Sign up

Sign up to our newsletter for local stories, events and more..
Name required.
Email required.
Invalid Email.
Email already exists.

Like our Facebook

Boys In Blue Hog The Podium



Firm friends off the track but fierce opponents on it, you can always expect fireworks when Ngatea's Ben Broad and Taupo's Wyatt Chase are racing.

But when a third Yamaha rider, Muruwai cross-country ace Luke Mobberley, joined the party in the 15-16 years' 125cc class at the weekend's 54th annual New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville, it was triple the mayhem.

And once the dust had cleared at the end of the day, the ranking order was Broad, Chase and Mobberley as they finished 1-2-3 at the top of the 30-rider class, all three Yamaha riders also sponsored by

Broad finished 2-1-1 in the three races, while Chase finished 3-2-2 and Mobberley chimed in with a 6-4-3 score-card.

In fact it was five Yamaha riders filling out the top five positions in this class, with Nelson pair Ethan Waters and Reece Walker rounding out the top five.

Broad also won the 14-16 years' 250cc class, this time leading Cambridge's Trent Collins and Alexandra's Bryn Gilbert to the top of the podium.

"It has been a long time since I last won a class at Woodville ... and now I've won two today," said an elated Broad afterwards. "I think I was about seven when I won a 50cc mini class overall.

"I have only been racing the 250cc four-stroke Yamaha since just before Christmas, so it has only been a month now. But I'm getting used to it and love riding the YZ250F. You can ride a lot smoother and faster on the four-stroke bike.

"You have to be more aggressive on the 125cc two-stroke and changing back and forth from one bike to the other caused me a few problems with my starts. But I think I have the hang of things now," said the 16-year-old.

Then, to complete their respective campaigns at the weekend, Broad won the Junior 125 Champion of Champions race the following day, while the just-turned 15-year-old Chase finished runner-up to national senior 125cc champion Josiah Natzke, of Hamilton, in the senior 125 Grand Prix class.

Broad and Chase will now prepare themselves to race their YZ125 bikes in the Senior 125 class at the four-round New Zealand Motocross Championships, which are set to kick off in Taranaki in just over a weeks' time, on February 8.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,