Rider tastes first blood at CHB

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By ANDY MCGECHAN www.Bike­sportNZ.com

The 2018 Bush Rid­ers’ Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s Cen­tral Cross­coun­try Se­ries is up and run­ning, and it was Whanganui’s Seth Rear­don who was the fastest man out of the blocks.

The an­nual five-round of­froad mo­tor­cy­cle se­ries be­gan near Waipuku­rau on Novem­ber 11 with a huge assem­bly of New Zealand’s lead­ing mo­tocross, cross-coun­try and en­duro rac­ers on the 79-rider start line, but it was Rear­don and his 2019-model Yamaha YZ250FX bike who stole the show, win­ning the two-hour se­nior race by 40 sec­onds from Glen Mur­ray’s Sam Brown, with Taupo¯ ’s Nathan Tes­se­laar, Pahiatua’s Charles Al­abaster and Eketa¯ huna’s Char­lie Richard­son round­ing out the top five.

Master­ton man Al­lan Gan­non, who was out­right win­ner of the se­ries last sea­son, had to set­tle for 11th over­all on the day, be­hind Dan­nevirke Yamaha rider Ben Pater­son and just ahead of Palmer­ston North’s James Galpin.

Mean­while, Feild­ing’s Hugh Lin­tott (Yamaha YZ450FX) — en­tered as an “over-45 years mega vet­eran” class rider — was best of the in­ter­me­di­ate grade con­tes­tants, fin­ish­ing the day a cred­itable eighth over­all.

“I re­ally gelled with the track. It was fast but I liked it,” said race win­ner Rear­don, a 20-yearold ap­pren­tice en­gi­neer.

“I didn’t get a great start . . . I was about eighth into the first cor­ner. But I was up to sec­ond po­si­tion dur­ing that open­ing lap, just be­hind the leader, Charles Al­abaster.

“I passed Charles on lap two and then opened up a bit of a gap over him, which I main­tained un­til the fin­ish.

“My dad was act­ing as my pit crew and he told me I could ease up a bit near the end and just cruise to the fin­ish.

“It re­ally looked like a track that would favour the big­ger 350cc and 450cc bike rid­ers, but I had my bike scream­ing and that was ob­vi­ously fast enough.

“I have been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter each time I ride and I think that’s be­cause of all the train­ing I have been do­ing. I go to the gym three or four times a week and ride as much as I can at the Whanganui club’s mo­tocross track.”

Win­ner of the 90-minute ju­nior race that was held ear­lier in the day was Eltham’s Adam Loveridge, fin­ish­ing ahead of Napier’s Bryn Codd and Master­ton’s Joe Fal­loon.

The rid­ers now rest up and pre­pare for round two of the se­ries, set for Woodville on De­cem­ber 16.

It was an ex­tremely busy and pro­duc­tive week­end for Rear­don.

On the Satur­day he raced his way to fifth over­all (and sec­ond in class) at the fifth round of six in the Yamaha NZXC Se­ries in the River­head For­est, west of Auck­land.

“That wasn’t a bad day for me either,” he smiled.

“I al­ways want to win, but I can’t com­plain with that.

“I had a few crashes in the mud, but noth­ing ma­jor. I guess if you don’t crash now and again you’re just not try­ing hard enough eh?

“Also, big lump of mud was knocked into the tank when I pit­ted for fuel and I thought it was all over for me.

“I crossed my fin­gers and de­cided just to press on.

“The bike lasted the whole race and I cleaned out the fuel tank be­fore Sun­day’s race.”

The next round of the NZXC Se­ries is set for Waim­iha, in the King Coun­try, on De­cem­ber 8.

PHOTO / ANDY McGECHAN, Bike­sportNZ.com

Whanganui’s Seth Rear­don (Yamaha YZ250FX), win­ner of the open­ing round of the Cen­tral Cross­coun­try Se­ries on Novem­ber 11.

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