Young Cambridge riders dominating motocross
Cambridge motocross riders William and Harry Pluck are making a habit of dominating their age groups at the New Zealand Mini Motocross Championships.
For the third year running, William (10) took out the 7-11 year olds trail class and his younger brother Harry (6) retained his 6-8 year olds national trail class title.
Of the 200 riders from Whanga¯rei to Invercargill who competed in Porirua, the Plucks were the only riders who doubleheaded as national champions from Christchurch last year.
William broke through for his first national title as a Year 8 rider at Pukekohe in 2016 and back up last year winning as a Year 9 rider.
The youngster’s formula for success is simple.
“You have to work hard all year . . . practise, practise, practise, then hope everything comes right on the day,” he says. “Nationals is the best of the best (riders) and makes me want to be one.
“I love competing at nationals, the coolest thing is just being there — even watching.”
Harry says he enjoys soaking up the atmosphere and having fun at nationals.
“To become national champion you have to work hard all year then make sure you stay on your bike come race day. You have to finish to win it,” he says.
The Plucks were not the only brothers from Cambridge Primary School to feature at nationals.
Jack and Van Hazelden, who took up the sport only in April this year, continued their meteoric rise finishing second in the 6-8 trail class and third in the 4-5 trail class respectively.
Harry Pluck and Jack Hazelden had a right royal battle all weekend competing in the same age group. It all came down to the last race with the two classmates even on points.
The Cambridge Primary School quartet are coached motocross by Terry Pluck, William and Harry’s father.
The Pluck boys, along with their older brother Oscar (13) have been racing for four years, collectively winning over 130 trophies for mostly first place finishes.
The boys are grateful for the support they receive from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu motocross clubs, Craig and Keegan at the Cambridge Honda shop, major sponsor Steel Originals, and the parents, grandparents, family and supporters who have cheered them along the way. Jack and Van are sponsored by Leamington Meatpackers and the Te Awamutu Honda Shop.
National age group mini motocross champions, brothers William (left) and Harry Pluck.