Feaver defends title in 50-mile beach race
Former Southlander Jason Feaver delivered a perfectly executed ride in the 50-mile endurance beach race last night to defend his Burt Munro Trophy title.
Feaver, who now lives in Christchurch, took out the coveted Burt Munro Trophy when it was last raced two years ago.
With last year's event being canned because of poor weather, he was eager to hold onto his silverware last night at Oreti Beach, and made a fine job of doing that.
Feaver led from start to finish and managed to lap almost every rider in the field on board his Honda CRF450 bike.
He always seemed a step ahead of Invercargill rider Greg Baynes, who ended up second, finding it difficult to cut into Feaver's strong early lead as the race wore on.
Third-placed Heath Botica, of Nelson, was still on lap 47 when Feaver passed the chequered flag.
Feaver and Baynes were the only riders not to make a fuel stop during the endurance race, which Feaver believed was crucial to his victory.
Feaver had to check in for fuel during his title win in 2010, but with a slightly bigger tank than usual, was able to keep going last night. He believed he still had about a litre and a half of fuel left at the end of the race.
The 50-mile endurance beach title is arguably the premier event of the week-long Challenge, considering Oreti Beach was Burt Munro's testing ground for his modified Indian Scout motorcycle.
Feaver said it was a trophy held in high regard among the riders, and one he always wanted to win.
"It's real special. It's my hometown. This is the main race for me out of the whole lot of them," Feaver said.
"That's what it's about - the 50-miler. That's what I came to Invercargill to do, basically."
It was a good night of racing for Feaver, who also claimed the Mrs Irving Hayes Cup one-mile dash on his Honda CR600 two-stroke.
Despite missing out in the 50-mile endurance race, Baynes was still able to take away title wins in the open class and up to 500cc categories. Feaver won the first open class race, with Baynes finishing second. Baynes then won the second moto, with Feaver finishing well back, after getting water into his electrics, which handed his rival the overall title.
Gisborne's Ian Newman claimed the quads title, while in the up to 250cc class, Wyndham's Ryan McKenzie was dominant. firstname.lastname@example.org
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