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Reeves Determined To Maintain Advantage

 

AUGUST 27, 2015: Manawatu man Adam Reeves can feel the pressure mounting, but he refuses to buckle.

The 33-year-old three-time former national cross-country champion enjoys a solid lead in the inaugural NZXC cross-country series after two of five rounds, but he faces another strenuous challenge at round three in the Woodhill Forest, north-west of Auckland, this weekend.

Reeves finished fifth overall at the series opener near Tokoroa in June and backed that up with an outright win at round two at Taikorea, near his home town Palmerston North, in July, and this gives him a six-point advantage over Wellington's Jake Whitaker as they head into Sunday's big race at Woodhill.

" I'm really enjoying this series and I love riding in the Woodhill Forest," said Reeves.

"I feel pretty fit and fast and have been riding quite a lot lately, mostly at Taikorea, and that is very similar sand-based, forest terrain to what I'll be facing at Woodhill on Sunday.

"I'm not on the Yamaha YZ450F four-stroke for this weekend, but back on the YZ250 two-stroke, and I don't think that will be any disadvantage at all.

"I'm pretty keen to do well on Sunday and maintain my series lead," he said, although he is also aware that rival Whitaker celebrated a major win at the inaugural Moonshine Run Hard Enduro near Porirua last weekend and that his form is also peaking.

Third overall is Yamaha's four-time former cross-country champion Adrian Smith, from Mokau, just five points behind Whitaker, while Muriwai's Luke Mobberley is in fourth spot overall, just two points further back.

Sponsored by the MotoSR bike suspension company, Dirt Rider Downunder magazine and BikesportNZ.com, the fourth round of the NZXC Series is set for Maddix Park, near Tauranga, on November 14, with the final round set for Castlehill, near Pahiatua, on December 5.

Created by Manawatu's two-time former American and current New Zealand cross-country champion Paul Whibley, the series has attracted some of the country's elite dirt bike exponents from across a range of different bike codes, including cross-country, motocross and moto trials.

Whibley has also been compete in his own series too, although he stresses "the series is not for my benefit, it's for others".

"I am not riding all of the rounds of the NZXC because I'll be too busy trying to organise things," said Whibley. "I don't want people to think I've just made up a series for me to win. It's for other riders to enjoy and gain recognition from."

However, Yamaha ace Whibley will line up to race at Woodhill on Sunday and rates as one of the favourites to win the day.

2015 NZXC schedule:

Round 1: June 14, Tar Hill, Tokoroa (part of the Dirt Guide Series)

Round 2: July 18, Taikorea, Palmerston North (the stand-alone Yamaha Taikorea 500)

Round 3: August 30, Woodhill, Auckland (part of the Woodhill Two-man Series)

Round 4: November 14, Maddix Park, Tauranga (part of the NZ GNCC Series)

Round 5: December 5, Castlehill, Pahiatua (part of the Central CC Series)

Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com