It has certainly been a big couple of weeks with the final round of nationals last weekend and getting organised to head back up to Europe. And as most of you will know by now I managed to win the NZ superlite championships last weekend in Taupo! It was a great satisfaction to achieve one of my long time goals and win my first NZ championship. It was also great to share the moment with friends, family and supporters who have been part of the support team for a long time, and of course, to share it with all the rest of you now..
Photo by JDAS
The whole weekend at Taupo was fantastic, an awesome atmosphere filled the pits and the racing out on track was as close as ever. In the superlite class every race saw a three way battle for the lead between Leigh Tidman, Zayne Agate and myself. I needed to finish in the top 2 to win the championship on Saturday and I managed to do so. On Sunday I finished with a 2nd and a 3rd placing in the two races. So even though it was a win-less weekend for me I took away what I really wanted – the championship trophy.
Here I’d like to thank everyone who made this possible and all those involved in making these last 5 months here at home so special!!! I managed to achieve many goals and finally win a national championship which my Mum, Dad and I have spent so much time and effort attempting over the past 8 years. I know my Dad would be proud and really appreciate all those who have stepped in and to keep me racing!It certainly wouldn’t have been possible if not for Chris Osborne who let me race with his Ozzy 450 for the Suzuki series held in December, and Greg Percival who ran his bike for me at nationals. Both of these guys went out of their way to give me the best equipment possible and allowed me to focus completely on riding as we never had one problem with the bike during a race weekend.
Also Ken Dobson from Hyosung Motorcycles Takapuna who not only gave me a job and constant support for the past five months, but also the X4R to race in the Hyosung Cup and time off work so I could compete.
Photo by Doug Cornes
Special thanks to Al at Formula Fit in Silverdale as well. The added strength especially has really made a difference to the way I can throw a bike around.
Another thank you to Phil, Cheryl, Connor and Rex from WIL Sport / Charles Investment group for the awesome support both at and away from the track.
And finally to all my other sponsors – Geoff and Gaye, Julie Nelson, Racesupplies NZ, Sidi boots, NGK, Auckland Motorcycle Club, Pole Position Travel, Deepweb and Backslips clothing – you are each just as special and I couldn’t do this without your support! Thanks to Pirelli and Motul for keeping Greg’s bike going strong all season.I will be boarding the plane to Europe tomorrow so look forward to sending you an update from there soon!
In the mean time you can check out this Sky Sport interview with me which was televised on SkySpeed: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=801907409878926&set=vb.134169363319404&type=2&theater
Speak to you all soon,