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Brad Groombridge for a “fun ride” in Romania and then a serious competitive outing in Austria, at the Erzberg “Iron Giant” from May 31-June 3. This means that Groombridge, second in the overall standings for the New Zealand championships after these first two rounds, and Greenslade, third but just two points further back, become the two men most favoured to win the Kiwi crown this season. “It’s a bit of a shame that I won’t be here (to keep Groombridge and Greenslade honest), but I’m really looking forward to my overseas adventure.” Also impressive at rounds one and two was Cambridge’s Dylan Yearbury (Husqvarna FX350), who finished third on the Saturday and then fourth on the Sunday, and Paeroa’s Chris Power (Honda CRF450), who twice finished fifth overall, and they will also be expected to threaten for the outright title win this season. Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker (KTM 300XC, sixth and sixth) and Stratford’s Josh Hunger (Husqvarna FX 350, 8-8) are also on target for a podium finish. Round three of the New Zealand champs series is set for Maruia, near Nelson, on May 26. KIWI RIDER 85