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Yamaha's Lamont Scores MX2 Class Hat-Trick


OCTOBER 28, 2015: Mangakino's Kayne Lamont handed out a motocross lesson at the weekend's big annual MX Fest in Taupo.

The MX2 (250cc) class rider for the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team was untouchable as he blasted his rivals in all three MX2 class races on Sunday, adding brilliantly to the team's success as his team boss, former GP star Josh Coppins, and third Altherm team rider Ethan Martens put their Yamaha machines 1-2 on the MX1 class podium.

It was an emphatic performance by both Lamont and Coppins as they each registered a hat-trick of wins and Martens' runner-up result should not be underestimated either, especially when considering he was racing a YZ250 two-stroke against the more-powerful 350cc and 450cc bikes in the MX1 class. Martens scored 6-3-2 in the MX1 class.

But, with Coppins taking on a fill-in role with the YZ450F until his official MX1 rider, Dean Ferris, arrives from Australia, it was Lamont's clean sweep result that was perhaps more significant as the Kiwi motocross community looks ahead to the national championships series that begins in February.

The national MX2 champion in 2014, injury prevented Lamont from defending his crown this season and a mixed campaign in Europe earlier this year meant his confidence had taken a knock.

However, his dominant performance at the weekend's New Zealand season opener in Taupo certainly provided a boost for the 22-year-old multi-time Kiwi champion.

"I was quite surprised by the margin of my wins," said Lamont afterwards.

"I have been racing (in Europe) all through the (New Zealand) winter and I thought the guys who are usually fast at Taupo would be giving me a hurry-up. But I was actually able to slow down at the end of my races and cruise a bit."

The victory did not come without cost, however, as he crashed and was injured during the shoot-out series of all-in feature races that wound up the weekend.

"Australian rider Dean Porter crashed in front of me and I had nowhere to go," Lamont explained.

A scan immediately afterwards revealed only bruising and no major problems and there is expected to be little delay before he is back in action again.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team is supported by Altherm Window Systems, Yamaha, JCR, CRC, Ados, GYTR, Yamalube, Fox Racing, Hollands Collision Centre, Star Moving, Ward Demolition, Fulton Hogan, Pirelli, FMF, DID, NGK, Matrix, Renthal, Motomuck, Workshop Graphics, Motoseat, Hammerhead, SKF, Vertex Pistons, Rtech Plastics, Etnies, Biketranz and Fulton Hogan.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,