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Long Journey South Worthwhile For Yamaha's Martens


7 Jun 2016

Waitakere's Ethan Martens is used to travelling - as a truck driver he does that for a living - and the weekend's long journey was certainly one that paid dividends.

The 24-year-old motocross star, a valued member of the high-profile Motueka-based Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing Team, made the trip south to race at the big annual Michael Godfrey Memorial Motocross at Timaru at the weekend and returned home with the MX2 class trophy firmly in his grip.

Martens took his Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke to win three out of five races over the two days, finishing comfortably ahead of local favourite and fellow national championship frontrunner Micah McGoldrick (Honda CRF250), from Rangiora, and fellow Yamaha star Cohen Chase, from Taupo.

"I won the first three races on Saturday and so, even though I was leading the two races on Sunday too, I knew I could afford to back it off and relax a bit. All I needed was a couple of thirds on Sunday to wrap it up," he said, with McGoldrick and Chase eventually sharing the wins on Sunday .
Winning the all-capacities feature final was the next aim for Martens but that's when tragedy struck for the Yamaha man.

"I crashed twice in the feature race ... I got shunted off the track by a lapper early on and then I crashed again while fighting back through then pack," he explained.

"I wasn't injured at all, so that was the main thing."

Chase took his Yamaha YZ250F to win the feature race, finishing ahead of MX1 class winner Scotty Columb (Kawasaki KX450F), from Queenstown, and then McGoldrick, with Martens claiming fourth place.

Columb had earlier been unbeaten in dominating the MX1 class, finishing the weekend ahead of Leithfield's Dylan Miles (Yamaha YZ450F), who was runner-up each time.

Martens and the Altherm JCR Yamaha Racing team are 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,