Enduro Class Wins For Two PWR Yamaha Riders At The Second Round

PWR Yamaha rider Seth Reardon vowed he was going to go hard in the New Zealand Enduro Championship’s second round and true to his word, he won his class (AA – E2 0-300 4Str) both days over the weekend.

His teammate, the recently-crowned 2021 New Zealand Cross Country Junior Champion Wil Yeoman, also won his AA - E1 0-200 2 Stroke class on Saturday and Sunday. The multi-talented 15-year-old continues his winning streak, having crossed the finish line first in every Junior race in the four-round New Zealand cross country series and having claimed victory at the enduro championships’ opening round earlier this month.

The three-rider PWR Yamaha team has travelled from the bottom to the top of the South Island recently, competing in the final rounds of the national cross country championships in Gore and Mosgiel just over a week ago. Then Whanganui-based Reardon, Taupo youngster Yeoman and Team Manager Paul Whibley, of Taikorea, packed up their Yamahas and headed to Blenheim for the double-header enduro round.

Reardon says that Saturday’s standard-length enduro format featured some “tough terrain over huge hills and fast, rocky county which kept us on our toes all weekend.”

“I rode a smart race, staying on the bike and putting in some good times. I finished the day in fourth overall and first in class.”

Then on Sunday, the 74km sprint enduro format tested the riders’ fitness with some lengthy, terrain tests thrown in. Early on, Reardon made a couple of mistakes, losing some time but then turned it around. He managed some solid times by the day’s end and finished in the same class and overall positions as Saturday.

Yeoman took some time to get comfortable with rock-strewn tests on day one.

“I was able to put in a couple of good test times to come away with eighth overall for the day after 127km. A new addition to the format was the ‘Parc Ferme’, where we had a 15-minute work period at the end of the day. I was required to change my tyre and my filter and check over my YZ125X - all unassisted - before it was locked away overnight,” he says.

On the second day, the first two longer tests allowed Yeoman to make up some time, before he dropped back slightly in the short, faster sections. He was pleased to finish higher up the overall order in sixth and first in class for Sunday. 

“Thank you to the clubs hosting the event and the landowner,” Yeoman concludes.

For Whibley, it just wasn’t his weekend and he describes it as a “tough couple of days at the office.”

“I struggled with the track conditions and didn’t feel confident to push hard. The rocky track and dusty conditions made passing tough,” he says.

Whibley was happier on Sunday when the organisers seeded riders into a starting order, which made it a lot safer for him to push hard, he says. He ended up fifth in the AA – E4 301-Open 4 Stroke class and seventh overall.

The PWR Yamaha team now has a four-week break before the series’ third round is run closer to home for all of them. It will be another double-header, held at Moonshine Valley, inland from the Kapiti Coast, located halfway between Porirua and Upper Hutt, on June 5-6.

Although all five rounds are counted towards the championship overall, riders are to count only four of their five results in regards to capturing an individual class win.

RESULTS:

NZ Enduro Round Two – Day One (Marlborough)

1st Dylan Yearbury

2nd Tom Buxton

3rd Tommy Watts (YZ450F) -

4th Seth Reardon (YZ250FX) – 1st in class (AA – E2 0-300 4Str)

7th Paul Whibley (YZ450FX) – 6th in class (AA – E4 301-Open 4Str)

8th Wil Yeoman (YZ125X) – 1st in class (AA - E1 0-200 2Str)

 

NZ Enduro Round Two – Day Two (Marlborough)

1st Dylan Yearbury

2nd James Scott

3rd Tom Buxton

4th Seth Reardon (YZ250FX) – 1st in class (AA – E2 0-300 4Str)

6th Wil Yeoman (YZ125X) – 1st in class (AA - E1 0-200 2Str)

7th Paul Whibley (YZ450FX) – 5th in class (AA – E4 301-Open 4Str)


2021 NEW ZEALAND ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP

Round 3 – 5th, 6th & 7th June (race days TBC) – hosted by Kapi Mana Motorcycle Club

Round 4 – 12th June (Masterton) & 13th June (Martinborough)