Max­imus takes day’s re­sult to the max­i­mum

South Waikato News - - Motoring - ANDY MCGECHAN

Man­gakino’s Max­imus Purvis lived up to his name at the 2017 New Zealand Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships in Taranaki over the week­end.

The re­sults were truly max­i­mum ones for the Yamaha rider as he topped both the premier cat­e­gories at the two-day event, un­beaten in the glam­our 14-16 years’ 250cc class and also in the el­dest of the 125cc di­vi­sions, for rid­ers aged 15-16 years.

The 16-year-old dig­ger driver won 10 races from 10 starts.

He had fin­ished run­ner-up to Taupo’s Wy­att Chase (Yamaha) in the 15-16 years’ 125cc class at the cor­re­spond­ing event last sea­son but with Chase grad­u­at­ing to the se­nior ranks, the way was clear for Purvis to take charge.

His win in the 250cc class was per­haps the most im­pres­sive as he hum­bled Ohaupo’s de­fend­ing cham­pion Trent Collins in each race and snatched the ti­tle by a com­pre­hen­sive 15 points from Collins.

In fact so dom­i­nant was Purvis in both cat­e­gories that he needed only to fin­ish sev­enth or bet­ter in his fi­nal race in each class to claim the two ti­tles.

Purvis will turn 17 in Septem­ber and so, as the rules de­mand, he will move up to the se­nior ranks, al­though he has his eyes set on tack­ling the un­der-19 class in Aus­tralia in the com­ing weeks.

The Un­der-19 cham­pi­onship se­ries has al­ready be­gun in Aus­tralia and Purvis there­fore will have no chance of win­ning it, but it will be ideal for him ‘‘just to dip toes in the wa­ter across the Tas­man’’.

Purvis had been keen to tackle the 125cc class in the se­nior mo­tocross na­tion­als in Fe­bru­ary and March, but a crash dur­ing train­ing, just prior to the kick-off of that se­ries, ruled him out.

‘‘My fit­ness is great again and so rid­ing two classes (at the ju­nior na­tion­als) wasn’t a prob­lem for me,’’ he said.

‘‘I came here pre­pared for rac­ing two bikes – the Yamaha YZ250F and the YZ125 – in the two classes and it all worked out for me in the end.’’

His come­back from in­jury there­fore could not have been more im­pres­sive but to add fur­ther el­e­ment of grandeur to his per­for­mance is know­ing that he had only col­lected his two bikes late last week.

Tak­ing the stock stan­dard bikes on a quick ride around a pad­dock near his home was all the prepa­ra­tion Purvis re­quired.

ANDY MCGECHAN/ BIKESPORTNZ.COM

Max­imus Purvis cleans up at the New Zealand Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships.

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