With eight wins from eight starts at the North Island Motocross Championships in Taranaki at the weekend, Hamilton youngster Josiah Natzke has declared himself ready to go one better in Taupo this weekend.
The Yamaha ace is to head to Taupo for the annual New Zealand Motocross Championships along with more than 300 other Kiwi hopefuls determined to capture his first national junior title.
And if his current form is any indication, the former mini motocross champion is a clear favourite to take away the 8-10 years’ 85cc crown at his first attempt.
“I’m feeling confident. I just need to keep my head and ride smart,” said the surprisingly mature 10-year-old.
“Taupo is my favourite track … it’s where I rode when I started motocross, so I think I’ll do okay this weekend.”
Natzke had been training hard for the three-day national event, spurred on by multi-time former national champion Darryll King and current national senior 125cc and open class champion Damien King, of the Subway Yamaha Team.
Former grand prix racer Darryll King is, at age 40, still engaged in racing at world championship level, albeit in the veterans’ ranks.
The King brothers have been working intensively over recent months to prepare Natzke and several other top Yamaha riders for this weekend’s big event and he said he was pleased with what had been achieved.
The training sessions included riding under race conditions, with each rider being videotaped for later analysis, road cycling, including some steep uphill sections, and swimming.
“We used the track at Mangakino where we had arranged transponders for the boys so we could get a bit more technical with the analysis,” King said.
The comprehensive sessions had been very valuable for the riders and King said he was confident these riders would shine at the sandy Taupo track this weekend.