Motocross

Titles to King, Cooper and Prumm

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There was action all day yesterday and some very brave last ditch attempts to take out titles at Rotorua in the ultimate round of the 2005 Ssangyong NZ Motocross Championship.
Katherine Prumm celebrates another victory.
Luke Burkhart, Suzuki (Masterton) came closest to working the oracle. Placed eleven points in arrears of Honda's Shayne King, at the start of the day. However, Burkhart didn't have the best of days crashing in race one and race three. King took out the title for the fourth consecutive year. Cody Cooper, Honda (New Plymouth) retained third placed just ahead of Rotorua's local Michael Phillips, Kawasaki. Cooper won back his National 125cc title after being placed second last year. Cooper won eleven out of the twelve races being one of the most consistent riders throughout the series. Scott Columb, Suzuki, (Queenstown) MNZ High Performance Squad Member was placed second overall in the series, Columb heads to the UK today to start preparing to compete in their Supercross Series. Damien King, Yamaha (Cambridge) secured third placed overall in a tough battle through-out the series with Blake Gillard, KTM, (Auckland) finishing fourth, Gillard also finished fourth in the World Junior Motocross Championship in Jinin, Czechoslovakia. earlier this year. "I wasn't having a lot of luck today as I had a 7th in Race 1, got taken out in Race 2 and had to battle back to 7th again" said Gillard. "At the start of of the day I was 8 points behind Damien King (Yamaha) and thought a 3rd overall might be a possibility but Damien is in great form and picked up another 5 points over me in those first two races today so I had to hang in to protect my 4th. Michael Cotter (Kawasaki) was also breathing down my neck and had narrowed the points between us to 5 so I had to be in front of him at the finish - the pressure was really on" continued Gillard. Gillard looks to be New Zealand's next hot property in Europe with much praise being bestowed upon the 17-year-old with confirmation that he is negotiating with a team in Europe to ride MX2 next year. The 500 title stays in Shayne King's trophy cabinet, the former world champion produced three wins yesterday on the technical Rotorua track. King now has 30 NZ Titles to his name. Team mate and previous 500cc Champion Corrie Sargent (Wellington) did enough yesterday to secure second place overall four points ahead of Yamaha's Mason Phillips (Te Puke). Run for the second time in conjunction with the men's championship, the Women's Open Title produced a clean sweep for Katherine Prumm (Pukekohe) - the 17 year old, frsh from dominating the womens Oceania class last weekend in Australia, maintained a 100% win record throughout and was the only rider to achieve maximum points. Honda's Mary Perkins had a consistent series to finish second overall. Youngster Nikki Scott, Yamaha, (Palmerston North) finishing third. Main: Photo: 125cc start mayhem Credit: Alan Henderson Final Standings
125 C Cooper (Honda) 297, S Columb(Suzuki) 241, D King, (Yamaha) 204
250 S King(Honda) 277, L Burkhart (Suzuki) 236, C Cooper (Honda) 190
500 S King(Honda) 279, C Sargent(Honda) 211, M Phillips (Yamaha) 207
Women's K Prumm (Kawasaki) 150, M Perkins, (Honda) 130, N Scott (Yamaha) 110

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