ Xtreme Off-Road Championship calendar:
Round one: August 25, Taungatara Forest, Whangamata.
Round two: September 23, Moonshine Extreme, Bulls Run Rd, Porirua.
Round three: November 3-4, Over The Top, Hawke’s Bay.
Round four: November 16-17, Nut Buster, Oxford, Christchurch.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan

 

Only the bravest dared to enter and only a few survived to finish, but that was perhaps to be expected from an event called the Husqvarna Hard Adventure Enduro.

This year’s third annual running of the extreme motorcycle event was again a brutal affair and the similarities didn’t end there either, with the same hard-as-nails rider who won it last season winning it outright again – Cambridge diesel mechanic Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna TE300).

This “last man standing” affair, in untamed forestry land between Tokoroa and Taupo, offered up plenty of drama and the 23-year-old Yearbury was not immune to misfortune, which made it even more surprising that he could celebrate back-to-back wins in this stern two-and-a-half-day test of man and machine.

The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with a “prologue”, a series of sprints over man-made obstacles, including tractor tyres, concrete pipes, metal skip bins, a narrow beam “tightrope” and wooden ramps, with a few sharp-edged boulders thrown in for good measure.

Results here determined the starting order for the following two days of forest riding.

The event was designed to be tormenting, offering up tracks with varying degrees of difficulty, depending on whether a rider was graded as Gold, Silver or Bronze calibre.

Riders navigated the course using a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) device mounted on their handlebars and even that didn’t prevent some riders getting a little lost at times.

“I can’t believe I won again, after the series of misfortunate events I suffered this year,” said Yearbury. “I lost my front brake when a nut came loose and the brake fluid escaped. Fellow racer Chris Birch (from Glen Eden) stopped to help me fill the cylinder back up with water, as a stop-gap measure, and then bleed the brakes, and that got me to the end of the day, when I could replace the oil. The next day (Sunday) the bike simply stopped because I had gotten dirt in the fuel filter. I cleaned it out and I was away again, but I had lost a lot of time. Then I got barbed wire wrapped around my rear wheel and this time (another fellow competitor) Tony Parker stopped to help me.”

Twice more Yearbury was lucky to receive assistance from his rivals – Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker helping him scale a huge log and Helensville’s Tom Buxton assisting him on a hill climb – these actions epitomising the camaraderie that exists between these battle-hardened dirt bike riders.

“We all want to win, but we’re all mates too.”

Overall runner-up to Yearbury was Whitaker – who remarkably finished just 49 seconds behind after more than 12 hours of riding – followed by Buxton, with New Plymouth man Parker and Hamilton’s Phil Singleton rounding out the top five. Best of the Silver-graded riders was Cambridge’s Beau Taylor, while Whitecliffs’ Cody Corson topped the Bronze rider list.

“There was a massive variety of terrain that we covered, from mud, rocks, forest streams, steep hills, log cut-overs and bits of road … it had everything,” said Yearbury. “It was to be expected though … it’s in the name of the event, ‘hard’ and ‘adventure’ and it was both of those things and I’m feeling pretty sore and worn out right now.”

 

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan