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It's like being chosen for the All Blacks, the riders put their hands on their hearts and go out and give it their best shot -CARTER "I believe the Americans have won the MXoN every time it's been held in America. And the way their riders are performing at the moment, they will be a very hard team to beat. I think that if we can get around a top 10 placing that would be massive. We [NZ] are such a small part of the world and always have to travel huge distances to get to this event. "But the team we have this year is very solid. Hamish (Harwood) has just come off a strong Australian campaign and Cody (Cooper) has been racing in America this season too, so this is one of the strongest New Zealand teams we have had in a long time," he said. All three riders compete in their individual classes with points earned in reverse – a rider is awarded one point for a race win, two points for second place, three for third, and so on. The lowest combined score wins and maximum points are assigned for a non-finish, which means finishing each race is vital. "I guess it's a little bit more pressure because you don't want to let your team RIDE - UPLOAD - REVIEW and country down, but, in the same respect, you kind of use it as a motivation," Carter said. New Zealand's MXoN team co-manager Bevan Weal, from Taupo, said it was a huge honour for a rider to be selected to race for his country. "It's like being chosen for the All Blacks," he said. "The riders put their hands on their hearts and go out and give it their best shot." Despite being a newcomer to the Yamaha brand, Carter has been quick to adjust and he is feeling comfortable on the YZ450F, putting in impressive laps times at the weekend's latest training session at Taupo. When the domestic season kicks off later on October, Carter will be racing under his own Yamalube Yamaha banner, but closely associated with the Josh Coppins-managed Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team. Carter and Yamalube Yamaha are sponsored by Yamaha-Motor New Zealand, Crown Kiwi, Alpinestars, Pirelli, 100% and CFX Seats and bLU cRU.