The 2019 New Zealand Supercross Championships wrapped up in Tokoroa on Saturday evening with stylish and stunning displays of riding from all combatants.
Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ) motocross commissioner Ray Broad and MNZ supercross co-ordinator Jim Cooper both said they were impressed with the calibre of the riding that was on show at round one of the series at Winton two weeks ago and at the final round at Tokoroa on Saturday.
Oropi’s former national Supercross champion Ben Townley dominated the 450cc SX1 class at both rounds of the Transdiesel eni Lubricants-sponsored series, although Rangiora’s Cody Murphy was equally outstanding and went close to pinching wins from him on several occasions at Tokoroa.
Tauranga’s Roydon White raced the Tokoroa event only, but his performance on Saturday was enough to earn him the No.3 ranking.
In the senior SX2 (250cc) class, there was also one man in charge of proceedings this year, Mount Maunganui’s defending national SX2 champion Josiah Natzke.
Balclutha’s Madison Latta was also impressive in finishing the championships in the runner-up position, while Ohaupo’s Carlin Hedley and Richmond’s Liam Hutton produced fireworks in the fight for the last podium spot, Hedley eventually edging out Hutton by 12 points.
Hedley had won the Senior Lites (125cc) title last season but stepped up to 250cc machinery for 2019.
In other class results, Christchurch’s Marshall Phillips won the Senior Lites title this year; Rangiora’s Korban Paget topped the Junior 250cc class for a second consecutive season; Darfield’s Tyler Wiremu won the Junior 125cc class and Invercargill’s Jack Symon won the Junior Lites (85cc) class.
Hedley was additionally awarded the Des Caulfield Cup for “most improved rider” of the series.
Des Caulfield was one of the men who provided land when supercross first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.
“The award was recognition for the best-performed newcomer, who demonstrated he had potential to go forward in the sport,” said Broad.
“Carlin (Hedley) is starting to develop as a promising supercross rider and he is an extremely enthusiastic individual.”
Cooper added a comment that the “racing throughout this series was incredible”.
“The number of entries wasn’t huge, but the entertainment value was fantastic. We are looking ahead now to next season and building on this and keeping the fans coming along.”
Transdiesel eni Lubricants sponsored the series, while the Winton event was additionally sponsored by Brent Scammell Honda and the final round at Tokoroa is supported by Craig Stevens Yamaha
Words and Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
2019 New Zealand Supercross Championships
It is going to be the start of a jam-packed, rip-fire three weeks of intensity when the New Zealand Supercross Championships kick off in the South Island this weekend.
The Brent Scammell Honda-sponsored opening round of three in the Transdiesel eni Lubricants-sponsored national series is set for Winton, just north of Invercargill, this Saturday.
This high-profile event at Winton, at the VetSouth Super-X Track in Ryan Road, is billed as “the world’s southern-most supercross”. It is always an extremely popular venue and sure to draw a large crowd.
Following a week later is round two – but for the SX2 (250cc) class riders only – sharing the programme with the fourth round of five in the Australian Supercross Championships, and this will be staged at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
The New Zealand Supercross Championships will wrap up with round three at the Amisfield circuit, on the outskirts of Tokoroa, a week after that on November 23.
The entry list for round one is jammed with talent, with Bay of Plenty riders Cody Cooper, Ben Townley and Tyler Steiner among the fancied riders in the premier SX1 (open) class, with Rangiora’s Cody Murphy also with a chance of finishing on the podium.
The SX2 (250cc) class could be particularly hot, with former national supercross champion and former GP motocross star Josh Coppins perhaps the favourite, although it’s certain he’ll be challenged by strong performances from fellow Kiwis with international experience, young men such as Mount Maunganui’s defending national SX2 champion Josiah Natzke and Taupo’s Wyatt Chase, while riders such as Nelson’s Liam Hutton, Balclutha’s Madison Latta and the 250cc junior supercross from last season, Rangiora’s Korban Paget, could also feature.
The programme also includes races for Junior 125/250 and Junior Lites (85cc) class riders, as well as having races for mini 4-8 years’ 50cc class riders and mini 7-11 years’ 65cc class riders in a support role.
Motorcycling New Zealand supercross commissioner Jim Cooper said the series opener would be “an awesome spectacle”.
“There are some big names there among the entries. Supercross is great because it puts the sport in front of the public like no other. It’s great also to have the Australians involved at Mt Smart Stadium for round two and we’ll see a few more international stars there. We are trying to grow the junior aspect of the sport and so the mini support classes will be popular I’m sure.”
Transdiesel (eni Lubricants) spokesman Jason Steele said he was thrilled to be involved in the series once again.
“This is the third year that Transdiesel has supported the New Zealand Supercross Champs and we are really pleased to see the championship develop in the way it has, to now be included at Mt Smart Monster Energy event. Transdiesel is full of very passionate people and we all enjoy being involved in all types of motorsport and this year we look forward to our eni Kawasaki team winning a second supercross championship.”
The Winton event, hosted by the Southland Motorcycle Club, is sponsored by Brent Scammell Honda, Monster Energy supports the Mt Smart Stadium event and the final round in Tokoroa is sponsored by Craig Stevens Yamaha.
2019 New Zealand Supercross Championships calendar:
Round one: 242 Ryan Road, Oreti Plains, Winton, November 9, 2019
Round two: Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland, November 16, 2019 (SX2 class only)
Round three: Moffat Road, Amisfield, Tokoroa, November 23, 2019
Words and Photo by Andy McGechan
The KTM Junior Supercross initiative will once again take centre-stage at the high-profile 2019 S-X Open International FIM Oceania Supercross Championship, set to be contested in Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia this November.
Globally recognised as a top-level introduction to the sport of supercross for aspiring stars aged between seven and eight years, KTM Junior Supercross will provide the opportunity of a lifetime for an incredibly fortunate group of youthful racers and their families.
There will be 10 positions available for the S-X Open event to be held at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland on 16 November, while 20 places will be available for the prestigious AUS-X Open Melbourne event to be held within Marvel Stadium on 30 November for the first time ever. Both world-class events are expected to be contested ahead of record crowds in attendance.
Successful applicants will be treated to a full factory VIP experience, including a KTM 50 SX built by factory technicians to ride during the event. A KTM gift pack provided to each young rider will feature a full set of riding gear to keep, plus trophies will be awarded to podium finishers.
Aside from extensive off-track activities and enjoyment that will include mentorship from KTM’s professional racers and a special rider signing where kids can meet their heroes, the KTM Junior Supercross entrants will take a dedicated track walk, two practice sessions and a fun-filled exhibition event during the S-X Open program.
Entry criteria will apply, with both events open to KTM customers only with 12 months of racing results being taken into consideration. Every applicant’s latest school report card, weight and height requirements must also be met.
The S-X Open International FIM Oceania Supercross Championship will be highlighted by a superstar international rider line-up again in 2019, coinciding with rounds four and five of the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship season.
A factory experience like no other delivered by KTM Australia and KTM New Zealand, registrations for the 2019 KTM Junior Supercross events are open now, exclusively at www.ridektm.com.au.
Jeff Leisk – General Manager, KTM Australia: “To be involved in the sport at this level, young aspiring riders and their parents, will certainly enjoy the KTM Junior Supercross experience. We aim to make them virtually feel like factory riders for the event, to give them that experience on a real supercross track in front of huge crowds. It’s an incredible opportunity and inspires riders to go onto bigger things in the sport, much like Ryan Dungey and others who at one stage took part in the challenge. It’s a really inspirational experience and these events are genuinely world-class, so it’s a pleasure to continue our relationship with the event organisers, AME Management, because we really love what they are doing for supercross in the region. The fact that they even consider the KTM Junior Supercross to be one of the highlights of their events just goes to show that they have the right vision that’s inclusive of tomorrow’s superstars and, from my own perspective, I know what it was like to be a young kid and an aspiring racer. So, while I never got to do anything like this, I know how impressionable you are at that age and that’s why it’s really special to be involved and to be providing families with this type of opportunity.”
World class stunt rider Robbie ‘Maddo’ Maddison will return home to the Illawarra on November 9 as a special guest to perform at Wollongong’s Round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championships presented by Yamaha at WIN Stadium.
The American-based Aussie plans to go big for fans on November 9 performing his famous Freestyle Motocross Stunts that launched him onto the International scene.
A huge coup for The Australian Motorcycle Festival taking place next door at Lang Park on the same date, will feature Maddo performing additional stunts on the water and another high in the air to coincide with his performance at the Supercross track.
“I can’t wait to come home to the Illawarra,” said Maddison.
“The Supercross is going to be incredible in WIN Stadium and to perform in front of a packed stadium will be something very special.
“Make sure you get to the Gong early on Saturday, November 9 for the Australian Motorcycle Festival and enjoy two more stunts that I will attempt. I am not announcing just yet what stunts fans will see but let me say, I am going for the trifecta, Land, Sea and Water of Stunts!”
Maddison has performed incredible stunts including multiple world long distance motorcycle jumps, incredible stunts jumping the Corinth Canal, from the ground up to the top of Las Vegas replica Arc De Triomphe and then back down, jumped off a long distance Ski Jump surfed Tahiti giant waves on his custom Waterbike and has a portfolio that includes the official stunt rider for 007 in the Bond movie Skyfall and so much more.
Fans will be able to meet Robbie at the official Supercross meet and greet session just prior to WIN Stadium gates opening at 5pm on November 9, 2019.
Tickets to the Australian Supercross Championships Rd 3 WIN Stadium Wollongong (6pm-9pm)are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.au.
Tickets to the Australian Motorcycle Festival will be available at the gate. (10am-4pm Nov 9/10).
Words, Video, and Photos: Australian Supercross Championship