Shaky start for champion
National MX2 champion Scott Columb begins the defence of his title this weekend after a shaky start to the season. Racing 10 days ago at the 53rd annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville, he was hit by a rider on his left heading into the first turn and was then clipped by another rider behind him, sending him spinning several metres into the air before landing on his back and head. ‘‘I’ve got whiplash and slight concussion,’’ Columb said from his Queenstown home where he was recovering last week. The 30-year-old managed to gather himself together and fight through the 40-rider field to eventually finish 16th. The next race saw him finish fourth before winning the third leaving him an unaccustomed fifth overall. ‘‘Considering how things went the result was pretty good,’’ he said. ‘‘I qualified second and everything was good but after a whack to the head you aren’t 100 per cent. ‘‘I was riding with my feet down like I had trainer wheels on.’’ After a few adjustments to the bike Columb raced at the Gold Nugget Motor X Champs hosted by the Westland Motorcycle Club last weekend. There he took five wins and five races and a second in the feature race against 39 of the other riders. The four-round New Zealand championship series starts in Timaru this weekend.
Battler: Queenstown’s Scott Columb racing at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville.