Max’ re­sult for Purvis at Aus­tralian MXD

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter - ANDY MCGECHAN

If they didn’t know any­thing in Aus­tralia about Kiwi mo­tocross hero Max­imus Purvis be­fore, they cer­tainly do now.

The young man from Man­gakino headed across the Tas­man Sea to con­test the sixth round of 10 in this year’s Aus­tralian mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships at Nowra, in New South Wales, at the week­end and his de­but per­for­mance there this sea­son had the course com­men­ta­tors reach­ing for their event pro­grammes to try and work out just what they were watch­ing.

The Yamaha ace found him­self in all sorts of trou­ble in the first of his two MX De­vel­op­ment (Un­der-19) class races, at the very back of the 30-rider field af­ter a ‘‘shock­ing start’’.

He dug deep to bat­tle through traf­fic, how­ever, and ended the race an im­pres­sive 10th over­all, although it was not the sort of in­tro­duc­tion he had wanted to make for him­self on the Aus­tralia scene.

‘‘I was sec­ond-to-last at the start,’’ said the 16-year-old Purvis af­ter­wards. ‘‘I man­aged to move through the traf­fic, but it was pretty tight in places and hard to pass.’’

He soon made amends in the next race, capturing a top-three po­si­tion at the start and then mov­ing into the lead af­ter three laps.

‘‘I had Cody Dyce and Isaac Fer­gu­son ahead of me at the start, but then got past them and started to stretch out a lead.

Purvis even­tu­ally won the race by 1.4 sec­onds from Fer­gu­son.

‘‘They didn’t know much about me be­fore to­day ... but they know now,’’ said an ob­vi­ously de­lighted Purvis, who was crowned dou­ble New Zealand ju­nior cham­pion in April this year, on that oc­ca­sion win­ning both the 14-16 years’ 250cc class and the 15-16 years’ 125cc class as well.

The 2017 Mo­tul MX Na­tion­als will con­tinue with round seven set to be held at Shep­par­ton, in Vic­to­ria, on July 16, and Purvis will again line up on his Yamaha YZ250F in the MXD class.

Be­cause the MXD com­pe­ti­tion com­prises only eight rounds, with the fi­nal two rounds of the na­tion­als not in­clud­ing an MXD class, Purvis will at­tempt to se­cure a start­ing po­si­tion for him­self in the MX2 class at the fi­nal two events of the se­ries.

‘‘Hope­fully I can get a ‘wild card’ en­try into the MX2 class at rounds nine and ten. That means I will still be el­i­gi­ble to go back and con­test the full MXD cham­pi­onship next year.’’

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