Purvis ready to step it up

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - ANDY MCGECHAN

If re­silience and tenac­ity count for any­thing, then Man­gakino’s Max­imus Purvis will have a huge ad­van­tage when he lines up to tackle two classes at this sea­son’s New Zealand Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in just over a week’s time.

The 16-year-old Yamaha ace also has an abun­dance of tal­ent and he proved he was back to his best when he won the day at his come­back ride at Taupo, reestab­lish­ing his po­si­tion at the front of the 125cc class.

A crash dur­ing train­ing in Fe­bru­ary forced Purvis to the side­lines just a few days be­fore the start of the NZ Se­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in Ti­maru.

His come­back ride was ac­tu­ally the fourth and fi­nal round of the se­nior na­tion­als at Taupo last month and there Purvis hinted at what might have been a very dif­fer­ent cham­pi­onship out­come if he had been able to com­pete in the ear­lier rounds too.

He won the 125cc class at Taupo with a 1-3-1 score­card, although he was ob­vi­ously out of the run­ning for ti­tle hon­ours af­ter be­ing forced to miss the first three rounds.

Purvis will be out to make amends for that when he lines up at the an­nual New Zealand Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in Taranaki on April 22-23.

‘‘I wasn’t too sur­prised that I won at Taupo. I had been train­ing pretty hard be­fore­hand,’’ he said.

‘‘I am cer­tainly feel­ing very strong and fit now.’’

‘‘I wasn't too sur­prised that I won at Taupo. I had been train­ing pretty hard be­fore­hand.’’ Max­imus Purvis

ANDY MCGECHAN

Man­gakino’s Max­imus Purvis (Yamaha), tar­get­ing two ti­tle wins at the ju­nior na­tion­als this sea­son.

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