THE stand-out performance in the opening round of the 2021 New Zealand Superbike Championship (NZSBK) went to Southland motorcyclist Cormac Buchanan at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, near Christchurch, last weekend.
A member of the Yamaha Racing Development Team (YRDT), the youngster had a tally which included six wins from six races in the Supersport 150 and Supersport 300 classes; two pole positions; two lap records and two NZGP titles.
Debuting in the NZSBK SuperSport 300 ranks, Buchanan competitor in the field at just 14 years excited to claim the race wins, including the coveted NZGP title.
“It’s definitely a debut I’m going to remember for a very, very long time really couldn’t have gone any better,” Buchanan said.
“The races were physically and mentally demanding and really challenged me, which is exactly why I wanted to make the step up this year. To win all three was a dream result.”
Buchanan and his YRDT team-mate, Timaru’s Harry Parker, were locked in battle throughout the weekend.
“Every race was an epic tussle with Harry think we are really pushing each other which is hugely beneficial to our racing. It also says a lot about the environment in our Yamaha Racing Development Team, which is fuelling our success.
“Round two at Levels is shaping up to be another cracker of a showdown. It’s the kind of intensity I need as I prepare to head to the Red Bull Rookies Cup in Europe at the end of the national season,” Buchanan said.
His defence of the SuperSport 150 championship also got off to a faultless start. He dominated all three races and secured his second NZGP title and a lap record in the process.
His mother, Kate Buchanan, summed up her teenage son’s achievements in a social media post.