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Smith And May Share The Workload And The Glory


10 Mar 2016

Racing a dirt bike for six hours can be a daunting prospect, certainly a gruelling undertaking, but when you can share it with a friend, the challenge becomes a pleasure.

And it was certainly a pleasure for everyone but their rivals when Mokau's Adrian Smith and Titirangi's Callan May teamed up to win the Scott Six-Hour dirt bike marathon at Matata the weekend, an event formerly known as the Castrol Six-Hour.

Sharing the riding duties on Saturday, Smith rode his four-stroke Yamaha YZ250FX and May opted for the two-stroke Yamaha YZ250X.

One of only four teams out of 56 entered to complete 12 laps in the six hours, Smith and May finished just over six minutes ahead of the runners-up, Hamilton's Peter Broxholme and North Shore's Chris Power.

Morrinsville brothers Hayden and Nathan Tesselaar took the third spot on the podium, finishing just over 10 minutes behind the Broxholme/Power pairing.

"Callan rode the first stint," said Smith. "Early on it was Broxholme and Power who led the way, in front for about two hours or so, but then we took over the lead and managed to stretch out our advantage.

"The track was really rough. The organisers had bulldozed tracks through the trees and it caused a few problems for some riders. A couple of riders crashed and had to be airlifted out. Square-edged bumps popped up and tended to kick the bikes a bit, so you had to be fast and careful at the same time and that's not easy.

"There were no incidents for us. I did have a couple of 'get-offs' early on and went down a bank at one stage, but then I managed to get myself sorted out.

"Any time I can get riding the bike is good for me at the moment as I concentrate on going for another national cross-country title win," said Smith, already a record four-time New Zealand Cross-country Champion.

He finished runner-up at the opening round of the 2016 national cross-country championships near Huntly last month, crossing the line behind Taupo's Brad Groombridge, and the result at the weekend will boost his confidence as he prepares for the second round of four near Mosgiel on April 3.

Smith is supported by Yamaha-Motor New Zealand, and Workshop Graphics. May is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Kiwi Rider magazine,, MotoSR, Golden Tyres, Fox, Graphic Creation, GYTR and Yamalube.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,