Home advantage pays off for Wadsworth

Last updated 07:10 16/10/2012
Mark Terry
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Mark one: Marlborough’s Mark Terry in action during Sunday’s racing at Northbank
Moston Wadsworth
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Veteran: Moston Wadsworth

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Despite Saturday's racing being cancelled due to a deluge of rain, the J T Racing New Zealand Veterans' and Women's Motocross Championships at Northbank in Marlborough were a big success.

Held at Moston Wadsworth's Fabien's Valley Rd track, Wadsworth made the most of home track advantage to pick up yet another national title, taking out the veteran's 50 years-plus crown, winning all four of his races on Sunday.

The original programme comprised five rounds of racing and, thanks to a brilliant job done by Marlborough Motorcycle Club officials and the many junior volunteers helping out, they were still able to race four rounds following an hour of practice runs.

Despite the torrential rain and sloppy conditions at the start of Sunday's racing, they steadily improved to the point where riders were happy with them.

Steve Lange was another star from the Marlborough Motorcycle Club, taking out the 40-44 years under's class with a perfect four wins from four record.

Marlborough's Shane O'Brien won the non-national support class in a countback from Nelson's Aston Oliver, two wins and two second placings getting the job done. Cam Hubbert, from Marlborough, was third.

Other Marlborough riders taking part were Brad Millar, second in his class, Keith Purdon picked up a third placing, while Tom Dillon, Doug Godsiff and Mark Terry were fourth, sixth and fifth respectively in their various classes.

Chris Matthews and Mike Holland were sixth and seventh and in the women's class, Kris Morris was fifth in the veteran's section and Stacey Cleaver finished eighth in the 17-29 years section.

This weekend's action returns to the same Northbank venue where the annual Havelock Slipway Marlborough Motocross Championships are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.

Over 100 riders are expected from Timaru to Takaka, plus a strong contingent from the host club.

Full results and action pics from last weekend's event will be on www.mmcc.co.nz later this week, according to Marlborough Motocross spokesman Craig Douglas.

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- The Marlborough Express

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