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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The gadget guys ( Bluetooth communication system)
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!!
Great weekend at rounds 5&6 of the North Island Champs, was nice to ride a local event with it being the Wellington Ixion clubs turn to host a round. Had a good ride all weekend feeling confident on the slippery conditions that our local Wellington venues offer.
After spending the last few weekends on the KTM Enduro bike I was feeling a little rusty on the trials bike coming in to the weekend, however it didn’t take long to get in to the swing of it again. Saturday I found the sections set a bit on the easier side for a North Island Championship, but Sunday I found the sections level about bang on. In the last couple of years I have noticed the level of sections being backed off from what I remember it being in the earlier days of riding in this top level of this sport here in New Zealand, it would be awesome to have more of this level of riding back in the Expert class in the near future.
Overall another good weekend on the bike and now I have my sights set on the Australian Championship in early September.
A big thanks to everyone for there support over the weekend, family and friends great to have you all out there.
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Well we arrived back home early hours of this morning after a full on couple of weeks over in Australia, at rounds 3&4 of the World Championship this weekend just been.
My minder Nick and I flew into Sydney on the 17th , so we had plenty of time to run in the new factory 300 supplied by team KAOS. We headed out to the famous pacific park to train on the rocks there for the weekend, we got the bike running sweet after a few minor adjustments.
On Monday and Tuesday we were busy preparing the bikes and loading the van at the teams head quarters, thanks to Darryl and Estelle Boorer for putting us up and taking care of absolutely everything!
Wednesday we had an early start on the road through to Melbourne, just a quick 9 hour drive.
Thursday we had a practice at the venue along with all the over European riders that had made the trip over, followed by another practice Friday and walking of the sections in the afternoon. All 15 sections looked really good all full of big steeps and rock walls with a man made log section to finish up on 15.
Saturday morning it was really wet as the rain had set in over night, I had a good start time with a few of the top riders in front to be able to watch the lines they were using which was helpful.
My first lap was a bit shakey and i wasn’t feeling the best on the bike, things started going much better going into the second lap, improved on a few of the harder sections. I finished the day in 7th place equaling my best finish in the WTC last year, but I wasn’t happy with my consistency in my riding and was a little disappointed in the result.
Sunday morning the sections had dried out a lot and again I had a good start time amongst the top five European riders, was feeling really good on the bike and was cleaning some of the sections I wasnt getting through on Saturday,
My scores were much lower over the day and I was much more competitive with the top riders in the class.
After another big day of riding some really big sections I finally got my first top five finish in the World Championship, I was happy to have finished 5th but was frustrating to see how close second place was!!!
A massive thanks to all the hundreds of Kiwis who made the trip over and for shouting words of encouragement along the way, Darryl and Estelle Boorer, my minder Nick for all his efforts and support along with his family, Mum and Dad and my partner Georgina.
Well Jake left yesterday for Sydney, where he will be training up until the World Round.
We all wish him the best of luck with his endeavors in this round!!!
Im sure Jake will fill you in as soon as he can about the weekend of the event and include some photos, so watch this space.
For all of you who don’t know, we have entered a video of Jake in the Hitachi Heat Pump competition in hope of winning the grand prize of $10,000 to go towards his 2012 trials season. Your votes would be greatly appreciated!!
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