Mangakino rider tops MX leaderboard
Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont is back on top of the Kiwi motocross scene.
The 24-year-old Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider made his MX1 class debut a winning one at the annual MX Fest event in Taupo last Sunday, claiming the main trophy after a day-long battle with reigning national MX1 champion Cody Cooper, of Mount Maunganui.
Lamont was crowned national MX2 champion in March 2014 but now he’s the MX1 class rider for the high-profile factory Yamaha team and the pressure was on him over Labour Weekend to quickly adapt to his new Yamaha YZ450F bike and also to battle the best of the big bike class at one of New Zealand’s premier stand-alone events. He didn’t disappoint. He kicked off the weekend by winning Saturday evening’s Speedcross event, an invite-only, supercross-style segment of the two-day MX Fest programme.
He headed Taupo’s Brad Groombridge, Auckland’s Blake Gillard and Cooper across the finish line in that spectacle and that was perhaps an omen for what was to come the following day.
‘‘I showed lots of speed all day and that’s despite the fact that I’m still getting used to the new bike,’’ said Lamont.
‘‘It’s a couple of months now before the nationals begin and, with a little more time riding this bike, I think I can only get better.’’
Altherm JCR Yamaha racing Team boss Josh Coppins was also pleased with Lamont’s performance.
‘‘Kayne seems to be in a good head-space right now,’’ said Motueka’s Coppins, a former world motocross No.2.
‘‘There are a couple of areas we need to improve upon, but, he’s off to a pretty good start to the season.
‘‘He’s only had four or five rides on the new bike, but I’m happy to say he’s already got the speed to win on it. Kayne always goes well here at Taupo. It was a good result for Kayne.’’
‘‘It was a bad end to the day for Maximus Purvis, with him crashing out of the last MX2 race. ‘‘ Major events coming up for Lamont and his MX2 team-mate, also from Mangakino, Maximus Purvis include the annual Whakatane Summercross just after Christmas and then the annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville in late January. The four-round nationals follow in February and March.