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Monday, 7th November 2016
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HONDA CLEAN SWEEP AT WAIKATO CHAMPS

CAPTION: Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper (Honda Racing Team CRF450), on his way to winning all three races in the MX1 class on Sunday. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

NOVEMBER 7, 2016: Everything turned blood red at the annual Waikato Motocross Championships near Te Kuiti at the weekend.

The Waikato-based Honda Racing Team put on a show to remember for the local fans when its riders dominated the premier classes on both days of the championships.

Cambridge's Trent Collins (Honda CRF250) won the junior 250cc class on the Saturday, finishing ahead of Oparau's James Scott in all three races, and then he backed that up by also dominating the talent-laden senior pro 250cc class the following day.

Collins scored a hat-trick of wins on Saturday but had more of a fight on his hands on Sunday, although his 1-2-3 score-card was enough to get the job done, the Honda ace this time finishing ahead of Te Puke's Logan Blackburn, Waitakere's Ethan Martens and Tauranga's Micah McGoldrick.

Sponsored by King Country Honda and Livestock Countrywide Ltd, the popular event attracted the cream of New Zealand's riders, but nobody could match Kiwi international Cody Cooper.

The national MX1 champion from Mount Maunganui was simply unstoppable during senior action on Sunday.

Cooper (Honda CRF450) won all three MX1 races, each time crossing the line ahead of fellow Kiwi international Kayne Lamont, of Mangakino, with Tauranga's Royden White completing the podium.

Then, remarkably, Cooper also lined up to race the 125cc class, dusting off an old 2003-model Honda CR125 that had been sitting in his garage since he last raced it in serious competition, 13 years earlier.

He was kept honest by rising young star Scott, but Cooper's 2-1-1 score-line gave him the overall win. Scott finished 1-2-2.

Bulls rider Riley Campbell claimed the third step on the 125cc podium.

"Riding in the 125cc class was just a bit of fun for me," said the 33-year-old Cooper afterwards.

"The bike has had virtually nothing done to it since I won the national 125cc title on it (as a 20-year-old) in 2003. It even has the same tyres on it from when I last raced the bike. We just put a new seat cover on it and some new plastic guards, then filled up the tank with fresh fuel.

"I think I'll race a few club events on it this year. It was so much fun to ride again.

"I'm feeling great at the moment and I'm really looking forward to the nationals (which kick off near Timaru in February).

"I usually have October off, just to have a rest from racing, but I think I'm a long stronger and faster now than I was at the same time last year. I'm ahead of where I thought I'd be, although I'm feeling pretty tired now. It's been a while since I've raced two classes on the same day."

Cooper and Collins now look ahead to racing the Auckland Motocross Championships on December 3-4, followed by the Honda Whakatane Summercross just after Christmas and then the big annual Honda New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville in late January.

The four-round nationals kick off in February.

Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com



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