INDEPENDENT NEWS

Wilkie Unstoppable At Kuratau

Published: Mon 16 Jul 2012 09:56 AM
Wilkie Unstoppable At Kuratau
CAPTION: Masterton’s Mason Wilkie (Yamaha), on his way to successfully defending his national TT title at the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com
JULY 15, 2012: Wairarapa’s Mason Wilkie has done it again.
The 22-year-old Yamaha ace from Masterton was unstoppable on the flat dirt track near Kuratau, at the southern tip of Lake Taupo, on Saturday and Sunday as he successfully defended the MX1 (open) class title he won for the first time last season.
Wilkie won five races from five starts, although he was made to work for his wins by Waitakere’s Ethan Martens (Yamaha), Taupo’s former national TT champion Brad Groombridge (Honda) and Paraparaumu’s Jesse Donnelly (Suzuki), who hounded him all the way.
“I’ve won junior TT titles and also won the MX2 class in the past, but it’s the ‘big boys class’, the MX1 class, that really matters,” said Wilkie. “I had a great group of people behind me. I want to thank Stegpegz of Porirua, Sargents Motorcycles of Masterton, Barry Morris for spannering for me and BikesportNZ.com for their support.”
Martens was similarly dominant in the MX2 (250cc) class, beaten only once – by fellow Yamaha rider Callum Moore, of Featherston – when he uncharacteristically crashed.
Martens still managed to recover from that spill and finish that race runner-up, giving him a winning score-line of 1-1-1-2-1 over the two days of full-throttle racing.
In the premier all terrain vehicle (ATV) class, Amberley’s Ian Ffitch was pushed all the way but a cool head under pressure gave the vastly experienced 42-year-old the advantage where it counted and he won the final race of the weekend to snatch the title ahead of Rotorua’s Jason Jepson and Stratford’s Camo Keegan.
Other class winners were Te Puke’s Logan Blackburn (senior 125), Te Awamutu’s Kevin Archer (enduro class), Auckland’s Toby Summers (veterans’ over-35), Taupo’s Rodney Tomblin (veterans’ over-45), Taumarunui’s Russell Josiah (veterans’ over-50), Wellington’s Josh Bartosh (junior 12-16 years’ 125cc and 14-16 years’ 250cc), Otorohanga’s Aaron King (13-16 years’ 85cc/150cc), Taupo’s Wyatt Chase (8-12 years’ 85cc/150cc), Rotorua’s Emma Goldstone (ATV 450cc production class), Auckland’s Matthew Wicksteed (ATV juniors) and Auckland’s Craig Ridgley (ATV over-40s).
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
ENDS

Next in Lifestyle

NZ Fringe 2020 has launched
By: New Zealand Fringe Festival
Three Stocking Stuffers from Te Papa Press
By: Howard Davis
Prime Minster Delivers Erebus Apology
By: New Zealand Government
Margaret Atwood announces three NZ tour dates
By: Fane
Auckland Fringe Announces New Festival Director
By: Auckland Fringe
2019 NZ Comedy Guild Awards handed out
By: New Zealand Comedy Guild
Private ceremony marks Erebus 40 years on
By: RNZ
Seymour commends PM on Erebus apology
By: ACT New Zealand
Speech by NZ Airline Association President on Mt Erebus
By: New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association
EREBUS Civic Service for 40th anniverary
By: Erebus National Memorial
Mt Erebus disaster: The Police story - Police Museum
By: New Zealand Police
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media