Manawatu’s North’s Adam Reeves has a little unfinished business he hopes to deal with this weekend.
The Yamaha ace is national champion in the sport of cross-country motorcycle racing, but he equally adept at the parallel and not dissimilar sport of enduro racing as well and he heads to the fourth round of five in the national series in the King Country this weekend with a slender advantage over the chasing pack.
The 29-year-old Palmerston North student currently leads the Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championships outright but he is taking nothing for granted with some very heavy hitters breathing down his neck.
Reeves finished third overall at the enduro season opener at Kawhia in February and managed an unaccustomed ninth placing at round two in Northland in March.
He battled the elements to finish the day eighth at round three near Whangamata last month, but it is his determination and consistency that sees him with the advantage as the riders head to Waimiha, near Bennydale, on Saturday.
“The last time I rode at Waimiha was in about 2008 and that was the year I came close to winning the title but missed out. You could say I have some unfinished business at Waimiha on Saturday.”
Reeves respects all his rivals but it is perhaps Hokianga’s Mitchell Nield, Auckland’s Chris Power and Opotiki’s John O’Dea who get most of his focus because they are the riders most likely to knock him off his perch on Saturday.
But, equally well positioned to threaten are riders such as Damon Nield, Mokau’s Adrian Smith and Auckland’s Mike Skinner.
“I need to create a points buffer this weekend, to ease the pressure ahead of the final round,” said Reeves.
“I feel fit and fast and my injured hand is not bothering me at all,” said Reeves, who finished fourth overall at the Dirt Guide Cross-Country Championships opener near Tokoroa on Saturday, that event a “warm-up” for him ahead of this weekend.
“I got a terrible start (at Tokoroa) and it was very hard to pass riders on that circuit but I enjoyed it immensely and it was a nice solid result in the end.
“I feel confident I can perform well this weekend.”
The fifth and final round of the enduro championships is set for Taupo on July 21.
Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com