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3 weeks ago

Jake Whitaker

Thanks to my wife Jane from JW Photography NZ for capturing some amazing shots throughout the NZ Extreme Enduro series! 📸👏Congrats Jake Whitaker on a stellar season - 2019 New Zealand Extreme Enduro Champion. Here are a few of my favourites from the series. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats Jakey .... well done .... and the pics aren’t too bad either 😂

Great stuff jake your a bloody champ . Very jelous of yr bikes lol

Great season

3 weeks ago

Jake Whitaker

🤙WHITAKER NEEDED ALL HIS SKILLS TO WIN DIRT BIKE SERIES

As was predicted, this year's edition of the New Zealand Extreme Off-Road Championship series went right down to the wire in Canterbury at the weekend.

The fourth and final round of the Yamaha-sponsored competition was wrapped up after two days of brutal riding at two vastly different venues around Christchurch on Friday and Saturday, with the series outcome unsure until the final few moments of race action.

The weekend's two-dayer began with an enduro-cross at the Christchurch A&P Showgrounds on Friday, followed by the Nut Buster hard enduro at nearby Oxford the following day.

Wainuiomata's Jake Whitaker eventually claimed the glamour Gold Class trophy on Saturday afternoon, although even he wasn't sure he'd done enough until moments after the final session and he needed all his magical skills from years of winning national trial championships to get him through the demands of the weekend.

He had been locked in a fierce battle throughout this year's extreme series with Helensville's Tom Buxton and, when they locked horns again on Friday and Saturday, the battle intensified still further.

Christchurch rider Hamish Macdonald, just returned from international duties and making his first appearance in this domestic series, won the enduro-cross on Friday, but most eyes were on the see-saw battle for championship honours between Whitaker and Buxton.

Whitaker finished ahead of Buxton in the enduro-cross and this gave him confidence ahead of the next day's extreme enduro.

But the racing the next day was perhaps even more intense, with virtually nothing to separate the two men on the hilly course.

Although Buxton did eventually finish ahead of Whitaker on Saturday, that wasn't quite enough and so Whitaker narrowly took the national Extreme Enduro Championship title ahead of Buxton.

New Plymouth's Tony Parker, Rotorua's Bradley Lauder and then Napier's Mackenzie Wiig rounded out the top five overall for the 2019 championship standings in the premier Gold Class.

Motorcycling New Zealand enduro commissioner Justin Stevenson said the final round had lived up to all expectations.

"It was certainly challenging," he said.

"The winds were extreme and riders were being blown off their bikes at some places along the ridge lines. Then there was a huge downpour in the afternoon, making it muddy and very slippery too."

Riders nominated themselves as either Gold, Silver or Bronze class competitors, depending upon their skill and fitness levels, and the battle for silver and bronze glory was equally fierce.

In the Silver Class, Hastings rider Brett Gunson won the series ahead of New Plymouth duo Daniel Herbert and Mark Horwell.

The top three in the Bronze Class this year were Whitecliffs' rider Luke Corson , Rerewhakaaitu's Zach Sefuiva and then Hastings rider Michael Toulmin.

Best of the Silver Veterans (40-49 years) for the series was Auckland's Troy Field, with Kaukapakapa's Lucia Oles topping the Bronze Women's Class.

Stevenson praised the host Christchurch Off-Road Motorcycle Club.

"They did a tremendous job of running this event," he said. "So much effort was put in by these people and it was certainly appreciated."

Only three of the four rounds of the championship were counted towards the final tally, with riders to discard their one worst score from the three North Island rounds.

The 2019 Yamaha NZ Extreme Off-Road Championships were supported by Mitas tyres, Macaulay Metals, Best Build Construction, Silver-bullet, Kiwi Rider magazine, Dirt Rider Downunder magazine, Moto Events NZ and NZ Car Parts (Auckland).

Credit: Words by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
Photo by JW Photography NZ
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3 weeks ago

Jake Whitaker

2019 New Zealand Extreme Enduro Champion!!
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I’ve been working hard to put a full series of results together for a while now and I’m stoked to finally get my name on a national title along side some of New Zealand’s best. It’s been a great series with tight racing and all of the rounds pushed us to our limits.
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After a massive couple of days racing, the 2019 Nut Buster is done and dusted for another year. It was a tough day out in the hills today with some extreme weather conditions! I’ve never ridden in such high winds and when the rain hit, the down hills became out of control! I managed to bend my rear disc on the second lap and had to push on with very little brake. I had some awesome battles today with Tommy Buxton and thought I had him until the last hill! I finished up just behind him in 3rd and behind Dylan in 1st giving me 2nd overall for the weekend.
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I couldn’t have put this series together without the huge support from my wife Jane - it’s been a huge effort. Massive thanks to all my sponsors and everyone that supports me. You are all awesome thank you! 🙏 📸 JW Photography NZ
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Congratulations. Great stuff and we'll deserved!

Well done mate👌

Awesome result. Well done!

Well done Jake. I know you have worked hard to get that.

Wahhhhoooo jake!!!! Well deserved!!!!!!

Congrats man!

Congratulations

Congratulations 👍

Good on ya Jake

Congratulations

Champion!!! 👌🤙🤙✊✊

Top job JDub

hard work paying off.

Well deserved buddy, been hanging out on info on how you have done today, wicked result 🤙

Wicked result mate, well done ✊🏻

Fantastic result Jake, Jane and Maxton. A true team effort. Stoked for you.

Great stuff.. big effort all that travelling, riding, Bike Maintenance . well done and well deserved 👌💪

A massive congratulations Jake, very well deserved. Very proud to be behind you and your racing, ohh and that great little family of yours.

Awesome Jake! Well done on the title and perseverance to get there. Great support by the sounds of it too 🙂 Congratulations 🎉

Awesome job mate So... When are you starting with training the next generation 🤣

Wicked mate! Well deserved 🙌🏼

Fantastic effort team Whitaker

Congratulations Jake!! Top job

Congrats mate all those years on the trials bike paid off

Top job Jake, congrats!

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3 weeks ago

Jake Whitaker

Mixed day at the Nut Buster Enduro Cross today. I had a bad start in the final of the qualifying race that determines our starting positions for tomorrow. I pushed as hard as I could but it was so tough to pass on the track and the guys were flying. I had to settle for 5th place. I managed to find something extra for the feature races. I got an awesome start in the first race and held the front spot from start to finish. I followed this up with a 3rd and 4th in the next two races to take out 3rd overall in the features. Big day tomorrow in the hills! Let’s see what we can do!
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Best of luck jake!!!!

Nice work!! All the best for tomorrow!! ✊✊🤙🤙

Top job Jake!

Good work, go well. Let it flow, relax

You're gonna smash it tomorrow! Bummer I couldn't get down this year

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4 weeks ago

Jake Whitaker

When the hot lines not so hot!
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When the hot lines not so hot! 
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Scrubbing 🤣

Shit happens

1 month ago

Jake Whitaker

What a weekend! This weekend we tackled the Over The Top Hard Enduro also doubling as round 3 of the NZ Extreme Enduro Nationals in Napier. After being taken out by a terrible bug on Friday night, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out of bed on Saturday. Jane pumped me with diastop 😂🤦‍♂️ and electrolytes and we made it to the start line of the enduro cross. I perked up for a couple of races but was just holding on in the last one. Race 1 - 3rd, Race 2 - 2nd, Race 3 - 4th giving me 3rd overall for the day. I was happy to secure valuable points heading into day two.
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Overnight I recovered well and woke up feeling good. The gun went off I grabbed the hole shot on my TSS Motorcycles KTM 300 EXC. Mackenzie Wiig got past and he knew where he was going, so I sat in behind and followed him for the first lap learning the track. We headed into the pits together and after a quick pit from Jane, I headed out just in front of Mackenzie. I pushed hard and pulled a small gap on him. He stayed on my tail (within 2 minutes) for most the race. It was hot work - 30 degrees!!! It made for some extremely tough racing conditions. My water ran out with a couple of laps to go... I was pretty happy to see Jane with water for me on my last lap. Bosses orders were to push hard as Mackenzie wasn’t far behind. He missed the cut off by 5 seconds and didn’t make it out for another lap. Not knowing this, I pushed as hard as I could and after 4 and a half hours I took the win!
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I’m really happy to take the win on such a fast track (the fastest hard enduro of the series). As Mackenzie had won the enduro cross he took the weekend overall win, I came in second, and Tommy Buxton in 3rd. The extra points this weekend keep me out in front of the championship with a very small margin with one round to go! Looks like it’s going to come down to the wire! Big thanks to everyone that helped out this weekend!
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What a weekend! This weekend we tackled the Over The Top Hard Enduro also doubling as round 3 of the NZ Extreme Enduro Nationals in Napier. After being taken out by a terrible bug on Friday night, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out of bed on Saturday. Jane pumped me with diastop 😂🤦‍♂️ and electrolytes and we made it to the start line of the enduro cross. I perked up for a couple of races but was just holding on in the last one. Race 1 - 3rd, Race 2 - 2nd, Race 3 - 4th giving me 3rd overall for the day. I was happy to secure valuable points heading into day two.
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Overnight I recovered well and woke up feeling good. The gun went off I grabbed the hole shot on my TSS Motorcycles KTM 300 EXC. Mackenzie Wiig got past and he knew where he was going, so I sat in behind and followed him for the first lap learning the track. We headed into the pits together and after a quick pit from Jane, I headed out just in front of Mackenzie. I pushed hard and pulled a small gap on him. He stayed on my tail (within 2 minutes) for most the race. It was hot work - 30 degrees!!! It made for some extremely tough racing conditions. My water ran out with a couple of laps to go... I was pretty happy to see Jane with water for me on my last lap. Bosses orders were to push hard as Mackenzie wasn’t far behind. He missed the cut off by 5 seconds and didn’t make it out for another lap. Not knowing this, I pushed as hard as I could and after 4 and a half hours I took the win! 
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I’m really happy to take the win on such a fast track (the fastest hard enduro of the series). As Mackenzie had won the enduro cross he took the weekend overall win, I came in second, and Tommy Buxton in 3rd. The extra points this weekend keep me out in front of the championship with a very small margin with one round to go! Looks like it’s going to come down to the wire! Big thanks to everyone that helped out this weekend! 
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Nice work brother!!

Bloody awesome race reporting jake excellent results

Awesome team Whitaker!

brilliant riding and reporting

Top work

Good work team whitaker. There was charcoal capsules in the cupboard too (awesome for stopping bugs in their tracks) hope you didn't leave the bugs behind.

Well done crew. Another notch on the belt. Great photos too. And great recovery

Great pics, top report, bloody good racing. Well done

Yeah mate! Awesome result.

Good work mate

Good man JW ! This win has been a long time coming. So glad for you. Betcha earn it right proper. Wahoo

Champ train!!

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1 month ago

Jake Whitaker

My Mitas Tyres New Zealand hooked up like you wouldn’t believe all weekend at the Husky Hard Enduro. I couldn’t be happier with my current set up! Looking forward to getting a fresh set on for the Over The Top Hard Enduro this weekend!
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My Mitas Tyres New Zealand hooked up like you wouldn’t believe all weekend at the Husky Hard Enduro. I couldn’t be happier with my current set up! Looking forward to getting a fresh set on for the Over The Top Hard Enduro this weekend! 
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Great photo mate The gear looks mint

May have to jump on that Mitas tyre wagon real soon!

great pick

1 month ago

Jake Whitaker

That’s the Husky Hard Enduro done for another year! We’ve had without a doubt, some of the best riding in the country over the last few days! Big thanks to the Forest Trail Events crew for putting on another great event!
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After qualifying 2nd in the enduro cross on Friday, I left the pits on minute 2 on Saturday morning. Chris quickly pulled a gap on us with his top knotch navigation skills. Tommy and I chopped and changed for 2nd all day. I came in ahead of him but as he had started on minute 3 he moved into 2nd place overall.
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Sunday I left the pits on minute 3. I quickly caught Tommy and and then we both caught Chris a little while later. We raced together for the morning coming in as a group to the service stop. After the mandatory stop I felt good. We hit some hard hills and Chris and I made a break away on Tommy. Unfortunately we made a navigation mistake and had to circle back around and ride up the hardest hill of the weekend again 🤦‍♂️. We pushed hard to try and catch Tommy but he’d made up too much ground on us. Chris had enough of a lead from Saturday to take the win, Tommy took 2nd place and I finished up in 3rd place. Great sportsmanship and riding from the boys @birchynz @tom_buxton101 this weekend. Cheers boys!
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Big thanks to the wife @janey_whitaker and the little man Maxton and @smp_168 for their help in the pits all weekend. Also a big thanks to Mark and Dee for letting us take over their house this weekend!
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That’s the Husky Hard Enduro done for another year! We’ve had without a doubt, some of the best riding in the country over the last few days! Big thanks to the Forest Trail Events crew for putting on another great event! 
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After qualifying 2nd in the enduro cross on Friday, I left the pits on minute 2 on Saturday morning. Chris quickly pulled a gap on us with his top knotch navigation skills. Tommy and I chopped and changed for 2nd all day. I came in ahead of him but as he had started on minute 3 he moved into 2nd place overall. 
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Sunday I left the pits on minute 3. I quickly caught Tommy and and then we both caught Chris a little while later. We raced together for the morning coming in as a group to the service stop. After the mandatory stop I felt good. We hit some hard hills and Chris and I made a break away on Tommy. Unfortunately we made a navigation mistake and had to circle back around and ride up the hardest hill of the weekend again 🤦‍♂️. We pushed hard to try and catch Tommy but he’d made up too much ground on us. Chris had enough of a lead from Saturday to take the win, Tommy took 2nd place and I finished up in 3rd place. Great sportsmanship and riding from the boys @birchynz @tom_buxton101 this weekend. Cheers boys! 
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Big thanks to the wife @janey_whitaker and the little man Maxton and @smp_168 for their help in the pits all weekend. Also a big thanks to Mark and Dee for letting us take over their house this weekend! 
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Great race! Well done!

Awesome result Jake! Congrates Bud.

Great stuff Jake

great work

Awesome ❤️

Good work Jake Whitaker

Nice and that answered my earlier question 🙂

Well done, keep enjoying it

Well done.

Very cool ..

Top race reporting Jake and well done

Top work

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1 month ago

Jake Whitaker

Currently sitting in 3rd place after day two of the Husqvarna Hard Enduro. Awesome tracks in some wicked terrain today! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tomorrow. Thanks to the wife @janey_whitaker and this little dude for their help today. 📸 JW Photography NZ
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Currently sitting in 3rd place after day two of the Husqvarna Hard Enduro. Awesome tracks in some wicked terrain today! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tomorrow. Thanks to the wife @janey_whitaker and this little dude for their help today. 📸 JW Photography NZ
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Wicked mate, keep pushing 👌🏼

great work keep it up keep it fun

Go Jake

Stay strong for tomorrow

1 month ago

Jake Whitaker

Made things hard for myself tonight with a crash right off the start line in the prologue qualifying race of the Husky Hard Enduro (did exactly the same thing last year 🤦‍♂️). Managed to battle my way back to qualify 1 second behind Chris Birch in 2nd place! We’ve got 2 tough days of navigating in the bush ahead of us. Looking forward to seeing what we can do. 📸 JW Photography NZ
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Made things hard for myself tonight with a crash right off the start line in the prologue qualifying race of the Husky Hard Enduro (did exactly the same thing last year 🤦‍♂️). Managed to battle my way back to qualify 1 second behind Chris Birch in 2nd place! We’ve got 2 tough days of navigating in the bush ahead of us. Looking forward to seeing what we can do. 📸 JW Photography NZ
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All the best buddy. Good to see you are being fair to the other competitors by giving them a head start, very sporting of you.

Good luck for the weekend Jake!!!

All the best Jake. That gear looks mint!

Good luck Jake

Great recovery, settle in get your rhythm. Beware the hot day, stay hydrated

looking good relax and have FUN

Solid!! 🤙🤙🤙

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