He settled for a runner-up finish, behind friend and rival Sam Greenslade, at the weekend's third round of six in the popular Yamaha and MotoSR-sponsored NZXC cross-country series, an event that also doubled as the third and final round of the parallel-but-separate Motomuck Woodhill Two-Man Series. And while May (Yamaha YZ250FX) was able to stretch his points advantage at the top of the senior table in the NZXC Series – after also winning the first two rounds of that competition – his runner-up finish at Woodhill on Sunday was enough too for him to wrap up the outright win in the Motomuck competition.
Runner-up to May in the Motomuck series was fellow Yamaha rider Luke Mobberley, who finished with a 2-2-3 score-card over the three rounds. As for the NZXC Series, May has strengthened his grip at the top of the Expert Grade standings – he is now 24 points clear of No.2 ranked rider Seth Reardon (Whanganui, Yamaha) and 29 clear of the rider in third position overall, Muriwai's Mobberley. May, a 26-year-old electrician from Titirangi, prepares now for round four of the NZXC Series, set for Matata on October 8, hoping to extend his winning run in what is a remarkable comeback after being sidelined with injury for eight months. Taupo's Wil Yeoman (Yamaha YZ125) won the earlier junior grade race at Woodhill on Sunday and he is now 19 points clear at the top of the NZXC Series' junior standings, ahead of Oparau's Hunter Scott and Muriwai's JayRoy Skinner. Skinner wrapped up the junior grade for the Motomuck Series, while Tokoroa brothers Jake and Nick Wightman won the Senior Teams section of the Motomuck Series. After the racing at Matata next month, the Yamaha NZXC Series heads back to the Woodhill Forest again for round five on November 10, before it finally wraps up at Waimiha, in the King Country, on December 8.
May is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Kiwi Rider magazine, BikesportNZ.com, The Dirt Guide, O'Neal, Oakley, Michelin, TCX Boots, Renthal, Zeta, Twinair, Graphic Creations, City Electrix and Construct Now. The NZXC Series is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, PWR Yamaha, Arai, TCX, Oakley, G2, Asterisk, MotoSR, Vortex Ignitions, EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Rossco's Start Up Services, Dirt Guide, Tire Balls, Renthal, Bikesportnz.com, CarbSport, FMF, Michelin, Yamalube CV4 GYTR, IMS, Rekluse, Workshop Graphics, Silverbullet.co.nz, Motomuck and O'Neal.
Words and photo by Andy McGechan