Cream rises to the top in any sporting environment and it was a silky smooth and sweet performance from the men in the MXDK Yamaha race team at the weekend.
Team leader Darryll King went on the attack at round two of the New Zealand Motocross Championships at Patetonga, near Morrinsville, on Sunday, snatching the outright lead in the highly-charged MX2 (250cc) class and putting himself on the right course to retain his national crown.
King had found himself in second spot in the standings after a very dusty opening round of the series near Timaru a fortnight ago – two points adrift of fellow Kiwi international Scotty Columb, of Queenstown – but King struck back at round two.
He won the day and replaced his two-point deficit with a six-point credit by late on Sunday afternoon.
King (Yamaha YZ250) finished 2-1-3 on Sunday, edging past Columb on the points table and setting himself up nicely to push on and successfully defend his 2011 title with just two rounds remaining, both at circuits on which King revels.
“A combination of experience after years of racing world championship motocross in Europe and having a great bike set me up for the win today,” said the 43-year-old King.
“I really enjoyed myself and I can’t wait for next weekend at Pukekohe or at the final round at Taupo two weeks after that.
“It was a good day for the whole team really, with Josh (Coppins) strengthening his hold on the No.2 spot in the MX1 class, Cameron (Vaughan) moving up in the 125cc class and Ethan (Martens) was also impressive in the MX2 class.”
Motueka’s Coppins again finished runner-up to fellow Kiwi international Ben Townley in all three MX1 races on Sunday, a carbon copy result of the series opener in Timaru and, while it will take a superhuman effort to catch Townley, Coppins remains satisfied that he has the pace to compete after injuring himself last year.
“Naturally I’d like to win but Ben’s riding exceptionally well at the moment,” he said.
Rotorua’s Vaughan won the day in the 125cc class at Patetonga, closing in to within 10 points of the class leader, Amberley’s Micah McGoldrick.
Vaughan took his Yamaha YZ125 to finish 1-2-1 on Sunday, while McGoldrick managed 2-1-2 results.
The second half of the championship takes in round three at Pukekohe this coming weekend (March 4), with the final round set for Taupo on March 18.
Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com