Motocross

Kayne Lamont going from strength to strength

It has been a glorious summer for Kayne Lamont and he's only just starting to get going.

Author: Andy McGechan

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Kayne Lamont going from strength to strength
Kayne Lamont dominated the first round of this year's New Zealand Motocross Championships in Taranaki on Sunday winning with 75 Points over Cody Cooper. Credit: Andy McGechan
It has been a glorious summer for Kayne Lamont and he's only just starting to get going.

Lamont dominated the first round of this year's New Zealand Motocross Championships in Taranaki on Sunday with an impressive winning hat-trick in the premier MX1 class and established a solid 15-point advantage over defending national champion Cody Cooper.

The devastating performance by Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider should perhaps have surprised nobody because the writing had been on the wall right from his MX1 class debut at the season-opening MX Fest event at Taupo last October, when he also that day won the MX1 class ahead of Cooper.

Lamont then finished strongly at the big annual Summercross event at Whakatane just after Christmas, recovering from a crash early in the day to win the final MX1 race of the event. And more was to come from the Hamilton-based former Mangakino rider as he then took his YZ450F to win the NZGP title at the Honda New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville just one week ago.

But his performance at the Barrett Road facility near New Plymouth on Sunday was something else again.

Lamont won the first of Sunday's three MX1 races by 2.2 seconds from Cooper. He then crossed the finish line 10.3 seconds ahead of Cooper in race two. Lamont won the third race by 2.5 seconds ahead of visiting former Australian national MX1 champion Kirk Gibbs.

"In both races one and two I passed Cooper quite early on and, in the third race, I actually had the lead at the start, until Cooper went past me in turn two. I stayed behind him for a while, hoping that I might wear him down and I could see that his suspension was bucking him. He was making mistakes and I thought he'd either tip over in a corner or crash. He crashed.

"I could see that Gibbs was behind me after that, but I just played it safe and maintained the gap. I backed it off quite a bit near the end.

"This bike is wickedly good. It makes my job a lot easier. I've had great support from my Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team crew ... a sort of a team within a team with Isaac Berry again working as my mechanic, Norm Cobb tuning the suspension and my trainer Mike Barnes keeping me in shape.

"I was riding well within my limits here today, as I'm sure most of the other riders were too. This track can bite.

"I'm quite scrawny, so I need to work on building my strength more, but we already have good settings for the bike for the next round in Rotorua." Lamont's Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team-mates also fared well at the weekend.

Maximus Purvis ‰ÛÒ who won both the 14-16 years' 250cc class and the 15-16 years' 125cc class at the junior motocross nationals at this same track last April ‰ÛÒ came out on top in a battle with Australian rider Mason Semmens, the two teenagers sharing the wins on Sunday.

Altherm JCR Yamaha's Purvis finished 1-1-2 and CML KTM team rider Semmens finished 2-2-1, giving a narrow three-point advantage to Purvis after this opening round.

In the MX2 (250cc) class, defending champion Hamish Harwood (KTM) was untouchable, the 22-year-old West Auckland-based former Takaka man winning all three MX2 races on Sunday and finishing the day 15 points clear of Taupo's national cross-country champion Brad Groombridge (Suzuki).

Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team rider Jay Wilson was third best in this class, the Australian impressing with his ability to charge through traffic. This was particularly on show in the first race, when Wilson was knocked down in turn one. He went from 39th and last place to 18th position in the first three laps, passing 21 riders in less than seven minutes. He eventually worked his way up to finish the race in eighth.

The former Grand Prix motocross star seemed to become faster as the day wore on and he began to get to grips with the unfamiliar concrete start pad. His eventual 8-3-2 score-card left him just five points adrift of Groombridge after this opening round.

The series now heads to Rotorua for round two on February 25. Round three is set for Hawke's Bay on March 11, with the fourth and final round in Taupo on March 24.

Main Photo: Kayne Lamont (Yamaha), on his way to a hat-trick of wins
Credit: Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

2018 NZ Motocross Championship - Round 1 -New Plymouth

MX1 Overall
1 Kayne Lamont 75 Points
2 Cody Cooper 60 Points
3 Kirk Gibbs 60 Points
4 John Phillips 52 Points
5 Rhys Carter 49 Points
6 Hamish Harwood 44 Points
7 Brad Groombridge 39 Points
8 Campbell King 38 Points
9 Cohen Chase 37 Points
10 Jared Guthrie 35 Points

MX2 Overall
1 Hamish Harwood 75 Points
2 Brad Groombridge 60 Points
3 Jay Wilson 55 Points
4 Hayden Smith 53 Points
5 Daryl Hurley 46 Points
6 Micah McGoldrick 43 Points
7 Trent Collins 42 Points
8 Logan Blackburn 39 1 Points
9 Cooper Pozniak 38 Points
10 Mason Wilkie 38 9 15 Points

MX3 Overall
1 Nick Hornby 75 Points
2 Steve Craig 64 Points
3 Allen Nickalls 60 Points
4 Scotty Keegan 50 Points
5 Sam Megaw 48 Points
6 Mitchell Vanner 44 Points
7 Camo Keegan 44 Points
8 Henry Baylis 35 Points
9 Craig Dally 31 Points
10 Cameron Hart 30 Points

125cc 2 STROKE
1 Maximus Purvis 72 Points
2 Mason Semmens 69 Points
3 Seton Head 52 Points
4 Joshua Bourke-Palmer 48 Points
5 Jacob Beal 45 Points
6 Broc Martens 45 Points
7 Grason Veitch 41 Points
8 Liam Kerr 36 Points
9 Zak Hetherington 30 Points
10 Tommy Watts 28 Points

Womens Class
1 Taylar Rampton 70 Points
2 Letitia Alabaster 67 Points
3 Mel Patterson 58 Points
4 Roma Edwards 58 Points
5 Samantha Kelly 50 Points
6 Chloe Steel 44 Points
7 Robyn Turnbull 42 Points
8 Nicolette Epps 40 Points
9 Christina Cameron 35 Points
10 George Swift 32 Points

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