Local motocross rider wins at Woodville
Three local motocross riders have ventured south to compete in the annual Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix.
Brodie Connolly, 11, Dylan Ryan, 15, and Taylor Nater, 16, took part in the event, which this year attracted riders from Australia and beyond.
This iconic motocross event is the pinnacle of New Zealand’s motocross calendar where a paddock is turned into a natural terrain track with some manmade jumps.
Connolly achieved his goal of winning the 8-11 years 85cc 2 stroke/150cc 4 stroke class. He has now won this class five years in a row.
In his first year he was third. His main competition was two South Island riders, Grason Veitch and Regan Turner. ‘‘ I hadn’t raced against these guys for a while so I wasn’t sure how fast they would be,’’ Connolly said.
The build-up for Woodville began in early December for Connolly, with several events proceeding, two of these motocrosses he had competed up an age group for training.
Connolly has recently joined the CMR Redbull KTM Team, which is a huge deal to be selected for here in New Zealand, especially at only 11 years old, his dad Gavin Connolly said.
Connolly also won all three of his races at the South Island Junior Champs over the weekend and is now focused on the New Zealand Junior Nationals. Connolly would like to give a big thanks to the local businesses who are supporting him on his way.
This was Dylan Ryan’s second time competing at Woodville. This year he not only competed in the 15-16 years 125cc class, he also raced senior for the first time, in the national 125cc class.
This meant he had six races over the two days and the senior races were slightly longer than the junior events.
He was placed 19th in the juniors and 22nd in the seniors. He said he was supposed to compete senior for the first time at Summercross last year, but he broke his arm on the juniors day so he wasn’t able to do it. He had planned to race in senior at the Valley Champs but was still in a cast.
Taylor Nater made the trip to Woodville for the first time. He said he had seen the event on TV so he had a rough picture in his head about what the event was going to be like.
Nater raced in the 14-16 year 250f class, where he competed against 30 other riders and was placed 18th overall.
ACTION MAN: Brodie Connolly, 11, in action at the Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix.