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Late Charge Earns Podium Finish For May


7 Jun 2016

It had only been a remote possibility at the start of the weekend, but when the engine noises had died away at the end of race action on Sunday, Auckland's Callan May found that he had worked his way onto the podium.

The 24-year-old electrician from Titirangi had been fourth overall, 13 points behind Howick's Liam Draper, in the series standings in the expert grade as the riders headed into the Central North Island to tackle the final two of five rounds in the New Zealand Enduro Championships - round four near Benneydale on Saturday and round five near Tokoroa on Sunday - but a solid weekend's riding earned May a promotion to third overall when the championships finally wrapped up late on Sunday.

He took his Yamaha YZ250X to finish fourth overall on Saturday, behind Taupo's eventual series champion Brad Groombridge, Christchurch's Angus Macdonald and Cambridge's Simon Lansdaal.

May again finished fourth overall the following day, this time behind Draper, Glen Eden's 2015 national champion Chris Birch and Groombridge.
These results elevated May to third overall in the championship and he'd also cemented himself in position at overall runner-up in the battle-within-a-battle for over-200cc two-stroke class honours.

"I knew I needed to beat Hamish (Macdonald) today (Sunday) to grab the No.3 place for the series and that's what I did. It's a bit unfortunate for him that he had bike problems and DNFed on Saturday, but that's racing sometimes," said May.

"When I saw how well I was doing after the first test today, I knew I was on the pace.

"The track was pretty hard work on Saturday, but I really enjoyed the forest course today. It was awesome and a lot of fun.

"It has been three or four years since I've been able to complete a full national enduro championships series and it's nice to come back with a result like this," said May, who returned to New Zealand late last year after two seasons of racing in the United States.

May had previously won national enduro titles in the 250cc four-stroke class and the 125cc two-stroke class as well.

May is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Kiwi Rider magazine,, Dunlop, Forma Boots, EKS brand goggles, Graphic Creations, City Electrix, Construct Now and Carbsport.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan,