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2008 New Zealand Motocross Championship dates announced

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Motorcycling New Zealand has announced the dates and format for the 2008 New Zealand Motocross Championship series. Mike McLeod, MNZ‰Ûªs Senior Motocross Commissioner, advises that this calendar and format has been put together after consultation with competitors and the host clubs. Mike took the opportunity to thank those competitors who took the time to submit their thoughts on the championship and looks forward to a successful 2008 Championship. The Championship will be held over four rounds in a three month period, the calendar has been established to avoid clashing with the Australian Supercross Series and other major events. Dates
Round One - 26 & 27 October 2008 - Sunday & Monday) - Rotorua
Round Two - 08 & 09 November 2008 - Hawke‰Ûªs Bay
Round Three - 06 & 07 December 2008 - Timaru
Round Four - 13 & 14 December 2008 - Taranaki

Classes:
The Championship classes will be as follows:
MX 1 - (251cc-Open 2 Stroke & 251cc-Open 4 Stroke)
MX 2 - (126cc-250cc 2 Stroke & 250cc 4 Stroke)
125cc - 125cc 2-Stroke

Women

The Women‰Ûªs class which is open to any rider aged 15 years onwards (regardless of licence status) will be held at Round One & Two of the Championship. McLeod, after consultation with Junior Commissioner Bryan Davidson, also announced new initiatives for the 2008 New Zealand Motocross Championship. The 125cc Class, will include an Under 21 Championship, riders that are aged under 21 at the first round of the series will be eligible for this Championship. Junior riders aged 15 years and over on a Junior licence will be eligible to enter the Championship on either a 125cc 2 Stroke or 250cc 4 Stroke. The introduction of a MNZ Cup class; this class is open for direct entry and has a 40 gate limit, a series winner will be recognised as the Champion of the MNZ Cup; however these riders will not be allocated a National number. One non-qualifying race will be also held at each round, this class is for those riders who do not qualify for the National Classes, this is not series recognised, but instead will be determined round by round. In addition to this, at round three there will be an invitational Junior 125cc class and round four there will be a Veteran 40 + class ‰ÛÒ both of which are support classes, however giving these riders the opportunity to show case their talent at National Championship events. Format:

The format for the Championship has changed this is more in line with International Competitions: The Championship weekend will start at 12 noon on the first day with noise testing, sign on and riders briefing followed by one 15 minute practice session and a separate 15 minute qualifying session. Women, Veteran & Invitational Junior, MNZ Cup & Non Qualifiers will have one 15 minute + 1 lap race on the Saturday and two 15 minutes + 1 lap races on Sunday. MX 1 & MX 2 - two 25 minute + 1 lap races on Sunday
125cc - two 20 minute + 1 lap races on Sunday
Sunday morning will also include a 10 minute practice for each class.

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