Kiwi Rider June 2022 Vol.2 - Page 38

Jared Hannon
based former Wairoa man Tommy Watts ( Yamaha ) settling for third overall . Interestingly , Yeoman and Watts will be racing alongside Scott , as team-mates rather than rivals , in France later this year – this trio forming the Junior Team for the New Zealand effort at the ISDE event , to be held near the town of Le Puy en Velay . In addition to making it four outright wins in a row with his victory at Porangahau , Scott also added the four-stroke over-300cc class crosscountry title to his trophy haul this season . Although virtually a “ rookie ” at national crosscountry championships level , the national MX2 ( 250cc ) motocross No . 2 stunned everyone when he beat defending New Zealand cross-country champion Watts to the chequered flag at round one of the cross-country nationals near Marton in late February . He underlined that performance by repeating it with two more wins , at back-to-back rounds two and three , near Masterton and Dannevirke respectively , in April and that was enough for him to seal the main title with a round to spare . “ I just was really keen to win all four [ rounds of the series ] and it ’ s good for my build-up to the ISDE too ,” said Scott , “ I had a good weekend really . I got a good lead on lap one and just maintained that until the end . “ The chasing guys never really got close to me . It was a good winning margin at the end of the three hours . “ I did have a couple of crashes [ at Porangahau ] and one of them was quite good . I just got on the gas a bit hard coming out of a corner and the bike spat me off , but there was no real damage done . The front wheel was bent , but I stopped and straightened it out on a fence post .” Other senior class winners in the cross-