KIWI RIDER 05 2018 VOL.1 - Page 70

2018 New Zealand Miniature TT Championships THROTTLES WERE PINNED AT TT NATIONALS Taupo’s Cohen Chase leads the way in this MX1 class race at Taupiri B ikes were pushed to breaking point at the annual New Zealand Miniature TT Championships near Taupiri on May 5-6, with riders twisting throttles to the stops in a bid for title glory. All competitors relished the perfect riding conditions over the two days, thrilled also to see the event back on the calendar again after a one-year hiatus, thanks largely to sponsorship from Kawasaki 70 KIWI RIDER New Zealand, the generosity of land-owner Mark Fuller and the excellent combined work put in by officials from the separate Huntly and Patetonga motorcycle clubs. In terms of actual race action, there were several dominant performances, with Taupo’s Cohen Chase almost unbeatable in the premier MX1 bike class, West Auckland’s Hayden Smith totally untouchable in the MX2 (250cc) bike class and Te Awamutu’s Rachael