Whitaker defends expert Trials crown

Last updated 10:21 06/11/2012
Trials king: Jake Whitaker, six times winner of New Zealand’s expert grade trials championship also collected his third consecutive Moto Trials Championship crown in Australia in September, making him a multiple and reigning champion on both sides of the Tasman.

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Wainuiomata's Jake Whitaker made it six title wins in a row when he dominated the top category at the three-day New Zealand Moto Trials Championships near Alexandra last month.

Everyone had expected that the 21-year-old Kiwi international, who had claimed the expert grade championship for each of the past five years, would win it again.

He did not disappoint, riding faultlessly over the weekend to take the crown ahead of Nelson's Karl Clark and Rotorua's John Haynes.

"It went pretty well for me," said Whitaker, in classic understatement.

A light sprinkling of snow on the central Otago circuit added to the riders' challenge.

"I said before the event that it might be possible to complete the three days without dropping any points and that's what I did. I don't know if that's ever been done before," Whitaker said later.

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