Yamaha'a Scotty Columb (JCR Yamaha Altherm Racing), who will tackle the 2014 NZ Motocross Nationals on a YZ250 two-stroke.
Columb was unstoppable on his YZ250F in 2013 and will look to carry this momentum into the 2014 season.

Stroke of Good Fortune for Columb

12 Sep 2013

Scotty Columb, has nothing left to prove in a sparkling career that culminated this season with him winning the 2013 New Zealand MX2 motocross crown.

But that won’t stop the 29-year-old Kiwi international from accepting a fresh challenge in the upcoming 2013-2014 season; he will switch from his title-winning Yamaha YZ250F four-stroke bike to campaign the legendary Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke machine, the same model motorcycle on which Yamaha’s, Darryll King, won back-to-back New Zealand MX2 titles, in 2011 and 2012.

Columb and his JCR Yamaha Altherm Racing team will begin the new season by racing the YZ250 at the big annual Taupo Motocross Extravaganza at Labour Weekend (October 26-27), an event the South Island hero simply can’t wait for.

“I had some remedial surgery done immediately after I’d wrapped up the national title (at the same Taupo circuit, in March) and I’m now fully fit again. I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time,” said Columb. “The surgery was to repair a knee injury I suffered in a skiing accident when I was aged about nine. It was something I just put up with all these years. I remember falling over when I was playing racquet-ball at school, that’s how bad it was.”

That puts into sharp perspective just how remarkable was his achievement in winning the national MX2 crown this season.

Barely three months after his successful surgery, Columb was itching to go again and so he tackled the gruelling Heaphy Track, near Takaka, on a bicycle.

“My leg is more stable than it’s ever been and I now feel confident sticking my leg out in corners on the motocross bike. My fitness right now is great," remarked, Columb. “I’m really looking forward to racing the Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250.”

Following the Labour Weekend event at Taupo, Columb and the JCR Yamaha Altherm Racing team will tackle the New Zealand Supercross Championships, the Auckland Motocross Championships and the Whakatane Summercross just after Christmas.

The New Year will feature the annual Woodville Motocross GP and then he begins the defence of his National MX2 title during February and March.

Columb and his JCR Yamaha Altherm Racing team are supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, CRC, Fox, Holland’s Collision Centre, Star Moving, GYTR, Yamalube, Pro Circuit, Alpinestars, Matrix, DID, NGK, Renthal, Pirelli, Etnies, Workshop Graphics, POD, Atlas, Motomuck, Uni and Racetech.

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Words by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com. Images by JCR Yamaha Racing..
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