The 2017 NZ Superbike Championships
Press Release: 06 March 2017
At least two titles are already in the 2017 NZ Superbike Championships
There was massive turmoil and upsets aplenty at the final weekend of racing in this season's New Zealand Superbike Championships at Hampton Downs.
Arriving at the Waikato circuit with huge points leads, it had looked almost a formality that Whakatane's Tony Rees and Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson would go on to wrap up title wins in their respective superbike and 600cc supersport classes at the weekend's fourth and final round of the 2017 series, but, in the end, it was their main rivals who would rise up to snatch the title wins away.
The margins for error in this sport are always tight, but perhaps nobody could have predicted that last year's champion, Wellingtonian Sloan Frost, would overcome a 32.5-point deficit at the start of the weekend to win the superbike crown for a second consecutive year or that Rees' 21-year-old son Damon Rees would see his 20.5-point deficit wiped out so that he would emerge with his first national 600cc crown.