Mo­tor­cy­cling at its most chal­leng­ing


One of the the Welling­ton re­gion’s coun­try’s most gru­elling mo­tor­cy­cling events takes place this week­end.

The Moonshine Run Ex­treme En­duro on April 10 will wrap up the 2016 New Zealand hard en­duro se­ries.

Riders will race three laps of a 25-kilo­me­tre course off Bulls Run Rd in Up­per Hutt, a five­hour un­der­tak­ing.

Round three of the na­tional en­duro cham­pi­onships on April 9 will be a qual­i­fier for the ex­treme event.

Last year was the first time the event was held at the Akatarawa For­est mo­tocross track.

As­cot Park rider Glen Mag­son won the ex­pert class and seven-time for­mer New Zealand moto tri­als cham­pion Jake Whi­taker took out the pro cat­e­gory.

While even some of the sport’s tough­est nuts were fall­ing down all around them, they ploughed on to make the chal­leng­ing event look easy.

Kapi-Mana Mo­tor­cy­cle Club en­duro co-or­di­na­tor Justin Steven­son said the event ran ex­tremely well with a rea­son­able turnout, con­sid­er­ing it was its first time.

‘‘The course was ex­tremely chal­leng­ing, as planned, with only 17 riders manag­ing to com­plete three laps and 20 per cent of the field fail­ing to com­plete the first lap,’’ Steven­son said.

‘‘Riders came from all over New Zealand. Most com­pli­mented the course and the or­gan­i­sa­tion, even those who failed to fin­ish a lap.’’

Any riders who don’t en­ter the qual­i­fier will be al­lo­cated start­ing num­bers at the rear of the field.

En­try on the day is $60. Sign in at 7.30am, rac­ing starts at 10am.

En­try is free for spec­ta­tors.

Wainuiomata’s Jake Whi­taker turn­ing his moto tri­als skills into en­duro rac­ing suc­cess.

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