Courtney Duncan cleans up 2016 Southland Motocross Championships at Sandy Point

Otago's Courtney Duncan flies high while she competes at the Southland Motocross Championships at Invercargill's Sandy ...
John Hawkins

Otago's Courtney Duncan flies high while she competes at the Southland Motocross Championships at Invercargill's Sandy Point on Saturday.

As expected it was Courtney Duncan who provided the highlight of the 2016 Southland Motocross Championships at Invercargill's Sandy Point track at the weekend.

The 20-year-old Otago rider is a star for the sport of motocross in New Zealand and is growing her profile on the international stage.

She produced a stunning performance in Qatar last month by winning the opening round of the women's motocross world championships.

Otago motorcross rider Courtney Duncan.
John Hawkins

Otago motorcross rider Courtney Duncan.

On Wednesday Duncan leaves for Europe to prepare for round two of the world championships in Holland.

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At the weekend, she lined up in both the MX1 and MX2 classes at the Southland Championships and stuck to the script by winning both classes.

Duncan said it was valuable time on the bike.

"You can't beat racing, and plus [Sandy Point track] is sand so it made sense to come down here," she said.

"Everything run smoothly, I got good starts so I'm pretty happy with how it went."

While she is making a name for herself on the world stage Duncan said it was nice to get back and compete in grassroots events like the Southland Championships.

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"I grew up racing here so it is always good to come back. The track got nice and rough so it made sense to come down here."

 - Stuff

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