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Press Release: 17 Jan 2017
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Change Over At the Top Of 2017 Superbike Series

Press Release: 15 Jan 2017
2017 NZ Superbike Championships

Blink and you'll miss something ... that could well be the advice to spectators at this season's New Zealand Superbike Championships after another topsy-turvy weekend of racing.

The defending champion in the premier Superbike class, Wellington's Sloan Frost, enjoyed a 10-point lead over his nearest challenger, Whakatane's Tony Rees, after the first of four rounds in the series near Christchurch a week ago.

But seven days can be a lifetime in this sport and now it's Rees on top, able to reflect on a massive 18-point lead over the new No.2 man in the superbike class standings, Christchurch's Alastair Hoogenboezem, after round two at Invercargill at the weekend. Frost has slipped back to third overall, nine points adrift of Hoogenboezem.

"I had the lead in the championship after winning the first superbike race on Saturday, but now I've strengthened that advantage," said the 49-year-old Rees.

"I made a small mistake in the first race today (Sunday), missing a gear change and running wide in a corner, and Al (Hoogenboezem) and Sloan (Frost) got close to me, but I managed to hang on for the win. I couldn't win all three races this weekend, but I'm still really enjoying the racing."

The 600cc supersport class also underwent a massive points reshuffle at the top with the series leader after round one, Rees' 21-year-old son Damon Rees, qualifying quickest at Teretonga on Saturday, but then crashing out of the weekend's first 600cc race.

This dropped him to 18 points behind his nearest challenger, Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson, and when Richardson then won the following day too, this opened the gap out to 26.5 points.

Meanwhile, another big mover at the weekend was Tauranga's Rob Gibson, who has jumped from third to first overall in the 250cc Production class.

Leaders remained unchanged in the other classes Invercargill's Jeremy Holmes (1000cc superstock class), Taumarunui's Leigh Tidman (Superlites), Christchurch's Andy McLaughlin (Lightweights), Christchurch's Dennis Charlett (Pro Twins), Christchurch's Matthew Hoogenboezem (125G), Ashburton's Paul Skinner (Senior Development class), Christchurch's Jackson Cotton (Junior Development class) and sidecars pair Spike Taylor (Masterton) and Robbie Shorter (Tauranga) settling in to defend their respective positions at the top when the series heads to the North Island next month.

With the series now at the halfway stage and the South Island phase of the competition put behind them, the riders now look ahead to round three at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on February 25-26 and perhaps even more of the same drama that unfolded on the Teretonga circuit on this weekend just gone.

There are now just six more races to go for each class, at Taupo and at the finale at Hampton Downs on March 4-5, and anything could still be possible.

Class leaders after the second for four rounds of the nationals:

  • Superbikes: 1. Tony Rees (Whakatane, Honda) 131 points; 2. Alastair Hoogenboezem (Christchurch, Honda) 113; 3. Sloan Frost (Wellington, Suzuki) 105.
  • 1000cc Superstock: 1. Jeremy Holmes (Invercargill, Honda) 152; 2. Chris Defiori (Te Kauwhata, Kawasaki) 56; 3. Rob Whittle (Raglan, Aprilia) 43.
  • 600 Supersport: 1. Shane Richardson (Wainuiomata, Kawasaki) 137.5; 2. Damon Rees (Whakatane, Honda) 111; 3. Jake Lewis (Rangiora, Triumph) 102.
  • Superlites: 1. Leigh Tidman (Taumarunui, Yamaha) 112; 2. Gavin Veltmeyer (Auckland, Suzuki) 99; 3. Chris Defiori (Te Kauwhata, Yamaha) 93.
  • Lightweight: 1. Andy McLaughlin (Christchurch, KTM) 132; 2. Sam Goulter (Ashburton, Yamaha) 120.5; 3. Lewis Dray (Ashburton, Yamaha) 81.5.
  • 250 Production: 1. Rob Gibson (Tauranga, Kawasaki) 116.5; 2. Campbell Grayling (Opunake, Kawasaki) 109.5; 3. James Squire (Timaru, Kawasaki) 94.
  • Pro Twins: 1. Dennis Charlett (Christchurch, Suzuki) 152; 2. Josh Augustine (Auckland, Suzuki) 102; 3. Jordan Burley (Hamilton, Suzuki) 88.
  • 125GP: 1. Matthew Hoogenboezem (Christchurch, Honda) 136; 2. Chris Wallinger (Christchurch, Honda) 97; 3. Chris Cain (Auckland, Honda) 79.
  • Development class (Senior): 1. Paul Skinner (Ashburton, Kawasaki) 147; 2. Phillip Lowe (Hastings, Suzuki) 90; 3. Phil Denovan (Christchurch, Suzuki) 76.
  • Development class (Junior): 1. Jackson Cotton (Christchurch, Kawasaki) 152; 2. Luke Huddlestone (Christchurch, Aprilia) 105; 3. Joey Ransome (Ashley, Kawasaki) 101.
  • Sidecars: 1. Spike Taylor (Masterton) and Robbie Shorter (Tauranga) 152; 2. Peter Goodwin and Kendal Dunlop (Albany) 116; 3. Barry Smith and Tracey Bryan (Tauranga) 100.

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CAPTION: Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson (Kawasaki ZX6R), the new points leader in the 600cc Supersport class after intense racing at Teretonga at the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com
 
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
 
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Championships Given A Massive Shake-Up

PRESS RELEASE: 14 Jan 2017
2017 NZ Superbike Championships

The 2017 New Zealand Superbike Championships were given a massive shake-up on the first day of action at round two of the series near Invercargill today.

Whakatane's Damon Rees looked as if he was gaining momentum, a lightning-quick qualification-topping performance at the Teretonga circuit today showing that he was ready to build for himself a solid and potentially championship-winning advantage this weekend.

However, the 21-year-old then crashed on lap two of today's sole 600cc Supersport race, an accident that may have sent his campaign totally off the rails.

Rees dominated at the series' first round of four at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, on the outskirts of Christchurch, last weekend, earning himself a comfortable six-point advantage over arch rival Shane Richardson, with Rangiora's Jake Lewis third overall, another 17 points further back.

However, Wainuiomata's Richardson hit back today, winning the first of the weekend's three 600cc class races.

With Rees a non-finisher, it means Richardson has taken maximum advantage and he now tops the standings, a huge 18 points ahead of Rees.

There are two more 600cc races scheduled for tomorrow.

"It was a good race, all in all," said the 21-year-old Richardson afterwards.

"It was a shame to learn that Damo (Rees) had gone down, but that's racing. I didn't realise he'd crashed until afterwards. I had no pit-board signals and I was just keeping my head down.

"I'm happy to get another win but it's still a long way to go in the championship yet."

Meanwhile, it was also shake-up time in the glamour superbike class, with defending champion and early 2017 series leader Sloan Frost beaten into second place by his main threat for the title, Whakatane's Tony Rees (the 49-year-old father of Damon).

Frost had qualified fastest and earned one valuable point for that achievement, but it was Rees who gained most when he collected 25 points for the race win.

Frost's championship advantage has now been shaved from 10 points to just six.

This class also looks forward to two more races tomorrow.

There were fresh winners in several of the other classes today with Whangaparaoa's Nathan Jane winning the sole Superlites race, Ashburton's Sam Goulter winning today's race in the Lightweight class and Timaru's James Squire winning the day's sole 250 Production class outing.

After the Teretonga round this weekend, the riders head north for round three at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, on February 25-26, and then the finale at Hampton Downs, near Meremere, on March 4-5.

Saturday's race winners:

  • Superbikes: Tony Rees (Whakatane);
  • 600 Supersport: Shane Richardson (Wainuiomata);
  • Lightweight: Sam Goulter (Ashburton);
  • 250 Production: James Squire (Timaru);
  • Sidecars: Spike Taylor (Masterton) and Robbie Shorter (Tauranga);
  • Pro Twins: Dennis Charlett (Christchurch);
  • 125GP: Matthew Hoogenboezem (Christchurch);
  • Superlites: Nathan Jane (Whangaparaoa)
  • Development (support class): Jackson Cotton (Christchurch)

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CAPTION: Whakatane's Tony Rees (Honda CBR1000RR), on the attack in the superbike class. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

A high-resolution copy of the attached image is available for publication, for editorial use only, simply by contacting the photographer, phone 027-324-0892. Credit line must be run if photo is used. As regards electronic media use (on web sites or social media, for example), credit must be given to Andy McGechan and BikesportNZ.com

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NZ Superbikes & Mike Pero New Zealand Grand Prix Preview

By Robert Cochrane Dec 30th 2016

The NZ Superbikes & Road Race Championships arrive at Mike Pero Motorsport Park Christchurch on Jan 7-8th and a few Canterbury racers travelled North during December in preparation, racing in the three event Suzuki Series.  

The finale of the Suzuki Series is held at Wanganui every Boxing Day on the Cemetery Circuit. Canterbury Superbike rider Dan Ornsby raced all three events at Taupo, Manfeild and Wanganui while Alastair Hoogenboezem Triple R Superbike Honda CBR1000 did two. Peter Buss ran BEARS on his Ducati and the Post Classic on the ‘Black Adder’ XR1000 Harley Davidson while Sam Davison and Merv Oxford raced in Formula 3.    

Sam started racing a Suzuki RG150 Streetstock in 2010 and progressed to 125GP bikes six months later and won the New Zealand 125 Championships and Grand Prix. He then raced in Australia in the Ninja 300 Cup and took four race wins at Eastern Creek in New South Wales plus pole positions at Queensland but an injury put him out of contention. Boxing Day Wanganui on the Kawasaki ER6 650 was the fifth meeting back to racing in preparation for the Nationals on Jan 7-8th.

Another rider enjoying the great conditions in Wanganui was Merv Oxford campaigning a Suzuki SV650. Merv had been a club racer in the United Kingdom but took up the sport in New Zealand in 2006 on a Triumph 675 and did a lot of BEARS and street racing winning a couple of BEARS club championships. Merv took five years off to help a few youngsters including Seth Devereux & Baillie Perriton to name a few, who both went on to win New Zealand titles. At the NZ Tourist Trophy meeting in Auckland last March Baillie needed to win all four pole positions and the last four races to narrowly take the title from Dennis Charlett, and he pulled it off much to the delight of both the crowd and fellow racers. 

And Dennis is back in Pro-Twins this year determined to win the New Zealand Championship after only getting the GP title last year but he did take all three Lightweight trophies in 2016.   
So who is going to star at the Christchurch meeting? Tony Rees (Honda) winner of the F1 Suzuki Series will have a strong challenge from NZ Champion Sloan Frost (Suzuki) and Daniel Mettam (Suzuki). On his home track Alistair Hoogenboezem (Honda) will be in the mix also. The Supersport Class is a real battle of the brands but I am picking Jake Lewis (Triumph) with the sidecars, 125GP and 250 Production wide open but the Lightweight Production could see 250 Champion Lewis Dray (Ashburton) surprise.

The NZ Grand Prix for each class is raced on Sunday . Eighty years ago the first NZ Motorcycle Grand Prix was held at Cust in 1936 and in 1938 Burt Munro took a podium second place on his 500cc Velocette. During lunch each day Mike Pero will lead a ‘Legends Parade’ of former stars and historic machines. Following him on TZ 350s will be John Boote, Paul McLachlan and Jock Woodley. A scooter demonstration race will also run on the Tri Oval circuit. Further info at www.nzsuperbikes.nz and tickets for this ‘Southern Nationals’ meeting at eventfinda.

A live streamed, high-definition show of the New Zealand Grand Prix, capturing all the exciting race action live, be available from 9am on Sunday, January 8, covering all the races from the meeting including the support Bears (non-Japanese bikes) and development classes. The sign-on fee is $12 with direct link   http://i-film.cleeng.com/superbike-road-race-champs-nz-motorcycle-grand-prix/E873087540_NZ

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Photo by Robert Cochrane: Sam Davison (left) Kawasaki ER6 & Merv Orford Suzuki SV650 Pro-Twin machines in the shade at Wanganui

BEARS Assault on NZ Superbike Championships

Press Release: 03 Jan 2017

A Triumph motorcycle has never won a solo New Zealand Road Race Championship. In the late 60’s Eric Rush of Christchurch won the NZ Trials Championship on his Tiger Club and Ray Peterson broke sprint and drag race records with his Triumph in the 70’s. Road and speedway sidecar titles were won by Triumph powered outfits up into the 1970s before Japanese power took over completely.

In 2017 that could all change with two teams from the South Island making a strong challenge for the NZ Superstock title with the riders eager to add a New Zealand title to their resume this coming year.

Christchurch locals Jake Lewis & James Hoegenboezem head the Budget MCs/Underground Brown Triumph team with three Triumph Daytona 675 machines prepared by Dennis Charlett. ‘We sent the NZ Supersport rules to Triumph in the UK seeking their advice and they put us onto T3 Racing, Triumph UK’s Official Race Support Centre. T3 are most often credited with creating and running the 'Triumph Triple Challenge' race series from '08-'14. They have supplied us with camshafts and a few other goodies,‘ says Dennis. ‘Co-sponsor Tony Brown is very keen to see a British bike win the NZ title and we believe we have the bikes and the riders to do it in 2017.’ 

Jake Lewis on the Triumph 675 is a former NZ Champion and European Junior Cup Champion. Jake won the NZ 125GP title and NZ Grand Prix in 2011 and followed this up with the NZ Superstock 600 Championship and Grand Prix win in 2102. In 2011 Jake was chosen to be part of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and selected from 2000 riders across the world. He made it to the top twenty-five. In 2013 Jake raced in the eight round European Junior Cup and won the title. In 2014 & 2015 he raced in the European 600 Superstock Championship series and last year campaigned a Suzuki 1000 in the NZ Superbike series.

While Jake has key International experience his Triumph teammate James Hoogenboezem has tons of enthusiasm as evidenced by his consistent rides at Taupo and Manfeild in the Suzuki Series in recent weeks. James started riding in 2006 an RG150 in Development Class before racing Suzuki SV650 twin and 600 fours.  In 2015 James took a podium third for both the NZ Supersport Championship and NZ Grand Prix and in 2016 raced a BMW 1000 in Superbikes. He entered the December Suzuki series to get a base setting for the Triumph and to get his ‘head up to speed’ for the Nationals. ‘The Triumph pulls out of the corner better, lots of torque and feels lighter and narrow. The wheels are a lot lighter and turns better and is a lot nicer on a tight track,’ says James.

Other top contenders in the Supersport class are the inform Damon Rees Honda CBR600RR (Whakatane) and  Shane Richardson Kawasaki ZX6R 600 (Wellington). Australian Alex Phillis will pilot the Helicraft MV Augusta F3 675 triple (Wanaka) and showed his potential last year with a podium finish at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park season opener, before injury affected his championship aspirations. Local dealer First European are backing local riders on a pair of Aprilia RSV4 1000 machines and there will be BEARS support races on both days of the Jan 7-8th Mike Pero NZ Grand Prix at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

A live streamed, high-definition show of the New Zealand Grand Prix, capturing all the exciting race action live, be available from 9am on Sunday, January 8, covering all the races from the meeting including the support Bears (non-Japanese bikes) and development classes. The sign-on fee is $12 with direct link   http://i-film.cleeng.com/superbike-road-race-champs-nz-motorcycle-grand-prix/E873087540_NZ

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Photo by Dallas Alexander: James Hoogenboezem Triumph Daytona 675 leads the pack at Taupo Suzuki Series Dec 4th

Mike Pero Sponsors New Zealand Grand Prix

Press Release - 29 November 2016

When it comes to motorcycle event support, it doesn't get much more personal than this.

Mike Pero is backing the 2017 New Zealand Grand Prix at the circuit that carries his name  - and he plans to have an outing as well.

"It's a pretty special event for me," the six time former New Zealand motorcycle champion says.

"I'm told that I’m the only rider ever to win four New Zealand Grand Prix classes in one day."

While most New Zealanders would associate the Pero name with mortgages or real estate few would know that a young Mike Pero started his working career as a motorcycle mechanic and had six championships and countless grand prix wins under his belt by the time he was 23 years of age.

The New Zealand Grand Prix was first held in North Canterbury in 1936 on a gravel circuit. In 1964 the Grand Prix was moved to the new sealed Ruapuna Park circuit southwest of Christchurch which is now known as Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

It’s a great honour to have to be part of the New Zealand Superbikes & Road Race Championships for 2017 and to sponsor the ‘Southern Nationals’ meeting and the New Zealand Grand Prix this season.  This year’s event will feature all categories from 125cc to Superbikes and sidecars and each of the nine NZ Championship classes will compete for their respective Grand Prixs.” – says Pero

Tickets are available online - click the poster or click here.

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Avalon Biddle Really Is One Of A Kind

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CAPTION: Orewa's Avalon Biddle, seen here in action at Hampton Downs at the start of this year. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com


NOVEMBER 9, 2016: It's probably been said hundreds of times already, but Avalon Biddle really is one of a kind.

The 24-year-old Auckland woman was the first and now she's also the last, a status that she's not so sure she wants.

Biddle won the inaugural European Women's Cup (EWC) for road-racing in 2015 – that series run in conjunction with the European Junior Cup (EJC) and the World Superbike Championships (WSBK) – and she backed that up by retaining her title again this season, but now she reports that, after just two years, the competition has been dissolved and will not be an option for her in 2017.

The double EWC champion from Orewa will possibly now have to be content with beating up most of the boys back home in New Zealand, something she's been doing with stunning regularity for many years now.

However, she also has her fingers crossed that Dorna – the worldwide promotion company for the WSBK competition – will relent and again provide a female-only class of racing in 2017.

"They ran the EWC for only two years, and I won the title both years, but now they've shelved it. Instead they are installing a 300cc championship, to run alongside the 600cc and superbike championships, but that's a shame for people like me who so much enjoyed the EWC and EJC series," said Biddle, the virtual women's world champion of road-racing.

"It is likely that all my rivals in the European Women's Cup will simply return to race in their own domestic competitions," said Biddle. "I understand (2016 EWC runner-up) Stacey Nesbitt is heading home to Canada to race there."

Biddle will also be tackling her own national championships at home this summer, before cementing her plans for the rest of 2017.

The New Zealand Superlites (formerly F3) champion in 2015, Biddle is getting ready to race her MTF Vehicle Finance-backed Kawasaki ZX6R in the F2 class in the upcoming Suzuki Series, starting at Taupo next month, and in the 600cc class in the New Zealand Superbike Championships, starting at Ruapuna, on the outskirts of Christchurch, in January.

The bike will be prepared for her by Ozzy Performance – Chris Osborne of Feilding – and, although it's a Kawasaki, it will be decked out in bright yellow to reflect her sponsor's colours.

Biddle did not defend her 2015 title this season, although she did "have a quick blast" on the Kawasaki ZX6R at the final round of the 2016 national at Hampton Downs in March, before she headed off to Italy for the year.

"I went quite well on the bike that weekend ... I finished fifth in the 600cc class. I had not been on a 600 bike in quite some time. It is definitely a fast bike and I just need to get my brain up to speed with it too."

She said she'd be satisfied is she can achieve a top-three result in the nationals, but she is expecting a bit of a battle with riders such as Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson, Whakatane's Damon Rees, Christchurch's Cam Hudson and her boyfriend too, Rangiora's Jake Lewis.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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