AFTER just one year of road racing, Invercargill’s Cormac Buchanan has won the Supersport 150 class in his debut of the New Zealand Superbike Championship, after the final two rounds were cancelled.
Buchanan, 13, is likely the youngest rider in the sport’s history to win a New Zealand road racing title. He adds the Supersport 150 Championship to the NZGP (New Zealand Motorcycle Grand Prix) and NZTT (New Zealand Tourist Trophy) titles that he also won during the 2020 series.
The final rounds were cancelled due to the unknown impact of Covid-19 to the sport.
“I would have liked to have had the feeling of crossing the line and being champion but it’s good the pressure is now off because it was getting pretty close coming into the final two rounds.”
Buchanan lives on a farm and was able to keep busy during lockdown.
“I’ve been out riding the motocross bike, trying to stay fit and keep up with everything so when I come back to racing I’m not too far behind.”
He said he had gained a lot of experience riding in Australia, Spain and Malaysia, but he had to put in a lot of hard work for the championship.
“It all paid off and I’m really happy about that.”
Buchanan is supported by Yamaha and backed by his hometown dealership Rogers Motorcycles in Invercargill. He was unbeaten in the Supersport class on his YZFR15, in his rookie NZSBK (New Zealand Super Bike Championship) season.
“A lot of the credit for that goes to my coach Steve Bagshaw and my dad Stacey for always believing in me and backing me to achieve my goals.”
Another goal he aspires to is to compete in MotoGP events.
“If we get to that, that would just be great because they are the best in the world and that is the goal I want to set for myself.”
It was a MotoGP event which inspired Buchanan to become involved in the sport.
“Me and my dad went to a MotoGP event at Phillip Island [Australia] and at the time I was racing speedway and wanted to be a speedway world champion, but when I went to MotoGP and saw how professional and how quick it was it really changed my mind. For my 11th birthday, I got my first-ever road bike.”
NZSBK CHAMPIONSHIP OVERALL:
1st Alastair Hoogenboezem (YZF-R1)
2nd Scott Moir
3rd Damon Rees
4th Lachlan Epis
5th Daniel Mettham
6th Jake Lewis (YZF-R1)
1st Richie Dibben
2nd Rogan Chandler (YZF-R6)
3rd Dale Finch
4th Ashton Hughes
5th Toby Summers
Supersport 300 (Provisional)
1st Nathanael Diprose
2nd Jacob Stroud
3rd Jason Hearn (YZF-R3)
4th Caleb Gilmore (YZF-R3)
5th Harry Parker (YZF-R3)
6th Campbell Grayling (YZF-R3)
1st Cormac Buchanan (YZF-R15)
2nd Jacob Pierce (YZF-R15)
3rd Oliver Cotton (YZF-R15)
4th Jacob Skinner (YZF-R15)
5th Olivia Goddard (YZF-R15)
6th Liam Humm (YZF-R15)
7th Hamish Simpson (YZF-R15)