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Long wins Rnd 1 of NZ Supercross Championship and takes home the South Island title

13-01-10

Round one, of the four round New Zealand Supercross Championship was held at Timaru, New Zealand, on 6 January 2010 with Dylan Long making his mark on the season nice and early.

The track was a lengthy circuit with a 50 second-plus lap time and a variety of rhythm sections which gave the crowd plenty of entertainment. The event organizers also compiled a ‘Pub Talk’ tally of the fastest lap times of the event, combining junior and senior racers, which placed Dylan 7th fastest with a 54.7 second lap time, only a couple of seconds shy of Ben Townley on 52.6 and Cody Cooper on 53.3.

“I had good fun out at the Backflips track and was happy to take the round win,” said Long.  “I won races one and two, and settled for second in the last race. In the last one I slid-out in the first turn, and the race was cut back to five laps, so I was happy to take second which still gave me the overall for the round.

“I got to watch senior riders like Ben Townley and Cody Cooper go at it in their races, which was awesome to see as they are world class riders.”

Dylan Long then continued his New Zealand tour to compete in the South Island Supercross Championship, near Nelson on 9 January. The circuit was another lengthy Supercross track with over a minute lap time, with a layout similar to an Australian style Arena-X.

“It was a sick ride for me at this event,” said Long. ”The track was fairly hard pack, and dusty with just over a minutes lap time. The jumps and rhythm sections were more like our arena-x tracks back home which brings the competition a lot closer.

“In my first and second motos, I got clean starts and rode home for the wins, but in the final moto my grid pick could have been better, and I didn’t get the jump that I wanted. I got tangled with a rider in the first turn and lost a good 15 seconds off the lead rider.

“I tweaked my wrist in the crash, but I pushed hard and safely back up into second, which gave me enough points to take the overall for the event.

“Unfortunately my wrist injury caused me to have to pull out of round two of the National Championship but I’m still happy to come home with the South Island title.”

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said “Dylan has proved once again that he is one of the fastest juniors around, whether it is in Motocross or Supercross racing.”

“Dylan has literally jumped on a borrowed second hand KTM 250SX-F and not only picked up the win for the first round of the NZ Championship, but also put in some amazing lap times compared to some high caliber riders. There was a mechanical gremlin which plagued the bike during the event, but the KTM held strong, and Dylan was able to ride it home for a great result.

“Dylan has then backed up his opening round win of the New Zealand Supercross Championships held earlier this week extremely well, taking his first number one plate for the season at the South Island Championships. Dylan is having a great time over in New Zealand and it is an awesome way to kick off the season.”

 “We are extremely grateful for the support and welcoming attitude of those involved in inviting Dylan to race in New Zealand, and to his mechanic Anthony Giles for doing his usual magic!”

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

NZ Supercross - Round 1
 
Junior 250

1. Dylan Long 57 pts
2. Isaiah McGoldrick 54 pts
3. Tom Managh 43 pts

South Island Supercross - Final

Junior 250

1.     Dylan Long 57 pts
2.     Tom Managh 47 pts
3.     Isaiah McGoldrick 43 pts

FUTURE RESULTS

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