Lo­cal mo­tocross rider wins at Woodville

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ANNA BAYNES

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.

Photo: CHELSEA CUTTY

AC­TION MAN: Brodie Con­nolly, 11, in ac­tion at the Woodville New Zealand Grand Prix.

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