Franklin in second slot
Nick Franklin had to settle for second at the Red Bull FMX Battle in Wanganui in late December.
Tokoroa-born Franklin won the event in 2009 but was pipped by Australian-based Crusty Demon rider Steve Mini in 2010.
The second placing capped off a stellar year for Franklin, 29. After wowing his home crowd at the supercross event in January, Franklin headed overseas for the Red Bull X-Fighters World Series tour.