Chase secures title at his first attempt
Cohen Chase has his rivals green with envy.
The Kawasaki man from Taupo¯ tackled his first supercross nationals this season but that didn’t prevent him from securing the premier SX1 title.
Riding for the Eni Kawasaki Race Team, the 21-year-old engineer is no stranger to winning motocross races, but the infinitely-trickier supercross code is a very different proposition.
After the opening round of two in this year’s New Zealand Supercross Championships in Tokoroa a fortnight ago, Chase immediately placed himself on the podium.
Chase (Kawasaki KX450F) finished the night at Tokoroa with a 2-3-2 score-card, finishing the event overall runner-up to Oropi’s Ben Townley and ahead of Nelson’s Reece Walker.
It gave Chase confidence as he then headed south to tackle round two at Winton, near Invercargill, on Saturday.
Motueka’s former Kiwi international Josh Coppins actually won all three SX1 class races at Winton but, as was the case with Townley when he won all three SX1 races at Tokoroa, it was the sole supercross outing of the season for these two men and, with incomplete campaigns, they really had no chance of winning the title.
“This is my first attempt at supercross nationals because, in the past, I never really had the resources needed to mount a proper campaign,” Chase explained.
“The Eni Kawasaki Race Team were right behind me this year. I can’t thank Shane Verhoeven and Mike Cotter enough for all the support they have given. I also thank (club official) Cory Duckworth at Tokoroa for allowing me to have practice on their track too.
“It was a pretty good supercross nationals for me. I only had a couple of wee incidents where I got caught in turn-one pile-ups, but each time I managed to get through the traffic okay.
“Supercross takes a lot more focus than motocross, because you’ve got to be so precise on the jumps. If you’re not awake, you’ll end up crashing. It certainly keeps you on your toes.”
Taupo¯’s Cohen Chase is the new national SX1 supercross champion.