Rees forced to take fourth

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

While Whakatane’s Mitchell Rees may have fin­ished just off the podium in fourth place over­all at the week­end’s 35th an­nual Tarawera 100 dirt bike marathon, that clin­i­cal re­sult tells only half the story.

Though the race was won by Mount Maun­ganui’s Cody Cooper, with Hamil­ton’s Dar­ryll King and Mount Maun­ganui’s Rhys Carter com­plet­ing the podium, it is per­haps the story of the young man who only just missed out on a podium spot that best cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion.

Fourth over­all – al­though ac­tu­ally sec­ond over­all to Cooper in the bat­tle- within- a- bat­tle for over300cc four-stroke class hon­ours – was truly an im­pres­sive per­for­mance from the 19-year-old Rees.

He was forced to set­tle for fourth over­all only be­cause his en­ergy re­serves ran out near the end.

Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

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