Been flat out with events these past few weeks, with more to come!
Round 3 of the National Enduros down here in Wellington went really well for me, I felt really strong on the bike all day and was able to push a lot harder than normal. One of the terrain tests was set in pines and was to my liking as it was fairly technical. The other one was more open and fast on loose rocks. I managed my first ever terrain test win and was able to make it up to 2nd overall behind Chris Birch along with a class win in the 0-300 4 stroke class.
Moving on to the First round of the North Island trials champs up in Auckland, this was the first time I have been back on the trials bike since the last North Island round last year, due to the enduros taking up most of my time these days. This was also my first outing on the new 2015 Gas Gas Racing 300 which was really cool, started Saturday off slightly rusty but soon came to grips with it all again dropping only a few points but enough to stay ahead of the rest of the field, was able to continue this on Sunday and have the overall win! Sections were set at a great level with some challenging slippery creeks through to steep hill climbs out of muddy bogs.
Last but not least, this weekend I competed in the Taranaki Hard Enduro out at Mt Damper, what a race that was! Very tough going and demanding on all the riders, the guys up there put on an awesome event with about a 40km loop over farm land and in native bush, I started from the 5th row and began to close the gap on the riders in front early on in the race. By the time I made it halfway up the first hill climb I was amongst the front runners and had moved my way through to the front by the top of what was an extremely difficult hill. Was having heaps of fun out on the track enjoyed every bit of it, tried to make as little mistakes as possible and stay out in front, the hard technical track suits my riding with my trials background. There were definitely moments in the day I wish I had a trials bike when lifting over and up banks, but my Fe250 Husqvarna was on point and made a great choice of bike for the event in my opinion! Made it to the finish line just over the 2 hour mark ahead of Greg Delatour in 2nd and Paul Whibley in 3rd. Awesome feeling to win a race like this and I hope to be able to compete in more like it soon, however, for now it is all go for the next two rounds of the National Enduros down south in Christchurch and Dunedin this long weekend. Thanks to Bike Sport NZ for the Photo.
Massive thanks to my sponsors as always!
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Rode the last two rounds of the North Island Trials Champs over the weekend up in Napier.
Haven’t been able to make all the rounds this year due to my enduro commitments but I was still really keen to get along to it, at the very least get a good result for the weekend.
Saturday was good really enjoyed the sections, started off with a point on section one but managed to stay clean for the rest of the day and finished up on that one point with a good lead over 2nd.
Sunday the majority of the sections were set in a slippery river with a bit more content and a slightly tougher level than Saturday, had a couple of fives but managed some really good rides too on some challenging sections!
Calendar is looking good for me to be able to complete the series next year as well as the Enduro Nationals! A awesome series to be apart of, really good to see a lot more juniors coming through which is something we have been lacking for a few years aswell.
Big thanks to you all
Gas Gas NZ
This year was always going to be a difficult one to win, after hearing Jack Sheppard one of the UK’s top riders was going to be brought out here to ride in the New Zealand Champs.
I put a lot of hard work and preparation into the event this year with the assistance from Gas Gas NZ and NTB Racing. I have been feeling great about riding the new bike and in my opinion I have adapted well to it in a short space of time.
I had an awesome team behind me over the weekend down in Nelson and that really played a huge part in my level of riding down there. Although I am absolutely gutted I couldn’t manage to win the title again this year, my riding was to a much higher standard than previous years, to be able to have been 2 points off a professional world class rider on day one, then to manage to beat him by 3 points on day two I must have been doing something right!
The last day on Monday was set out a lot more difficult for a NZ standard with the majority of the riders in the top class not even attempting a handful of sections throughout the day. I had some awesome rides but couldn’t quite match Jack and his minder Karl Clark, by the end of day 3 I had to settle for 2nd position which also placed me 2nd overall, with a really big margin over 3rd place and the rest of the field.
A really big thanks to Gas Gas NZ, NTB Racing and my minder Wayne Thompson, along with my family for being down in Nelson with me over the weekend, I wasn’t short on support by all means!
Also, a special thanks to a good friend Nigel Reed for the tyre sponsorship for the event.
All of my sponsors, as always couldn’t be done without you so thankyou all!!
Gas Gas NZ
So back into the Trials scene riding rounds 7&8 of the North Island Trials Champs down here in Wellington. This was Jakes first outing on the new Gas Gas 300 which he is now competing on, the bike looks awesome and is definitely turning some heads!
It took some getting use to in the slippery wet conditions due to the more aggressive power of the bike than what he has been use to, however, very happy with how it feels and looking forward to the next couple of months training in the lead up to the NZ Champs over labour weekend in October.
Jake won both days with a 34 point lead on day one and a 12 point lead on day 2, made too many mistakes on day 2 that cost him a few too many points, allowing 2nd place to get very close at one point. Still happy to take the overall win for the weekend and taking away a few things to improve and sharpen up on before the NZ Champs.
A big thanks to the sponsor;
Gas Gas New Zealand
Jake was so excited about his brand new bike that he even brought it into the house!
As of today with the support of NTB Racing and Gas Gas NZ, Jake will now be competing on a factory replica Gas Gas 300 in all Trials events. Big thanks to Mark and Angela at NTB for getting it all ready this week so Jake can adapt in time for this coming weekend North Island Trials Champs in Wellington.
See you all this weekend.
Just arrived home after our 3 day New Zealand Championship over labour weekend. This year it was held down in the south Island in Alexandra, one of my most favorite places to ride with all sections being set on big slabs of rock with endless traction. I made it 6 titles in a row this year winning the expert class with a clean three days, which meant I was able to ride faultless the entire competition, something I haven’t been able to do since I was riding in the junior class but never a three day event!!
The event was set on the easier side to the usual standard of sections here in NZ, the top few riders were loosing very few points which made it a tough event mentally, a laps in concentration could have resulted in a very different outcome, even the riders in the bottom end of the grade had very low scores for a championship level event. After handing in 4 lap cards of zero on Saturday I new it was going to be possible to ride the rest of the two days clean as well, the sections down there don’t change a lot and the conditions were good although on Sunday there were some high gusts of wind come through which made things interesting on top of some of the higher rocks.
Monday there were a couple of slightly tougher sections which took some points off the other riders, it was a awesome feeling coming out of the last section on Monday with another clean lap card, although it was an easy event it was a huge relive to accomplish such a perfect win.
A massive thanks to my minder Nick, Wellington Ixion club and everyone who helped me in making it all come together once again,
My sponsors, couldn’t have accomplished what I have done this season without you all!!!
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I’m over in Western Australia at the moment getting ready for this years Australian Championship this coming weekend. We arrived on Thursday and I rode in the WA state Championship on Sunday.
It was an extremely easy event which made it a very difficult in an Irish kind of a way, one very small mistake can cost you the win and that’s exactly what happened. With sections no harder than our A grade back home it is impossible to come back from an unlucky call on one section when you have two riders riding at a similar level. I finished 2nd for the day on 6 points.
Congratulations to Neil Price for taking out the win, top ride for a bludy top bloke!!
Looking forward now to the weekend ahead with some training during the week
In sunny Perth!!