A civil war is raging in the 125cc class at this year’s New Zealand Motocross Championships.
After the third round of four in the series at Pukekohe on Sunday, there are now six Yamaha riders inside the top 10 of the dual-title 125cc and under-21 years’ category and each one of these riders believes he is capable of snaring a podium spot.
The man who currently leads the championship chase for both crowns is Amberley 16-year-old Micah McGoldrick, but the two riders currently running second and third overall respectively – Rotorua’s Cameron Vaughan and Tauranga’s Logan Blackburn – also fancy their chances of claiming the No.1 plate.
Both Vaughan and Blackburn ride YZ125 Yamaha bikes and, although they are both sublimely talented individuals and both have the same taste in machinery, that’s where the similarity ends... no favours are expected or granted as they battle each other for the honour of knocking McGoldrick off his perch.
Blackburn finished 2-3-2 in his three outings at Pukekohe on Sunday, while Vaughan managed 7-2-3 results, keeping alive their hopes of toppling McGoldrick, although the South Islander has a 29-point advantage as the riders head to the fourth and final round at Taupo in a fortnight (March 18).
“It was a good day for me today,” said the 17-year-old Blackburn afterwards.
“I’m working hard to scavenge some more points in the championship and also focussing on working on my technique,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to Taupo. It’s my favourite track and I always go well there.”
Katikati’s Garth Amrein, Auckland’s Callan May, Matamata’s Jacob Kneebone and Auckland’s Eli Manson are also scrambling for a podium result this season.
They finished respectively fifth, sixth, seventh and tenth overall in the racing on Sunday and consolidated their positions inside the top 10.
Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com