Set­ting pace in mini mo­tocross

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

Hazel Lang is just as com­fort­able on two wheels as she is her own feet.

The six-year-old has con­tin­ued to make her mark in mini mo­tocross champs. Hazel has been rid­ing mo­tocross for just over a year.

As of November, af­ter only eight months of com­pet­i­tive rac­ing, she placed sec­ond in New Zealand for 4-5 years at the New Zealand mini mo­tocross champs in Pukekohe.

Since then, she has con­tin­ued the trend and in a new age group. Hazel is lead­ing the six-round sum­mer se­ries of Pukekohe Mo­tor­cy­cle Club age 4-8 years, which con­cludes early next month.

She placed first in each of the Mi­nis Un­der Lights 2017, for 4-5 years, 50cc trail class Toko­roa, King of the Moun­tain 2017, 4-5 years, 50cc trail class, New Ply­mouth, Tau­ranga Mo­tor­cy­cle Club Champs 4-8 years, 50cc trail class Sum­mer Se­ries and King of the North 2017 6-8 years, 50cc trail class Wainui.

She also placed third in the Auck­land Champs in Pukekohe 2016, 4-8 years, 50cc trail class and sec­ond for the Sum­mer­cross 2016, 4-5 years, 50cc trail class.

It doesn’t end there for Hazel, she placed third in the Ro­torua In­ter­school Chal­lenge for Mata­mata Pri­mary School, which in­cluded her sis­ter Penny, Dal­ton Hunt and Jack­son Nor­ris. The school placed sev­enth over­all, of 48 schools.

More cham­pi­onships are to come, with the Taupo Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s win­ter se­ries.

Mo­tocross is a pas­sion for Hazel, and one she shares with older sis­ter Penny, and younger brother Percy.

Penny had a set back break­ing her foot last year.

De­spite this, she placed sec­ond in the King of the North 2017 7-11yrs, trail class, first in the Tau­ranga Mo­tor­cy­cle Club Champs Sum­mer Se­ries 16/17, 7-11yrs, and is sit­ting in sec­ond in the Pukekohe Sum­mer Se­ries 7-11yrs, trail class.

‘‘We are re­ally proud of Penny af­ter since re­turn­ing from her in­jury,’’ said mum Melissa Lang.

‘‘She has got used to the chal­lenge of her new class and new bike com­pet­ing against a wider age gap.’’

Four-year old Percy is the proud owner of his first PW50 mini bike. He is pre­par­ing to com­pete in his first mo­tocross event this week­end in the Taupo Club Win­ter Se­ries.

REXINE HAWES

Sib­lings, Penny, Percy and Hazel, are all pas­sion­ate about mini mo­tocross.

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