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