Tragedy has struck global adventure rider, racer, multiple Dakar Rally finisher and all round top bloke – Lyndon Poskitt.

Just two days out from the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo, Poskitt’s new Alta Motors Electric Dirt Bikes which he has spent weeks tuning for the event – plus much much of his gear – were stolen from the back of his van while en route to Austria.

Poskitt hadn’t even left the UK when, during a stop for lunch in Harlow, a white Ford Transit rolled up next to his van and cleaned it out.

The clearly distraught rider broke the news via his social media accounts early this morning NZ time.

Photo by Lyndon Poskitt

“I’ve had my van broken into Harlow, UK, M11 J7 and everything stolen on the way to Erzberg. 2 Alta Motors bikes, gear, 2 new Honda generators, tools, spares all our camera gear, laptop etc etc. To say this has ruined my day and my Erzberg is an understatement. We were stopped for 20 mins for lunch. Please please share, I’m working with the police now but feel it needs more power, get on it please, I just want everything back.”

He has offered a £5,000 ($9500) reward for the bikes back in time for him to compete at Erzberg.

We’re totally gutted for Lyndon. Not only were we thoroughly enjoying watching his progress in setting up the electric bikes for Erzberg, we were hoping to see him clean up with the new tech bikes against the established players.

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Posted by Lyndon Poskitt Racing on Monday, 28 May 2018

He’s one of the nicest racers you’ll ever meet, and we sincerely hope he gets his gear back in one piece.

The 2018 Erzberg Rodeo kicks into life in two days in Austria.

Nearly two months after winning his first SuperEnduro title, we had a chat with Californian Cody Webb. The KTM Factory rider is taking a look back to his great season and the very last round in Sweden…

Hi Cody, did your life change since the 31st of March?

Cody Webb: “To be honest, my life hasn’t changed much at all. I had all the pressure off my shoulders, but it was pretty much right back to work when I got home to prepare for the upcoming extreme races.

What happened exactly? It was not the Cody Webb we saw from Round 1 in Poland till Bilbao… Scared to win?

C.W: “Well I won the first two motos in Bilbao and was riding well actually. Then made a mistake in the matrix and flew off the track. Next thing I know, I couldn’t do anything right! I was literally in survival mode and then had the infamous crash no one will forget. Sometimes those things happen and they all decided to occur at the worst possible time.

Did you think during the evening that it will be a remake of 2016, that you could lose the title for one or two points?

C.W: “Yeah to be honest I started to have those feelings and I think that’s why I struggled so bad. Usually I’m a very headstrong rider and to be honest, I just fell apart there in Sweden. I was trying so hard to make things happen and it was making things worse. It’s always easier to be the predator than the prey!”

Taking a look back to Moto 2, when you passed Blazusiak, did you see he had mechanical issues?

C.W: “Yeah I came by to see the steam coming off his bike and figured he had broken a radiator or something. He was a man on a mission that night and I did feel bad for his season to end like that.

When you crossed the finish line, were you aware that you won title?

C.W: “I was not aware at first, but I figured the pressure was off a little bit for that final moto. Once they told me it was mine for sure, it was a huge weight lifted off my shoulder!

Blazusiak was your main rival this season. What do you have to say about him and his racing?

C.W: “He had a couple rough seasons there for a bit, but he’s back in full force now. He’s obviously an incredible rider and has that drive to be at the top. It’s great having him back and good for the sport.”

You had a really solid year… what was your favorite round?

C.W: “I really enjoyed the track in Germany. I felt like it was a good mix and I had a great showing there. Malaga had probably the best racing of the season, but Riesa was the best for myself.

You have now made some countries in Europe and in the World with SuperEnduro. Which crowd is the most electrifying?

C.W: “The crowd in Poland is always insane. You can just hear them chanting Taddy’s name the whole time. But to be fair, the crowds big or small, always get so into it and it really helps push the riders to another level.

We know you were going back home after each round… Was it difficult to handle the jetlag?

C.W: “Yeah the jet lag was always rough. I woke up the morning of the Germany round feeling hungover. I have a good syste now while traveling and I make the best of it. I would like to stay longer in between rounds, but I would have to move over there full time. It’s just difficult without a car, place to stay and knowing where to train. Plus all my friends and family are back in California so it would be a tough transition. I’ll keep dealing with the jet lag.

Ready to defend your 2018 title from December, 8th in Taddy’s home, the Tauron Arena of Krakow?

C.W: “Count me in!

While Honda have been tuning up their model line over the last couple of years, you couldn’t say they had one of the more expansive dirt line ups in the market. That is about to change though. Check out what the Big Red Wing has in store for us in 2019!

Highlights for Team DRD include a brand new CRF450X as well as the introduction of a CRF250RX!

Plus, if you want to take your bike from muddy trails into the centre of town to top up on a piping hot coffee, you’ll be able to with the bike that many lightweight ADV riders have wanted since 2013 – the CRF450L!

Seriously, well done Honda.

DRD has reached out for Blue Wing Honda, importers of Honda Motorcycles in New Zealand, for more details including expected arrival for these new fire breathing machines. We’ll let you know as soon as they get back to us.

Watch the vid for more deets and an appearance of a strangely familiar old bloke who seems to know his stuff…

Perhaps our next national champion or international hero will be among those in action near Tokoroa this weekend.

The 2018 Dirt Guide Cross-country Series kicks off this weekend, again promising to be anything you want it to be … a serious competition for New Zealand’s elite dirt bike racers, a challenging afternoon’s ride in the bush or just a leisurely cruise along leafy forest pathways.

It will appeal to all-comers, but don’t be fooled by the varied skill-level aspect of the series, because it is precisely events such as this that have created, inspired and nurtured Kiwi cross-country racing talent over the years before setting some of our brightest young talent on a pathway to top-level international competition.

Several Dirt Guide race winners from the past, riders such as Coatesville’s Sam Greenslade, Manawatu’s Paul Whibley and Howick’s Liam Draper, to name a few individuals, have all raced internationally in recent times and they can each trace their beginnings to dirt bike competitions such as this one.

This three-round series for 2018 kicks off at Ohakuri – about halfway between Tokoroa and Taupo – this Sunday (May 27) and it is sure to attract riders from both ends of the aptitude and competitiveness spectrum.

Round two is set for the same course the following month, on June 24, and the third and final round of the series on July 22, also at the popular Ohakuri venue, doubles up as the opening round of six in the parallel-but-separate NZXC cross-country series, that competition piggy-backing onto select major events throughout the North Island.

The popularity of The Dirt Guide Series has grown steadily since its beginnings in 2008 and, with separate trails and several different grades incorporated into the day’s racing, catering for all levels of confidence and ability.

Sunday’s event is also an ideal opportunity for the lesser or novice riders to learn from masters such as 2016 Dirt Guide Series winner Sam Greenslade, of Coatesville, former Kiwi international Callan May, of Titirangi, or Manawatu’s Paul Whibley.

Former United States and New Zealand cross-country champion Whibley was the outright winner of the Dirt Guide Series last year, while 2016 was the second time Greenslade had won the Dirt Guide Series, having clinched the senior title also in 2014.

“We want all dirt bike owners to come and have a go at bush riding,” said Dirt Guide Series promoter Sean Clarke, of Tokoroa.

“With riders getting older every year, we are really keen to provide an experience to entice the younger riders to come along and ride. There are classes for riders as young as seven,” he said.

“Only a few people ever win races like this, so it’s not really about the winning, but about participation.”

The talent runs deep at the sharp end of the competition, with riders such as Wellington’s Jake Whitaker (KTM) and Te Awamutu’s Kevin Archer (KTM), to name just a few, among those worth watching and learning from over the course of the two-hour senior race.

The central North Island location of the Dirt Guide event virtually guarantees a good-sized entry list.

It is expected therefore that other leading cross-country riders such as Taupo’s Nathan Tesselaar, Hamilton’s Phillip Goodwright, Waimauku’s Jake Wightman, Stratford’s Josh Hunger, Helensville’s Tom Buxton, Raglan’s Jason Dickey and Cambridge’s Ashton Grey will also be contenders to win one of the rounds or perhaps even the series this year.

In addition to the expert grade riders, the series caters also for junior riders and for intermediates, veterans and women as well.

Thames rider Natasha Cairns will be firm favourite to win the women’s grade, although Te Awamutu’s Rachael Archer will also be a stand-out for the women.

The forest venue is signposted from Atiamuri on SH1, midway between Tokoroa and

Taupo, with the 90-minute junior race set to kick off at 9.30am, while the two-hour senior race will start just after midday.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan

The 2018 New Zealand Enduro Championships will reach the halfway point in the South Island this weekend.

The third round of five is set for Maruia, near Nelson, on Saturday, an event that could be pivotal for title hopefuls.

Helensville’s Tom Buxton placed himself on top of the AA Grade (formerly known as Expert Grade) standings after a couple of stellar rides at rounds one and two, at Whangamata and Tokoroa respectively, last month, but he has already ruled himself out of title contention.

Those initial forays were possibly the 20-year-old’s only two appearances in the enduro nationals this season as he now heads off for a “fun ride” in Romania and then a serious competitive outing in Austria, at the Erzberg “Iron Giant” enduro, from May 31-June 3.

Buxton won the day at Whangamata by just three seconds from Taupo’s 2016 national enduro champion Brad Groombridge and he then followed that up by winning the day at Tokoroa by 21 seconds, on this occasion finishing ahead of Coatesville rider Sam Greenslade.

So, with Buxton heading overseas, it leaves Groombridge and Greenslade, second and third respectively after two rounds, as the men most likely to scrap for the top honours.

Also impressive at the opening two rounds was Cambridge’s Dylan Yearbury, who finished third at round one and then fourth at round two, and Paeroa’s Chris Power, who twice finished fifth overall, and they should also be expected to threaten for the outright title win this season.

Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, sixth and sixth in the two rounds thus far, and Stratford’s Josh Hunger (8-8) are also perhaps on target for a podium finish this season.

Thames woman Natasha Cairns is the leading rider in the A Grade (formerly known as the Intermediate Grade). She finished runner-up in the A Grade at Whangamata and then third in the grade at Tokoroa.

Her nearest rival is Putaruru’s Phil Skinner, who has a 1-5 score-card for the A Grade after two rounds and he is just one point behind Cairns.

Round four of the series is scheduled for the Santoft Forest, near Bulls, on June 9, with the fifth and final round the following day near Martinborough.

 

2018 NZ Enduro Championships calendar:

Round 1 – April 21, Whangamata

Round 2 – April 22, Tokoroa

Round 3 – May 26, Maruia, Nelson

Round 4 – June 9, Santoft (Bulls)

Round 5 – June 10, Martinborough

 

Words and photo by Andy McGechan