New Zealand's top motocross talent Courtney Duncan to ride at Southland Championships
One of New Zealand's most exciting motocross talents will line up at the Southland Championships this weekend.
Otago rider Courtney Duncan produced a stunning performance in Qatar last month when the 20-year-old won the opening round of the women's motocross world championships.
Duncan will leave for Holland on Wednesday for round two of the world championships but before then will squeeze in a ride at Sandy Point near Invercargill at the Southland Championships.
The Southland Championships will be her sole competition in New Zealand in between the win in Qatar and round two in Holland.
Southland Motocross Championships organiser Greg Baynes said Duncan's entry in two classes was a big coup for this weekend's event.
"It gives us a bit of star quality to the event," he said.
New Zealand motocross legend Josh Coppins coaches Duncan and the pair were in Invercargill on Tuesday and Wednesday this week training in the lead to the Southland Championships, but more importantly for her next shot overseas.
Coppins said this weekend's event in Southland would be a good hit out before heading overseas.
"To be honest it just worked out well with the sandy track at the Oreti track suited what is coming up in Holland. So it was a good training foundation for the next event and there is no training like lining up as well."
Baynes said there were about 80 entries for this weekend's event.
"Entry numbers for the past few years for motocross events has been a bit of a struggle to be honest, but I believe the sport is still healthy," he said.
In previous years, the Southland Championships have been held at Birchwood Station in Western Southland but it has been decided Sandy Point was a better fit.
Racing will start at 9.30am on both Saturday and Sunday and is free for spectators to go along to watch.