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2 months ago

Jake Whitaker

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2 months ago

Jake Whitaker

We’ll be at the Whangārei A&P show on Saturday. Shows at approx 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. If you’re around, come and check us out!

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We’ll be at the Whangārei A&P show on Saturday. Shows at approx 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. If you’re around, come and check us out!

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We’re so excited to see you in action Jake Whitaker!!

Cool 😎 that will great to see 😄🤣🏍cheers 🥂 Neil

You were on fire doing those tricks!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

2 months ago

Jake Whitaker

👌The 2022 Yamaha Extreme Off-Road Championships

CAPTION: Wainuiomata's Jake Whitaker (KTM 300 EXC), who finished this year's New Zealand Extreme Off-Road Championship series with a clean sweep of wins after dominating the final round near Porirua at the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

WHITAKER STILL THE MAN TO BEAT IN EXTREME ENDURO

You could probably say it was business as usual for Wainuiomata's Jake Whitaker at the weekend.

The 31-year-old father-of-two already had the main trophy safely tucked away after dominating the previous three rounds of the Yamaha-sponsored 2022 New Zealand Extreme Off-Road Championship series, but he rubber-stamped that by also winning the fourth and final round on steep forestland at Moonshine Valley, near Porirua, on Sunday.

With three wins from three starts in the elite Gold Grade at the series' previous rounds, the KTM 300 EXC rider had already bagged the main title with a round to spare two weeks earlier and he could afford to relax and ease back on the throttle on Sunday.

But that was simply not in his nature and he incredibly won Sunday's race by nearly 49 minutes from the eventual runner-up rider, New Plymouth's Tony Parker (Husqvarna TE300).

In the end, only two riders, Whitaker and Parker, were able to complete three laps of the demanding slippery and technically challenging circuit on Sunday, with the third-placed rider, South Islander Luke Corson (Beta RR300), from Whitecliffs, finishing one lap behind this leading pair.

That was also the final finishing order for the series, Whitaker winning the title ahead of Parker and Corson.

Whitaker won this series overall in 2019 and again last year and his credentials as a record eight-time New Zealand trial champion – a parallel motorcycling code where the emphasis is on balance and throttle control rather than pure speed – help add to the air of invincibility that possibly surrounds him in this most difficult of off-road bike racing disciplines.

But the depth of talent in this sporting code runs deep in New Zealand and, although he seemed to win comfortably, Whitaker would be the first to tell you that nothing can be taken for granted in extreme enduro racing.

It was a similar story with the Silver Grade, where Auckland's Ryan Hayward (KTM 250) had already claimed the top prize with a round to spare, and he also won the day in the Silver Grade to further cement his position at the top.

Hayward finished the day ahead of New Plymouth's Sam Parker (the young son of Gold Grade runner-up Tony Parker, riding a Husqvarna TX150) and Whangaparoa's Jacob Refoy (KTM 250EXC) finished third on Sunday.

However, Amberley's Archer Pascoe (GasGas EC300) crossed the line in fourth place in the Silver Grade on Sunday and that was enough for him to claim overall runner-up spot for the series, with Sam Parker forced to settle for third step on the final podium in this grade.

Te Awamutu's Graham Ramsey (Husqvarna TE250) wrapped up the Bronze Grade title with a solid win over Tauranga's Leo Van Lierop (KTM 250XC) and Te Awamutu's Sam Sherrard (Beta RR300) on Sunday.

The 2022 Yamaha NZ Extreme Off-Road Championships are supported by Mitas tyres, Macaulay Metals, Silver-bullet and Kiwi Rider magazine.

2022 Yamaha NZ Extreme Off-Road Championship calendar:

Round one: September 13, Moonshine Extreme, Bulls Run Rd, Porirua;

Round two: September 25, Taungatara Forest, Whangamata;

Round three: November 11-12, Enduro X & Nut Buster, Christchurch;

Round four: November 27, Moonshine Extreme, Bulls Run Rd, Porirua.

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2 months ago

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Absolutely awesome great work

2 months ago

Jake Whitaker

That’s a wrap on the 2022 Extreme Enduro Season! Absolutely stoked to come out on top and take the overall win with 4 wins from 4 starts this year! It feels great to get my hands on another national title.

The final round was held at Moonshine in Wellington yesterday and it didn’t disappoint. With torrential rain literally all day it made for a long tough day on the bike (5hrs 15min). Well done to everyone that braved the conditions. It wasn’t for the faint hearted!

I got a good jump off the line and headed out in front. I pushed hard and managed to make a break away from the boys behind me and slowly extend my lead over the day to take the win.

I felt really at home out in the slippery tree roots and rocky hill climbs all day. The Mitas Tyres New Zealand Terraforce double green on the rear was a great choice once again for this event and my TSS Motorcycles KTM 300 EXC didn’t skip a beat all day!

The Kapi-Mana club put on another awesome event with some new tracks yesterday. Big thanks for all your hard work. I encourage you all to come down and check out what the team has been up to. The tracks are epic and much different to what you’ve seen in the past.

It’s been an absolutely mammoth effort this season. Huge thanks to my superwomen wife for helping to make this happen - copeous amounts of admin, money, child wrangling, pitting for me and playing chief photographer. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Huge thanks to everyone else that has helped us out along the way. You are all legends! And to my sponsors and supporters, thank you!
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Always good to hear from you. Such a great ambassador for our sport

Wow, what an achievement Jake Whitaker and totally agree...you couldn't of done it without your superwoman Jane Whitaker 💕

Well done Jake 🙂 and well done team, hope you have a great holiday break xx

Awesome job Jake, congratulations 🥇

Congratulations Jake, great work

Congratulations 👏👏👏 well done Jake and the support team too!

Congratulations Jake top effort and a well deserved win 🏆 Sounds like yr wife needs a payrise 😜

So proud of you! ❤️ Annnnd so ready for a holiday! 🤣😘

👍. Well done Team Whitaker ☺️

Well done Jake , and team Whitaker 👍😜

Come a little way from the trialin in the streams back in the UK early in the century havnt we. Well done lad.

congratulations Jake 🏆✨

Congrats mate, well deserved 👏

Awesome congratulations

Well done!

Congratulations you guys

Great Achievement, well done Jake Whitaker 👍

Good work boss 🏆

Well done mate 👏

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3 months ago

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Awesome edit! 👌

3 months ago

Jake Whitaker

Nut Buster (Round 3 of the NZ Extreme Championship) ✅

On Friday we raced the enduro cross at the Canterbury A&P show. I felt great on the bike and found a good rhythm round the track. I had a clean run in both my heat and semi races and won both of these.

The final points race didn’t go to plan. My back wheel got tapped as we headed around the first corner and I went down. I was almost in last place and had to push hard to make my way through the pack to finish in 2nd place behind Ben Dando.

The top 16 lap times from the day went into the feature race. I had a great start getting the hole shot. Scott Colum was flying and past me early on. I settled in behind him and when he made a mistake with a few of laps to go, I made my move. I was happy to finish an awesome days racing with the win.

On Saturday we headed out to a new venue for the off-road day. The terrain was very different to what we are used to - alpine type riding through tussocks with rocks hidden in long grass, steep open face hill climbs and very hard and unforgiving ground.

I got the hole shot but mucked the first hill climb up early on and made it difficult to get out the top. I dropped back a few places. I managed to catch back up in the creek. Luke Corson made a break away from us about half way around the first lap. He knew exactly what he was doing in this terrain. With some confusion around a gold section, he was able to extend his lead which he continued to do over the day. On lap two, I past Scott and managed to slowly pull away from him. I found the rocks in the long grass difficult to ride and didn’t feel comfortable on the track all day. I wasn’t prepared to push any harder and risk things and had to settle for 2nd place. Well done to Luke on a great ride!

With both days points counting towards the weekend I was happy to take the overall win for the weekend.

Thanks to the Christchurch club for putting on an amazing couple of days racing.

Huge thanks to the Dandos for opening up your home to our family and for all your help over the event. We are very grateful.

And a big thanks to Jane, Maxton and Macey for all the support over the weekend. Big effort!
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Awesome weekend! Proud of you! 👏 Massive thanks the Dandos! Absolute legends! ❤️

How many dents 😅😅

Thanks for coming down and making the event what it is.

Awesome photos again Jane

Awesome work mate nice one

Awesome effort Jake!

Well done

Well ridden.

Yeah boy 👌

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3 months ago

Jake Whitaker

Venue change for the final round! If you missed round 1 you missed out on one of the best tracks the Kapi Mana crew have ever put on. I hear it’s going to be even better for the final. Make sure you make it along to support a great event. Looking forward to another home race 🤙🏻Updated - NZ eXtreme Championship Flier. ... See MoreSee Less

Venue change for the final round! If you missed round 1 you missed out on one of the best tracks the Kapi Mana crew have ever put on. I hear it’s going to be even better for the final. Make sure you make it along to support a great event. Looking forward to another home race 🤙🏻

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Damn! wish I could make it, staff issues have stuffed me up for the last two rounds 😢 bring on next year's rounds! Good luck mate you will smash it!

I hear you want to lazycunt hill climb a few times ? One time up wasn't enough ?

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