Dixon Defends His NZ Junior 125cc Title

He had to wait an extra year to do it but Altherm JCR Yamaha’s Madoc Dixon left nothing to chance when defending his 15-16 years 125cc title at the Farmer Autovillage Yamaha Motor NZ 2021 New Zealand Junior Motocross Nationals.

The Tauranga youngster first won his national crown in 2019 and when Covid-19 caused the 2020 edition’s cancellation, he approached this weekend’s three-day event at Tauranga’s TECT All Terrain Park doubly determined to keep hold of it.

“I felt pretty nervous coming into it but I’ve worked really hard and it paid off this weekend,” Dixon (16) says.

A wrist injury meant he was forced to spend three months off the bike over winter. However, it didn’t cause any issues over the weekend and the up to three hours training Dixon puts in each day were evident as he powered through the five, 16-minute high intensity races.

Winning the first, third and fourth outings and finishing runner-up in the other two races, Dixon took his YZ125 to a three-point victory over Dylan Westgate.

“I knew I just had to stay consistent and I’d achieve my goal,” Dixon says.

Hosted by Tauranga Club, this was the first national event for the TECT All Terrain Park. Yamaha Motor New Zealand ambassador and club president Ben Tonwley says it was satisfying to see everyone enjoying the summer atmosphere after a busy build-up.

The junior nationals is usually held in April, so the February date meant entants and their families were able to camp on-site which added to the overall experience.

“We’ve only been there for about six years getting established. We’ve put in a big effort for the past few years and a huge effort in the past few weeks. It worked out really well and was rewarding for our committee - they all deserve a lot of credit,” Townley says.

He also had his ‘dad hat’ on as his two sons Levi and Jaggar were competing as part of the Yamaha Junior Racing Team. 

“Levi had a fantastic weekend and rode in two classes. He came away with the win in the 8-11 years Pro 65 class and a close second in the 8-11 years 85cc category. It was tough going for Jaggar as he had an accident on the first day, which meant it was hard for him but good learning,” Townley says. 

After a successful international and national riding career, it was a special feeling to watch the next generation sharing his skill-set, Townley says.

“I love doing motocross with them. They really have a lot of passion for it.”

Yamaha Motor New Zealand’s Motorsport Manager Josh Coppins also did dual duty at the event - ensuring that as a title sponsor everything ran smoothly for the brand and also keeping an eye out for his Altherm JCR Yamaha team rider Dixon.

“We created a bLU cRU alley for our customers and had two mechanics and demo bikes on-site to support them. Our activation section had a merchandise stand and a Yamaha customers’ platform viewing area. We did some giveaways and worked hard to ensure our bLU cRU customers felt like part of the Yamaha family,” Coppins says.

“Madoc’s title defence was the icing on the cake for the weekend, where we ended up winning five out of the 10 classes. Along with his 15-16 years 125cc victory, we had Aidan Roberts top the 12-14 years 125cc competition and Levi’s  8-11 years Pro 65 success.

We also won two junior women’s clases with Karaitiana Horne claiming the 12-16 years Junior Woman – 85/150cc title and Mikayla Griffiths winning the 8-11 years Junior Woman category. 

“It was a fairly dominant performance by Yamaha, with KTM taking out three classes and one each to Honda and Kawasaki.

“I’m happy with how we performed and with the massive effort from the Yamaha team who worked for days to get everything set up. Now we look forward to the second round of the New Zealand Motocross Championship in Rotorua on February 21,” Coppins concludes.

2021 NZ JUNIOR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP OVERALL RESULTS:

12-14 years 85/150cc

1st Cole Davies – 122

2nd Seth Morrow – 113

3rd Jack Coleman – 100 

12-14 years 125cc

1st Aidan Roberts (YZ125)– 116

2nd Cole Davies – 100

3rd Flynn Watts – 97 

14-16 years 85/150cc

1st Troy Bullock – 112

2nd Lachlan Bourn – 106

3rd Ryan Harris – 105 

14-16 years 250cc

1st Tyler Brown – 111

2nd Nick Westgate – 108

3rd Jack Symon – 99 

15-16 years 125cc

1st Madoc Dixon (YZ125) – 119 (Team Altherm JCR Yamaha)

2nd Dylan Westgate – 116

3rd Jack Symon – 96 

8-11 years 85cc

1st Declan Connors – 119

2nd Levi Townley (YZ85) – 114 (Yamaha Junior Racing Team)

3rd Boston Scott – 98 

8-11 years Pro 65

1st Levi Townley (YZ65) – 125 (Yamaha Junior Racing Team)

2nd Jack Ellingham (YZ65) – 108 

3rd Ethan Carleton – 100

10th Jaggar Townley (YZ65) – 55 (Yamaha Junior Racing Team)

12-16 years Junior Woman – 125/250cc

1st Hannah Powell – 119

2nd Halle Cox (YZ250) – 116

3rd Jess Harris – 98 

8-11 years Junior Woman

1st Mikayla Griffiths (YZ85) – 125

2nd Hazel Lang (YZ85) – 106

3rd Hannah Perris – 100 

12-16 years Junior Woman – 85/150cc

1st Karaitiana Horne (YZ85) – 122

2nd Penny Lang (YZ85) – 113

3rd Thalia Heileson – 96 

2020/21 ALTHERM JCR YAMAHA RACE SCHEDULE:

24th & 25th October 2020 – Taupo MX Fest (first contracted race for 2020/21)

27th & 28th December 2020 – SummerCross, Whakatane

30th & 31st January 2021 – Woodville Grand Prix, Palmerston North 

2021 New Zealand Motocross Championship 

Round One – tied into Woodville Grand Prix – 31st January 2021  

Round Two – Rotorua – 21st February 2021

Round Three – Pukekohe – 20th March 2021

Round Four – Taupo – 28th March 2021