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
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