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COOPER WITH SHAYNE KING EDWARDS but not yet confirmed , for December and then on into the New Year . “ It was a great way to start the season . I haven ’ t done a lot of preparation ... just a little bit of riding and fitness , but nothing crazy ,” said Natzke afterwards . “ It ’ s a shame ( Oparau ’ s national MX2 No . 2 ) James Scott wasn ’ t able to be here , because he would have spiced things up a bit more . Brodie ( Connolly ) rode great today . “ This is a good starting point for me this early in the season . I was peaking more at this time
last year , but it ’ s just good to have a good day on the bike . I ’ ve got a lot of work to do yet before I ’ m ready for the nationals .”
WMX Cooper ’ s Motul Honda team-mate , Tauranga ’ s Roma Edwards , won the women ’ s grade races that were run on Saturday . Edwards finished 1-2-1 to take the women ’ s trophy ahead of Mount Maunganui ’ s Zara Gray ( Husqvarna , who finished 2-1-2 in the three women ’ s races ). The 19-year-old Edwards recently relocated from Nelson to Tauranga , “ chasing some
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