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Lamont And Duncan Back On Top In The MX2 Class


JANUARY 25, 2016: Mangakino's Kayne Lamont is back ... and so too is Courtney Duncan.

After a succession of injuries, former New Zealand MX2 champion Lamont is once again fully recovered, strong again and ready to win once more.

He proved that when he tackled the MX2 class at Sunday's annual King of the Mountain (KoM) motocross in Taranaki, the Altherm JCR Yamaha star winning the class outright, although not without some strife with his own team-mate, fellow Kiwi international Duncan.

Otago's Duncan, also on the comeback from injury, stunned when she won the first MX2 race of the day, nothing between the pair as Lamont hounded her to the chequered flag.

Results were reversed in the next race, with 19-year-old Duncan leading until Lamont gained the edge on a last-lap pass and held off a spirited response from Duncan to level the scores.

So the third and final race of the day would be the MX2 class decider.

However, with Duncan also racing (and comfortably winning) the women's class, it meant her workload was much greater and her energy was being rapidly sapped, the heat of the day and the roughness of the track also contributing factors, and so when Lamont holeshot that last MX2 race, it had almost become mission impossible for her to claw him back.

And so it proved, with Lamont edging clear and enjoying his biggest win of the day, crossing the finish line nearly five seconds ahead of Duncan.

So commanding were the two Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team riders that the third best rider, New Plymouth's Jacob Vink, finished a massive one minute and 17 seconds behind the Duncan.

"Courtney and I were feeding off each other a lot today, talking with one another about what lines were best and how top cut our lap times. We both wanted to win but we are also team-mates and helping each other out.

"I know she needs to get prepared for the Women's World Championships (which kick off in Qatar on February 27), so I was pushing her as hard as I could in that first race. It's hard to find a way past on this track, but she was too good. I'm glad I won the day overall, though, because that was the aim."

Lamont also raced in the all-capacities King of the Mountain feature race, finishing fourth overall, behind fellow Kiwi internationals Cody Cooper, Scott Columb and Brad Groombridge, all of them on 450cc bikes.

"I'm certainly on track to win at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville next weekend (January 30-31)," said Lamont.

Meanwhile, winner of the junior King of the Mountain title was 16-year-old Stratford rider Sam Cleland.

Class winners on Sunday were Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper (MX1); Mangakino's Kayne Lamont (MX2); Ngatea's Ben Broad (National 125/under-21); Otago's Courtney Duncan (Women); Inglewood's Larry Blair (Vets over-35); Wellington's Glen Woods (Vets over-45); Morrinsville's Brendon Mcaskie (MX3); Masterton's Camden Butler (Junior 14-16 years 250cc); Matamata's Brodie Connolly (Junior 12-14 years 125cc and 14-16 years 85cc classes); Palmerston North's Toby Winiata (Junior 12-13 years 85cc); Pukekohe's Coleman Brydon (Junior 8-11 years 85cc); New Plymouth's Jesse Wickham (Junior 8-11 years 65cc).

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,