The 2012 Oceania’s are done and dusted with the Revolution Products/Kingpin Bikes team all out in full force for the first time this year.
With 2 days of practice meant that everybody was pretty relaxed and we had a heap time of time to get bikes and lines sorted. However we did have a mad rush to finish our latest team member’s (Tania Carson’s) brand spanking new 2012 Transition TR450 on Saturday morning.
We woke on Sunday morning with light rain falling so it was a bit of gamble with tire selection, half the team were on full wets and the other half on drys. Seeding went well for everyone with clean runs but Matt Walker blew a tire on the first corner and rolled down in last place for seeding.
It was then a bit rush in the pits to work out which tires to run for the race runs and after a hectic 30mins or so we had everybody ready to roll.
First up was Tania Carson on her brand new TR450. She must have felt at home on the bike as she took 1st place in Open Women by 20 odd seconds! (Watch out pro ladies, we may see Tania step it up next year)
Then came our u17 Men (by now we had steady rain falling), Connor Hamilton (fresh from winning the Super D title on his Mum’s Transition Covert) didn’t have the best days in the changeable conditions and come home in 17th place. So it was down to our NZ Champ Josh McCombie on his TR450. However when Josh rolled through the finished line his neck brace was filled with pine needles so we knew he had an off somewhere. But he was still fast enough for 5th place. A great season from Josh!!
With all the fast aussie’s over the U19 class was hotly contested. Jake Robinson was really motivated to show his class on his home track and put down a time on his Transition TR450 that was only .30 off first place.
A great result from Jake and I’m sure Jake now has a taste for glory and we’ll see more top results from him.
Last up was the Pro Men, With Matt having the slowest seeding time meant he was first away. So we changed his tires to full drys and he put down a time which at that point was a little unknown if it was good enough to take the title. It was a long wait for Matt as each rider came down pulling goggles off and shaking their heads in disappointment as the changeable condition’s made it tough to put down a clean run. Then came Matt Scoles with an unbelievable time and took 1st place off Matt. With only 2 riders to come (Wyn Masters and Brook MacDonald) it was always going to be a tense finish.
Wyn pushed hard all the way with a great time which was just behind Matt’s. Then come Brook but he must have had a big off somewhere and was only riding on his pedal axle but still had a good time to come home in 4th place. So this left Matt in 2nd place and Wyn in 3rd. Great result for the both of them on there 2012 Pivot Phoenix Dh’s. Both Matt and Wyn are heading overseas soon and this was a great way to finish their NZ seasons.
Our other team results were Dan Meilink in 17th and Eddie Master’s 27th.