Young Cam­bridge riders dom­i­nat­ing mo­tocross

Waipa Post - - The Country - BY COLIN THORSEN

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.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

Na­tional age group mini mo­tocross cham­pi­ons, brothers Wil­liam (left) and Harry Pluck.

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