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Race Report: National Enduro Rnd 1, Riverhead, Auckland
Rider: Paul Whibley
Team: Freedom Moto Yamaha
Bike: Yamaha YZ450 F
Result: 2nd
It had been a long time since I raced a Natioanl Enduro in NZ and even longer since I had raced
in Riverhead. While I didn’t recognise any trail, memories quickly came flooding back of slick
clay and the pine tree roots once into the first section.
Trail time was supposed to be loose so there was no rush in the first section. The drizzly
morning had dampened down the expected dust nicely but in return the hard pack clay was
pretty slick. Completing the first section with enough time to grab a quick splash of gas and
then into the first special test. The next section seemed to hold a lot of slower trails and when
we came into check two there was a real scramble to get gas and into the check without losing
time. A lot were caught out by how tight it was on time and lost minutes. The trail pace was
fast enough to prohibit slacking and keep you pushing. I kind of liked it because it kept my
focus, but I’m not sure many of the Intermediate riders appreciated the pace they had to ride.
The last loop was abandoned with a horse on the loose in the forest posing a danger to riders.
My times felt ok but I suspect I need to work on my special test speed. I felt I rode pretty safely
and could do with hanging it out a little. I think I my test pace was basically my 3 hour cross
country speed. Overall I had a lot of fun. The bike worked great and with some more test
specific training we will be right in the hunt.
1st: Chris Birch
2nd: Paul Whibley
3rd: Liam Draper
Photo courtesy Andy McGechan,
Paul Whibley is supported by:
YamahaNZ, Freedom Moto, Shoei, Sidi, Smith, G2,Asterisk,
Moto SR, Vortex Ignitions, EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Darbis,
Rosscos Start Up Services, Works Connection, Pro Taper,
Race Pace Services, Unabiker, Leatt Brace, Tire Balls,, Stuk, CarbSport. KettleClamp, Alliance
Offroad, Ride Eng. MotoSeat
FMF Kenda Yamalube Asterisk CV4 Cycle Gear GYTR IMS
Leatt Brace MSR Pro-Clean Rekluse Shoei TM Designworks
Cycra Twin Air Wiseco ZipTy Racing AllBalls Racing Ride Eng
DP Brakes