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STORY: Andy McGechan/ bikesportnz.com Whakatane’s Mitch Rees, leading the way at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park HONDA FAMILY THE KINGS OF ENDURANCE t was textbook stuff from the Rees family on Sunday September 30 as father Tony and his eldest son, Mitch, wrapped up the inaugural Honda Three-Hour Endurance Race at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park. The result was perhaps highly appropriate too, because the motorcycling weekend had been billed as "Ride with Rees – a weekend with Tony Rees", with the tagline: "Celebrating a New Zealand champion". It was an action-packed two days of activity at the popular Taupo road-racing facility. Saturday was the second of five Honda Ride Days being staged this season and offered an opportunity to ride with and learn from multi-time national superbike champion Tony Rees, 2018 national superbike No.2 Mitch Rees and also the younger sibling too, 2017 national 600cc supersport champion Damon Rees. The activities on Saturday were a perfect lead-in to the racing proper on Sunday – a two-hour endurance race for under-600cc bikes and a three-hour endurance race for bikes over 600cc – and also included an entertaining drinks and dinner evening with Tony Rees and fellow superbike legend Aaron Slight on Saturday night. KIWI RIDER 15