Motorsport: Clash of codes to be extreme king

By Andy McGechan

New Zealand has a reputation for producing motorcycle hard men and the latest development in the sport of extreme enduro racing is set to enhance that even further.

With Auckland enduro ace Chris Birch now resident overseas, plying his trade in South Africa, and fellow Kiwi internationals Paul Whibley, Rory Mead and Adrian Smith making a huge impact racing in the United States, it is obvious somebody is doing something right here at home.

And that person is probably Tokoroa's Sean Clarke.

New Zealand already has several popular and well-establish extreme enduro events on the racing calendar, but now Clarke and the KTM motorcycle company intend to bind them together to create a super competition, the KTM Extreme Enduro Series.

The four major extreme enduro events on the calendar will remain stand-alone, if that is how riders want to treat them, perhaps picking and choosing which events suit their schedules.

But Clarke is also bringing them together to form a KTM Extreme Enduro Series, with a special prize to the one outright winner in each bike class.

"The KTM Extreme Enduro Series is a combination of four different events that will decide New Zealand's best extreme enduro rider. Points will be awarded in each round across four different grades - pro, expert, clubman and moto trials.

"At the series final, the No Way In Hell Extreme Enduro, the riders with the best tally from any three of the events will take home the trophy and the bragging rights," said Clarke.

"All the No1 riders from all the motorcycling codes will likely come together for this. We have seen huge interest from top motocross riders such as Rotorua's Michael Phillips, enduro riders Chris Birch and Rory Mead and six-time national moto trials champion Jake Whitaker as well."

He said that having moto trials exponents entered would also add a new dimension to the events.

By the end of March we will know which rider and which motorcycling code can claim to be king of extreme.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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