New Zealand has a new motocross world champion.
Hamilton's Darryll King swept both his races at the 2012 Veterans' World Motocross Championships, held in conjunction with the weekend's British GP at Matterley Basin, near Winchester.
The Yamaha ace - and current New Zealand MX2 champion - was simply unstoppable on the rolling grassland circuit, winning both races, finishing ahead of Spaniard Xevi Colomer Genis (Suzuki) and Sweden's Mats Nilsson (Yamaha) respectively.
Nilsson finished overall runner-up to King, thanks to his 3-2 results, while Colomer Genis (2-3) took third.
Belgium's Pascal Bal, (Yamaha) defending world champion in this grade, finished this opening race down in 11th position and did not finish the second.
"To win this championship is simply amazing," said the 43-year-old Kiwi afterwards. “This year has been one of the best ever and I have enjoyed every minute of it throughout every area of my life.
“I have made some huge changes to my life and personal growth over the last year and I'm finally becoming the man I'm meant to be. For this, I give thanks to God. I could not have done it without Him.
“The British Motocross Grand Prix track was one of the best tracks I have raced on.
“The second race was always going to be tougher than the first one, though, with MX1 and MX2 classes having raced on it just before our second race.
“I felt totally in control and rode the bike better than I have in years. It was not an easy win, even after riding as well as I did, because the second and third-placed riders finished really close behind.
“I'm used to riding the YZ250 two-stroke machine but I loved riding the YZ450F Yamaha and I had some quality rides in Belgium before I headed over to England.
“I rode the bike like it should be ridden, with precision and finesse during every lap.
“I can't wait to get back home to New Zealand to prepare for the new racing season again. In the meantime, I will be taking some time out to celebrate and relax. I really love riding dirt bikes and to win this world championship shows that never giving up is the only way to go.”
Fellow Kiwi world motocross champions include New Plymouth's Shayne King - Darryll King's younger brother - who won the 500cc world championships in 1996; Taupo's Ben Townley, who won the MX2 world championships in 2004; Auckland's Katherine Prumm, who won the women's World Cup in 2006 and 2007; and Pukekohe's Tony Cooksley, who won the Veterans' World Championships in 2007.
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