It could be a career-defining moment for Taranaki's Adrian Smith on Saturday.
That's when the Yamaha ace from Mokau hopes to "do the double" and become a national champion in two motorcycling codes, a feat achieved on rare occasions in the dirt-biking world.
Smith has tasted success overseas and won national titles but this weekend could be very special for the 26-year-old sheep and beef farmer from the Awakino Gorge.
He wrapped up the New Zealand Cross-country Championships near Christchurch in May while racing the same 250cc four-stroke YZ250F-model bike in the parallel New Zealand Enduro Championships and winning races there too.
The fifth and final round of the Yamaha-sponsored national enduro championships will be held this Saturday.
Smith is hot favourite to win on the forestry course just south of Taupo, but, as always with this most physically demanding of sports, nothing is assured.
A flat tyre, a blown engine, a crash, fatigue or a navigating error and all of Smith's hard work will be for naught.
"It's certainly going to be a big weekend for me," Smith said.
"I just hope things go to plan. I had problems at the Tarawera 100 endurance race [just over a week ago] where I blew the clutch on my 250cc bike trying to get past a 450cc rider on the fast course.
"I guess I was pushing too hard. I got too angry with the 450cc guy holding me up in the tight stuff and then blasting me with rocks on the straights. I should have calmed down.
"I've won class titles at the enduro nationals in the past but never won it outright.
"I'm leading the points at the moment but I can take nothing for granted," he said.
"Palmerston North's Adam Reeves (Yamaha) and Auckland's Mike Skinner (KTM) are close enough to take the win away from me and 2011 national enduro champion Rory Mead (Yamaha, of Wellington) is back home from the United States to do this final round. Rory could throw a spanner in the works too."
Auckland's Chris Power (Honda), Opotiki's John O'Dea (Husqvarna), Hokianga's Mitchell Nield (Gas Gas), Whangamata's 2010 national champion, Jason Davis (KTM), Auckland's Callan May (Yamaha) and Tokoroa's Sean Clarke (Yamaha) are mathematically all capable of ruining Smith's big day.
"Anything could still happen," Smith said. "I just need to focus on doing my job. If I ride smart, it [the title] should come to me."
Regardless of what happens this weekend, Smith has a busy time ahead. He will head to the United States in September to join fellow Kiwis Mead and Paul Whibley in racing the final three rounds of the Grand National Cross-country Championships (GNCC).
Pahiatua's Whibley (Yamaha) leads the GNCC series in the US, six points in front of American Kailub Russell after nine of the 13 rounds.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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