Teen rider confident after consistent form
Bay of Plenty's Logan Blackburn has the number 3 emblazoned across the front and sides of his Yamaha YZ125 bike.
It's something that the Te Puke motocross ace is not entirely happy about: he'd much rather be No 1. And it is with this in mind that he arrived in Timaru to try to rectify the matter.
The four-round New Zealand Motocross Championships start at Backflips Track near Pleasant Pt tomorrow, with three races scheduled for his national 125cc class.
The 18-year-old Yamaha rider knows it won't be easy but his recent performances indicate it's also a very realistic ambition.
"I think my main rivals in the 125cc class will be Courtney Duncan, from Otago and Rotorua's Cameron Vaughan. I think Atiamuri's Hadleigh Knight will be very quick too.
"I finished third overall in the class at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville but that was after quite a bit of bad luck. I got bad starts and then crashed twice in the second race, but it all came good in the third race, which I won by quite a big margin.
"Basically I just have to stay consistent and I can improve my national number," he said.
Blackburn said his riding was very controlled and it had made him a lot smoother.
"I'm in pretty good form at the moment and feeling very confident.
"I know there are a lot of fast riders in the 125cc class and, as well as Courtney, Cameron and Hadleigh, there are plenty of riders who could surprise.
"I can't count out anyone really."
The Timaru Herald