Mangakino’s Purvis was unassailable at the Rotorua track, recording the P1 position in qualifying; all three races and overall for the day. He remains unbeaten halfway through the four-round season, after a trifecta of wins at the opening round and has a huge 27-point lead as he heads towards retaining his title.
“It definitely feels good knowing I’ve got the points lead going into the last two rounds. I’ve been working hard and I’m just going to keep it going for Pukekohe and Taupo,” Purvis says.
Altherm JCR Yamaha Team Manager Josh Coppins had nothing but praise for Purvis.
“Max was on another level on Sunday. He rode the fastest laps out of anyone all day, winning three from three comfortably,” he says.
“As a team we’ve been working really hard to give him a package that matches the effort he’s been putting in off the track. He’s been training extremely hard and you can see that. I can confidently say that we’ve both stepped it up - him and the team - and that’s reflected in the results. Now it's just about managing his lead,” Coppins adds.
For the team youngster Madoc Dixon (16), of Tauranga, the track suited his riding style in the MX125 class.
“I felt awesome all day on the bike and the track was brutal and gnarly - just how I like it. I had a mishap in race one with a fall but picked the bike up and dusted myself off to finish second,” he says.
Dixon went on to win the next two races, fighting his way through the pack each time. It gave him his first senior national motocross round victory - coming off the back of winning the national junior 125cc title earlier this month.
“It feels mean and I’m going to keep putting the hard yards in. My goals are to just keep improving myself, which [Yamaha ambassador] Ben Townley and Josh Coppins are helping me with a lot,” he says
Coppins was pleased to see Dixon leading the championship by 3 points.
“The team have done a great job bringing him back up to speed after a serious wrist injury through the winter. I’m really happy with his performance,” he says.
Altherm JCR Yamaha’s MX1 rider Kayne Lamont had a mid-week crash before the Rotorua round, which left him a little banged up. However, the effort he had put in with the team on his starts after the first round paid off and he qualified first.
Hamilton-based Lamont then holeshot the first race before going on to finish third.
Then in race two, following a crash, Lamont thought the engine had seized on his YZ450. When he walked it back to the pits, Coppins found a rock had jammed the rear brakes on.
“That happened to me once in my career as a rider but never as a racer. Kayne was extremely unlucky that as he was braking, a rock happened to slip in between the engine and the brake and jam it on,” Coppins says.
The resulting DNF and third in the final outing dropped Lamont down to sixth for the weekend and dented his championship hopes.
“For this four-week break between rounds I’ll recover and rethink my training program to come back to the final two rounds in the best position to deliver the results I know I can!” Lamont vows.
Coppins says: “We had great representation from other bLU cRU riders and overall we had a successful weekend. We are in a good position but still have a few things to work on. There are Yamaha bikes going all over the place. Some back to the workshop. Some back to Yamaha. We will get some further testing done and triple check them all before the next round at Pukekohe on March 20.
NZMX Round Two Results – Rotorua:
1st Hamish Harwood – 75
2nd Cody Cooper – 66
3rd Wyatt Chase (YZ450) – 54
4th Tyler Steiner – 47
5th Hadleigh Knight (YZ450) – 44
6th Kayne Lamont (YZ450) – 40
1st Maximus Purvis (YZ250F) – 75
2nd Josiah Natzke – 58
3rd Hayden Smith – 58
4th Reece Lister – 47
5th James Scott – 44
1st Madoc Dixon (YZ125) – 72
2nd Cobie Bourke – 67
3rd Hayden Smith – 62
4th Jack Symon – 49
5th Dylan Westgate – 45
NZMX Championship Points Standings:
1st Hamish Harwood – 122
2nd Cody Cooper – 106
3rd Wyatt Chase (YZ450) – 95
4th Kayne Lamont (YZ450) – 80
1st Maximus Purvis (YZ250F) – 125
2nd Josiah Natzke – 98
3rd Hayden Smith – 89
1st Madoc Dixon (YZ125) – 110
2nd Cobie Bourke – 107
3rd Hayden Smith – 107
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 (NZMX) 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