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Kiwi Maximus Purvis Blazes to MXD Victory at Murray Bridge

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Kiwi Maximus Purvis Blazes to MXD Victory at Murray Bridge
Kiwi Maximus Purvis (Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250F), a dominant force in Australia's under-19 class. Photo: Aaryn Minerds.
Momentum is building for Kiwi Motul MXD rider Maximus Purvis after a scintelating performace at round five of the Pirelli MX Nationals.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team rider has now won three consecutive national championship events in Australia and, after five of 10 rounds in the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals, he is closing in on the lead in the MX Development (under-19) class.

His initial results in the Australian series saw him down in eighth position overall after two rounds, not something the 17-year-old from Mangakino was probably used to after he had been so dominant in clinching the 125cc crown for Yamaha during the New Zealand Motocross Championships just a few weeks earlier.

He finished with a 9-13 score-card from his two MXD class races at the series opener at Newry, in Victoria, last month and followed that with 13-7 race finishes at round two a couple of weeks later in Appin, New South Wales.

But then things began to really click for the Yamaha ace.

At the double-header rounds three and four, at Wonthaggi, in Victoria, a week ago, he managed to finish 2-1 on both days, sharing wins with Australian Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha), but earning the Kiwi the overall win at both rounds thanks to the count-back rule.

For round five at Murray Bridge, South Australia, at the weekend just gone, Purvis was unstoppable, scoring back-to-back wins and elevating himself now to third in the championship standings, just five points behind join leaders Malkiewicz and 17-year-old Morgan Fogarty, from Kinglake West, north of Melbourne.

After topping qualifying, Purvis stalked Fogarty for the entire opening MXD race at Murray Bridge, before pulling the trigger on the penultimate lap and then going on to claim a 0.63-second win from Victoria's Fogarty.

Purvis took command of the second race from the start and stayed there, winning the race by 0.94 of a second from Fogarty. The next round of the series is set for Conondale, Queensland, on July 1.

Fellow Kiwis Kayne Lamont and Hamish Harwood have won the Australian MXD title in the past, Lamont in 2012 and Harwood in 2013.


Pirelli MXD Round Five Results:
1st Max Purvis ‰ÛÒ 70 Points
2nd Morgan Fogarty ‰ÛÒ 64 Points
3rd Hugh McKay ‰ÛÒ 60 Points
4th Riley Dukes ‰ÛÒ 56 Points
5th Brodie Ellis ‰ÛÒ 49 Points
6th Jye Dickson - 47 Points
7th Rhys Budd ‰ÛÒ 44 Points
8th Bailey Malkiewicz 44 Points
9th Jake Williams ‰ÛÒ 42 Points
10th Mason Rowe ‰ÛÒ 42 Points

Pirelli MXD Championship Standings After Round Five
1st Bailey Malkiewcz ‰ÛÒ 292 Points
2nd Morgan Fogarty ‰ÛÒ 292 Points
3rd Max Purvis ‰ÛÒ 287 Points
4th Hugh McKay ‰ÛÒ 278 Points
5th Riley Dukes ‰ÛÒ 268 Points
6th Brodie Ellis ‰ÛÒ 249 Points
7th Callum Norton ‰ÛÒ 246 Points
8th Rhys Budd ‰ÛÒ 227 Points
9th Mason Rowe ‰ÛÒ 210 Points
10th Jye Dickson- 209 Points

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