2015 Motocross of Nations in France
LAMONT HOPES IT'S THIRD TIME LUCKY
Mangakino's Kayne Lamont is hoping it is third time lucky as he gears up for another Motocross of Nations campaign in
Europe in just a few weeks' time.
The 22-year-old former New Zealand MX2 (250cc) champion and multi-time former national junior motocross champion joins
his two team-mates – Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper and Tauranga's Ben Townley – in north-western France on the weekend
of September 26-27, the trio there to represent New Zealand at the 69th annual Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at the hilly
track at Ernee, just inland from the D-Day landing beaches of World War Two.
This year will be the third time that Lamont has represented his country at the MXoN – often referred to as the "Olympic
Games of motocross" – and he is anticipating that his previous experiences will stand him in good stead this time
"I'm proud and thrilled to be selected again for the Motocross Nations team," said Lamont, who raced for the national
squad in Belgium in 2012 and again in Germany in 2013.
"I thought perhaps my recent wrist injury would have put the selectors off, but I suppose I've shown in the past few
weeks that I'm almost back to 100 percent again now."
Lamont is current based in the United Kingdom where he is racing selected national-level meetings in preparation for the
The New Zealand team, co-managed this time around by Karaka's Howard Lilly and Palmerston North's Neil Ritchie, has as
good a chance as any of winning, or at least perhaps repeating the Kiwi successes achieved at this great event in 1998,
2001 and 2006, the three occasions when the men from New Zealand placed third on the podium.
Cooper and Townley have also previously raced for New Zealand at the MXoN and so this year's line-up is one of the
strongest to have been sent in recent years.
Unfortunately, none of these riders were available for the MXoN when it was staged in Latvia last year, where Team New
Zealand failed to qualify among the top 20 countries and therefore slipped well down the world rankings.
But, with generous support for this year's campaign coming from Kiwi companies WIL Sport Management and Workshop
Graphics, and with massive fundraising undertaken by the Taupo Motorcycle Club with their Battle of the Clubs motocross
event adding to the coffers, the Kiwi contingent leaves for France in a confident mood.