Purvis chas­ing the Aus­tralian ti­tle

Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE -

ANDY MCGECHAN Mo­men­tum is build­ing for Kiwi rider Max­imus Purvis across the Tas­man.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Rac­ing Team rider has now won three con­sec­u­tive na­tional cham­pi­onship events in Aus­tralia and, after five of 10 rounds in the 2018 Aus­tralian Mo­tocross Na­tion­als, he is clos­ing in on the lead in the MX De­vel­op­ment class.

His ini­tial re­sults in the Aus­tralian se­ries saw him down in eighth po­si­tion over­all in the MX De­vel­op­ment (MXD) class after two rounds, not some­thing the 17-year-old from Man­gakino was prob­a­bly used to after he had been so dom­i­nant in clinch­ing the 125cc crown for Yamaha dur­ing the New Zealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships just a few weeks ear­lier.

He fin­ished with a 9-13 score­card from his two MXD class races at the se­ries opener at Newry, in Vic­to­ria, last month and fol­lowed that with 13-7 race fin­ishes at round two a cou­ple of weeks later in Ap­pin, New South Wales.

But then things be­gan to re­ally click for the Yamaha ace.

At the dou­ble-header rounds three and four, at Won­thaggi, in Vic­to­ria, a week ago, he man­aged to fin­ish 2-1 on both days, shar­ing wins with Aus­tralian Bai­ley Malkiewicz (Yamaha).

Purvis also earned the over­all win at both rounds thanks to the count-back rule.

For round five at Mur­ray Bridge, South Aus­tralia Purvis was un­stop­pable, scor­ing backto-back wins and el­e­vat­ing him­self now to third in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

Purvis took com­mand of the sec­ond race from the start and stayed there, man­ag­ing to win the race by 0.94 of a sec­ond from Mel­bourne’s Mor­gan Fog­a­rty.

The next round of the se­ries is set for Conon­dale, Queens­land, on July 1.

ANDY MCGECHAN

Man­gakino’s Max­imus Purvis is a dom­i­nant force in Aus­tralia’s un­der-19 class.

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