Purvis sen­sa­tional at Sum­mer­cross

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News | Police - Andy McGechan

Man­gakino’s Max­imus Purvis was sim­ply sen­sa­tional at the big an­nual Whakatane Sum­mer­cross, near Matata, at the last mo­tocross event of 2018 over De­cem­ber 29 and 30.

The 18-year-old took his Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250F to dom­i­nate the MX2 (250cc) class at the two-day mo­tocross event, win­ning all five races on the track, although de­nied a clean sweep af­ter he was ad­judged to have jumped past a yel­low cau­tion flag and was docked one minute, drop­ping him back to 15th in race four.

It didn’t mat­ter in the end, though, be­cause he was still able to amass enough points to get the job done, win­ning the class ahead of Taupo¯ ’s Wy­att Chase and Ran­giora’s Micah McGoldrick.

It was a per­fect work­out for Purvis who now looks ahead to rac­ing the New Zealand Mo­tocross Grand Prix at Woodville at the end of Jan­uary.

Af­ter that, Purvis will line up to con­test the MX2 class at the four-round 2019 New Zealand Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships, kick­ing off in Taranaki in Fe­bru­ary.

If that doesn’t get the heart rac­ing, then con­sider what Purvis has next in store — he heads across the Tas­man Sea to tackle the un­der-19 Mo­tocross De­vel­op­ment (MXD) class at the Aus­tralian na­tion­als.

The Kiwi mo­tocross in­ter­na­tional is al­ready well fa­mil­iar with what’s ahead of him in Aus­tralia af­ter he fin­ished third over­all in the MXD class there in 2018.

“Max rode re­ally well at Sum­mer­cross to­day . . . dom­i­nated re­ally,” said Altherm JCR Yamaha Rac­ing Team man­ager Josh Cop­pins af­ter­wards.

“It was the first time for Max on the new race bike. I’m happy with his progress. And then for Yamaha to also fin­ish 2, 3 and 4 in the MX1 class to­day was also great.”

Honda rider Cody Cooper won the MX1 class, with fel­low Mount Maun­ganui rider Rhys Carter clinch­ing se­cond over­all on his Yamaha YZ450F, while the 41-yearold Cop­pins him­self rode one of the Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ450F bikes — “just to keep the seat warm for our in­jured MX1 rider Kayne La­mont” — and he took the third, while Re­poroa’s Hadleigh Knight rode his pri­va­teer Yamaha YZ450F to fourth over­all.

Photo / Andy McGechan, Bike­sportNZ.com

Man­gakino’s Max­imus Purvis in sen­sa­tional form in Whakatane at the Sum­mer­cross event.

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