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.