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Youren there for the long haul

Author: Andy McGechan

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Adam Youren have once again made the annual New Zealand Hawke's Bay Six Hour Dirt Bike Challenge his own. The 37-year-old Napier carpet layer may have been suffering from the flu but he once again rose to the occasion. The big annual event was staged for the first time this year in the Kahika Forest near Lake Tutira, and attracted a record turnout of 175 bikes. Youren, known affectionately as "Moose", was in a class all his own as he gritted his teeth and again rode solo, completing 12 laps of the rugged 27 kilometre course and finishing a staggering 16 minutes ahead of his nearest ironman rival. That Youren won the ironman class was perhaps no surprise. He has won that title a staggering seven times now in the event's 15-year history. "But, when I was on the last couple of laps, I was in survival mode, just holding on to the finish," he admitted. Youren won both the ironman title and the event overall at its inaugural running in 1991, riding a Suzuki DR350 on that occasion. He also completed the double of winning the ironman title and the event overall in 1999 (on a Suzuki RM250) and in 2001 (on a Suzuki DRZ400). In addition, he was ironman class winner in 1997, 1998 and 2000. "I'd have to say, though, this one was probably one of the toughest six-hour races I've done," Youren said. The overall title was won by Yamaha pairing of Cameron Negus and Barry Morris (YZ250), one of only three teams to complete 13 laps of the forest course. They were chased all the way by former six-hour winner Mark Penny, of Te Awamutu, and Queenstown's Scotty Columb, pooling their talents to campaign one of the new Suzuki RM250 two-strokes. Another Suzuki pairing, Sean Clarke and Kevin Archer on a Suzuki RM250, took third overall. LEADING overall results from the 15th annual Suzuki Hawke's Bay Six-Hour Dirt Bike Challenge held near Lake Tutira on Saturday, October 1: 1. Cameron Negus and Barry Morris (Yamaha YZ250) 13 laps, 382 min 25 sec;
2. Mark Penny and Scott Columb (Suzuki RM250) 13 laps, 386.68;
3. Sean Clarke and Kevin Archer (Suzuki RM250) 13 laps, 389.14;
4. Scott Bregman and Adrian Smith (Yamaha YZ250) 12 laps, 363.94;
5. Michael Phillips and Joel Byrne (Kawasaki KX250) 12 laps, 364.40;
6. Jayden Gray and Mark Scobie (Honda CR250) 12 laps, 366.38;
7. Steven Bird and Heath Howlett (Yamaha WRF450) 12 laps, 367.99;
8. Glen Manning and Rob Howe (KTM EXC400) 12 laps, 370.03;
9. Adam Youren (ironman) (Suzuki RMZ450) 12 laps, 373.07;
10. Chris Power and Karl Power (Honda CRF450) 12 laps, 374.67.

Main Photo: Adam Youren
Credit: Andy McGechan

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