Chase se­cures ti­tle at his first at­tempt

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - The Country - Andy McGechan

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.”

Photo / Andy McGechan, Bike­sportNZ.com

Taupo¯’s Co­hen Chase is the new na­tional SX1 su­per­cross cham­pion.

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