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.

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