Youngsters revved up for nationals

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(Front, from left) Slade Moeke-Fordyce (5) and Tynan Morrow (6), (back) Ruby Symon (10), Ryder Sheehan (10), Seth Morrow (9), Ryder Harris (7), Ryan Keen (6), Jacob Bavin (7) and Brooklyn Bavin (10). Photos: Janette Gellatly

A GROUP of mini motocross riders, aged 5-10, from the Southland Motorcycle Club are getting revved up to attend the annual Mini Motocross Nationals in Christchurch inNovember.

Making it extra-special for the young riders, the event hasn’t been held in the South Island since it was last hosted by the club in 2014.

Mini motocross representative Pam Morrow said during the past two years the nationals had been held in the North Island, in New Plymouth in 2015 and Auckland in 2016.

“Some of our kids attended and came away with top-three placings in New Zealand.”

The nationals were for promising motocross riders aged 4-11, with different classes depending on the size of the bike and age of the rider, Mrs Morrow said.

“They will compete with the best of the best from throughout the country.”

Mrs Morrow said she hoped 10-12 riders from the club would be able to compete at this year’s nationals.

“We are excited to have the event closer to home and on a track that a few of them are already familiar with.”

The local mini riders were also fortunate to have a great training facility at the purpose-built motocross track the club had built at its club grounds for the nationals in 2014, she said.

As part of the Southern Series Motocross, the club was hosting round two of the five-round series on November 12, which would provide a great opportunity for the young riders to train, Mrs Morrow said.

The event was scheduled to be held last Sunday, but was postponed because of bad weather.

“Into its 39th year, it is hosted by Central Otago, Southland, Balclutha, Gore
and Mosgiel clubs.”

Mrs Morrow said as well as giving riders an opportunity to practise more for the nationals, it was also a day of fun for the young riders.

The public were welcome to attend the series round at the Southland Motorcycle Club mini motocross tracks, Pit Rd, Otatara, on Sunday, November 12. Admission is free and racing begins at 9am.

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