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