La­mont joins UK mo­tocross team

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

The New Zealand flag will wave over­seas again this year with cur­rent na­tional MX2 cham­pion Kayne La­mont sign­ing on to race for the MX Zone Tur­vey Con­struc­tion Yamaha team in the United King­dom.

The Yamaha rider from Man­gakino will help form a new four-rider team to contest the Bri­tish Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in 2015, as well as two other high- pro­file se­ries and se­lected World Cham­pi­onship Grand Prix events.

The team will be man­aged by renowned en­gine tuner Matt Green­land, and La­mont’s team­mates will be Bri­tish rid­ers Liam Gar­land, Keiran Banks and Cam­lann Macdon­ald.

‘‘It’s been three years since I’ve raced in Eng­land and didn’t have the best time when I was there in 2011,’’ said 21-year-old La­mont, who will race a Yamaha YZ250F in the MX2 class for the new team.

‘‘ I was bat­tling in­jury – a cracked shoul­der blade – the whole time I was there in 2011. The last races I did over there were my best ones and I man­aged to fin­ish inside the top six. I am a lot more ex­pe­ri­enced now, so I’m hop­ing the re­sults should be even bet­ter.

‘‘I guess you could say I have some un­fin­ished business in Eng­land.

‘‘I will be up against a cou­ple of GP boys in the Bri­tish champs, rid­ers such as [ Bul­gar­ian] Pe­tar Petrov are en­tered, so they will be ex­tremely fast, but I’m aim­ing to fin­ish among the top five and even gets some wins,’’ the BikesportNZ. com- sup­ported Kiwi star said.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to go­ing back over and rac­ing there again. I’m rid­ing for Yamaha in New Zealand and I am en­joy­ing the new bike, so rac­ing the same bike in the UK will be a big bonus. I have a good re­la­tion­ship with Matt [Green­land] and look for­ward to work­ing with him in this up­com­ing sea­son.

‘‘I am still work­ing on build­ing up my strength at the mo­ment after my re­cent in­jury and I’m feel­ing pretty good, but there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment.’’

South coast young­ster Gar­land will be mak­ing his re­turn to rac­ing in 2015 after two in­jury-rav­aged sea­sons, while Banks brings with him ex­pe­ri­ence from com­pet­ing in the EMX125 cham­pi­onship over the past two years.

Gar­land and Banks will race the MX2 class along­side La­mont, while Macdon­ald will race the MXY2 class.

Team man­ager Green­land said he was look­ing for­ward to La­mont join­ing the team and to work­ing along­side Yamaha.

‘‘Yamaha has a strong bike in both the en­gine and chas­sis depart­ment, which is a great start­ing block for our race bike. I have worked with all three MX2 rid­ers be­fore and I know with hard work from us all we can have a great year,’’ Green­land said.

The team is sup­ported by Tur­vey Con­struc­tion, a Hamp­shire-based build­ing and de­vel­op­ment company, and will be run from the MX Zone Head­quar­ters in Melk­sham, Wilt­shire.

The fa­cil­ity houses a full en­gi­neer­ing and en­gine de­vel­op­ment depart­ment where it is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing some of the fastest bikes on the track.

Fur­ther support from the team comes from Yamaha UK via the Altherm JCR Yamaha Rac­ing con­nec­tion, MBO Sport, GP Graph­ics, Pool­care, Per­for­mance Head En­gi­neer­ing and To­tal Scaf­fold­ing Sup­plies.

La­mont will fly out to Eng­land after the fi­nal round of the New Zealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in March. When he re­turns at the con­clu­sion of his Bri­tish cam­paign, he will slot into the Altherm JCR Yamaha Rac­ing Team in New Zealand.


Un­fin­ished business: Man­gakino’s Kayne La­mont (Yamaha), spreads his wings once again.

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