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Mo­tocross champ dates an­nounced

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The dates and venues for the 2021NewZea­land Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships were an­nounced this weekby the sport’s govern­ing body here, Mo­tor­cy­clingNewZe­aland.

The bignews to­come­out of the an­nounce­ment is thatNew Zealand’s big­gest stand-alone mo­tocross— the tra­di­tional Hon­daNewZeala­nd Mo­tocross Grand Prix at Woodville— will not be a stand-alone event in 2021 be­cause it will­nowalso in­cor­po­rate the first round of four in the na­tional cham­pi­onship se­ries.

It is al­ready ahuge­week­end ev­ery year, but it will be even more­mas­sive next sea­son, two days of rac­ing sched­uled for Jan­uary 30-31 and with even more­mo­ti­va­tion to be there.

In ad­di­tion to the Woodville event hold­ingGPtro­phy sta­tus, just as it has ev­ery year, but it will also kick off the­NewZealand se­nior cham­pi­onship ti­tle chase for the MX1, MX2and MX125 classes, as well as stag­ing the first of four rounds of the in­au­gu­ral 2TCup(for two-stroke bikes) and the first of two rounds for the Women’sCup.

“The ma­jor­ity ofNewZeala­nd mo­tocross rid­ers com­pete at Woodville each year and, be­causewewer­e un­cer­tain what might be happening with the Covid-19 pan­demic and with us want­ing to keep­down­the costs for rid­ers, we­have de­cided to com­bine these events,” said Mo­tor­cy­clingNewZe­aland mo­tocross com­mis­sioner Ray Broad. “Un­for­tu­nately there are no South Is­land rounds on the NewZealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships cal­en­dar, how­ev­er­weare res­ur­rect­ing the travel sub­sidy scheme for South Is­land rid­er­swho­com­mit to two or­morerounds. It will be paid out on a pro-rata ba­sis,” he said.

“Wewill be work­ing closely with South Is­land Cubs to en­sure a re­turn in 2022.”

Af­ter the Woodville opener, NewZealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship rounds fol­low at Ro­torua on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, with round three at Pukekohe on Satur­day, March 20 (with a ju­nior and mini open event on Sun­day, March 21) and the fourth and fi­nal round at Taupo on Sun­day, March 28.

Broad said an Un­der-19 Cham­pi­onship will again be run with­inMX2and would be awarded to the best-placed rider aged un­der19 com­pet­ing in the MX2­class, aswe­have the past two sea­sons.

The ex­cit­ingnews is the­new 2TCup­class.

This is for the 2-stroke bikes that com­pete with­inMX1and nowen­sur­ing they are recog­nised for their achieve­ments.

“For ex­am­ple, Auck­lan­der Blake Gil­lard fin­ished fifth over­all rid­ing a 250cc two-stroke bike against the 350cc and 450ccMX1 bike rid­ers in the 2019 se­ries and, if the 2TCuphad been in place at that time, he would have been the win­ner of the 2T Cup.

“There will be noMX3non­cham­pi­onship sup­port class

races run at the Woodville round, but there would be at the three rounds that fol­low and this year it will be a se­ries, with the top rid­ers recog­nised at the prize­giv­ing af­ter Taupo.

“Weare look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing sea­son, with some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“More de­tails on the se­ries and the classes will be re­leased over the com­ing weeks,” said Broad.

 ?? Photo/ Andy McGechan, Bike­sportNZ.com ?? Brace your­selves for ac­tion like this when the start gates drop at round one of the 2021 New Zealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships at Woodville in Jan­uary.
Photo/ Andy McGechan, Bike­sportNZ.com Brace your­selves for ac­tion like this when the start gates drop at round one of the 2021 New Zealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships at Woodville in Jan­uary.

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