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Nield Welcomes In New Year With Double Win


JANUARY 9, 2016: What a way to mark a return to action.

Kaikohe's Mitchell Nield has been notable for his absence from top-flight dirt bike racing action over the past five months, but the 27-year-old welcomed in the New Year with a stunning double-win comeback.

He took his Yamaha YZ250X to win both legs of the Crazy Cross endurocross and the Root 100 extreme enduro, both events held over from the weekend and rescheduled to run on the same day, on Monday, because of flooding at the Whangarei venue.

Nield has been out of enduro and cross-country action since the arrival of he and wife Sianella's first child five months ago, little Dustin commanding almost all of their attention, with dirt bike racing put on the back-burner.

"It's been five months now since I became a dad and it has really changed my life. But I was looking forward to getting back on the Yamaha at the weekend and seeing how I'd go," said Nield.

The two stand-alone events, originally set for Saturday and Sunday, were the perfect way for Nield to mark his comeback and to welcome in the New Year as well.

"The course was flooded at the weekend, the track under water, and it was still pretty wet even a day later. They had a water crossing and a dirt hole and, even with the pump going, it was causing a lot of carnage.

The organisers shortened the Root 100 race from three hours down to two, but it still took most of us nearly three hours to complete. I did three laps, but I don't think every rider managed that.

"My fitness was surprisingly good, not quite where I'd like it to be, but obviously enough to get the job done."

The next big event fort Nield will be the first round of the Extreme Enduro Series at Waimiha in two weeks' time, before he switches bikes to ride a Yamaha WR250F in the New Zealand Enduro Championships series.

"The arrival of Dustin has caused us a few sleepless nights, but he's been pretty good and is a happy little fellow most of the time. We just adapt our live and carry on."

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,